Everywhere man finds a home

BARRY MACDONALD -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 1:55 PM ET

With apologies to Johnny Cash, he's been everywhere man. Quebec City, Montreal, Sherbrooke, Moncton, Tulsa, Salt Lake, Atlanta, Detroit, St. Louis, Winnipeg, Maine, Boston, Ottawa, Uniondale, Phoenix, Vancouver ...

OK, not everywhere ... but try telling that to Mrs. Judy Bowness.

Hockey has taken her hubby all over the map as both a player and a coach, and the latest stop for this 52 year old hockey lifer is Vancouver.

His junior career began as a 17 year old with the Quebec Ramparts, and 35 years later, Rick Bowness is gainfully employed as an assistant coach with the Vancouver Canucks.

His commitment to his craft speaks volumes about the man. As a fringe NHLer in the '70s the pay wasn't great. As a head coach in the minors the bus rides are long. As an assistant head coach in the NHL somebody else calls the shots. And as a head coach in "the show" the pressure is immense. Would you have liked the job behind the bench of the expansion Ottawa Senators? How would you handle the stress of 10 wins in 84 games in a Canadian market?

Through it all he has persevered with a certain grace and style not often associated with men in his profession.

He has become a "go to guy" for the media seeking a sound bite that somehow puts a neat and tidy bow on what just happened at the rink. He is the perfect compliment to Alain Vigneault, the man he gave an assistant gig to when he got the head job with the Senators 14 seasons ago.

Last summer, Vigneault paid him back, giving him one of the assistant jobs here in Vancouver.

It would be nice to see it last. But after 35 years and 16 different cities, he isn't holding his breath.

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Barry Macdonald is co-host of BS in the Morning on the Team 1040 from 6-9 a.m. E-mail Barry at: barry.macdonald@24hrs.ca


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