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Scotty on ‘the Joe’

Scotty Bowman shared some of his memories of Joe Louis Arena with BSN Denver's Adrian Dater:

Joe Louis Arena will undergo demolition after this NHL season closes, which for the Red Wings will be immediately following Game No. 82 on the schedule. For the first time in 25 seasons, the Wings will miss the playoffs.

Bowman won three Stanley Cups as coach of the Red Wings (1997, 1998 and 2002), winning a Cup in his final game as a head coach, at “The Joe”, in ’02 against the Carolina Hurricanes. So, there were lots of other great memories here.

“We had a lot of success as a team, but what I’ll probably remember as much from my time working there was how it was a real family atmosphere in the building among all the people who worked there. It wasn’t just the players and coaches, but the whole staff who worked at the arena. I got to really know many of them. They felt like they were part of the team too, not just hired hands,” Bowman said. “It was a good place to work. The parking lot was right next to the office. You’d just park, walk in the door and make a quick left and you were sitting down.

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