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Coach Scotty Bowman

from CBC,

Hockey legend Scotty Bowman has taken on the role of coach once again for a new book about his life and legacy.

In Scotty: A Hockey Life Like No Other, goalie-turned-author Ken Dryden asks his former coach to pick the eight best NHL teams of all time, during their best seasons, and pits them against each other in a hypothetical play-off series.

"I think that part of the reason why there hasn't been a book really about Scotty before is that usually sports books, and books from coaches, are about stories ... and Scotty doesn't experience in stories. He doesn't really think in stories. He's too practical. He's a coach," Dryden said.

"So instead of focusing on what he's less comfortable with, put him back into a place where he is most comfortable. Make him a coach."

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A Video Portrait On Scotty Bowman

CTV with a great look at Scotty Bowman.

Scroll to the 23:13 mark of the video for the Bowman feature and lasts about 20 minutes.

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Afternoon Line- Scotty Bowman

"Vasilevskiy, to me, is the key. Whoever Tampa plays (in the playoffs), the goaltender at the other end is going to have to really rise to the occasion. You don't win in the playoffs unless your goalie outplays the other guy. That's historic."

-Scotty Bowman.  Dave Stubbs of NHL.com has much more from Bowman, including talking about his Montreal and Detroit teams.

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Corey Crawford Has Post-Concussion Syndrome

From Sportsnet:

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford is likely suffering from post-concussion syndrome, not vertigo, according to Scotty Bowman, a senior adviser with the club.

On Tuesday multiple reports claimed that the 33-year-old Crawford could miss the remainder of the season with vertigo-like symptoms.

“It’s not what they’re reporting,” Bowman said Wednesday evening during Prime Time Sports on Sportsnet 590 The FAN. “Now, apparently what he really has is post-concussion syndrome.”

Crawford was placed on injured reserve Dec. 27 with what the team dubbed an upper-body injury. The goalie suffered a blow to the head during a game in late November when Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin collided with him. Crawford was assessed before returning in the same game and it’s unknown if that incident is related to his current injury.

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All Scotty Bowman

from Dave Stubbs of NHL.com,

This is your seventh decade of attending NHL training camps since your first with the Canadiens in the 1950s. What's been the biggest change you've seen during that time?

"The length of the camps, which were four to six weeks when I began coaching, and the first week of practice - let's use Montreal - that went from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. because they had so many guys. There was no time limit. They had four teams and they scrimmaged twice a day, each one for an hour and a half. Some guys would finish at 10:30 and come back and go again at 1, based on the schedule of the week. There were no preseason games. Chicago goalie Glenn Hall didn't want to practice for a month at camp, having guys like (Bobby) Hull and (Stan) Mikita shooting at him two or three hours a day. He'd always report two weeks late. He did the same thing with us in St. Louis."

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All Scotty Bowman On The Playoffs

USA TODAY Sports hockey columnist Kevin Allen recently had a chance to ask Bowman, 83, a few questions about what it takes to be successful in the postseason:

What’s important for players to recognize when the playoffs start?

Bowman: I always felt the first round is so important. Everyone is gung-ho. They have just made the playoffs. Some teams didn’t expect to be there. Some snuck in. Some go in on a high note and some want to wipe the slate clean. There’s no formula for what is best. You don’t want to limp into the first round, with injuries. You want to be as fresh as you can be. I always approached it as if you were preparing for a long run. I know if you go into the playoffs healthy, it gives you a lot of confidence.

So you don’t believe it matters how you are playing at the end of the regular season?

Bowman: No. Even if you have a terrific ending to your regular season, I don’t think it has a bearing on the playoffs because whoever you are going to play is going to have the same good feelings about getting to the playoffs.

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On the evolution of the modern NHL coach

The Globe and Mail's Eric Duhatschek penned a fascinating article regarding the evolution of coaching in the NHL over the past 50 years:

There was a time, just before the dawn of expansion, when the NHL coaching fraternity consisted of just six men, all of whom wore the same essential uniform: jacket, tie, fedora and dour facial expression.

