CHICAGO -- Home plate at Chicago's historic Wrigley Field has been the site of many special moments over the years. Scotty Bowman can attest to that.
Bowman, who left the Detroit Red Wings to join the front office of the Chicago Blackhawks during the offseason, was caught off-guard the other day when he was approached by Wings general manager Ken Holland and assistant GM Jim Nill while watching practice at the venerable ball yard in preparation for yesterday's Winter Classic.
Holland and Nill took an unsuspecting Bowman to home plate, where they presented the Hall of Famer with his 2008 Stanley Cup ring.
"We gave our players their rings at a private party about 21/2 weeks ago," Holland said. "We ended up calling Scotty and asking him if he would be at (the Winter Classic)."
When Bowman replied that he would be at the park, Holland and Nill took action.
"I wasn't sure where we were going to do it," Holland said. "When we saw him, we just happened to be about 15 feet from home plate."
Holland said there is no ill-will over Bowman's departure.
"He has been such a big part of the success of this franchise," Holland said. "I'm so glad (the ring presentation) worked out."
Once again, Ken Holland hit a home run.