NHL Announces Four Winter Classic Coaches

Eric SteitzAnalyst IIIJuly 30, 2012

PITTSBURGH - JUNE 04:  Scotty Bowman of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates with the Stanley Cup after defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins in game six of the 2008 NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Mellon Arena on June 4, 2008 in Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania. The Red Wings defeated the Penguins 3-2 to win the Stanley Cup Finals 4 games to 2.  (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
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This year's Winter Classic combines two "Original Six" teams and includes a second game, due to the history and amount of quality players for each roster. Apparently, there are more than enough coaches to go around as well.

The NHL announced its four coaches for the Winter Classic alumni game between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs.

Those four coaches are Scotty Bowman and Barry Smith for the Red Wing, and Red Kelly and Pat Quinn will coach the Maple Leafs.

Kelly, oddly enough, was a part of four Stanley Cups with Detroit and four with Toronto.

Kelly played in 1,316 career games. He spent 13 seasons with the Red Wings and eight with the Maple Leafs. He has 823 career points.

Bowman has been a part of nine Stanley Cup teams as a head coach, 12 overall. His decorated career ended after winning the 2002 Stanley Cup with the Red Wings.

This adds just another huge chunk of hockey history to this already incredible game that features some of the best players to every play the game. Now, the Winter Classic has some of the best coaches to coach the game.

The experience of this year's Winter Classic combines so much history, it's almost unfortunate that there are only two featured games.

Anyone want to turn this one into a best-of-seven series? I do.