Winnipeg Jets head coach Rick Bowness will not accompany the team on their three-game road trip that begins Thursday, but will help with game preparation through Zoom, the team told Reuters on Wednesday. press assistant coach Scott Arniel.
Bowness wasn’t behind the bench in Winnipeg’s Monday game against the St. Louis Blues, as Arniel replaced him. The Jets posted a 4-0 victory and are now 3-3 this season.
Earlier in the day, Bowness felt dizzy and appeared to feel unwell as he spoke to reporters after the team’s morning training session, which forced him to cut his briefing short. .
The 67-year-old tested positive for COVID-19 just before the team’s season opener on October 14. He returned behind the bench over the weekend against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Bowness enters his first season as Jets head coach after spending the past three seasons with the Dallas Stars, where he went 89-62-25 in 176 games. He led the team to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2019-20, where the Stars lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Stanley and Ehlers from the trip
In addition, defenseman Logan Stanley and forward Nikolaj Ehlers will join the Jets on their road trip.
Stanley did not skate on Wednesday and, according to TSN’s John Lu, injured himself when he blocked a pitch in Monday’s game. Stanley has no points in five games since the start of the season.
Ehlers, who won’t play but could skate with the team on the trip according to Lu, is currently on the injured list while nursing a lower-body injury.