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SCOTTY BOWMAN (1971-1979)

Scotty
Bowman

1971 -
Date of birth September 18th, 1933
Place of birth Montreal, QC, CAN
Seasons - MTL 8
Statistiques
SEASON
SEASON
GP Games played - Number of games the team has played
W Wins - Games the team has won, either in regulation or in overtime
L Losses - Games the team has lost in regulation
T Ties - Games that have ended in a tie
OTL Overtime losses - Games lost in overtime
PTS Points - Team points, calculated from W, L, T, OTL and SOL; used to determine standings
TOTALS 634 419 110 105 0 943
1971-1972 78 46 16 16 0 108
1972-1973 78 52 10 16 0 120
1973-1974 78 45 24 9 0 99
1974-1975 80 47 14 19 0 113
1975-1976 80 58 11 11 0 127
1976-1977 80 60 8 12 0 132
1977-1978 80 59 10 11 0 129
1978-1979 80 52 17 11 0 115
SEASON
SEASON
GP Games played - Number of games the team has played
W Wins - Games the team has won, either in regulation or in overtime
L Losses - Games the team has lost in regulation
RESULT Result
TOTALS 98 70 28  
1971-1972 6 2 4 Quarterfinals
1972-1973 17 12 5 Stanley Cup Champions
1973-1974 6 2 4 Quarterfinals
1974-1975 11 6 5 Semifinals
1975-1976 13 12 1 Stanley Cup Champions
1976-1977 14 12 2 Stanley Cup Champions
1977-1978 15 12 3 Stanley Cup Champions
1978-1979 16 12 4 Stanley Cup Champions
Long before he would emerge as the winningest coach in NHL history, Scotty Bowman was first named head coach of the Canadiens in 1971-72. It was behind the Habs’ bench where Bowman would learn what it takes to build a champion.

After being hired away from the Canadiens farm team by the St. Louis Blues in the late 1960s, Bowman was returned to the family by legendary Habs GM Sam Pollock, who entrusted him with a team that would reach unprecedented heights.

A brilliant tactician, Bowman outwitted opposing coaches on a nightly basis, keeping them guessing with his every move. After guiding the Canadiens to the Stanley Cup in the spring of 1973, Bowman established a Canadiens dynasty that remains one of the greatest in league history.

On his way to leading the Habs to four straight Stanley Cups from 1976 through 1979, Bowman oversaw the greatest team ever assembled—the 1976-77 Canadiens. No team in the NHL could touch the Canadiens as they rolled to an incredible mark of 60-8-12 while piling up 132 points, a league record that still stands today.

Bowman’s attention to detail and relentless coaching style kept his players grounded and focused on what mattered most – winning the Stanley Cup. Hardly a players’ coach, he still had the knack of getting the best from everyone on his teams, from superstars to role players, whether they liked it or not.

After guiding the Habs to five Stanley Cups over his eight years behind the Montreal bench, Bowman would go on to raise the Cup four more times as head coach of the Penguins and Red Wings. The most decorated coach in the history of the game with nine championships, Bowman took his rightful place in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991.