In a bit of stunning news, the Dallas Stars fired coach Jim Montgomery on Tuesday morning, citing “unprofessional conduct” as the reason for his dismissal. Stars assistant Rick Bowness will take over for Montgomery in an interim capacity.

In a statement, Stars GM Jim Nill said “The Dallas Stars expect all of our employees to act with integrity and exhibit professional behavior while working for and representing our organization. This decision was made due to unprofessional conduct inconsistent with the core values and beliefs of the Dallas Stars and the National Hockey League.”

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Nill told reporters at an 11 am news conference that he was made aware of a “material act of unprofessionalism” over the weekend. The incident occurred last week and he received a phone call about it on Sunday.

He said there was an internal investigation into the incident and that it was he made the decision to fire Montgomery after consulting with general counsel.

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