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Lightning names Bowness associate coach

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The Tampa Bay Lightning announced Monday that they added Rick Bowness as associate coach as part of head coach Jon Cooper's staff.

"We are extremely pleased to add Rick Bowness to our coaching staff today," vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman said in a statement. "With 24 years of NHL coaching experience as both a head coach and an assistant, we are confident Rick will be a valuable addition. We look forward to having him behind the bench next season."

Bowness was with the Vancouver Canucks for the past seven years as an assistant and then associate coach.

He has been a part of coaching staffs for six NHL teams since 1984, including the Winnipeg Jets (1984-89), Boston Bruins (1991-92), Ottawa Senators (1992-96), New York Islanders (1996-98), Phoenix Coyotes (1999-06) and the Canucks (2007-13). He was a head coach for the Jets (1988-89), Bruins (1991-92), Senators (1992-96), Islanders (1996-98) and Coyotes (2003-04).

As a player, Bowness was a right wing for seven seasons in the NHL for the Atlanta Flames, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues and Jets from 1975-82.
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