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Scotty Bowman joined the Sportsnet Hockey Central gang to discuss the Stanley Cup Final.
Bowman visited Sportsnet's Hockey Central to talk Tomas Holmstrom, a 48-game season and his Chicago Blackhawks.
“It’s three against five to score. The two defencemen (on the attacking team) don’t come in because they’re worried about getting caught. You get so many outnumbered situations down low. Look at how close the defending wingers are to their net and how far away they are from the other net. It’s a good ploy defensively, but it’s why there is not as much offence.
When I was coaching in Montreal, Lafleur and Shutt wouldn’t even know what the ice was like below the top of the circle. Look at Wayne Gretzky; he was always out between the blue-lines. Brett Hull? Maybe it’s wise to put four guys down low and one other guy way high.”
-Scotty Bowman via Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal where you can find much more “hockey world” talk.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
The senior adviser to the Chicago Blackhawks can trace it back to the 1979 playoffs when he was coaching the powerful Montreal Canadiens. Roger Neilson, the innovative head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, saw his team swept by the Habs in the previous year and wanted to avoid a repeat.
The Canadiens relied on their Big Three defencemen, Larry Robinson, Serge Savard and Guy Lapointe, to control the puck along the offensive blue line and get it to highly skilled forwards like Guy Lafleur, Steve Shutt and Jacques Lemaire.
The key to success, Neilson figured, was to forget the traditional defensive game of having your wingers cover the defenceman on each point. He wanted them closer to the net, or down low, as the coaches say, checking the Canadiens forwards hard so the puck never made it back to the point.
“That’s kind of the theory they try to do now,” Bowman said Tuesday morning. “There’s two guys out at the point and if you think about it, the defensive team has five guys nearer the puck and the other team has only three. They’ve got three forwards and the two defencemen are out on the blue line.”
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…
from Bob Verdi of Blackhawks.com,
One would think that, at age 77, Scotty might retire from public life and just smack the little white golf ball around. After all, a number of former hockey executives can be found in and around Bowman’s winter residence of Sarasota, Fla. Most of them are at least slightly detached, which is to say they probably can’t tell you how the third line for the Phoenix Coyotes has been performing lately. And then there’s Scotty.
“Look at this….while we’re talking on the phone, I’m getting all these tweets,” Bowman was saying the other day. “Here’s one from Chicago. Tomas Kopecky, injured for Saturday night’s game there, will be back in the lineup Wednesday night against Los Angeles. I don’t send these tweets or twitters. Is that what they’re called? But I get them, and read them. Then I get stuff on my computer from the United Center every morning. Any story from any NHL city. It could take you two hours to digest it. I know, because I do it.
“At night, if I don’t go see the Tampa Bay Lightning play at home, I can watch any game on TV. Or I can do both. I can go to a game and watch one on tape later. Here we go! Here’s another one of those instant messages from Toronto! Another tweet. All the information you can get now. It’s amazing.”
What also amazes is William Scott Bowman’s voracious appetite to absorb it all.
I don’t know why, but I get a chuckle just thinking about Scotty tweeting.
from Cory Wolfe of the Leader-Post,
“I know about his family and he knows about my family,” said Babcock, the Saskatoon-raised head coach of the Detroit Red Wings. “You build a relationship over time.”
Their relationship fused into a lifelong friendship two years ago when Bowman’s son Stan faced a second battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Babcock—a longtime supporter of cancer charities—connected the Bowmans with Dr. Lennie Sender, one of the world’s foremost oncologists. Babcock met Sender while coaching the Anaheim Ducks….
And like the Hawks’ fortunes, the friendship between the elder Bowman and Babcock continues to flourish. How tight is their bond? Well, consider that Scotty Bowman cancelled plans to attend next month’s British Open so that he could come to Saskatoon to help Babcock raise funds for the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan….
Bowman said he’s thrilled to help.
“When you get fortunate—and we’ve had some good bounces on the health side of late—this is at least some way that I can give back,” he said.
from Adrian Dater at Versus,
Scotty Bowman has his name on the Stanley Cup a record 11 times, and he very much wants a 12th because it would be right next to the name of his son, Stan. Anybody want to bet against him?
