Bob Boughner

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Bob Boughner
Born (1971-03-08) March 8, 1971 (age 44)
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]

Junior hockey[edit]

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (1988-1991)[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 sixth overall selection.

In his first year with the Greyhounds in 1988-89, Boughner appeared in 64 games, scoring six goals and 21 points, while earning 182 penalty minutes, however, the club failed to qualify for the post-season.

Boughner saw his offensive production increase during the 1989-90 season, as he scored seven goals and 30 points in only 49 games, however, the rebuilding Greyhounds failed to make the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

In 1990-91, Boughner once again improved offensively, scoring 13 goals and 46 points in 64 games, while registering 156 penalty minutes, the second highest on the Greyhounds, helping Sault Ste. Marie make the playoffs. In the post-season, Boughner appeared in all 14 games, scoring two goals and 11 points, as the Greyhounds won the OHL championship, defeating the Oshawa Generals in the final round, and earn a berth in the 1991 Memorial Cup. At the Memorial Cup, Boughner was held pointless in three games, as Sault Ste. Marie finished fourth in the four team tournament.

Professional career[edit]

Detroit Red Wings (1991-1994)[edit]

Boughner was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the second round, 32nd overall, in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft.

The Red Wings assigned Boughner to their ECHL affiliate, the Toledo Storm, for the 1991-92 season. In 28 games with the Storm, Boughner scored three goals and 13 points, and in five playoff games, Boughner chipped in with two goals. Bougher also saw very limited action with the Red Wings AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Red Wings, in 1991-92, as he appeared in only one game, getting no points, while registering seven penalty minutes.

Boughner spent the entire 1992-93 with Adirondack, appearing in 69 games, scoring a goal and 17 points, as well as 190 penalty minutes, which was the fourth highest total on the team. Boughner did not appear in any playoff games due to injuries.

With more ice time in 1993-94 with Adirondack, Boughner saw his offensive production increase, scoring eight goals and 22 points in 72 games. Boughner also accumulated 292 penalty minutes, second highest on the team. In the post-season, Boughner had a goal and two points in 10 games.

Following the season, Boughner was granted free agency.

Florida Panthers (1994-1996)[edit]

On July 25, 1994, Boughner signed with the Florida Panthers as a free agent. The Panthers assigned Boughner to the Cincinnati Cyclones of the IHL for the 1994-95 season.

In 81 games with Cincinnati, Boughner had two goals and 16 points, and had 192 penalty minutes, second highest total on the team, helping the Cyclones reach the post-season. In 10 playoff games, Boughner had no points.

In 1995-96, the Panthers assigned Boughner to their AHL affiliate, the Carolina Monarchs, where in 46 games, Boughner had two goals and 17 points, and 127 penalty minutes.

On February 1, 1996, the Panthers traded Boughner to the Buffalo Sabres for the Sabres third round draft choice in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

Buffalo Sabres (1995-1998)[edit]

After acquiring Boughner from the Florida Panthers on February 1, 1996, the Sabres decided to promote him to the NHL for the remainder of the 1995-96 season.

On February 3rd, Boughner made his NHL debut, getting no points and 12 penalty minutes, in a 4-2 loss to the Boston Bruins. On February 23rd, Boughner recorded his first career point, an assist, in the Sabres 7-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. Boughner remained with the Sabres for the rest of the season, earning just the one assist in 31 games, as well as 104 penalty minutes, however, Buffalo failed to make the playoffs.

Boughner stayed in Buffalo for the 1996-97 season, and on February 21, 1997, in his 85th career game, Boughner scored his first career NHL goal against Eric Fichaud of the New York Islanders in a 5-2 Sabres victory. On March 11, Boughner recorded his first multi-point game, earning two assists, in a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Overall, Boughner had one goal and eight points in 77 games, and had 225 penalty minutes, as Buffalo reached the playoffs. Boughner played in his first career playoff game on April 17th, earning no points in a 3-1 win over the Ottawa Senators. On May 3rd, Boughner earned his first playoff point, an assist, in a 5-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. In 11 post-season games, Boughner had one assist, and nine penalty minutes.

