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by Paul on 01/23/12 at 12:40 PM ET
I thought some of you would enjoy this ‘Bowmanism’ regarding Tomas Holmstrom…
from a Windsor Star story on February 7, 2008,
“When I got over here Scotty (Bowman) told me never to leave the front of the net,” said Holmstrom, who has 20 goals and 36 points in 44 games. “He said. ‘Don’t even go into the corner, just stay in front.’
“I don’t mind it (playing in front); sooner or later the puck is going to come to the front of the net because that’s where everything happens.”
Under Bowman, Holmstrom had to serve a sometimes difficult apprenticeship.
With the master tactician’s genius for keeping his players off-balance, Holmstrom dedicated himself to working maniacally hoping Bowman would take notice. In his second season (1997-98), Holmstrom was still unsure of whether he was succeeding.
As he was explaining to reporters why he’d chosen No. 96 as his new number after giving up 15 to recently acquired veteran Dmitri Mironov, Bowman strolled by hearing it was because he’d arrived in Detroit in 1996.
The crusty coach told him he should’ve taken 98 because that was the year he was going back to Sweden.
While reporters laughed, a straight-faced Holmstrom interrupted saying, “No, I think he means it.”
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