Guy Boucher

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Guy Boucher
Born (1971-08-03) August 3, 1971 (age 47)
Notre-Dame-du-Lac, Quebec, Canada
Position Head coach
Team Ottawa Senators
Previous team(s) SC Bern
Tampa Bay Lightning
Hamilton Bulldogs
Drummondville Voltigeurs
Years as a coach 1997–present
Years as an NHL coach 2010–present

Guy Boucher (born August 3, 1971) is a Canadian professional ice hockey coach. Boucher is the current head coach of the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was the head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning from 2010–2013 and SC Bern from 2014–15 and in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He has coached various Canadian international teams.

Playing years[edit]

Before his coaching years, Boucher played right wing with the McGill Redmen between 1991 and 1995. He graduated with an arts degree (history and environmental biology) in 1995 and an engineering degree (agricultural engineering) in 1996. He also holds a Masters in sports psychology at the University of Montreal. In 1995–96, Boucher played in France for Viry-Essonne where he scored 16 goals and 38 points in 27 games.

Coaching years[edit]

Boucher began his coaching career as assistant coach with the McGill Redmen under head coach Martin Raymond in 1996–97, then moved on to serve as an assistant coach with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (1997–2000) and then with the Rimouski Océanic from 2003 to 2006 with whom he won the Jean-Rougeau trophy (regular season champions) and President's Cup. He also participated in the Memorial Cup tournament. In between, he coached the Lac-Saint-Louis Lions of the AAA Midget Hockey League. He returned to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League as the Drummondville Voltigeurs head coach in 2006. In the 2008–09, he guided the team to their best season in history, with a total of 54 wins and 112 points, capturing the President's Cup on his way to the Memorial Cup tournament once again. He won the Paul-Dumont Trophy, awarded to QMJHL's personality of the year.

On June 29, 2009, he was named head coach of the Montreal Canadiens's affiliate Hamilton Bulldogs in the AHL becoming the eighth head coach in Bulldogs franchise history.[1] He led the team to an impressive 52–17–11 record for 115 points despite having many of his best players being called up by the Montreal Canadiens. At the end of the season, he won the Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial Award as coach of the year.[2]

In 2010, Boucher was offered the vacant head coaching position for the Columbus Blue Jackets, but turned it down to accept the head coaching position with the Tampa Bay Lightning, signing a four-year contract.[3] He developed a "1-3-1" defensive system at Tampa that led to a famous incident against the Philadelphia Flyers where the Flyers held back the puck in their defensive zone, refusing to advance, while the Lightning team waited and did not attack the puck carrier, leading to several minutes of no action.[4] In his rookie year as an NHL head coach, Boucher led the Tampa Bay Lightning to game seven of the Eastern Conference Final. On March 24, 2013, the team's general manager Steve Yzerman fired Boucher following a 5–3 loss against the Ottawa Senators.[5] At the time, Tampa Bay was in 14th place in the Eastern Conference.

On January 27, 2014, the Swiss ice hockey club SC Bern announced the signing of Guy Boucher as their head coach.[6] Boucher guided the team to the title in the 2014–15 Swiss Cup competition. On November 18, 2015, Boucher was fired by SC Bern following a four-game losing streak and a ninth-place finish in the NLA.[7]

On May 8, 2016, Boucher was hired as the head coach of the Ottawa Senators.[8] With his hire, Boucher is the first person to coach both franchises from the 1992 expansion class. In his first season, the club advanced to the Eastern Conference Final, losing in double overtime in game seven.


Boucher worked as an assistant coach for Canada men's national U-18 ice hockey team in 2006, 2007 and 2008. In 2008, they won the gold medal at the U-18 world championships. In 2009, he served as an assistant coach with Canada men's national U-20 ice hockey team, which won its fifth consecutive gold medal at the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. In 2014 and 2015, he coached Team Canada at the Spengler Cup, guiding the team to the title in 2015.[9]

NHL coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Postseason
G W L OTL Pts Finish W L Win % Result
TB 2010–11 82 46 25 11 103 2nd in Southeast 11 7 .611 Lost in Conference Finals
TB 2011–12 82 38 36 8 84 3rd in Southeast Missed playoffs
TB 2012–13 32 13 18 1 (40) (fired)
TB Total 196 97 79 20 11 7 .611 1 playoff appearance
OTT 2016–17 82 44 28 10 98 2nd in Atlantic 11 8 .579 Lost in Conference Finals
OTT 2017–18 82 28 43 11 67 7th in Atlantic Missed playoffs
OTT total 164 72 71 21 11 8 .579 1 playoff appearance
Total 360 169 150 41 22 15 .595 2 playoff appearances

Personal life[edit]

Guy Boucher is married to Marsha and has three children Vincent, Mila and Naomi.[10]

Boucher has a prominent scar on his right cheek. When asked how he received it, Boucher said "it is not hockey-related. I did not tell anybody back home, so it is like this little enigma. My kids do not even know."[11] Guy Boucher's scar is often compared to the "Le Chiffre" character's scar in Casino Royale and Boucher is sometimes referred to as a "James Bond villain".[12][13] He was spoofed as such on-air by Jay Onrait of the Canadian TSN sports television channel.[14]


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Rick Tocchet
Head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning
Succeeded by
Jon Cooper
Preceded by
Dave Cameron
Head coach of the Ottawa Senators
Succeeded by