Scotty Bowman will drop the ceremonial first puck prior to the start of the game.
Scotty Bowman spent 30 years in the NHL – several of those years with the Buffalo Sabres. Bowman was actually involved in bringing both Phil Housley and Rob Mclanahan to the Buffalo Sabres organization.
Bringing Bowman in despite his ties to the Buffalo Sabres and the two head coaches for the prospect game goes against the trend of the game – and its All American theme. Bowman was born in Verdun, Quebec.
Despite his Canadien lineage, Bowman holds the NHL record for most victories with 1244 regular season victories, and 223 Stanley Cup Playoff victories. He has coached in Buffalo, St. Louis, Montreal, Pittsburgh, and Detroit. He holds the record for most Stanley Cup wins with nine.
While he spent seven seasons with Buffalo Sabres and was not able to win the ultimate prize with the Blue and Gold – and there are many hockey fans in Buffalo that resent Bowman for this. Bowman could have won the Stanley Cup in Buffalo, but was never trusted as both the coach and general manager in the same season – which was one of his aspirations.
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