Bowman granted Fedorov leave to repair Kournikova relationship

The Detroit News
Anna Kournikova and Sergei Fedorov are pictured at Wimbledon in 2000.

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.