Stars’ Mont­gomery fired un­der cloud

Orlando Sentinel - - SPORTS WEDNESDAY -

The Stars fired sec­ondyear coach Jim Mont­gomery on Tues­day for what the team called un­pro­fes­sional con­duct.

Gen­eral man­ager Jim Nill said Mont­gomery had acted in­con­sis­tently with “core val­ues and be­liefs of the Dallas Stars and the Na­tional Hockey League.” He did not elab­o­rate. Nill said he be­came aware Sun­day of an act by Mont­gomery, and the de­ci­sion to fire him came af­ter an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion that in­cluded dis­cus­sions with the team’s gen­eral coun­sel.

Nill said only that it was not be­cause of a crim­i­nal act, had no con­nec­tion to past or present play­ers and didn’t in­volve an­other em­ployee of the team.

“A very tough de­ci­sion,” Nill said. “I have got a lot of re­spect for Jim Mont­gomery. He’s a very good coach. And un­for­tu­nately, some­times in life, the hard­est de­ci­sions are the tough­est. And this is one of them.”

As­sis­tant Rick Bow­ness was named in­terim coach for the rest of the sea­son.

Mont­gomery went 6043-10 af­ter be­ing hired in the sum­mer of 2018 from the Uni­ver­sity of Den­ver for his first NHL head coach­ing job. The Stars made the play­offs last sea­son. Af­ter get­ting off to a 1-7-1 start this sea­son, they won seven of eight and re­cently had a seven-game win­ning streak.

Four NHL coaches have lost their jobs this sea­son, three amid al­le­ga­tions of mis­be­hav­ior.

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