Sept. 6, 2005
National Hockey League legend Scotty Bowman, in town to be the keynote speaker at Notre Dame hockey’s “Drop the Puck” dinner, stopped by the Irish football practice field after an invitation was extended by head coach Charlie Weis.
After a brief introduction by Coach Weis, Bowman talked to the team for approximately five minutes. He touched on the importance of bouncing back from adversity, his mental approach to each game and the importance of not dwelling on previous success.
Bowman won nine Stanley Cups during his career with St. Louis, Montreal, Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Detroit. In 30 years of coaching, Bowman had a 1244-583-314 mark in the regular season and he was 223-130 in the playoffs. He holds NHL records for wins, winning percentage (.654), playoff games coached and playoff victories. He won the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year in 1977 and 1996. He was named NHL executive of the year in 1980.