Bob Boughner

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Bob Boughner
Born(1971-03-08) March 8, 1971 (age 42)
Windsor, ON, CAN
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight206 lb (93 kg; 14 st 10 lb)
PositionDefence
ShotRight
Played forBuffalo Sabres
Nashville Predators
Pittsburgh Penguins
Calgary Flames
Carolina Hurricanes
Colorado Avalanche
NHL Draft32nd overall, 1989
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career1991–2006
 
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Bob Boughner
Born(1971-03-08) March 8, 1971 (age 42)
Windsor, ON, CAN
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight206 lb (93 kg; 14 st 10 lb)
PositionDefence
ShotRight
Played forBuffalo Sabres
Nashville Predators
Pittsburgh Penguins
Calgary Flames
Carolina Hurricanes
Colorado Avalanche
NHL Draft32nd overall, 1989
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career1991–2006

Robert Boughner (born March 8, 1971), nicknamed The Boogieman, is a 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]

Playing career[edit]

  Regular Season Playoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
1988–89Sault Ste. Marie GreyhoundsOHL6461521182
1989–90Sault Ste Marie GreyhoundsOHL4972330122
1990–91Sault Ste. Marie GreyhoundsOHL6413334615614291135
1991–92Toledo StormECHL283101379520215
1991–92Adirondack Red WingsAHL10007
1992–93Adirondack Red WingsAHL6911617190
1993–94Adirondack Red WingsAHL72814222921011218
1994–95Cincinnati CyclonesIHL81214161921000018
1995–96Carolina MonarchsAHL4621517127
1995–96Buffalo SabresNHL31011104
1996–97Buffalo SabresNHL77178225110119
1997–98Buffalo SabresNHL691341651404415
1998–99Nashville PredatorsNHL7931013137
1999–00Nashville PredatorsNHL6224697
1999–00Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL11101691102215
2000–01Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL581341471801122
2001–02Calgary FlamesNHL79246170
2002–03Calgary FlamesNHL6931417126
2003–04Carolina HurricanesNHL4305580
2003–04Colorado AvalancheNHL110008110446
2005–06Colorado AvalancheNHL4116754
NHL totals6301557721382650121267

Coaching career[edit]

TeamYearRegular seasonPost season
GWLSLOTLPtsFinishResult
WSR2006–0768184325435th in WestMissed playoffs
WSR2007–0868411575942nd in WestLost in first round
WSR2008–09685710011151st in WestWon OHL Championship and Memorial Cup
WSR2009–10685012511061st in WestWon OHL Championship and Memorial Cup
WSR2011–1268293252654th in WestLost in first round

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.