Bowman granted Fedorov leave to repair Kournikova relationship
Hockey Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman was called a lot of things by former players, but Cupid probably wasn't one of them.
As Wings coach, Bowman revealed he granted star player Sergei Fedorov a three-day leave to mend his relationship with tennis star Anna Kournikova. Fedorov, who is in Toronto for the Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, contends he played harder as a result of the coach's gesture.
"He missed a couple of practices," Bowman said with a shrug.
Fedorov and Kournikova married and later divorced in 2003.