Thursday, July 31, 2008

Bowman joins the 'Hawks

The Chicago Blackhawks are naming legendary coach Scotty Bowman as a Senior Advisor, Hockey Operations on Thursday.

Ranking first among all NHL coaches in games coached (2,141), wins (1,244) and Stanley Cups (nine), Bowman is revered as an all-time great behind the bench.
Bowman's an interesting cat. For the longest time, we heard "not interested" as other teams pursued the Red Wings "special advisor" for a role in their hockey department.

Chicago comes calling, and he bites.

Other than the obvious connection (his son is the team's assistant GM), I think Bowman wants a challenge, and sees Chicago as a team on the rise.

Credit Rocky Wirtz and new team president John McDonough with this move along with everything else.

UPDATE “Scotty Bowman, more than anyone in hockey today, embodies the traits we are integrating into this organization in order to bring a Stanley Cup to Chicago. He symbolizes excellence, performance, work ethic and delivering results. So do we,” said Wirtz.

“We are privileged to welcome the legendary Scotty Bowman to the Chicago Blackhawks family,” McDonough said. “His hockey genius, vision and energy are a perfect fit with our goal to win the Stanley Cup.”

“I have been a life-long fan of Scotty Bowman and I am truly humbled to have him join our Hockey Operations staff. He is one of the greatest minds in the history of our sport and will undoubtedly be a great asset to us in our day-to-day operations,” Blackhawks general manager Dale Tallon said.

UPDATE Here's Bowman: "The biggest reason was the fact that I could come in and be a good force with the team and work with my son Stan. That's a dream everybody has that doesn't happen very often in sports."



At 12:57 p.m., July 31, 2008, Blogger saskhab said...

Given how serious he was with taking on a President/GM role with the Leafs (and them deciding to look elsewhere), it's obvious his "happy with Detroit" line was just a negotiation tactic.

With the Wings winning the Cup, and Babcock proving he's championship caliber, it makes sense to leave now. His expertise isn't as essential in Detroit anymore. Now, he gets to take on the monumental task of trying to take down the juggernaut he helped create in Detroit.

The Chicago-Detroit rivalry looks like it could be the best in the NHL for the next half decade or so.

At 1:13 p.m., July 31, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When look at Scotty you'd think that he's just a great grandpa enjoying his retirement. A year-around Santa.

But there's still fire in his belly and his ego is quite large. He was right in the middle of Stanley Cup festitivies.

There's nothing wrong being competitive, and that's why he's the greatest, but I was surprised with this news because I was thinking Scotty as a "Santa".

When Scotty was on TV during the playoffs you can tell that his mind is still 100%. He follows game very very close so he'll be a great asset for Hawks.

Actually, he should replace Savard!

At 8:46 p.m., July 31, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who would have ever thought that HockeyBuzz would have this one before everyone else..
then again, it was by Andy Strickland.. one of the few respectable ones there

At 10:06 p.m., July 31, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Good point on Strickland; I should have mentioned he was the first to put this out there.


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