NHL's Dallas Stars fire head coach Jim Montgomery under mysterious circumstances
Added 12-11-19 10:37:01am EST - “Firing season in the NHL often comes at the end of the league's schedule, but Jim Montgomery of the Dallas Stars became the fourth coach to be relieved of his duties when he was let go Tuesday.” - Rt.com
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The move comes on the heels of the NHL announcing that new standards of behavior will be put in place for all personnel. Examples of the kind of behavior that the league will no longer tolerate include the emotional and physical abuse leveled by former Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters and alleged about ex-Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock. John Hynes of the New Jersey Devils was also fired this season after that team got off to a poor start.
NEWS: Jim Montgomery has been dismissed as the team’s Head Coach. Effective immediately, Rick Bowness will assume the role of Interim Head Coach for the team. #GoStarshttps://t.co/mC6C6Q7KHA
Stars general manager Jim Nill did not go into the details behind the Montgomery firing, but he did say it was for unprofessional behavior.
"First of all, we approve the NHL in creating the four-point initiative, the plan," Nill said, per NHL.com. "I was in contact with the NHL, but this decision was made before that initiative came out. There is no connection between the two."
The Stars had been playing excellent hockey prior to the firing, and Nill said Montgomery’s dismissal had nothing to do with the team's on-ice performance. After a rough 1-7-1 start to the season, the Stars were 16-4-2 in the next 22 games. Dallas registered a 2-0 victory Tuesday night over the New Jersey Devils in their first game without Montgomery.
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