20 years ago today, while head coach of the Detroit Red Wings, legendary head coach Scotty Bowman became the first NHL coach to win 1,000 games when the Wings defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-5 in overtime.
Brendan Shanahan’s hat trick goal secured the milestone mark for Bowman, who coached the Red Wings to the Stanley Cup later that season.
Bowman would retire from coaching following the Red Wings 2002 Stanley Cup victory with a career record in the regular season of 1,244-573-314. He earned nine Stanley Cups during his career, three with Detroit. He also guided the Montreal Canadiens to five Stanley Cup wins, and the Pittsburgh Penguins to one.