Winter Classic Alumni Game: Scotty Bowman, Pat Quinn To Coach Respective Squads

We've heard a lot already about the Winter Classic Alumni Game, including the preliminary rosters. The game itself is between the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs, and it seems like it's getting bigger and bigger every year. And on Thursday, the game got just a little bit bigger with the addition of two legendary coaches to take part in the game.

According to the Red Wings' official website, Scotty Bowman and Pat Quinn will be the primary coaches facing off against one another. Bowman is the former Red Wings coach who won three Stanley Cups with the organization (1997, 1998, 2002) and spent 11 years with the team. He's also the winningest coach in NHL history with 1,244 career wins.

Quinn is the NHL's fourth winningest coach of all time and has had some impressive wins outside of the NHL, with a Team Canada gold medal in 2002 and a 2004 World Cup of Hockey victory in 2004. Red Kelly will join Quinn, while Barry Smith will join Bowman.

These two have a big history together -- check the link from the official website for more -- but it's Quinn that holds the head-to-head advantage in this matchup, with a 14-12-4 record against Bowman's squads. The Alumni Showdown is scheduled for Dec. 31.

For more on the Detroit Red Wings, check out Winging It In Motown. You can check out more hockey news from around the league at SB Nation's NHL page.

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