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Scotty Bowman at the 2006 NHL Awards
|Born||William Scott Bowman
September 18, 1933
Montreal, QC, CAN
|Occupation||former NHL coach|
William Scott Bowman, OC (born September 18, 1933) is a retired National Hockey League head coach. He holds the record for most wins in league history, with 1,244 wins in the regular season and 223 in the Stanley Cup playoffs and ranks fourth all-time (behind Jean Béliveau (10), Yvan Cournoyer (10) and recordholder Henri Richard (11)) for most Stanley Cup victories by a player, coach or executive. He coached the St. Louis Blues, Montreal Canadiens, Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Detroit Red Wings. He is currently the Senior Advisor of Hockey Operations for the Chicago Blackhawks. Bowman is regarded as one of the greatest coaches in history, in any sport.
As head coach, Bowman has won a record nine Stanley Cups; five with the Canadiens (1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, and 1979), one with the Penguins (1992) and three with the Red Wings (1997, 1998, and 2002). He has also won four Stanley Cups as a member of an organization's front office. He was director of player development for the 1991 Penguins, Consultant with the 2008 Detroit Red Wings, and Senior Advisor of Hockey Operations for the 2010 and 2013 Chicago Blackhawks. Bowman won the Jack Adams Award in 1977 and 1996. In the 1976–77 season he won a record 60 games, breaking his own record of 58 wins the year before. He broke his own record again in the 1995–1996 season, with 62 wins. His 8 losses in 1976–77 are a modern record. His teams also made it to the Stanley Cup Finals a record 13 times and the semi-finals a record 16 times. In thirty years of NHL head coaching, Bowman never suffered a losing record over an entire season.
Bowman's brother, Jack, was a longtime scout for the Buffalo Sabres, his nephew, Steve Bowman, is a scout for the Washington Capitals, and his son, Stan, is the General Manager of the Chicago Blackhawks.
He started coaching with the Ottawa Junior Canadiens in the Quebec Junior Hockey League in 1956. Two years later, the team coached by Bowman and managed by Sam Pollock won the Memorial Cup in 1958. Soon thereafter, he moved into a coaching job with the Peterborough Petes of the OHA, the Montreal Canadiens' junior farm team.
St. Louis Blues
Bowman moved into the NHL in 1967 when he joined the expansion St. Louis Blues as assistant coach to Lynn Patrick. However, Patrick resigned after a slow start, and Bowman became coach at age 34. The Blues caught fire, and made it to the Stanley Cup finals in their first three years of existence. Bowman coached in St. Louis until the end of the 1970–71 season, but left due to a dispute with team ownership.
Bowman then joined the Montreal Canadiens as head coach. Though the Canadiens were the defending champions, Al MacNeil had been sacked as head coach due to accusations of favoritism toward the team's anglophone players. Bowman was hired in part because he is fluently bilingual in English and French. His team lost in the first round of the playoffs in 1972 but won the Stanley Cup in 1973. The Canadiens would make the playoffs over the next two seasons but bow out in the first and third rounds, as the rival Philadelphia Flyers won the Stanley Cup.
From 1976 to 1979, Bowman won four consecutive Stanley Cups with a talented Canadiens squad that included Guy Lafleur, Steve Shutt, Larry Robinson and Ken Dryden. Bowman's team won at least 45 games in each of his eight seasons. However, after a falling-out with ownership, Bowman stepped down after the 1978–79 season. The reason for the falling-out was the team's decision to pass him over as the new General Manager of the club in 1978 after Sam Pollock's retirement, as they hired Irving Grundman instead. The Canadiens' dynasty ended after Bowman and several key players left the team. Bowman remains the second-winningest coach in Canadiens history after Toe Blake.
Bowman and General Manager Sam Pollock not only presided over a Canadiens dynasty, but many of their players went on to having successful coaching and managing roles with their own teams.
For the 1979–80 season, he moved to the Buffalo Sabres as coach and general manager. He served as the team's general manager until 1987, doubling as coach on three separate occasions. During this time, he missed the playoffs for the only time in his coaching career, in the 1985–86 season. He left the Sabres as the winningest coach in franchise history.