“It would be a special thing,” the 76-year-old Bowman said Thursday night from his residence in Amherst, N.Y., while watching the first period of the Canadiens-Flyers game. “But, one thing at a time. It’s going to be a tough game tomorrow night with San Jose.”
Bowman probably would be with his son in Chicago, but he is staying close by another of his five children at the moment in Amherst. His son, David, is under hospice care, and it’s a tough time for him and his wife of more than 40 years, Suella. David was born with hydrocephalus, a serious neurological disorder that left him partially blind and mentally disabled.
Stan, the general manager of the Blackhawks, is just as affected by his brother’s condition, and the team knows he could be called away at any time. But soldiering through difficult personal situations has been a hallmark of all the Bowman family.
Academy Award-winning actor Robert De Niro is attached to play legendary coach Vince Lombardi in the theatrical motion picture “Lombardi” being developed by ESPN Films, Andell Entertainment and the NFL.
Now my question, if a movie were to be made about Scotty Bowman, which actor would you like to see portray him?
Stan Bowman, son of Hall-of-Fame Coach Scotty Bowman, talks about the path he has chosen in his hockey career.
from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
By the time he retired as Red Wings coach in 2002, he had brought the organization three Stanley Cups. His success earned him a lifetime contract with the Red Wings, where everyone thought he’d wind down his career as a consultant to Detroit G.M. Ken Holland, an arrangement that allowed him to scout games from his home in Tampa. It was a sweet deal.
But Devellano got a phone call last summer that he says shocked him.
“Jimmy,” Bowman told him, “I love the Red Wings. I love Detroit. However, I’ve had a request from my son wanting me to join him in Chicago.”
Scotty’s lifetime deal with the Red Wings ended—at age 74.
Stan’s wife, Sue, remembers her husband struggling with how to express his desire to work together in Chicago with his dad. He didn’t want to pressure his father, but at the same time he wanted him to know how much it would mean to him.
“You kind of have to tell him something,” Sue says. “Don’t beg him or anything. Tell him what you’re thinking.”
from the CP via NHL.com,
Bowman’s vast knowledge of all things hockey - the Hall of Famer has coached nine Stanley Cup winners and been a part of two others - could now help the young Blackhawks in the Western Conference final against the Red Wings.
Bowman, however, isn’t giving unsolicited advice to coach Joel Quenneville.
“I know all their trends and stuff, but at the same time he’s got to run his own stuff,” Bowman said on Saturday before the Blackhawks left for Detroit, where Game 1 is Sunday.
“You can always get information. You have to process it. That’s basically what you have to do.”
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
“It probably would have been pretty easy for him to stay in Chicago, watch the game on TV and wait for Game 6 back home,” said Kane of Bowman putting himself through a four-hour flight for one hockey game.
“He’s 76 or 77 years old and he still really wants to be a part of it, he still wants to be there. He’s a really special person.”
Bowman won’t be 76 until September, but Kane is right. Bowman may be in the background and intentionally keeping out of the spotlight, but he’s still Scotty Bowman.
“I talk to him almost every day,” said Kane.
“I’ll just see him in the hallway. He’s just got such a great hockey mind, it’s great to have him around.”
Jonathan Toews said Bowman has become a study for the young Hawks.
from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
It was Bowman, while coaching in Detroit, who made Red Wings left wing Tomas Holmstrom the best in the game at screening goalies and causing havoc in front of the net.
“That’s why Holmstrom is so effective - he stands outside the line,” Bowman said. “When I was in Detroit we had a lot of goals called back and I would say to him, ‘You can’t make it close (for the referees). Don’t make it close.’
“I’d say, ‘If that’s the line, Tomas, you do a better job when you’re out a foot. You block his view more and the goalie can’t look around you.’ We were tough on him because when he first started he would tumble into the goalie.”
Bowman thought Hawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin would do a good job handling any crease pressure from Calgary because he doesn’t come outside the blue paint.
“There are some goalies that come out a lot, but the further you’re out you can’t expect to have protection,” Bowman said. “Nik is not far from the goalline.”
from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,
Among the 30-plus head coaches who have worked behind the Canadiens’ bench during the past century, none approaches those who joined the franchise’s Builders Row last night at the Bell Centre. Not even close.