Back then, the game of hockey was played in straight lines – up and down the ice, no veering out of your lane. Shifts could last two minutes or more, with players catching their breath on the ice when the play went the other way.

Strictly speaking, coaching really meant bench coaching – changing lines, directing traffic, trading pleasantries with officials. Any teaching that went on during practices often came from the players themselves, with older players instructing younger ones in the whys and wherefores of life in the NHL.

It was a small, staid, insular world – and it didn’t start to change until the league went from six to 12, 16 and then 21 teams in a 14-year span, at which point the demand for qualified coaches and players had become so great that innovation, out of necessity, flowed into the sport.

Now, 50 years later, consider what coaching has become. Instead of one coach, there can be four to eight. Fred Shero – the mercurial Freddie the Fog – hired the first official full-time assistant coach, Mike Nykoluk, in 1972. Roger Neilson – a.k.a. Captain Video – is credited with introducing video as a teaching tool. And skating expert Dawn Braid became the NHL’s first full-time female coach when she was hired by the Arizona Coyotes last summer.

Duhatschek continues, and there's a LOT of Scotty Bowman sharing the tricks and tools of the trade in this article...

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Hockey Canada to honor Scotty Bowman, Murray Costello and Fran Rider with Order of Hockey in Canada

From Hockey Canada:

Hockey Canada has announced that three legends of the game are being recognized for their outstanding contributions or service to the growth and development of the sport of hockey in Canada as part of the 2017 class of the Order of Hockey in Canada. 

Scotty Bowman (Verdun, Que.), Murray Costello (South Porcupine, Ont.), and Fran Rider (Etobicoke, Ont.) were selected as this year’s Distinguished Honourees, and will be celebrated during the 2017 Hockey Canada Foundation Gala & Golf, June 19 and 20, in Saskatoon.

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Morning Line- Scotty Bowman

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Scotty Bowman still wants to see neutral zone restored to previous dimensions

From Adrian Dater:

In our exclusive weekly installment with the legendary, 14-time Stanley Cup-winning coach and executive, Scotty Bowman was asked: "If you were commissioner for a day, what are the top one or two things you would immediately change or add to the game? "

The two things, Bowman said: make the neutral zone bigger again and change the way goalies can pass the puck.

When the NHL made rules changes following the 2004-05 lockout, it took eight feet out of the neutral zone and split them in half to add to each end zone. It was designed to add more space for skaters in scoring areas, but Bowman thinks it's made scoring tougher.

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Blackhawks ‘more than a dynasty?’

USA Today's Kevin Allen makes quite the assertion this evening...

We don't have to debate whether the Chicago Blackhawks are a dynasty because Gary Bettman made them one by commissioner's decree. He referred to them as a "dynasty" in his remarks leading up to presenting the Stanley Cup to Jonathan Toews after the Blackhawks won the Cup with a 2-0 triumph against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.

"I don't know what (dynasty) means," Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane said. "We've got three in six years. I know that's pretty good."

That makes the Blackhawks the most decorated team in the post-salary cap era, and deserving to be called one of the top teams in NHL history.

Their current run doesn't measure up statistically to the great Montreal Canadiens teams from 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Toe Blake coached the Canadiens to five consecutive Stanley Cups from 1956-60. Scotty Bowman, who is an adviser for the Blackhawks, guided the Canadiens to four consecutive titles from 1976-79. The Canadiens had a 16-3 record in those four Stanley Cup Finals. Now Scotty's son, Stan, has been general manager of the three Stanley Cup winners in Chicago.

Chicago's run also isn't as lengthy as the New York Islanders run of four consecutive championships from 1980-83. The Edmonton Oilers also have their own distinction by winning five Stanley Cups over seven seasons from 1984 to 1990.

But the Blackhawks are now in the conversation to be called one of the great teams because they have won three titles at a time when the league is in a period of undeniable competitive balance. The statistical difference between the No. 1 team in the league and the No. 16 isn't as pronounced as it once was.

