DeBoer hired as Stars coach to replace Bowness

Peter DeBoer was hired as coach of the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.

The 54-year-old replaces Rick Bowness, who resigned May 20 after three seasons.

“Over the last few seasons, I have seen firsthand what the Stars are building with a mix of dynamic young players and established leaders,” DeBoer said. “The chance to become this team’s next head coach was an opportunity that I could not pass up. I would like to thank (Stars owner) Tom Gaglardi and (general manager) Jim Nill for the chance to help guide this team as we work together to bring another Stanley Cup to Dallas. “

DeBoer coached the previous three seasons with the Vegas Golden Knights before being fired May 16. The Golden Knights (43-31-8) finished three points behind the Nashville Predators for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference, missing the postseason for the first time since joining the NHL as an expansion team in 2017-18.

The Golden Knights were 98-50-12 under DeBoer, who was hired to replace Gerard Gallant on Jan. 15, 2020. He led them to the Western Conference Final in 2020, when they lost in five games to the Stars, and the Stanley Cup Semifinals in 2021, when they were upset by the Montreal Canadiens in six games.

DeBoer is 513-379-123 in 14 NHL seasons with the Golden Knights, San Jose Sharks, New Jersey Devils and Florida Panthers. He is also 68-55 in the playoffs, including leading New Jersey to the Stanley Cup Final in 2012, when it lost in six games to the Los Angeles Kings, and guiding San Jose to the Cup Final in 2016, when it lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games.

DeBoer coached his 1,000th NHL regular-season game March 24 against the Predators.

“Pete brings a wealth of experience to our dressing room, and we’re thrilled to name him our next head coach,” Nill said. “Every team that he has taken over has not only shown immediate improvement but has been ultracompetitive in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He has taken five teams to the conference finals, and two of those to the Stanley Cup Final, in his 14 years as a head coach. His resume displays the high standards he sets and his ability to get his team to play up to that level consistently. We’re excited to welcome Pete and his family to Dallas. “

The Stars (46-30-6) were the first wild card into the playoffs from the West this season and lost in seven games to the Calgary Flames in the first round.

DeBoer is the fourth coach to be hired since the conclusion of the regular season. Lane Lambert was hired by the New York Islanders on May 16, Bruce Cassidy replaced DeBoer as coach of the Golden Knights on June 17, and John Tortorella was hired by the Philadelphia Flyers on June 17.

The Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks and Winnipeg Jets are in the midst of coaching searches.

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