Scotty Bowman, the winningest coach in NHL history, will drop the ceremonial first puck Saturday night prior to the inaugural CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game at Buffalo's First Niagara Center.
Bowman has a connection to both coaches in the all-star game, having a hand in bringing Phil Housley and Rob McClanahan into the Sabres' organization during his seven seasons with Buffalo from 1979-87.
In all, Bowman spent 30 seasons as a coach in the NHL with five teams -- the Sabres, St. Louis Blues, Montreal Canadiens, Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings. He owns the record for regular-season wins (1,244), Stanley Cup Playoff wins (233), Stanley Cup titles as a coach (nine) and appearances in the Stanley Cup Final (13). He won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's best coach in 1977 and 1996 and added three more Stanley Cup titles as a member of NHL front offices -- the most recent with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010.
Of the 40 players competing in the game Saturday, 30 are from the United States Hockey League, the top junior league in America, including 21 from USA Hockey's National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. Additionally, 34 of the 40 are committed to play college hockey at NCAA Division I schools.