Bowman joined the Sabres around the same time that their stars were growing old. While the Sabres remained competitive for much of his tenure, he was unable to build them into anything approaching the powerhouses he'd coached in Montreal. After the Sabres finished last in the NHL in 1986-87, Bowman was relieved of his managerial duties and become an analyst for the CBC's Hockey Night in Canada.
After the death of Bob Johnson, who had just won the Stanley Cup with the Penguins the previous season, Bowman took over as head coach. Under Bowman, the Penguins repeated as Stanley Cup champions in a season dedicated to Johnson.
The next season, the Penguins had their first 100-point season in franchise history, and finished with the league's best record. The 1992–93 Penguins under Bowman set the NHL record for consecutive wins in the regular season with 17. Their 119 points is still a franchise record. In the playoffs, the Penguins were upset in seven games in the Patrick Division finals by the New York Islanders coached by Al Arbour, the NHL's next-winningest coach after Bowman and a former Bowman player with the Blues.
Detroit Red Wings
In 1993–94, Bowman became coach of the Red Wings, and led them to a first-place finish in the Western Conference, but his Red Wings were ousted in the first round by the young San Jose Sharks. According to an apocryphal story, Bowman had difficulty in the maze-like tunnels of the San Jose Arena, eventually having to be rescued after getting lost and twice locking himself into rooms.
In 1995, the Red Wings made it to the Stanley Cup Finals but were swept by the New Jersey Devils in four straight. This was the Red Wings' first appearance in the finals in 29 years. In the 1995–96 regular season, he won a record 62 games. However, they lost to the Colorado Avalanche in the Western Conference Finals.
In the 1997 playoffs, Bowman led the team to its first Stanley Cup in 42 years by sweeping the Philadelphia Flyers 4–0. The Red Wings repeated the feat the following season by sweeping the Washington Capitals.
In 1999 and 2000, they lost to the Colorado Avalanche in the Western Semi-Finals, and in 2001 they were eliminated by the Los Angeles Kings in the first round.
Bowman decided in February 2002 that he would retire at the end of the season and he went out as a winner as his Red Wings won the Stanley Cup by defeating the Carolina Hurricanes 4 games to 1. During the presentation of the Cup on the ice, Bowman put on an old pair of skates so he could take a lap with the Cup. He then publicly announced his retirement from coaching. He is second on the Red Wings' all-time wins list behind only Jack Adams.
Since his retirement as coach in 2002, Bowman worked as a special consultant to the Red Wings. On August 3, 2007, it was reported that Bowman was offered the position of President of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Bowman later appeared in an interview on Hockey Night in Canada on January 12, 2008 confirming that he was very close to taking the job only to be turned away by Richard Peddie, CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. (MLSE). In July 2008, he took a position as Senior Advisor of Hockey Operations for the Chicago Blackhawks to work alongside his son Stan Bowman, who is the General Manager. The Blackhawks' Stanley Cup victory in 2010 gave Bowman his 12th Stanley Cup including coaching and team management, and the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup victory in 2013 gave Bowman his 13th.
