The Vancouver Canucks announced Bruce Boudreau as the new head coach on December 6, 2021. This is his fourth time behind the NHL bench and he hopes to make it to the playoffs this time around. Here are five fun facts about Jack Adams winner.
Boudreau One of the Greatest Regular Coaches of All Time
One thing Boudreau has mastered are winning in the regular season. Before being hired by the Canucks, he had 567 wins, placing him 22nd on the all-time coaches list. He also ranks third in percentage points among coaches who have coached at least 400 regular-season games.
In short, the Canucks are bringing in a coach who has shown time and time again that he can pull off a team and succeed in the regular season. Boudreau has won eight championships in his coaching career and has reached the knockout stages 10 times. For reference, since 2007, when he took his first job as head coach, the Canucks have only reached the knockout stages seven times. Hopefully he can bring winning ways to get to Vancouver and brings stability and consistency to a franchise that has lacked it for the past eight years.
Boudreau always finishes above .500
No matter what Team Boudreau trained in the NHL, they finished above .500 when percentage points are taken into account. Nor has he ever had more statutory losses than wins in his 14 seasons behind the bench. Yes, he has been substituted mid-season twice, but even then, his points percentage is still above 500.
For comparison, in The Jim Benning Era, which ran from 2013-14 through this season, the Canucks only had a 0.5-thrice-higher percentage points. Travis Green did it once, Willie Desjardins once, and John Tortorella in his only season with the franchise. As mentioned, this franchise needs some form of consistency, and among NHL coaches, Boudreau is one of the most consistent franchises of all time.
Brilliant players under Boudreau in the Regular Season
When Boudreau jumped behind the bench, the NHL stars played sublime. During his first season in Washington, Alex Ovechkin won the Hart, Art Ross, Rocket Richard and Ted Lindsay titles after scoring a career-best 65 goals and 112 points. That season, he also helped develop young Nicklas Bäckström into a star with 69 points in 82 games, placing second in the league among rookies, behind only Patrick Kane.
At Anaheim, some players didn’t hit big strides right away, but by their second and third years, they were well into their career years. Players like Ryan Getzlaf, Nick Bonino, Hamphus Lindholm and Frederik Andersen all benefited from Boudreau’s coaching style. Although most did not win league awards, they all reached new heights in their careers under his guidance and became better players with him around.
The same goes for Minnesota, where the likes of Mikael Granlund, Nino Niederreiter and Charlie Coyle all enjoyed years of careers while Boudreau was at the helm. In even one game in his career coaching Vancouver, Brock Boeser came out of his slump, Elias Petterson looked young again, and Juho Lammikko finally scored his first goal as Canuck. It’s early days, but if history shows, he could be the coach around several seasons of the Canucks star player.
A star on the ice and on the screen
Film slap slap is one of the most iconic hockey movies in history. This movie became an instant classic from the Hanson Brothers beating everything that could be done to the scene where Ned Braden stripped in front of the arena instead of engaging in a line brawl. For Boudreau, the movie has a special place in his heart as if he were actually in it.
Before moving to the NHL as a player, Boudreau was playing in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. This is also the city the movie is filming in, and they are looking for hockey players to supplement. He wasn’t just chosen as an addition and to make the final cut, his apartment at the time was used in the movie. Although his acting career was never successful, save for a few commercials on local TV stations, this is one of the interesting stories that he can tell people for the rest of his life. his remaining.
Boudreau loves wrestling
In an interview with NHL Network’s Jackie Redmond, Boudreau discussed his love of wrestling. He has always been a fan of the sport, according to an article done by The Washington Post in 2009. Some of his favorite wrestlers include Jake the Snake, Mick Foley, Bam Bam Bigelow and Bret Hart. (from “Bruce Boudreau and Pro Wrestling,” The Washington Post, 2/10/09) Now that he’s behind the bench again, he’ll have less time to watch some new favorites himself as Becky Lynch and Kevin Owens.
Luckily for Boudreau, the wrestling fandom in Vancouver is strong. There is a new organization called National Pole Wrestling put on wrestling events in Vancouver while bringing in some of the best independent wrestlers from across the Pacific Northwest. Who knows, maybe Canuck fans will stumble across the coach at one of these events, or even better, see him as a guest referee flaunting his enthusiasm. with his favorite sport.
The right coach for the Canucks right now
Boudreau is the right tenant based on the current Canucks location. Some might say that the job should have gone to a young coach rather than a “Recycling” a, but if the previous seven seasons are any indication, the team needs a veteran coach who knows how to win rather than another first. Ultimately, this is a results-driven industry, and the Canucks now have one of the best teams in history behind the bench. So far, the results have been positive, so hopefully, they will continue into the future.
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