Scotty Bowman is going to have a trophy named after him someday. He holds so many records in the NHL, and every franchise he touches ends up winning. Luckily for us Chicago fans, he touched the Chicago Blackhawks as well.
Credit where credit is due. Stan Bowman played a critical role in building the Chicago Blackhawks rosters during 2013 and 2015. While he could not help keep the success around after the fact, and now the team is struggling, he did help the Blackhawks dynasty. His father, Scotty Bowman, also played a role.
Scotty Bowman has been working with the Blackhawks since 2008 when he took a job as Senior Advisor of Hockey Operations, and he is still going strong now some 12 years later. Scotty Bowman brings so much experience to the ‘Hawks, experience that played a role in capturing the Stanley Cups in 2010, 2013, and 2015.
As an NHL coach making the playoffs was a guarantee for Bowman. During his years with the St. Louis Blues, Montreal Canadians, Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Detroit Redwings, he only missed the playoffs one time (with the Sabres). He coached every team except for the Sabres to the Stanley Cup Final.
Bowman has won nine Stanley Cup titles as a coach, but the list doesn’t end there. After finishing his career as a head coach in 2002 with a record of 1244-573-314-10, Bowman did not step away from hockey completely. He won the Cup in 2008 as a consultant for the Redwings, and he would go on to win his three championships with Chicago in his current role.
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In all, Scotty Bowman has 14 Stanley Cup rings, an excellent collection by any means. There was no doubt that Scotty is the best NHL coach ever, but thanks to his time with Chicago, he has proven that he has the best hockey mind by far.
Being able to impact the game from the stands and help eye the talented players that can make a roster successful is what Bowman is doing in his current role. One of the biggest reasons I believe Stan Bowman is still General Manager is because of the hockey mind that comes with him in Scotty.
Now I know we Blackhawks fans despise the Redwings, but I have to include this video below. Just watch as Bowman wins his last Stanley Cup as a coach as he skates around the ice with it before announcing his retirement.
Stan Bowman has proven that he is a top-tier General Manager with his name on the Cup three times. However, it is his father’s legacy that has continued to grow thanks to his time helping the ‘Hawks. Hopefully, he will stay in his role for the next few years in order to get Chicago back on track.