June 14, 2002 |
Scotty Bowman kept his secret as long as he could and the best team money could buy made sure his last game as coach won him a Stanley Cup championship. "I made up my mind in February that this was going to be my last year," said Bowman, who announced his retirement after the Detroit Red Wings finished off the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-1, to clinch the best-of-seven series Thursday night in front of a sellout crowd of 20,058 at Joe Louis Arena.
June 13, 2002 |
They couldn't be more different. Laker Coach Phil Jackson, the NBA's Zen Master, trendy soul patch sprouting under his lower lip, and Detroit Red Wing Coach Scotty Bowman, irascible Mr. Spacely from "The Jetsons" cartoons come to life, chin pointed skyward, eyes seeing and mind resolving problems that haven't arisen yet. One is Gandhi. The other is Stephen Hawking.
February 1, 2002
The last time the NHL held its All-Star game in Los Angeles, in 1981, Scotty Bowman had left the bench before the start of the season to be general manager of the Buffalo Sabres. Bowman, however, coached the Wales Conference team against Pat Quinn's Campbell Conference team in the 1981 All-Star game, which was played at the Forum. In the days leading up to the game, Bowman told reporters that he hoped it would be the last game he coached.
November 21, 2000 |
He has been coaching in the NHL since Lyndon Johnson was in office. Since the city where he now works was putting out cars with big fins and bigger engines. Since his captain, Steve Yzerman, was a 2-year-old in British Columbia. While the Kings were introducing Southern California to the NHL--and vice versa--by beating Philadelphia on Oct. 14, 1967, Scotty Bowman was putting the finishing touches on his first victory as an NHL coach, a 4-2 decision for St. Louis at Pittsburgh.
April 15, 2000 |
The Detroit Red Wings may not have reached peak postseason form, but Coach Scotty Bowman wore his familiar, irascible playoff face Friday. He barked at public relations officials from the NHL and his own club. His sentences meandered in unpredictable directions. His chin was pointed high in the air, his eyes on visions only he could see.
March 19, 2000 |
Detroit Coach Scotty Bowman got a road victory against hated rival Colorado on Saturday. But you'd never know it from his postgame comments. Bowman criticized the NHL for assigning what he described as second-rate referees to officiate ABC's first televised game of the season following his team's 4-3 victory over the Avalanche. "The league has got to take a better stand on assigning referees for games like this," he said. "We never get the top five [referees]. It's not fair to both teams.