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Video- The Champs Meet With The Media

11/04/2022 at 3:32am EDT

Before the 1997 Stanley Cup Champions enjoyed the pregame celebration, they met with the media.

Scotty Bowman and Igor Larionov are first up and below are Kris Draper and Darren McCarty, then Nick Lidstrom.

Draper and McCarty



It’s hard to believe Scotty Bowman is 90 years old. It is such a pleasure to listen to him. Like Scotty, I miss watching the plays being set up in the 3 zones. That takes great skill, but, the game changes, and we adapt.  I’m so glad I took the time to watch all the interviews. 


And of course, Homer…… and his magnificent, goal scoring ASS!😉


I’m actually afraid I’ll get too sad or nostalgic if I watch the interviews.  Scotty is in a category by himself, always educational to listen to.


Great anecdote from Scotty about Fetisov lobbying him to bring in Igor.

Igor: first time playing against SY was '85 worlds in Prague. 

Fascinating conversation.


Back in the day I always pictured Scotty having a real harsh voice, yelling at the guys - to hear his regular voice always throws me off a little.  What a great guy.  If you haven't already, check out Ken Dryden's book on him, it's full of a lot of cool history and Ken has a way with words.

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