Stars’ Montgomery fired under cloud
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.