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by Paul on 12/08/10 at 03:35 PM ET
from David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune,
Bowman’s Canadiens were coming off two straight Stanley Cup titles — they would win two more Cups consecutively — but often the ideal time for a coach to reinforce the importance of team over individual comes during success. Bowman called a team meeting to clear the air the way effective leaders do.
“I said, ‘Look, we have a real problem, we have 18 players ready to play but only 17 uniforms so we need one volunteer not to dress tonight if we do it the way you guys want,’ ‘’ Bowman said. “Nobody volunteered. I wasn’t trying to show them up but tell them in my way that this was a call we had to make and I’m the one to make it.’‘
Bowman never has met Belichick. Bowman’s son-in-law, Jordy Ostroff, was Tom Brady’s roommate as a freshman at Michigan. But the closest Bowman has come to interaction with Belichick came as a Red Wings consultant when coach Mike Babcock was such a fan of Belichick’s style he would visit the Patriots Web site to print out news conference transcripts.
more on a Bowman/Bill Belichick comparison…
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