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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...
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.