A family tradition: Stars’ Rick Bowness, Jamie Oleksiak hoping to add to their families’ trophy cases

For a pair of Stars, they will be trying to add some more hardware to their family’s mantle.

Stars interim coach Rick Bowness is trying to become the second Stanley Cup winner in his family, following in the footsteps of his son Ryan, who won the Cup as a scout with Pittsburgh in 2017. Bowness has coached more games (as an assistant and head coach) than anyone else in NHL history, and his career has spanned five decades without a Stanley Cup championship.

Bowness’ run with the Stars is the farthest he’s been as a head coach in his career. Ryan, 37, is the director of professional scouting for the Penguins.

“He’s like me,” Rick said. “He has a real passion for the game. When I used to take him to the rink in the morning, he’d be running right by me, running right into the locker room with the trainers, hanging up equipment, doing all the dirty laundry. He was thrilled when we gave him a piece of pizza for lunch.”

Bowness said Ryan brought the Cup to their home in Nova Scotia for a party. He took pictures with the trophy, but did not touch it.

Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak’s sister, Penny, is a four-time Olympic medalist in swimming, including a gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle in 2016. Oleksiak said his parents are traveling to Edmonton to quarantine and then watch the Stanley Cup Final in person at Rogers Place.

In the Stanley Cup Final, there are two players nicknamed Big Rig, as both Oleksiak and Lightning forward Pat Maroon claim the nickname. Before  Game 1, Oleksiak was asked about the moniker.

“I think hockey guys have a tendency to reuse nicknames,” Oleksiak said. “I think there’s been a few Big Rigs around the league.”

In the first period, Oleksiak and Maroon were called for roughing each other 8:08 into the game. Last year, Maroon scored the game-winning goal in double-overtime in Game 7 for St. Louis, and is trying to become the eighth player in NHL history to win the Cup in consecutive seasons for different teams.

Matthew DeFranks. Matt covers the Stars for SportsDay, and previously covered the Florida Panthers for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. He’s also covered college football, the Miami Marlins, the Kansas City Royals and the Los Angeles Angels for a variety of outlets. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame.

Source: https://www.dallasnews.com/sports/stars/2020/09/19/a-family-tradition-stars-rick-bowness-jamie-oleksiak-hoping-to-add-to-their-families-trophy-cases/

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