Jets coach Rick Bowness missed the team’s debut due to COVID-19

November 30, 2021;  Dallas, Texas, USA;  Dallas Stars head coach Rick Bowness watches his team take on the Carolina Hurricanes during the first period at the American Airlines Center.  Bowness trains in his 2,500.  NHL game in a career as a head or assistant coach.  Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Winnipeg Jets coach Rick Bowness tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday afternoon and will miss the season opener against the New York Rangers.

Assistant coach Scott Arniel will serve as acting head coach while Bowness, 67, is away.

The Jets signed Bowness in July, reportedly on a two-year deal worth $2.5 million per season. Bowness follows Paul Maurice, who resigned 28 games into last season, and interim Dave Lowry in the position.

Bowness’ first coaching role came with the previous iteration of the Winnipeg Jets, when he served as interim coach for 28 games in 1988-89.

During parts of 12 seasons with Winnipeg, the Boston Bruins (1991-92), the Ottawa Senators (1992-96), the New York Islanders (1996-98), the then-Phoenix Coyotes (2003-04) and the Dallas Stars (2019-22), Bowness has a career record of 212-351-48-28 as a head coach.

He led the Stars to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2020, but left the team after last season.

– Media in the field

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