Published: Tue, December 10, 2019
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Stars fire Montgomery due to unprofessional conduct

Stars fire Montgomery due to unprofessional conduct

The Dallas Stars have announced Jim Montgomery has been dismissed as the team's head coach.

Assistant coach Rick Bowness has been appointed to serve as the interim head coach at Dallas.

"The Dallas Stars expect all of our employees to act with integrity and exhibit professional behavior while working for and representing our organization", Nill said in a news release.

On Monday, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the league would work swiftly to make changes to better deal with personnel conduct issues in the wake of incidents that surfaced in recent weeks.

In all, four National Hockey League coaches have lost their jobs already this season - three of them amid allegations of misbehaviour.

Montgomery's firing is not related to that kind of misbehaviour, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not elaborated on the reason for Montgomery's dismissal.

Prior to his National Hockey League tenure, Montgomery coached at the University of Denver for five seasons and the USHL's Dubuque Fighting Saints for three - winning two championships. When he coaches his fourth game on Tuesday against the Dallas Stars, he'll be going against a coach who's been in charge for less time.

Dallas holds the first wild-card position in the Western Conference with a 17-11-3 record. Calgary Flames coach Bill Peters resigned from the club in November after a former player, Akim Aliu, came forward and alleged that Peters used racial slurs in the locker room - something Peters later admitted to be true.

He's the third head coach to be fired this season, following Mike Babcock and John Hynes. Bettman said failure to do so would result in "severe discipline".

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