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Rick Bowness Won't Return as Coach of Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars NHL team head coach Rick Bowness walks after speaking to reporters about the hockey season during a media availability at the team's headquarters in Frisco, Texas, Tuesday, May 17, 2022. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Dallas Stars NHL team head coach Rick Bowness walks after speaking to reporters about the hockey season during a media availability at the team's headquarters in Frisco, Texas, Tuesday, May 17, 2022. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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(AP) -- Rick Bowness will not return as head coach of the Dallas Stars after nearly three seasons in which he led them to the 2020 Stanley Cup Final and the playoffs again this year.

While Bowness was not under contract past this season, the 67-year-old coach said in a statement released by the team Friday that he was stepping away to “allow the organization the opportunity to pursue a different direction at the head coaching position.” The move doesn't necessarily mean Bowness is done coaching.