A copy of Scotty: A Hockey Life Like No Other by Ken Dryden beings in the As It Happens studio. (Andrew Nguyen/CBC)

The NHL All-Stars lost that game 6-0, and ultimately lost the series too. Still, Dryden now understands that Bowman had to do what he believed was best for everybody.

Eventually, he states he looks back fondly on their relationship.

"In seven years, that's pretty excellent, you know, having only two minutes like that I can remember," he said.

'It's quite difficult to dismiss what Scotty states'

Of course, talking to Bowman for the book implied opening himself up yet again to criticism from his former coach-- specifically once it became time to rank the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup champions, with Dryden in the web and Bowman at the helm.

"You develop a stake in what it is you've done, and you're happy of what has happened and you don't want judgment cast on what it is you've done," Dryden stated.

"It's much easier to dismiss somebody else's judgment. It's quite tough to dismiss what Scotty thinks and states about the group and about me."

when it comes to training, Bowman says he never ever lets his individual feelings impact his options.

"It wasn't like I chose a preferred group. I had a system. It wasn't that tough, when you backed it up with what you saw and what you see ended up," Bowman said.

If you wish to discover who won, Scotty: A Hockey Life Like No Other is on sale Oct. 29.


Written by Sheena Goodyear. Interview produced by Morgan Passi.

Hockey legend Scotty Bowman has actually handled the function of coach when again for a brand-new book about his life and tradition.

In Scotty: A Hockey Life Like No Other, goalie-turned-author Ken Dryden asks his former coach to choose the eight finest NHL groups of all time, throughout their best seasons, and pits them versus each other in a hypothetical play-off series.

"I believe that part of the factor why there hasn't been a book actually about Scotty prior to is that generally sports books, and books from coaches, have to do with stories ... and Scotty doesn't experience in stories. He doesn't really think in stories. He's too practical. He's a coach," Dryden stated.

"So instead of focusing on what he's less comfortable with, put him back into a location where he is most comfortable. Make him a coach."

Typically explained as the finest hockey coach of perpetuity, Bowman holds the record for a lot of NHL victories, with 1,248 wins in the routine season and 223 in the playoffs. He's also taken home 9 Stanley Cup champions as coach-- more than any other coach in league history.

"I think that part of the factor why there hasn't been a book truly about Scotty prior to is that usually sports books, and books from coaches, are about stories ... and Scotty does not experience in stories. Typically described as the finest hockey coach of all time, Bowman holds the record for the majority of NHL victories, with 1,248 wins in the routine season and 223 in the playoffs."He was stating ... all of those gestures you're making, essentially what you're stating is that you have a standard that is different from anyone else's. The NHL took the very first game with Dryden in the net, however lost the second."I was crushed," Dryden said.
Members of the Montreal Canadiens celebrate with coach Bowman, far left, after their Stanley Cup semi-final win over the Boston Bruins in Montreal on May 10, 1979. (Canadian Press)

'I was able to enjoy the finest-- and you find out by seeing'

In his book, Dryden weaves a narrative about Bowman's life and profession, all while picking his brain about Canadian hockey history-- something he has enjoyed unfold, assisted to form and been at the centre of.

Bowman has lived and breathed the video game since he was a 14-year-old kid with a standing room pass to the Montreal Forum.

He viewed Maurice (Rocket) Richard dipping into at the peak of his career. When he was a teen, he saw Gordie Howe beginning out. He even scouted Bobby Orr at the childhood of 13.

"Like any young adult growing up in Canada in those days, hockey was your life and, you understand, I was fortunate since I was able to enjoy the NHL, I had the ability to enjoy the finest-- and you discover by viewing," Bowman said.

Watch: Ken Dryden and Scotty Bowman on the hardest players in the NHL:

The 2 NHL Hall of Famers talk about the finest of the finest in hockey today. 1:37

Still, Bowman-- ever the coach-- holds absolutely nothing back in the book when asked to weigh the strengths and weak points of history's greatest groups and gamers.

"What easily happens when you're informing stories is this gamer, oh he's excellent, and that's excellent. Great, great, great, fantastic. Not everyone's fantastic," Dryden stated.

"The Rocket didn't score every game. Gordie Howe was lousy at times. Bobby Orr's teams lost, you understand, frequently. Therefore what happened then? What is it that you, as a coach, would do to understand those players, to draw out the finest? At the same time, if you were training versus them, what would you do? How would you beat them?"

Remembering the 'bad moments'

For Dryden, speaking with Bowman was also immensely personal, as the two NHL Hall of Famers share a abundant and complex history.

Bowman was Dryden's coach for seven years when he was a goalie for the Montreal Canadiens.

In all that time, Dryden states he can only keep in mind 2 "bad minutes" between them.

The very first was during the 1972-73 season, when Dryden states he kept having "mini-tantrums," knocking his stick on the ice and scowling, after letting objectives in.

"Finally, Scotty, after I'm sure a few weeks of this, he sort of had enough, and just came up to me in practice one day and stated, 'You believe you're too big for this group?'" Dryden informed As It Happens host Carol Off, as Bowman sat beside him listening intently.

"That was tough to take."

Dryden was so sore about it that when the Canadiens won the cup, he declined to hug his coach back during the on-ice events.

Dryden allows one of 7 goals Sept. 2, 1972, during Canada's hockey series versus the previous Soviet Union. (Canadian Press)

All these years later, he lastly comprehends why Bowman did what he did.

"He was saying ... all of those gestures you're making, essentially what you're stating is that you have a standard that is various from anybody else's. You have a requirement to win various from anyone else's. You are, you know, reluctant to accept certain things in a manner that others are willing to accept them, and that you're too great because method," he said.

"It was an essential minute."

View: Ken Dryden and Scotty Bowman on what they make with their championship rings:

The famous NHL goaltender and coach have racked up a great deal of triumphes between them. 0:58

The second moment of tension was throughout the 1979 Challenge Cup between the NHL All-Stars and the Soviet Union nationwide team when Bowman was coach.

The NHL took the first video game with Dryden in the web, however lost the second. In Game 3, Bowman pulled Dryden, replacing him with goalie Gerry Cheevers.

"I was crushed," Dryden said. "It was the coach of our group that was basically saying in a minute of a video game that had to be won that someone else was going to be the goalie."


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