It starts with the numbers for Dick Irvin Sr., Toe Blake and Scotty Bowman, who won a combined 16 Stanley Cups during the 36 seasons they wore the CH on their hearts. I’m talking about coaches who posted a 1,350-678-416 record in 2,444 regular-season games. It’s about their dedication to winning. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, it’s in the admiration they earned for winning as often as they did.
In Scott Morrison’s upcoming book Hockey Night in Canada: My Greatest Day turns to 50 great hockey people and asks them to describe their greatest day in hockey.
An excerpt at CBC quotes Scotty Bowman on this greatest day:
“I really had to think about it, but I would say my last game. The fact I had made up my mind not to coach the following year. I’m very fortunate because most coaches lose their last game and get fired.”
Book also includes the stories of 49 others—including hockey players, management, officials and even a decorated Canadian General—sharing their greatest hockey days. It can be pre-ordered at Amazon.com.
from Don Barrie of the Peterborough Examiner,
The Petes’ third coach in three years was 24-year-old Scott Bowman.
Coach Bowman, not one for keeping his concerns in-house, publicly admonished rotund defencemen Dave Besse by sitting him out until he lost some weight. He then lambasted the entire team in the newspaper for their poor home record: Eight wins in the first 15 games.
In a mid-season incident, George Montague, told by Bowman to serve a bench penalty, refused, threw his stick and gloves onto the ice then grabbed a bunch of sticks from the rack and threw them on the ice. He then stormed off to the dressing room. I guess he didn’t want to do it!
I wish every hockey fan could have at least one conversation about hockey with Scotty Bowman. I’m telling you, there is absolutely nothing like it. It’s like you are talking to the actual NHL itself - if it could be humanized - when you do. He’s done it all, he’s seen it all, and he remembers it all.
-Adrian Dater of All Things Avs where you can read more about Scotty and Stan Bowman…
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
Bowman joined the Blackhawks Thursday as senior advisor of hockey operations, but those in the industry maintain that nobody should be fooled - Bowman didn’t leave a great situation with the Detroit Red Wings to just sit back and be a consultant in Chicago.
In fact, there are those who maintain Bowman’s hiring is simply greasing the skids for him to take a much more prominent role in the organization, with either GM Dale Tallon or coach Denis Savard, or possibly both, being replaced before long.
It is well-known new Hawks president John McDonough is not a big fan of either Tallon or Savard and that McDonough was the driving force behind the signings of unrestricted free agents Cristobal Huet and Brian Campbell.
“When he got to Detroit, we had a lot of talented players,” said Red Wings GM Ken Holland. “He took us from being a talented team to being a championship team. He got (Slava) Fetisov and (Igor) Larionov to come here and he put The Russian Five (Sergei Fedorov, Larionov, Slava Kozlov, Fetisov and Vladimir Konstantinov) together. He’s the one who transformed Steve Yzerman from a great offensive player to a great two-way player.”
more on Bowman from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News...
One of my favorite Scotty moments while with the Wings.
from a press release by the Chicago Blackhawks,
The Chicago Blackhawks will introduce Scotty Bowman as Senior Advisor, Hockey Operations at a 3pm ET press conference today.
added 1:01pm, The Blackhawks will be streaming the press conference today.. I have pointed you to their homepage where you can get more information.
added 2:36pm, Scotty Bowman, more than anyone in hockey today, embodies the traits we are integrating into this organization in order to bring a Stanley Cup to Chicago. He symbolizes excellence, performance, work ethic and delivering results. So do we,” said W. Rockwell “Rocky” Wirtz, Chairman of the Chicago Blackhawks.
from Nigel Duncan of the Edinburgh News,
Scotty Bowman, one of the most renowned figures in the world of ice hockey, was at Murrayfield yesterday to dispense some of his vast knowledge to youngsters.
The 74-year-old Bowman, who is in Scotland as he attempts to trace his forebears, is the only head coach in the history of the National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Football League (NFL) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) ever to have won championships with three different teams….
Yesterday, Bowman took time out from tracing his Scottish roots to talk to youngsters attending a summer hockey school at Murrayfield. Ice Rink.
And he firmly believes that the world’s fastest team sport will go global in the next three decades.
He said: “It is now played in so many countries. Europe is the next phase. The travel is much different now and that’s why they played two (NHL) games in London last year. This year they’re going to Sweden and I think they’re also going to the Czech Republic.
