Lightning hire Rick Bowness as associate coach

TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Lightning hired Rick Bowness as an associate coach, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced Monday.

Bowness, a native of Moncton, New Brunswick, had spent the previous seven seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, where he started his career as an assistant and was later promoted to associate coach. Vancouver appeared in the playoffs in all but one of his years there, and he was part of the coaching staff that guided the team to the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals.

Bowness has belonged on coaching staffs of six teams in his NHL tenure. Stops include the Winnipeg Jets (1984-89), Boston Bruins (1991-92), Ottawa Senators (1992-96), New York Islanders (1996-98) and Phoenix Coyotes (1999-2006), in addition to his time with the Canucks.

Before coaching, Bowness played seven NHL seasons, from 1975-81, as a right winger with the Atlanta Flames, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues and Winnipeg. He appeared in 173 games, earning 18 goals and 55 points.

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