NHL: Straight From The Mouth Of Scotty Bowman

Daniel ArouchianSenior Analyst IAugust 21, 2010

CHICAGO - OCTOBER 16:  Blackhawks Senior Advisor, Hockey Operations Scotty Bowman attends a press conference as Joel Quenneville is introduced as the new head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks on October 16, 2008 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
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Scotty Bowman coached 2,371 games (including playoffs) with five different teams and winning a total of nine Stanley Cups while coaching Montreal Canadiens, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Detroit Red Wings. He also won three Stanley Cups as a member of an organization's front office. 

Here's a list of a few memorable quotes from his career.


  • “I like Montreal but a guy gets to a point where he can't work anymore for someone he feels is less competent than him.”
  • “Hockey is its own game. It's completely different than all other games, although it's getting way too close to soccer.”
  • “I've KO'd a lot of guys verbally. I've got one of the most vicious knockout punches with the tongue of anyone on earth.”
  • “The better the coaching has become, the worse the game has become.”
  • “I knew your father before you did, and I don't think he'd be too proud of what you're doing right now.”
  • “I like to think I speak for a lot of the players. But a lot of the players don't ever support me, which [ticks] me off.”
  • “There is nothing so uncertain as a sure thing.”