“We could play any way we wanted,” Bowman said. “We were solid defensively, could protect leads, and with Steve Yzerman, Sergei Fedorov, Igor Larionov and Kris Draper, we were so strong down the middle. Everybody accepted their role.
“We had a tough team with (Darren) McCarty, (Joe) Kocur, (Brendan) Shanahan, (Martin) Lapointe. Vladimir Konstantinov, nobody was tougher than him. It all melded together.
“It was a wonderful time in the NHL probably for about a decade at least.”
Ansar Khan of Mlive has much more on Bowman and the 1997 team.