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Richard Gary Bowness (born January 25, 1955 in Moncton, New Brunswick) is a Canadian former National Hockey League right winger and currently an associate coach with the Vancouver Canucks. He played for the Atlanta Flames, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues and Winnipeg Jets and Central Hockey League, AHL and QMJHL teams. He has been a head coach for the Winnipeg Jets, Boston Bruins, Ottawa Senators, New York Islanders and Phoenix Coyotes.

Rick Bowness, while assistant coach of the Winnipeg Jets, was once fined $500 and suspended for three games after punching Calgary forward Tim Hunter in the head during a brawl. Brian Hayward and Tim Hunter had been involved in a scuffle which escalated to a full brawl after Hunter continued to attack Hayward. [1]

He was drafted by the Atlanta Flames in the 1975 NHL Entry Draft, Second Round, Twenty-sixth Overall.

In July 2006, he vacated his post as assistant coach at Phoenix to become an assistant coach to Alain Vigneault at Vancouver.

Coaching recordEdit

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
WPG1988–89 288173-(64)5th in SmytheMissed playoffs
BOS1991–92 80363212-842nd in AdamsLost in third round
OTT1992–93 8410704-246th in AdamsMissed playoffs
OTT1993–94 8414619-377th in NortheastMissed playoffs
OTT1994–95 489345-237th in NortheastMissed playoffs
OTT1995–96 196130-(41)6th in Northeast(Fired)
NYI1996–97 3716183-(70)7th in AtlanticMissed playoffs
NYI1997–98 6322329-(71)4th in Atlantic(Fired)
PHX2003–04 2021233(68)5th in PacificMissed playoffs
Total 463123289483

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