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Scotty Bowman, Pat Quinn to coach Winter Classic alumni game

By Adam Gretz | Hockey writer

We still don't know all of the players that will be taking part in the Winter Classic alumni game this upcoming season, but we do know the coaches that will be calling the shots behind the benches on Dec. 31 at Comerica Park in Detroit.

It was announced on Thursday that Scotty Bowman and Barry Smith will be coaching for the Red Wings, while Pat Quinn and Red Kelly will be doing the honor for the Maple Leafs.

“This looks like a great event coming up,” said Bowman in a release from the Red Wings. “This is going to be quite the experience for everybody. When you haven't been around the people for a longtime it's exciting, for sure.”

Bowman seemed like an easy choice -- and perhaps the obvious choice -- for the Red Wings as he spent nine years behind their bench, leading the team to three Stanley Cups in 1997, 1998 and 2002. Throughout his Hall of Fame career Bowman was behind the bench for nine championships (with three different teams: Montreal, Pittsburgh and Detroit) and won 1,244 regular season games.

Quinn coached 1,400 games in his career at the NHL level, including seven seasons with the Maple Leafs between 1998 and 2006. During his time in Toronto the Leafs made the playoffs in each of his first six seasons behind the bench, advancing past the first round five times. He was also the last coach to lead the Maple Leafs to the playoffs when they advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2003-04 season.

The 2013 Winter Classic will take place on Jan. 1 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.

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