“We’re going global and it will be a global sport. It won’t happen overnight, but, right now, 35 per cent of the players in the NHL are from Europe, another 15 per cent are from the USA and the Canadians produce the rest.
from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,
A report saying Scotty Bowman, the legendary coach and now consultant to the Detroit Red Wings, is close to taking a job in the Blackhawks organization as the head of hockey operations was making the rounds Tuesday but appears to be unfounded.
“As long as I’m healthy and there’s no change in ownership in Detroit, there will be no change,” Bowman told the Detroit Free Press.
Scotty talks game 5, GM meeting, coaching situation in Toronto and other hockey topics with the Morning Show on Fan590 In Toronto.
Go here to listen…
The Hockey News has been archiving audio from the winner’s dressing room after each game.
Go here to hear Scotty Bowman share his thoughts, then scroll down the page and you’ll find links to commentary from Niklas Lidstrom, Brad Stuart, Valteri Filpulla and Johan Franzen.
On a related note, a comment from Paul that I thought I’d pass on:
After Babcock finished his post game press conference, he met with Scotty for about ten minutes, one on one, going over the game. How much of a help Bowman is to the Wings, we may never know, but it certainly cannot hurt to have Bowman use his “consultant” role to the fullest extent.
Scotty Bowman will be the guest on the NHL Hour today, hosted by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. The show is on from 4-5 p.m. ET today on XM Satellite Radio (Channel 204) and NHL.com. NHL Hour is an interactive talk radio show that is hosted by a rotation of League executives, and co-hosted by XM sports host and former NHL player Bill Clement.
At show time, you can listen live by going to the NHL Network Online, then on the “NHL Livewire” link in the left column, and the show will then be accessible in the right column.
* While on the air, listeners can call into the show at 1-877-645-6696, or send questions/comments via this email address: email@example.com
**Archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com.
from Cole’s Notes at the Vancouver Sun,
One of the sights I most look forward to, in the Stanley Cup playoffs, is that of Scotty Bowman standing in a hallway outside a locker room or sitting in the stands watching a practice ... or trying to watch one.
His solitude never lasts long because he knows everyone and everyone knows him, or thinks they do. There are few faces in hockey more familiar than the man who has won nine Stanley Cups with three different franchises and, at 74, he looks a decade younger.
from the Fan590,
The legendary NHL coach joined Don Landry & Gord Stellick to review last night’s playoff action, discuss the new ‘Sean Avery’ rule, and on the firing of Dave Nonis as GM in Vancouver.
Scotty Bowman answers some questions from fans at Slap Shot…
Q: Coach, the Washington Capitals have just completed a remarkable resurgence by capturing the Southeast Division title and with it entry into the playoffs. Given that hockey wisdom holds that a team with late-season momentum and a hot goaltender (like Cristobal Huet) can do some serious damage in the playoffs, how realistic is it to expect the Caps to go deep into the playoffs? — Zed
Scotty Bowman: There’s no set way to end the season. The Capitals have really been a Cinderella story, especially the last two months. They did get the third seed. What they have to guard against, especially with so many young players, is to think — consciously or unconsciously — that just making the playoffs is their championship.
via Slap Shot at the NY Times,
Scotty Bowman answers your questions on the regular season just ending and the playoffs about to begin. From right this instant until Monday morning, send in your question and the man who coached nine Stanley Cup-winners will answer the ones he finds most intriguing.
Today at my Hockey.com blog, Scotty Bowman- Consultant, is the topic.
Scotty Bowman will be the guest on today’s edition of NHL Hour hosted by Gary Bettman.
The show is on from 4-5 p.m. ET today on XM (Channel 204) and NHL.com. NHL Hour is an interactive talk radio show that is hosted by a rotation of League executives, and co-hosted by XM sports host and former NHL player Bill Clement.
*At showtime, listen live at this link. While on the air, listeners can call into the show at 1-877-645-6696.
**Archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
...this is one time when the obvious choice for someone to run the ship is also the right one — Scotty Bowman, who briefly flirted with the Leafs in August, but Monday retreated from remarks he made on Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday and reiterated that his commitment is to the Detroit Red Wings, where he is a senior consultant.
