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Scotty Bowman Douglas Hunter who wrote A Life in Hockey says Elton John sings but he cant carry a football an inch let alone for vital yards Emmitt Smith can But he cant write a short story that ends with the snow falling softly upon the Bog of Allen and into the dark mutinous Shannon waves falling faintly through the universe upon all the living and the dead James Joyce could do that Scotty Bowman can do none of the above Does this mean Bowman has no talent No the mans a genius William Scott Bowman was born in Montreal Canada on November 16 1933 We grew up there doing what any kid his age did in Canada and that is play hockey Who would have thought that some sixty years later he would be coaching my favorite hockey team the Detroit Red Wings Scotty really never had any educational experience He was not the smartest when it came to history or to math but the man knew his hockey He played Junior hockey in Canada and later went on to play for both the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks From these to teams he learned a great deal form the game and how it worked After retiring from playing hockey he turned to coaching This is really where his career would take off Scotty is the winningest coach in NHL history and he is the only coach to win more than 200 play-off games He was also won more Stanley Cups than any other coach in the game of hockey Scotty was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991 and from there went on to coach the Red Wings In Detroit he has lead them to two Stanley Cups and hopefully there third this year Scottys achievements just dont end on the ice though He is a firm believer in giving back to the community This is why
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