What a story that of Rick Bowness.
The 65-year-old hockey man has been coaching the National Hockey League since 1984. He was notably the pilot for the Ottawa Senators during their years of poverty, compiling a dismal record of 39-178-18 in the federal capital.
Voted head coach of the Dallas Stars on an interim basis this year, Bowness reached the Stanley Cup final on Monday night. And the veteran seems adored by his players; The cameras caught him warmly hugging Alexander Radulov after his 3-2 overtime win over the Vegas Golden Knights.
Shortly after, Corey Perry made a point of handing the puck of the game to his coach. See in the video above.
In short, the Stars players seem ready to go to war for Bowness, and that’s one of the reasons they’ve been causing the surprise since the start of the playoffs.
According to TVA Sports journalist Renaud Lavoie, the Texan team could very well win top honors.
“There is someone yesterday who was on the ice, I cannot name him … He said to me:” the Stars are the Blues [de St. Louis] from last year. They play the same way. “You have to be careful before dismissing them in the final,” he warned during the late night show Dave Morissette live.
The Stars will face the winner of the Eastern Final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New York Islanders. The Lightning are one final round victory, leading the series 3-1.