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.
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."