Although we have covered players who returned to the ice after they were inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, and owners who completely should have been kicked out after they were inducted, we now have a builder who continued to have a Hall of Fame career AFTER he was inducted.
is considered one of the best coaches of any sport. Bowman first gained acclaim at the age of 34, leading the St. Louis Blues to three consecutive Stanley Cup appearances, and though he did not win (which would have been near impossible as St. Louis was a fresh expansion team), he was noticed by the powerhouse, Montreal Canadians who snatched him up when Al MacNeil was abruptly fired. Bowman would capture five Stanley Cups in the 1970’s with the Habs.
He would next go to the Buffalo Sabres (after he was passed over for the GM job in Montreal) and though Buffalo was competitive during his tenure, he was not able to take them to the championship. He would join the Pittsburgh Penguins organization as the Director of Player Development and was inducted to Hall later that year. Of course, as we mentioned in the first paragraph, the now Hall of Fame inductee had far more trophies to collect.
Bowman stepped in as the Penguins Head Coach after Bob Johnson passed away, and led Pittsburgh to the Cup. He would later join the Detroit Red Wings and would bring them back to the promised land where he took them to Lord Stanley three times. In total, Bowman has nine Stanley Cups as a coach (a record) and an additional three times in front office positions with three different teams. Overall, Scotty Bowman will go down in history as one of the most decorated men in now just Hockey, but professional sports. The Bullet Points:Elected In:
1991 Major Accolades and Awards:
Jack Adams Award (2) (1977 & 1996)
Stanley Cup Rings (12) (As a Head Coach) (Montreal Canadians 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978 & 1979), (Pittsburgh Penguins 1992) & (Detroit Red Wings 1997, 1998 & 2002) (As a Director of Player Development) (Pittsburgh Penguins 1991) (As a Consultant) (Detroit Red Wings 2008) (As a Senior Advisor of Hockey Operations) (Chicago Black Hawks 2010)
Should Scotty Bowman be in the Hall of Fame?
I totally agree with this induction. - 85.7%
I am fine with this induction. - 0%
I do not agree with this induction, but it does not bother me. - 14.3%