Bruins' Montgomery, Golden Knights' Cassidy headline 2023 NHL All-Star coaches
The NHL named the bench bosses for the 2023 All-Star Weekend in Florida on Wednesday.
The head coach of each division's leading team in points percentage through Jan. 11 gets the nod to guide the respective All-Star rosters: Jim Montgomery of the Atlantic Division's Boston Bruins, Rod Brind'Amour of the Metropolitan Division's Carolina Hurricanes, Peter DeBoer of the Central Division's Dallas Stars, and Bruce Cassidy of the Pacific Division's Vegas Golden Knights.
Montgomery's led the Bruins to an NHL-best 32-4-4 record. The 53-year-old is in his first season as Boston's coach after two seasons as an assistant with the St. Louis Blues. It's his first time coaching at the All-Star Game.
Brind'Amour will be behind the Metropolitan Division bench for the second consecutive season. His Hurricanes have a 25-9-7 record, thanks in large part to a franchise-record 11-game win streak that was snapped on Jan. 4.
DeBoer is the most experienced All-Star coach of the group, heading to his third All-Star Weekend with a third different team. He went as a member of the San Jose Sharks in 2017 and the Golden Knights in 2022. DeBoer's Stars have impressed with a 25-11-6 record, tied for the Western Conference lead in points.
Cassidy makes his second All-Star appearance after featuring on the Atlantic Division's bench in 2020 as coach of the Bruins. The Golden Knights have had a resurgent season under Cassidy, boasting the most wins in the Western Conference with a 27-13-3 record.
All-Star Weekend is set for Feb. 3-4.