Bob Boughner

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Bob Boughner
Born (1971-03-08) March 8, 1971 (age 43)
Windsor, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 206 lb (93 kg; 14 st 10 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for Buffalo Sabres
Nashville Predators
Pittsburgh Penguins
Calgary Flames
Carolina Hurricanes
Colorado Avalanche
NHL Draft 32nd overall, 1989
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 1991–2006

Robert D. Boughner (born March 8, 1971), nicknamed The Boogieman, is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey defenceman and the head coach of the OHL Windsor Spitfires. As head coach of the Spitfires, Boughner has won two Memorial Cup championships, in 2009 and 2010 and has won the Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year Award twice, in 2008 and 2010.

Playing career[edit]

Boughner grew up in the Windsor area playing minor hockey and played as a 15-year old with the Belle River Canadians Jr. C club. He moved away at age 16 to play for the St. Marys Lincolns Jr. B team in 1987–88. One of Boughner's teammates with the Lincolns was current NHL head coach Dan Bylsma. The following year Boughner was drafted by the OHL's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds with the 6th overall selection.

Boughner was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2nd round (32nd overall) of the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, after a successful junior career with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. With the additions of Vladimir Konstantinov and Nicklas Lidström, who were drafted that same year, to the Detroit blueline in the early 1990s, Boughner received little opportunity to move beyond the organization's AHL farm team in Adirondack. Boughner signed as a free agent with the Florida Panthers in 1994 but was relegated to the minors until a trade brought him to the Buffalo Sabres in 1996. With the Sabres, he was given the opportunity to play regularly, and he was a solid physical component on the Buffalo blueline for two and a half years until he was claimed by the expansion Nashville Predators in the 1998 NHL Expansion Draft. He later played for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, and Colorado Avalanche before retiring in 2006.

He served as co-captain of the Calgary Flames in the latter half of 2001-02, in addition to serving as the Executive Vice-President of the NHLPA from 2003 to 2006. Though somewhat small for an NHL enforcer, Boughner was given the nickname 'The Boogieman' for his fearless style of play, and he became one of the NHL's most respected 'tough guys' of his era, registering 1,449 penalty minutes in 630 career NHL games.

Coaching career[edit]

Boughner headed a new ownership group in purchasing the then-struggling Windsor Spitfires in February 2006. He has as head coach of the team, as well as President & C.E.O., except during the 2010-11 season when Boughner served as an assistant coach with the Columbus Blue Jackets.[1][2]

In 2007–2008, he coached the Spitfires to the second best regular season finish in their history with 94 points, and was honored as OHL and CHL Coach of the Year.[3] On April 15, 2009, Boughner was named the OHL's coach of the year for the second year in a row.

On May 8, 2009, he coached the Windsor Spitfires to their first OHL championship in 21 years after finishing the regular season with a league best 115 points. Also, that same year went on to win Windsor's first Memorial Cup, becoming the first team to lose the first two games of the tournament and still win the Cup. Bougher's Spitfires successfully defended their Memorial Cup championship in 2010.

On June 24, 2009, he was selected by Hockey Canada to coach the National Under-18 hockey team at the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament. The team went on to dominate by going undefeated and won gold at the tournament.

Personal[edit]

Boughner currently resides in Tecumseh, Ontario, with his wife, Jen. They have four children: Brady, Molly, Emma and Lola.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1988–89 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 64 6 15 21 182
1989–90 Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds OHL 49 7 23 30 122
1990–91 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 64 13 33 46 156 14 2 9 11 35
1991–92 Toledo Storm ECHL 28 3 10 13 79 5 2 0 2 15
1991–92 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 1 0 0 0 7
1992–93 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 69 1 16 17 190
1993–94 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 72 8 14 22 292 10 1 1 2 18
1994–95 Cincinnati Cyclones IHL 81 2 14 16 192 10 0 0 0 18
1995–96 Carolina Monarchs AHL 46 2 15 17 127
1995–96 Buffalo Sabres NHL 31 0 1 1 104
1996–97 Buffalo Sabres NHL 77 1 7 8 225 11 0 1 1 9
1997–98 Buffalo Sabres NHL 69 1 3 4 165 14 0 4 4 15
1998–99 Nashville Predators NHL 79 3 10 13 137
1999–00 Nashville Predators NHL 62 2 4 6 97
1999–00 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 11 1 0 1 69 11 0 2 2 15
2000–01 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 58 1 3 4 147 18 0 1 1 22
2001–02 Calgary Flames NHL 79 2 4 6 170
2002–03 Calgary Flames NHL 69 3 14 17 126
2003–04 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 43 0 5 5 80
2003–04 Colorado Avalanche NHL 11 0 0 0 8 11 0 4 4 6
2005–06 Colorado Avalanche NHL 41 1 6 7 54
NHL totals 630 15 57 72 1382 65 0 12 12 67

Coaching career[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L SL OTL Pts Finish Result
WSR 2006–07 68 18 43 2 5 43 5th in West Missed playoffs
WSR 2007–08 68 41 15 7 5 94 2nd in West Lost in first round
WSR 2008–09 68 57 10 0 1 115 1st in West Won OHL Championship and Memorial Cup
WSR 2009–10 68 50 12 5 1 106 1st in West Won OHL Championship and Memorial Cup
WSR 2011–12 68 29 32 5 2 65 4th in West Lost in first round

Awards and Honors[edit]

2007–08 Matt Leyden Trophy winner (OHL Coach of the Year)

2007–08 Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year Award winner (CHL Coach of the Year)

2008–09 Matt Leyden Trophy winner (OHL Coach of the Year)

2008–09 Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year Award winner (CHL Coach of the Year)

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Preceded by
Dave Lowry
Calgary Flames captain
2002
with Craig Conroy
Succeeded by
Craig Conroy

Note: Boughner and Conroy shared the captaincy in the later half of the 2001–02 NHL season, after Lowry was stripped of the role. Conroy was then named sole captain for the 2002–03 NHL season.