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Scotty Bowman On The Lack Of Offense

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

When he is asked about how the game is today, and specifically about how teams now leave the points open and collapse down low to take away chances in the actual scoring zones, he pointed out how while the change in the placement of the blue-lines some 10 years ago was made to generate offence, these changes never seem to have the desired effect.

“What happened when they moved the blue-lines out four feet on each side toward the red line, they thought they were creating more room in the offensive zones where the goals were scored,” said Bowman. “But it wasn’t long before the coaches figured out that when defending in your zone, it’s now too big to do everything, so they said, let’s leave the points open and close down toward the net to take away chances closer to the net. Now you can’t get anything through.

“Before they changed it, the defending team used to play its forwards higher out toward the point, which meant once their team got the puck they were out of the zone quicker and there was more room in the neutral zone to make things happen on the rush. Now, unless you’re really good on the stretch pass the way (Victor) Hedman made that one last night, not much happens on the rush. So maybe that was better, but all the changes they make, like taking away interference the way they did, when they enforce it, was supposed to open the game up for more goals but it doesn’t always work out.”

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Evening Line- Scotty Bowman

“I thought I was doing OK when I went to Detroit. They offered me double what I was getting in Pittsburgh, so I said, ‘Hell I might as well go'.

“The best I ever did, I was the first coach that ever made a million. In Detroit, they paid me after we won the two Cups. That’s 20 years ago now, nearly.”

-Scotty Bowman via Mark Spector of Sportsnet where you can read more from Bowman, plus video of Mike Babcock talking from their studio.

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On Al Arbour and his St. Louis legacy

These kinds of articles are so superb that you can only begin at the beginning, and this one from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Dan O'Neill is a helluva read:

The way Scotty Bowman sees it, three components turned the St. Louis Blues into Stanley Cup finalists during their first three seasons. One was goaltender Glenn Hall. One was a trade to acquire Red Berenson and Barclay Plager.

And one was Al Arbour.

“He was the toughest competitor, most courageous player I ever coached,” Bowman said. “He was the guy all the young players looked up to.”

Alger Arbour now leans on every bit of that resilience and fortitude. He is being treated for Parkinson’s disease and dementia near his home in Sarasota, Fla. He has difficulty with balance, with recollection and with words. He is in hospice care. The prognosis is dire.

But you can count on one thing. Arbour will battle, as he did as a defenseman for the Blues, as he did throughout a career in which he has been with teams that won the Stanley Cup eight times, representing four cities. The fact one of those locations isn’t St. Louis is a pockmark on a franchise that is without a championship 48 seasons into its existence.

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Audio/Video- Scotty Bowman On A Few Hot Topics

via Sportsnet,

Chicago Blackhawks senior advisor Scotty Bowman joins Prime Time Sports to talk about coaches challenges, the lack of scoring and reducing the size of goaltending equipment.

 

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Somehow The Montreal Canadiens Should Honor Toe Blake And Scotty Bowman

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

Toe Blake, for instance, could have his No. 6 up there — but a better way to honour Blake, in my view, would be with the ceremony that should come next, hoisting a banner to honour Blake and Scotty Bowman, the two greatest coaches in the history of the game. (At least some consideration should be given to a similar honour for Dick Irvin — the senior Irvin coached 896 games, only 18 fewer than Blake, but his winning percentage was well below that of Blake and Bowman.)

It may be uncommon to honour coaches in such fashion but then, the Canadiens had uncommon coaches and Bowman was almost certainly the greatest coach in the history of the game, even if Bowman himself gives the nod to Blake. In the long history of a game’s greatest team, no one deserves such an honour more than Bowman and Blake.

more plus some talk on renaming the NHL trophies...

