Winnipeg Jets head coach Rick Bowness experiences dizzy spells, will miss game

Winnipeg Jets head coach Rick Bowness instructs his players against the Ottawa Senators during the third period of NHL pre-season action in Winnipeg on Tuesday September 27, 2022. (Fred Greenslade/CP)

Winnipeg Jets head coach Rick Bowness ended his media availability on Monday after experiencing dizzy spells and feeling unwell. The team later announced he would not be behind the bench for Monday’s night’s game against the Blues.

Bowness, 67, returned to Winnipeg’s bench Saturday in a 4-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

He had tested positive for COVID-19 hours before the Jets’ season opener on Oct. 14. Associate coach Scott Arniel had assumed interim duties for Winnipeg.

It is Bowness’ first season as the Jets bench boss after spending three years with the Dallas Stars.

He compiled a 89-62-25 record over 176 games in Dallas, leading the Stars to the Stanley Cup final in 2019-20 before falling to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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