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Scotty Bowman remains ‘cuff’ linked to his favorite profession

The Detroit News's Jerry Green rarely fires up ye olde computer these days, and when he does, he tends to reflect somewhat biterly upon a changed sports landscape. This morning, he relates an exchange with Chicago Blackhawks advisor Scotty Bowman from Bowman's days as the Red Wings' coach and GM,and it's absolutely wonderful:

Scotty Bowman pushed through the pack, ignoring all of us and walked into an inner sanctum in the back of the dressing room in Joe Louis Arena.. The interview duties were turned over to his assistants, Barry Smith and Dave Lewis. Scotty just didn’t care much for the nuisance of revealing tidbits to the slavish workers in the media.

Moments later, he flashed a signal, a slight wave of his hand, and indicated “c’mon back.”It was a rare invitation to the reporter-proof room where the Red Wings' coaches viewed videos and designed strategy.
There he sat. This secret, often-silent man — an enigma — the classic curmudgeon and the classic coach who had won championships and who would win more, and even now might be attached to another.

And we spent the next hour or so gabbing about hockey. The game. The people. Our boyhoods.

"I grew up on a street, two of the boys became safecrackers," Bowman said of his days growing up in bilingual Montreal. "They would crack safes. In banks. One ended up in prison in Vancouver, and the other ended up in the big job (big house) in Boston. They became bank robbers. Armed robbery."

Continued, and you'll find out why Bowman might have some conflicted loyalties come Wednesday.

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Zqto's avatar

Wrong links, George

The story seens very interesting

Posted by Zqto on 06/09/13 at 01:43 AM ET

Zqto's avatar

Link is here, if anyone is interested, meanwhile

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130608/SPORTS0103/306080033/1296/opinion0329/On-list-great-coaches-Scotty-Bowman-top

Really nice article

Posted by Zqto on 06/09/13 at 01:45 AM ET

Bugsy's avatar

I didn’t recall the story about Bowman and Jean-Guy Talbot. That in itself made the article worth reading.

Posted by Bugsy on 06/09/13 at 01:53 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

Damn link. I fixed it eventually.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/09/13 at 04:38 AM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

Mr. Bowman is a brilliant hockey mind. Strange but brilliant. My favorite Bowman moment was putting Fedorov on D to try and motivate him…..it worked, of course

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 06/09/13 at 09:51 AM ET

Alan's avatar

My favorite Bowman moment was putting Fedorov on D to try and motivate him

That’s a favorite moment of mine, too. He’s never afraid to think outside the box.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 06/09/13 at 12:28 PM ET

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