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Simmons talks Leafs, Quenneville and discusses tough times for ‘hockey royalty’

Amongst the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons' notes:

What Leafs management likes most about Nazem Kadri — his inherent cockiness — is also what they like least. It’s good to have that when you’re producing. Kadri’s assist Friday night in Columbus was his first in 18 Toronto games, dating back to last season. ... Determined to get David Clarkson back on track this season, the Leafs coaching staff watched every game he played in his final two seasons in New Jersey this summer to get a sense of what he did well. So far, the reset, as Randy Carlyle calls it, seems to be working out just fine.

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With 712 wins, Joel Quenneville is two seasons away from moving past Al Arbour on the NHL list of all-time coaching victories. He will end up second but nowhere near Scotty Bowman’s 1,244 wins . Quenneville, by the way, began his coaching career as a playing assistant to Marc Crawford with the Leafs farm team in St. John’s.

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This is a tough time for hockey royalty: Gordie Howe, Arbour, Pat Quinn are all struggling. Wish all of them, and others we may not know about, the best. And from football, our friend, Dick Thornton, who writes via e-mail: “I’m fighting the best I can.” You can follow Tricky Dicky at http://www.coachthornton.com

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Scotty Bowman On Pierre McGuire And The Pittsburgh Penguins Too

from CBS Pittsburgh,

Former Pittsburgh Penguins Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman joined Bob Pompeani on his Saturday show on The Fan to talk about the Pens’ current situation as they search for a new general manager and possibly a new head coach.

Bowman worked closely with NBC Sports NHL analyst Pierre Maguire who has been rumored to be a possible candidate for the open general manager position with the Pens.

He tells Bob that Maguire has been a candidate recently for many open positions and that he has a real desire to return to a team.

“He has a good broad knowledge of amateur hockey,” Bowman said. “But the big thing he has going for him for me is that he has a lot of connections. He has kept up with the hockey league. He is a hard worker. His knowledge of the NHL would be very high for sure.”

Bowman also told Bob that he thinks injuries played a huge role in the Pens early exit from the playoffs this year and he doesn’t think the window for this team to win another Stanley Cup has closed.

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Matheson ponders Rick Nash’s disappearing act and more in Hockey World columns

The New York Rangers' salary structure is quite top-heavy, so both the Rangers' beat writers and those following the team from afar have suggested that the Rangers will have to use a cap-compliance buyout on either Rick Nash or Brad Richards.

The combination of Brad Richards' resurgence under Alain Vigneault (to the tune of 51 points for his Capgeek-listed $6.67 million cap hit) and Rick Nash's struggles (39 points in 63 games and a no-show come playoff time for a cap hit of $7.8 million) have those in the know suggesting that Nash is the odd man out.

This morning, the Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson wonders where Nash's game went given that the 6'4," 213-pound winger's become a perimeter player in the first of three "Hockey World" columns:

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Matheson discusses Ray Whitney’s future, Lecavalier as a buyout candidate and shares Bowman thoughts

The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson discusses a wide range of topics over the course of three Hockey World articles, pondering the fate of 42-year-old Ray Whitney, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer...

“I’ll be 42 years old and there won’t be a lot of people banging down the doors,” he said.

If it’s not the right location, like a Western Conference team — his family plans on staying in the desert this winter, Whitney might retire. He’ll be in management someday, if he wants to dive it into as Todd Marchant has done in Anaheim, Calif., where he’s head of player development for the Ducks.

“It was not a great year … I’m not sure there are a whole lot of options out there,” Whitney admitted. “The legs are still there, but it’s nearly impossible to get the legs moving when you’re over 40 and playing eight to 10 minutes and only on the power play. After the first 10 games, I was on the second line, but the last three or four months, it was the fourth. They went with youth and they do have some good kids. I can’t deny that.”

Wondering whether the Flyers will buy out Vincent Lecavalier after signing him to a 5-year deal that's become a millstone...

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Audio/Video- On A Slow Monday Afternoon, How About Some Scottty Bowman?

via Sportsnet (Hockey Centreal at Noon),

Scotty Bowman, Senior Advisor of Hockey Operations for the Chicago Blackhawks, went over the playoff picture and picked out a constant theme for all successful teams: a solid defence core.

