Scotty Bowman needs no introduction in Michigan, having coached the Detroit Red Wings to three Stanley Cup titles in the late 1990s and early 2000s. His political namesake, Scotty Boman, could use a little of that recognition as he makes a bid for Debbie Stabenow's Senate seat.
The Libertarian candidate's website alludes to the connection, with a Red Wings-style jersey sporting Boman's name and the No. 12 on display in the top banner.
Bowman the coach boasts the NHL record for wins, nine Stanley Cups -- also a record -- and a place in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Boman the politician's resume shows a slightly lower success rate. It includes failed bids for state representative, U.S. representative, Detroit City Council, Wayne State University Board of Governors (twice), State Board of Education, (twice), Lieutenant Governor, U.S. Senate and Michigan Secretary of State. His campaign website does note his election to Wayne State's student council in 1999.
The Detroiter failed to garner more than a few percentage points of the vote in any of his regional or statewide elections, but he's hoping an endorsement from former New Mexico Gov. and presidential candidate Gary Johnson will boost his profile heading into this year's election.