NHL Notebook: Jets’ Rick Bowness retires as Senators set to hire Travis Green

Rick Bowness Winnipeg Jets
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Zach Laing
1 month ago
Winnipeg Jets head coach Rick Bowness has announced his retirement from the NHL after 803 games behind the bench.
That’s just as a head coach, mind you, as Bowness’s coaching career dates back to the 1982-83 season.
His career in hockey began in 1972 when he broke into the QMJHL with the Quebec Remparts. He would have cups of coffee in the NHL for years with the Atlanta Flames, Detroit Red Wings, and St. Louis Blues before landing with the Winnipeg Jets in 1980. He would spend the following four seasons in the organization as a player, and in the 1982-83 campaign, spent the year as a player-coach.
Bowness would transition to coaching full time in 1984-85 with the NHL’s Jets, spending three years there before he got his first chance to run a bench on his own with the AHL’s Moncton Hawks in 1987. His career winded through many organizations including, in order, the Boston Bruins, the Ottawa Senators, the New York Islanders, the Phoenix Coyotes, the Vancouver Canucks, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Dallas Stars, before Bowness found his way back to Winnipeg.
He spent his final two seasons coaching the Jets, who were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Colorado Avalanche last week.
Over his career, he coached 803 games at the NHL level, going 310-408-38-37. His most successful season came in 2019-20 with the Stars, when in his first year with the team, they went to the Stanley Cup Finals where they would fall to the Lightning in six games.

Green in Ottawa

As the banks of the Rideau Canal turn green, so too will the bench of the Ottawa Senators.
TSN’s Darren Dreger reported Monday that they are expected to name Travis Green their 14th head coach. While Dreger noted that final details are still being sorted out, Green will now coach his third team.
Most remember him for his 14-year NHL career spanning between 1992 and 2007, which included stops with the New York Islanders, who drafted him 23rd overall in 1989, as well as the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, the Phoenix Coyotes, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins.
He transitioned to coaching, with his first job coming as an assistant with the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks in 2010. Promoted to assistant GM and then general manager and head coach over the following two years, he would then join the AHL’s Utica Comets as a head coach in 2013, a role he held for four years.
Green was then promoted to the Vancouver Canucks’ head coach in 2017, holding the role for four and a half seasons, and fired part-way through the 2021-22 campaign. After a year in Europe advising Team Switzerland and working as Canada’s head coach at the Spengler Cup, he joined the New Jersey Devils as an associate coach this past season.
When they fired head coach Lindy Ruff on March 4th, Green took on the interim tag for the rest of the year.
Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli reported last week that Green was a candidate the Senators had interviewed, noting there was a long list of people they spoke with. The Devils, meanwhile, still had interest in retaining Green at the time, despite interviewing other candidates.

Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@thenationnetwork.com.

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