In Praise of the Red Wings
by crazychester (2013-03-08 11:28:58)
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Yes it is an article about the black Hawks but don't let the title throw you. It is actually an article about hockey strategy and building a team. In this case the Hawks who are built to emulate the Red Wings teams of the 90's/00's.

I think we can all agree its good to see hockey in the WSJ.

In the aftermath of its 2004-05 lockout, the league implemented a host of rules changes intended to open up the flow of play and cultivate more offense. But after a season-long spike in goal-scoring, teams figured out that if they dropped their skaters back on defense quickly, making the middle of the ice as crowded as a Times Square subway platform, they could keep opposing players on the perimeter of the rink. To penetrate that defensive shell, most teams sacrifice the puck, firing it into the zone in order to win it back amid the thicket of bodies near the net.

The Blackhawks have rejected that philosophy. Stan Bowman, their general manager, had enjoyed watching the Detroit Red Wings teams of the late 1990s and early 2000s that his father, Scotty, coached to three Stanley Cups. During that period, Scotty Bowman created "the Russian Five," a unit comprised entirely of Russian players who controlled the puck with such grace and synchronicity that the Blackhawks sought to emulate it themselves.

"It was an unusual style," said Stan Bowman, who at 39 is the youngest GM in the NHL. "It equates to the Harlem Globetrotters."





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