Hockey Hall of Fame - Stanley Cup Journals: 2010, 31

Scotty Bowman's daughter Nancy along with her husband and son posing for a photo with the Stanley Cup.
(Howie Borrow/Hockey Hall of Fame)
500 family members and friends of Chicago's Vice President and General Manager, Stan Bowman, were sitting at breakfast in Chicago on Saturday, July 24, waiting for the Stanley Cup. Stan was pacing, wringing his hands when the phone rang.

"Hello?"

Scotty Bowman showing off his Championship rings.
(Howie Borrow/Hockey Hall of Fame)
"Hi Stan. This is the Keeper of the Stanley Cup. I'm in London, Ontario right now and the plane isn't leaving here because the weather in Chicago is too bad."

(silence)

"Stan, I am working on a way to get the Stanley Cup to you. I'm sorry but there isn't much I can do. I'll stay in touch."

The Bowman family are all smiles during their day with the Stanley Cup.
(Walt Neubrand/Hockey Hall of Fame)
So, instead of flying London to Chicago, the Cup Keeper was forced to fly to Toronto and connect there. But in doing so, the Stanley Cup was going to miss most of the GM's day reserved for hockey's most treasured silverware.

The breakfast guests finished their meal and the dishes stacked and carried away. The Stanley Cup, which had been scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 8:00AM didn't arrive in the Windy City until 2:30, only arriving at the Bowman home at 3:30PM.

The best laid plans can easily go astray without warning and without anything that can be done.

Stan Bowman proudly hoisting the Stanley Cup. (Walt Neubrand/Hockey Hall of Fame)
Instead of breakfast, Stan invited 100 guests to his home. Family and friends filled the entire three-storey home. Guests, including neighbour Dave Bolland and Stan's Dad, Scotty, ate chicken, pasta, seafood and salads, and nibbled on Stanley Cup cookies, Blackhawk cookies and an extraordinary cake that resembled the Stanley Cup, even included the individual names of the 2010 champions 'engraved' on the Cup cake in icing.

While it was a wonderful party, the celebration was abbreviated, and Stan Bowman would later get more time with the Stanley Cup.

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Earning a day with the Stanley Cup isn't a new sensation for Scotty Bowman, Senior Advisor of Hockey Operation with the Chicago Blackhawks. In fact, through a storied coaching and management career, the senior Bowman has now been part of twelve Stanley Cup celebrations.

Stan Bowman helping his wife Suzanne enjoy a drink from the Stanley Cup.
(Walt Neubrand/Hockey Hall of Fame)
As a coach, Scotty is the winningest bench boss in NHL history, with an unprecedented record of 1,244 regular season victories with the St. Louis Blues, Montreal Canadiens, Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings. Scotty won Stanley Cup championships with Montreal in 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1979, with Pittsburgh in 1992 and with Detroit in 1997, 1998 and 2002. n addition, he was Director of Player Development with the Penguins when they won the Cup in 1991 and was a consultant with the Red Wings when they collected the championship in 2008. And then, of course, he played an integral role in the Hawks' Stanley Cup championship season.

On Saturday, September 4, the Cup arrived in East Amherst, New York, just outside Buffalo. Scotty hosted a party in his backyard, and among the guests were Patrick Kane and his family, Stan Bowman and Scotty's longtime friend and fellow Buffalo resident, former NHL coach and broadcaster, Harry Neale.

Scotty and Stan Bowman sharing a moment with the Stanley Cup. (Walt Neubrand/Hockey Hall of Fame)
Afterwards, Bowman took the prize to the Transit Valley Country Club in Amherst where the Cup was placed on display for the golf club members. Once their round was through, with the Stanley Cup nearby, Scotty and the members enjoyed a sensational dinner of custom-prepared pasta.

Much like the subdued nature of Scotty Bowman, his celebration was classy yet without fanfare.

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The Stanley Cup shows up on the doorsteps of Marc Bergevin (Director of Player Personnel), Stephane Waite (goaltending coach) and Mike Haviland (assistant coach) in our next instalment of Stanley Cup Journal.

Kevin Shea is the Editor of Publications and Online Features for the Hockey Hall of Fame.



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