Bruce Boudreau Back in the Game After being Hired by Hockey Team

Published September 6, 2023 at 10:58

The only real surprise is that it took this long for a team to pick him up. After being fired as the head coach of the Vancouver Canucks during the 2022-23 season, veteran Bruce Boudreau is back in the game after being hired by another hockey team.

The Niagara IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League have announced that Boudreau, 68, has been hired as a senior advisor. It's worth noting that Boudreau's son Ben was hired as an associate coach with the team back in July.

Boudreau brings a wealth of experience to the IceDogs, something the team says was a major factor in the decision to hire him.

"Boudreau brings a multitude of high-level hockey experience, playing in 141 career games in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Chicago Blackhawks, in addition to playing 634 career games in the AHL, recording 799 total points.

After his playing career ended in 1991, Boudreau would jump right into his coaching career, securing a Head Coaching job with the Muskegon Fury of the CoHL. He would then spend 12 seasons as a Head Coach in the AHL and ECHL before eventually being hired by the Washington Capitals (NHL) in the 2007-2008 season. His NHL coaching career lasted 16 seasons across four NHL teams; the Washington Capitals, Anaheim Ducks, Minnesota Wild and Vancouver Canucks. During his NHL tenure, Boudreau was awarded the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's Best Head Coach in the 2007-2008 season." - Niagara IceDogs.

Boudreau's firing from the Canucks was a messy affair, with the team's President of Hockey Operations Jim Rutherford apologizing to Boudreau during a news conference to announce new head coach Rock Tocchet. It was widely reported that Boudreau was being replaced, but he was kept on with the team until Tocchet was able to take over.

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