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by George Malik on 05/25/12 at 08:37 PM ET
Per the Toronto Sun’s Kris Sims, we don’t have to call him “Sir” William Scott Bowman, but the former Blues, Canadiens, Sabres, Penguins, of course Red Wings and now Blackhawks executive received Canada’s highest civilian honor on Friday:
The best coach in hockey is now an officer in the Order of Canada. The name William Scott Bowman echoed through Rideau Hall Friday as famed Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman accepted the honour from Gov. Gen. David Johnston. The formal crowd had trouble quelling their happy applause as the official white-and-red medallion was placed around his neck.
“It’s certainly different from my Stanley Cup rings, and I look forward to wearing it on special occasions,” Bowman told reporters. He says the honour made him reflect on his favourite memories. “The first Stanley Cup, as a coach, that’s always a dream and I was very fortunate to go back to my home city of Montreal and my second year we won the cup, and probably the last one too, because I knew I wasn’t going to coach anymore.”
The Order of Canada is the highest honour that can be bestowed upon a Canadian, other than the Queen’s Order of Merit.
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