Scotty Bowman was signed to a three-year contract as Senior Advisor by the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Hockey Hall Of Famer had his name on the Stanley Cup 11 times, and with 1,224 victories, he is the NHL's all-time winningest coach. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991 and is the only coach to lead three different teams to the Stanley Cup.
The main reason for Bowman's arrival in the Windy City is simple. He wants to work alongside his son, Stan Bowman, who is the team's assistant general manager.
"When I went to Detroit as the coach 15 years ago, the team was really on the upswing," Bowman said during a press conference Thursday.
"Looking at what's here for me and for the Hawks, it's a challenge again. I would say the biggest reason is to work with my son. It doesn't happen often in sports, but it is happening here. It's certainly an exciting day for myself and for the family."
Stan Bowman is excited, as well. The 2008-09 season will be his eighth with the club, and eight years after first hoping he could one day work with his father, the dream has come true.
"It's a dream come true for me, When I first started it was in the back of my mind, but I kind of set it aside. I wanted to get my career in motion. Over the last nine months, here there's been a lot of changes. Everybody here senses a different atmosphere. Our team performed better. That idea I had a long time ago kind of popped into my head again. It's a great day for everybody," Stan Bowman told reporters.
Scotty Bowman also praised the Detroit Red Wings for their willingness and understanding in letting him join the Blackhawks.
"It's always a tough decision when you leave an organization like Detroit. They understand the situation. It's an opportunity to come to Chicago and be with Stan. The Hawks think so much of him, and so do I. This is an exciting time for our family. The timing could not be any better than it is today. I'm thankful this came along at the right time. I'm really looking forward to getting this thing to where it should be. It's really on its way."
Dale Tallon, who is entering his fourth season as the Hawks' GM, has been working hard this summer to build on the team's success last season. The Blackhawks (40-34-8) missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season, but they've got talented youngsters such as Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews.
Along with Brian Campbell, the Blackhawks also signed goaltender Christobal Huet to a four-year deal. Combine that with the arrival of Bowman, and Chicago could be back in the playoffs for the first time since 2002.