Jets Coach Rick Bowness Makes First All-Star Game
Winnipeg Jets head coach Rick Bowness has been named one of the four head coaches to serve at the 2024 NHL All-Star weekend in Toronto, Ontario in February.
The soon-to-be 69-year-old has never been an All-Star coach, despite what his players may think of him.
Having spent 35 years behind the bench in the NHL since being named an assistant with the original Winnipeg Jets in 1984, 'Bones' has worked his way through nine different NHL clubs and has served as head coach for seven of them.
He narrowly missed out on the All-Star game last season, but for the first time, he will be attending come February.
Bowness joins Vancouver's Rick Tocchet, Boston's Jim Montgomery and New York's Peter Laviolette as the coaches of the four mini-teams set to represent the best of the best at the annual festivity.
Vancouver is currently No. 1 overall with 61 points, while Winnipeg lost its first game in regulation since December 13 on Saturday, dropping the team to second place, overall.
Winnipeg went 46-33-3 under Bowness last season, while the Jets are currently 28-10-4 through 42 games of 2023-24.
Bones holds the all-time NHL record for games coached (head, assistant, associate) and will certainly enjoy this career achievement, amid a season marred by a month-long absence through October and November when he stepped away from the team to be with his wife, Judy, who suffered a seizure. He left the Jets on October 23rd and returned on November 24th.
The 2024 All-Star weekend features the skills competition on February 2nd, and the three-on-three tournament the following day. Jets' goaltender Connor Hellebuyck will be the other team representative joining Bowness in Toronto.