IceDogs Hire Bruce Boudreau As Senior Advisor
NIAGARA, ON – The Niagara IceDogs have announced the hiring of longtime NHL Head Coach and Jack Adams Award winner, Bruce Boudreau. Boudreau will join the IceDogs organization as Senior Advisor, joining his son, Ben Boudreau on the IceDogs staff after Ben was hired as Associate Coach back in early July.
“I am very proud, happy and excited to help the Niagara IceDogs in any way I can. The Niagara area will always have a special place in heart. I look forward to one day celebrating a Memorial Cup with the Niagara IceDogs.” stated Boudreau.
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. During his time in the AHL, Boudreau played two seasons in St. Catharines with the now defunct St. Catharines Saints. 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.
“Michele and I are more than excited to welcome Bruce. Anytime you can add someone with a pedigree, history and passion like Bruce can bring, it has to be a win for everyone involved. We are humbled that he would even consider our offer.” exclaimed Owner, Darren DeDobbelaer.
“Also, would like to thank Darren and Michele for giving me this opportunity to come back to the OHL.” added Boudreau.
The Niagara IceDogs are pleased to welcome Bruce to the IceDogs family!