Scotty Scotty


A Hockey Life Like No Other

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Publisher Description


A hockey life like no other.

A hockey book like no other.

Scotty Bowman is recognized as the best coach in hockey history, and one of the greatest coaches in all of sports. He won more games and more Stanley Cups than anyone else. Despite all the changes in hockey, he coached at the very top for more than four decades, his first Cup win and his last an astonishing thirty-nine years apart. Yet perhaps most uniquely, different from anyone else who has ever lived or ever will again, he has continuously experienced the best of hockey since he was fourteen years old. With his precious standing room pass to the Montreal Forum, he saw "Rocket" Richard play at his peak every Saturday night. He saw Gordie Howe as a seventeen-year-old just starting out. He scouted Bobby Orr as a thirteen-year-old in Parry Sound, Ontario. He coached Guy Lafleur and Mario Lemieux. He coached against Wayne Gretzky. For the past decade, as an advisor for the Chicago Blackhawks, he has watched Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, and Connor McDavid. He has seen it all up close

Ken Dryden was a Hall-of-Fame goaltender with the Montreal Canadiens. His critically acclaimed and bestselling books have shaped the way we read and think about hockey. 

Now the player and coach who won five Stanley Cups together team up once again as Dryden gives his coach a new test: Tell us about all these players and teams you've seen, but imagine yourself as their coach. Tell us about their weaknesses, not just their strengths. Tell us how you would coach them and coach against them. And then choose the top eight teams of all time, match them up against one another in a playoff series, and, separating the near-great from the great, tell us who would win. And why.

Scotty is about a life—a hockey life, a Canadian life, a life of achievement. It is Scotty Bowman in his natural element, behind the bench one more time.

Sports & Outdoors
October 29
McClelland & Stewart
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

TomMens ,

Another Dryden classic

I’ve read and reread “The Game” for what now seems to be a lifetime. This work represents another coda in Dryden’s capturing of what hockey represents to those who love the sport and need to understand its roots and evolution. Growing up in 1960’s and ‘70’s in central Ottawa I literally lived on the streets Bowman did during his time there and like most Canadian boys of that era hockey was everything to me. Dryden has again captured the essence of hockey through another facet - perhaps the most definitive hockey mind there is. The linkages and lineage of the game’s evolution are fascinating and in addition to paying homage to Bowman, Dryden documents Bowman’s vast knowledge of the hockey world to provide us with an insider’s history of our mutual passion - hockey. I thank both men for publishing what I am sure will become an important artifact for future generations of hockey enthusiasts.

NKEN87 ,

A Great for Any Hockey Fan

This is a great read. It chronicles an incredible hockey career but also helps unpack what made Scotty so incredible. There's arguably no hockey personality more interwoven into the fabric of hockey in the past 60+ years than Scotty Bowman. He was around the greatest players, coached some of the greatest teams and is the greatest coach of all time.

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