'Unprofessional conduct': Montrealer Jim Montgomery fired by Dallas Stars

Jim Montgomery

Former UMaine star fired as coach of NHL's Stars for 'unprofessional conduct'

Former University of ME star Jim Montgomery has been fired as the head coach of the National Hockey League's Dallas Stars, the Dallas Morning News reported on Tuesday. Rick Bowness, who has served as assistant coach since 2018, was announced as interim head coach.

"The Dallas Stars expect all of our employees to act with integrity and exhibit professional behavior while working for and representing our organization", Stars general manager Jim Nill said in a statement.

The move by the Stars came only a day after NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, at a meeting of the Board of Governors, said the league will work swiftly to make changes to better deal with personal conduct issues raised by players and former players in recent weeks, including allegations of racism and physical abuse by coaches.

This season, the Stars are 17-11-3 after a 1-7-1 start. He has a 123-289-48-3 record as a head coach in the National Hockey League, most recently spending 20 games behind the bench with the Arizona Coyotes in 2003-04. When he coaches his fourth game on Tuesday against the Dallas Stars, he'll be going against a coach who's been in charge for less time.

There has been no hint of a problem with this team. Peters was also accused of physical abuse while coaching the Carolina Hurricanes.

It is likely not a coincidence the Stars fired Montgomery after Bettman's announcement. Dallas made the playoffs last season before losing in double-overtime in Game 7 of its second-round series on the road against the eventual Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues. He had been a successful college coach at the University of Denver.

Under Nill, the Stars have had as head coaches Lindy Ruff, Ken Hitchcock and Montgomery. The most obvious question surrounds what Montgomery did to warrant his sudden firing, but the question of when it happened how long the Stars knew about it also should be asked. Neil Graham was named the head coach of the Texas Stars.

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