Dallas Stars coach Rick Bowness has been cleared to rejoin the team after returning a false positive COVID-19 test. Bowness was pulled from the midfield game Sunday as a result of COVID protocols.
The 66-year-old coach, who is the oldest in the league at his current position, was pulled between the second and third periods when the team announced that Bowness would enter into COVID safety protocols. Assistant John Stevens continued to take over as head coach. The Stars would continue to lose their game against the Carolina Hurricanes, 1-0.
It was theorized at the time this removal reinforced that Bowness ran into a similar problem that Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle ran into, where a false positive came back after being vaccinated several months ago. Bowness is fully vaccinated, but still missed the rest of Sunday’s game and all of Tuesday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks, which also resulted in a 4-2 loss.
The stars were the unintentional faces of the NHL COVID protocol at the start of the season, as an outbreak in training camp resulted in 17 team members testing positive and their first four games being postponed.
That was not the end of the NHL’s COVID misery, as there are still outbursts around the league where the Canucks are the latest victims. Vancouver had as many as 16 players on the team’s COVID list, and games through ril 6 were postponed.