 

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Audio/Video- Scotty Bowman Talks Olympic Hockey

Spend around 14 minutes with Scotty Bowman who appeared on Sportsnet's Prime Time Sports this afternoon.

Bowman gave his views on big ice, Team Canada, Team USA and more...

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The Denver Post offers a SI-similar—and very different—take on the necessity of fighting

George here on the late shift. These stories hit the wires yesterday, or so their time-stamps state, but they weren't posted here...And if they aren't posted here, I tend to assume that the Nick Lidstrom of blogging has seen 'em and chosen to let them pass as they've hit a particularly repetitive tone.

The Denver Post does indeed tread upon some familiar ground in echoing Sports Illustrated's "50 Landmark Hockey Fights" with a series of articles about fighting, and it includes a similar Stu Grimson-penned endorsement of fighting to the one Grimson penned for SI, but it goes along the same path on a slightly different tack. I think they're worth reading.

Adrian Dater and Mike Chambers list their own "landmark fights," offer a "history of fighting in hockey," and they note the trio of enforcers who've passed away recently in Mark Rypien, Derek Boogard and Wade Belak, and yes, again, Grimson makes his mark with a new endorsement of hockey's version of self-policing, but all of the articles speak from a post-NHL alumni concussion lawsuit-filing perspective--including a Sunday notebook's version of Dater suggesting that the lawsuit is unlikely to reach its aim--but Dater and Chambers offer what I can only describe is a startling split in perspectives given that they speak to Avs enforcers Patrick Bordeleau and Cody McLeod about keeping their opponents honest...

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Audio- All Scotty Bowman

Today Scotty Bowman appeared on Sportsnet's Hockey Central at Noon (click the link, then click on Bowman's picture, the audio will start playing)....

Some of the topics Bowman discussed were the improved Lightning, then  he started talking rules of the game with some excellent points including quoting Bobby Orr who said the "barriers" have been removed, making the game that much quicker.  Also discussed the extra room behind the net and interference penalties.  He also talked hybrid icing and a few more topics.

Probably the best hockey conversation I have heard this year.  Find 11 minutes of free time and listen.

added 2:40pm, You can now listen/watch the Bowman discussion below...

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The Picture Says It All

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Video- Scotty Bowman Now Has 13 Cups Associated With His Name

Gene Principe of Sportsnet talks with Scotty Bowman after Chicago's win last night.

 

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13 Minutes With Scotty Bowman

Scotty Bowman joined the Sportsnet Hockey Central gang to discuss the Stanley Cup Final.

 

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Scotty Bowman Talks Holmstrom And Blackhawks

Bowman visited Sportsnet's Hockey Central to talk Tomas Holmstrom, a 48-game season and his Chicago Blackhawks.

 

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Morning Line

“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.

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Scotty Bowman On The Current Style Of Play

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.”

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It Was Bowman’s Way

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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Scotty Bowman Still Busy

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.

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I don’t know why, but I get a chuckle just thinking about Scotty tweeting.

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The Babcock/Bowman Relationship

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.

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Difficult Time For The Bowman Family

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.

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De Niro Plays Lombardi - Who Would Play Bowman?

from ESPN,

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.

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Now my question, if a movie were to be made about Scotty Bowman, which actor would you like to see portray him?

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Stan & Scotty Bowman Talk Hockey

Stan Bowman, son of Hall-of-Fame Coach Scotty Bowman, talks about the path he has chosen in his hockey career.

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Stan & Scotty

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.”

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Scotty Laying Low

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.”

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Chicago Learning From The Master

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.

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Crashing The Net Talk

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.”

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Canadiens Honor Coaching Greats

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.

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Hockey’s Greatest Days

imageIn 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.

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Coach Bowman - The Early Years

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!

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Morning Line

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…

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Expect More Power For 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.

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Late Afternoon Line

“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.

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Bowman To Blackhawks

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.

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Our Game Is Going Global

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.

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Summer Means Bowman Rumors

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.

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Bowman This Morning

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…

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