In 1997-98, Boughner had a goal and four points in 69 games, and had the third highest penalty minute total on the team with 165, as Buffalo reached the playoffs for the second straight season. In 14 playoff games, Boughner had four assists.

On June 26, 1998, the Sabres left Boughner unprotected for the 1998 NHL Expansion Draft, and the Nashville Predators selected him.

Nashville Predators (1998-2000)[edit]

Boughner played in the Nashville Predators first ever game on October 10, 1998, as he was held pointless in a 1-0 loss to the Florida Panthers. On October 31st, he earned his first point as a Predator, an assist, in a 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche. Boughner scored his first goal with Nashville on December 26th, beating Olaf Kolzig of the Washington Capitals, in a 3-1 Predators victory. Overall, Boughner had three goals and 13 points in 79 games during the 1998-99, as the expansion club failed to reach the playoffs.

Boughner began the 1999-2000 season with Nashville, as he scored two goals and six points in 62 games.

On March 13, 2000, the Predators traded Boughner to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Pavel Skrbek.

Pittsburgh Penguins (1999-2001)[edit]

Boughner finished the 1999-2000 season with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and in his first game with the club on March 16, 2000, he scored the game winning goal on the power play against Trevor Kidd of the Florida Panthers in a 4-2 Penguins victory. In 11 games with Pittsburgh, Boughner recorded just the one goal. In the post-season, Boughner had two assists in 11 games.

In 2000-01, Boughner had a goal and four points in 58 games, as his 147 penalty minutes were the second highest on the Penguins, as the club reached the post-season. In 18 playoff games, Boughner had an assist, as Pittsburgh lost to the New Jersey Devils in the Conference finals.

After the season, Boughner was granted free agency.

Calgary Flames (2001-2003)[edit]

On July 2, 2001, Boughner signed with the Calgary Flames, giving the young, rebuilding club a solid veteran presence.

On October 3, 2001, Boughner played in his first career game with the Flames, going pointless in a 1-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. On October 13th, Boughner earned his first goal and added an assist for his first points with Calgary, beating Ed Belfour of the Dallas Stars, in a 4-3 Flames victory. He finished the season with two goals and six points, with a team high 170 penalty minutes in 79 games, however, the Flames failed to reach the playoffs. For the latter half of the season, Boughner served as co-captain of the team.

In 2002-03, Boughner had the best offensive season of his NHL career, scoring three goals and 17 points in 69 games, however, the Flames missed the playoffs once again.

On July 16, 2003, the Flames traded Boughner and a fourth round draft pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft to the Carolina Hurricanes for a fifth round pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Carolina Hurricanes (2003-2004)[edit]

Due to injuries at the start of the 2003-04 season, Boughner did not appear in his first game with the Carolina Hurricanes until October 28, 2003, where he was held pointless in a 3-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks. He earned his first point with the Hurricanes on November 28th, an assist, in a 4-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.

In 43 games with Carolina, Boughner had five assists. He was traded to the Colorado Avalanche for Chris Bahen, a fourth round draft pick and a fifth round draft pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Colorado Avalanche (2003-2006)[edit]

Boughner finished the 2003-04 season with the Colorado Avalanche, and appeared in his first game with the team on February 22, 2004, earning no points in a 3-1 win over the Minnesota Wild. In 11 games with Colorado, Boughner was kept off the score sheet, as the Avalanche reached the playoffs. In his first career playoff game with the team, Boughner had two assists in a 3-1 win over the Dallas Stars on April 7th. Overall, in 11 playoff games, Boughner had four assists.

Boughner did not play any hockey during the 2004-05 season due to the NHL lockout which cancelled the entire season.

In 2005-06, Boughner scored a goal and seven points in 42 games, however, he saw his ice time cut drastically, averaging only 7:15 per game.

On June 15, 2006, Boughner announced his retirement from the game.

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
WSR 2012–13 68 26 33 3 6 61 5th in West Missed playoffs
WSR 2013–14 68 37 28 3 0 77 2nd in West Lost in first round
WSR 2014–15 68 24 40 2 2 52 5th in West Missed playoffs

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.