Long before he would emerge as the coach with most wins in NHL history, Scotty Bowman was first named head coach of the Montreal Canadiens in 1971. It was behind the Habs’ bench where Bowman would learn what it takes to build a championship team.
A brilliant tactician, Bowman outwitted opposing coaches on a nightly basis, keeping them guessing with his every move. After guiding the Canadiens to the Stanley Cup in the spring of 1973, Bowman established a Canadiens dynasty that remains one of the greatest in league history.
Under his leaddership, the Habs won four straight Stanley Cups from 1976 through 1979. No team in the NHL could touch the Canadiens as they rolled to an incredible mark of 60-8-12 while piling up 132 points, a league record that still stands today.
Bowman’s attention to detail and relentless coaching style kept his players grounded and focused on what mattered most – winning the Stanley Cup. Hardly a players’ coach, he still had the knack of getting the best from everyone on his teams, from superstars to role players, whether they liked it or not.
After guiding the Habs to five Stanley Cups over his eight years behind the Montreal bench, Bowman went on to raise the Cup four more times as head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings.
The most decorated coach in the history of the NHL with nine championships, Bowman took his rightful place in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991.
Scotty Bowman was named Chicago Blackhawks senior advisor, hockey operations on July 31, 2008, a position he continues to hold today. The Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2013.