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Jim Montgomery

Jim Montgomery

While the accusations against Montgomery weren't specific, it nonetheless proves it wasn't a result of Dallas's on ice performance.

General manager Jim Nill says the Stars expect employees to act with integrity and exhibit professional behavior while working for and representing the organization.

The Dallas Stars fired head coach Jim Montgomery - the former University of Denver hockey coach - on Tuesday for what the team called "unprofessional conduct" at the onset of his second season leading the team. "We're fortunate to have the coaches we do have still here".

Sources said the head coach displayed a repeated pattern of unprofessional behavior.

Assistant coach Rick Bowness has been appointed to serve as the interim head coach at Dallas. The Stars posted a 43-32-7 record in their first season under Montgomery a year ago, reaching the second round of the playoffs.

The Stars now sit fourth in the Central Division with a 17-11-3 record. 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.

There has been no hint of a problem with this team.

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"Our message is unequivocal: We will not tolerate abusive behaviour of any kind", Bettman told reporters at the end of the first day of the board of governors meeting in Pebble Beach, Calif.

It is likely not a coincidence the Stars fired Montgomery after Bettman's announcement.

Calgary coach Bill Peters resigned last month following accusations by former National Hockey League player Akim Aliu that Peters had directed racist slurs toward him while the two were in the minors a decade ago. Peters was also accused of physical abuse when he coached in Carolina.

Coach Mike Babcock was accused of verbal abuse after he was sacked by the underperforming Toronto Maple Leafs and Chicago assistant Marc Crawford is being investigated for alleged physical abuse of players.

Plenty of coaches have been in the hot seat for their team's poor performance, but Montgomery wasn't one of them.

In additional moves, the club promoted Texas Stars head coach Derek Laxdal to the role of assistant coach on the Dallas Stars.

Bowness will be the sixth coach in captain Jamie Benn's 11 seasons with the Stars.

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