Stan Bowman On Team North America, Hawks’ Lineup
By Scott King @ScottKingMedia
Blackhawks VP and GM Stan Bowman returned to the United Center Tuesday to speak with the media at the Hawks’ training camp. Bowman served as Team North America’s GM for the World Cup of Hockey (Canadian and American players 23 years of age or younger). The group quickly become fan favorites of the tournament with their remarkable speed and play-making abilities.
“It was a blast to be part of that group,” Bowman said. “I had so much fun. You’re not sure how it’s going to go when you’re first asked to be part of it. We had a great time.
“It was a treat to watch those guys even in practice. I was with them for a couple weeks, and seeing the things those guys can do… I think ideally, we’d all love to play that style of hockey. I think the challenge is finding enough guys with enough talent to do that.
“We had some of the most elite players from each team on one team. So I think if you were to talk [with] coaches they would say, ‘Yeah, we love that style of play too.’ And I think Mike Babcock says, ‘But I want to win.’ As young players are being trained that way to play that style, over time I think you’re going to have more and more players capable of playing that way.”
The speed and skill of Team North America was fairly familiar to Bowman.
“That’s certainly a way we’ve liked to play in the past,” said Bowman about the Hawks. “Looking back at our teams that have had success, I think we’ve been teams that have liked to push the pace, hold on to the puck, make plays. That was what our team did the best.
“I thought we had a lot of fun there, it’s too bad we couldn’t keep going. I think we certainly made some new fans with our style of play, the North American team there. I definitely think that’s a way the league is going to go. It’s just going to take some time. You have to have enough players capable of executing.
“We had guys that could make really special plays at high levels of speed. Most teams in the NHL, you’re lucky if you have one or two of those guys, let alone 12 forwards like that. So it was special in that way.”
Bowman on Hawks’ lineup:
“The guys we have are the ones that are here, and I think our team is going to come from this group. We’ve only had a few days of camp here, but I think so far it’s been a bright start for these guys. They’re all full of energy, full of excitement knowing they have a chance to make the team.”
The Blackhawks take on the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins at home Wednesday night (7:30 pm) for their first preseason game.
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