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Scotty Bowman honored with Order of Canada

May 26, 2012, 12:44 PM EST

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Scotty Bowman has won the Stanley Cup numerous times in his life but now he’s been given one of the highest honors in Canada.

Bowman was awarded the Order of Canada, the highest honor a Canadian can get aside from the Queen’s Order of Merit, thanks to his history as a head coach and the charitable work he’s done in his life. Bowman tells NHL.com the honor is truly special.

“It’s certainly different from my Stanley Cup rings, and I look forward to wearing it on special occasions,” Bowman told reporters after the ceremony at Ottawa’s Rideau Hall in which he received the red-and-white medallion from Governor General David Johnston.

Bowman has won nine Stanley Cups over his 40+ years in hockey, winning the Cup with three teams as a coach (Montreal, Pittsburgh, Detroit) and one as an executive (Chicago). Now the only question he’ll have to figure out is where to display his award amongst all the Stanley Cups. Perhaps draping the medal around a Stanley Cup replica is the way to go.

  1. nothanksimdriving123 - May 26, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Good for Scotty!! Great coach and fine man! And presented to him by the current Governor General. For those who don’t know, that is the post occupied in the 1890s by Lord Stanley of Preston, the chap who donated the Dominion Challenge Cup that evolved into the big silver trophy Scotty has won so many of.

  2. hiltonandastoria - May 26, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    One of hockey’s all-time greatest coaches?

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