By Nick Wilder
Stan Bowman’s father, Scotty Bowman, has a history of helping NHL teams reach dynastic levels.
Scotty coached the Montreal Canadiens to five Stanley Cup championships during the 1970s, including four in a row. Following his time with Montreal, he won a total of four Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings. Bowman's views on hockey dynasties was part of a recent New York Times piece focusing on the possibility of a Blackhawks dynasty.
The former coach is currently a senior adviser for the Blackhawks, while his son Stan is the general manager of the reigning Stanley Cup champions. He stated that the health of the team’s key players is perhaps the biggest factor in the quest to become a dynasty.
“You can’t predict it and you can’t bargain for it when your top guys get hurt,” he told The New York Times.
When comparing the championship teams during his coaching career to the current Blackhawks, Scotty is hesitant, stating that his Canadiens teams specifically had a number of Hall-of-Fame players.
“To have that many Hall of Famers is really something,” Bowman said in the piece. “And to do it for a decade is a long, long time. There’s a core, but I just don’t know if you can do it for that long in today’s game.”
Following the team’s second championship in four years, the idea of this young Blackhawks team becoming a dynasty has been thrown around among fans all summer, but the players insist they are taking it one game at a time.
“It’s flattering to hear, and obviously you’ve done something good if they call you a dynasty,” defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson told The New York Times. “Maybe after your career when you think back on what you accomplished, you might be really proud of it. But now you just live day by day.”
The Blackhawks begin their Cup-defending season Tuesday night vs. Washington, where their championship banner will be raised. With essentially the same team returning from last year, many expect this year's team to challenge for the Cup again this season.