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Former Penguins Coaches Scotty Bowman, Herb Brooks Make Sporting News' All-Time Top 50 List

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
Former Pittsburgh Penguins coaches Scotty Bowman and Herb Brooks have made the Sporting News’ list of the 50 greatest coaches in the history of sports, the publication announced today.

Coaches were rated by a panel of 118 Hall of Famers, championship coaches and other experts. The list is featured in a 14-page spread in the new Sporting News magazine.

Bowman, who won a record nine Stanley Cups during his career, ranks No. 7 on the all-time coaching list.  Brooks, whose signature achievement was leading the 1980 U.S. Olympic team to an improbable gold medal in the “Miracle on Ice,” ranks No. 50.

Bowman won two Stanley Cups with the Penguins – one as director of player development and recruitment in 1990-91 and one as head coach in 1991-92. In two seasons as head coach of the Penguins from 1991-93, he went 95-53-16 in 164 games for a .628 winning percentage. He also won multiple Stanley Cups as head coach of the Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings.

Brooks coached the Penguins in the 1999-2000 season, going 29-24-5 in 57 games, and was a scout for the team from 1996 until he passed away in 2003. He also coached the New York Rangers, Minnesota North Stars and New Jersey Devils in his NHL career. He won three NCAA titles as head coach at the University of Minnesota, and coached the 2002 U.S. Olympic team to a silver medal.

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