|Team||Year||Regular season||Post season|
|STL||67–68||58||23||21||14||–||70||3rd in West||8||10||.444||Lost in Final|
|STL||68–69||76||37||25||14||–||88||1st in West||8||4||.667||Lost in Final|
|STL||69–70||76||37||27||12||–||86||1st in West||8||8||.500||Lost in Final|
|STL||70–71||28||13||10||5||–||31||2nd in West||2||4||.333||Lost in first round|
|–||265||26||26||.500||4 playoff appearances|
|MTL||71–72||78||46||16||16||–||108||3rd in East||2||4||.333||Lost in first round|
|MTL||72–73||78||52||10||16||–||120||1st in East||12||5||.706||Won Stanley Cup|
|MTL||73–74||78||45||24||9||–||99||2nd in East||2||4||.333||Lost in first round|
|MTL||74–75||80||47||14||19||–||113||1st in Norris Division||6||5||.545||Lost in Semi-Finals|
|MTL||75–76||80||58||11||11||–||127||1st in Norris Division||12||1||.923||Won Stanley Cup|
|MTL||76–77||80||60||8||12||–||132||1st in Norris Division||12||2||.857||Won Stanley Cup|
|MTL||77–78||80||59||10||11||–||129||1st in Norris Division||12||3||.800||Won Stanley Cup|
|MTL||78–79||80||52||17||11||–||115||1st in Norris Division||12||4||.750||Won Stanley Cup|
|–||943||70||28||.714||8 playoff appearances
5 Stanley Cup Championships
|BUF||79–80||80||47||17||16||–||110||1st in Adams Division||9||5||.643||Lost in Semi-Finals|
|BUF||81–82||35||18||10||7||–||43||3rd in Adams Division||1||3||.250||Lost in Division Semi-Finals|
|BUF||82–83||80||38||29||13||–||89||3rd in Adams Division||6||4||.600||Lost in Division Finals|
|BUF||83–84||80||48||25||7||–||103||2nd in Adams Division||0||3||.000||Lost in Division Semi-Finals|
|BUF||84–85||80||38||28||14||–||90||3rd in Adams Division||2||3||.400||Lost in Division Semi-Finals|
|BUF||85–86||37||18||18||1||–||37||5th in Adams Division||–||–||–|
|–||480||–||18||18||.500||5 playoff appearances|
|PIT||91–92||80||39||32||9||–||87||3rd in Patrick Division||16||5||.762||Won Stanley Cup|
|PIT||92–93||84||56||21||7||–||119||1st in Patrick Division||7||5||.583||Lost in Division Finals|
|–||206||23||10||.697||2 playoff appearances
1 Stanley Cup championship
|DET||93–94||84||46||30||8||–||100||1st in Central||3||4||.429||Lost in Conference Quarter-Finals|
|DET||94–95||48||33||11||4||–||70||1st in Central||12||6||.667||Lost in Stanley Cup Final|
|DET||95–96||82||62||13||7||–||131||1st in Central||10||9||.526||Lost in Conference Final|
|DET||96–97||82||38||26||18||–||94||2nd in Central||16||4||.800||Won Stanley Cup|
|DET||97–98||82||44||23||15||–||103||2nd in Central||16||6||.727||Won Stanley Cup|
|DET||98–99||77||39||31||7||–||(93)||1st in Central||6||4||.600||Lost in Conference Semi-Finals|
|DET||99–00||82||48||22||10||2||102||2nd in Central||5||4||.556||Lost in Conference Semi-Finals|
|DET||00–01||82||49||20||9||4||111||1st in Central||2||4||.333||Lost in Conference Quarter-Finals|
|DET||01–02||82||51||17||10||4||116||1st in Central||16||7||.696||Won Stanley Cup|
|920||86||48||.642||9 playoff appearances
3 Stanley Cup championships
|2,814||223||130||.632||28 playoff appearances
9 Stanley Cup championships
- The Game, Ken Dryden, p.36, Published by Macmillan Canada, 1993, ISBN 0-7715-9001-6
- The Montreal Canadiens:100 Years of Glory, D’Arcy Jenish, p.236, Published in Canada by Doubleday, 2009, ISBN 978-0-385-66325-0
- HickokSports.com – Biography – Scotty Bowman
- Canada's Walk of Fame
- Kelley, Jim (May 29, 2208). "Bowman keeps close ties to Cup". SI.com (Cable News Network). Retrieved June 5, 2008.
- "Scotty Bowman says Leafs turned him down". CBC News. January 13, 2008.
- Bowman: Maple Leafs turned me down
- Chicago Blackhawks – News: Blackhawks To Host Major Press Conference Today – July 31, 2008
- "Appointments to the Order of Canada".
- Scotty Bowman's biography at Legends of Hockey
- Scotty Bowman's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database