To think that Bowman would jump ship in midseason was a mostly irrational hope anyway. The time to woo him again is this summer, after the current season ends and the business of hockey takes centre stage.
from the Toronto Sun,
Turning the Maple Leafs into Stanley Cup winners would take all of Scott Bowman’s Hall of Fame acumen.
But the 74-year-old is not dismissing the chance that something can still be worked out after preliminary talks to bring him aboard as a senior advisor to John Ferguson last summer failed to click….
Asked by MacLean if he’d revisit a Toronto offer one day, Bowman basically said he would be willing to discuss it. It would be hard to leave the Red Wings, but he would cross that bridge if he came to it.
From Dan Rosen at NHL.com,
“All the stories I heard about (Russia) weren’t true,” Smith told NHL.com. “I guess back 10 to 15 years ago I remember some of the guys that played on those Canada Cup teams were saying the food was no good, this and that. Even the interpreter that was with us was saying if you were in Russia three years ago you would not believe it was the same place. The people couldn’t believe how much it had changed.
“I went there and was like, ‘Holy Geez, why did everyone lie to me?’ ”
Like the country itself, the game played in Red Square on Dec. 9, 2006 was a must-see-it-to-believe-it spectacle.
Conceived by former CSKA Moscow and Soviet national team stars Slava Fetisov and Igor Larionov, the outdoor game—the first of its kind in Russia’s most spectacular setting—was put on to benefit for former Russian players who have fallen on hard times.
more reflections from Billy Smith and Scotty Bowman
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Maybe someone can provide one good reason for Alex Ovechkin to sign a new contract with the before becoming a restricted free agent on July 1, because we sure can’t think of any.
Ovechkin, stuck in a hockey market in DC that’s as irrelevant now as it was before the lockout and therefore denied a suitable stage to showcase his brilliance, isn’t going to make more money by signing with the Caps than he would by inviting offer sheets this summer.
continued plus more NHL talk including this,
Dialogue has resumed between Scotty Bowman and the board of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment aimed at working out a deal so the nine-time Cup-winning coach and one-time player personnel director would become the Toronto club’s president and director of hockey operations, Slap Shots has been told.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
Among hockey broadcasters, speculation has Toronto Maple Leaf general manager John Ferguson fired in November if the team continues to lose more than it wins.
Who would replace him? Colin Campbell, the NHL’s Toronto based head of hockey operations, seems to be a favourite. But would the league allow him to leave his job in mid-season?
Would Scotty Bowman take the job?
Two views Bowman:
from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
When Bowman was coach and GM in Buffalo, he hired Keenan to coach the Sabres’ AHL farm club in Rochester, N.Y.
“I think that a lot of what I know ... I’ve learned from Scotty Bowman.”
Apparently, though, there are certain things Keenan never gleaned from Bowman’s vast hockey mind.
Such as knowing when to show up.
Bowman owned a knack for arriving to take charge of teams on the brink of success, which he did in Montreal, Pittsburgh and Detroit.
Lately, Keenan has acted more like a homeless coach, simply happy to have a warm bench to stand behind.
from the Detroit Free Press,
Will the rumors ever stop about you leaving the Wings to run the Maple Leafs?
(Bowman) They’ve been finished. I went to Toronto (last Friday), and nobody bothered me. I’ve been with the Wings for 14 years. I basically was not interested in leaving. I like the people I work with. No reason I’d want to change.
more from Bowman, including his team “favorites” for the season…
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
When asked about a report on the weekend that said the former coach had recently contacted the NHL team about a job — but not the senior consultant position he was offered three months ago — Bowman said he hasn’t talked to the Maple Leafs since June.
Instead, Bowman said he told Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Illitch and general manager Ken Holland in June that he would return for a 15th season with that team.
“I really want to stay with Detroit,” said Bowman, who will turn 74 in a week. “When I went there 14 years ago to coach, I really wanted this to be my last stop.”
from Steve Simmons at the Toronto Sun,
The slow dance between the Maple Leafs and Scotty Bowman never seems to end.
Although the music has once again stopped playing.
Bowman recently had meetings with Leafs CEO Richard Peddie and board chairman Larry Tanenbaum while he continues to maintain a public stance that he has no interest in leaving his consulting role with the Detroit Red Wings.
The role the Leafs talked to Bowman about recently was not that of adviser to general manager John Ferguson, but to be the senior hockey voice in the organization.