This all starts two weeks ago, during Hall of Fame weekend. The legendary Scotty Bowman is on hand since, at one time or another, he has coached three of the four inductees. Bowman is asked how many Hall of Famers he coached in his career, so he starts with the St. Louis Blues, who had Doug Harvey and Dickie Moore at the end of their careers, along with a goaltending tandem of Glenn Hall and Jacques Plante.
“They put up big numbers,” Bowman says. “They had 13 shutouts and only 157 goals against in 76 games. We had 22 one-goal games that year.”
Former Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher has found himself out of a job in Switzerland one week after stating it would be his final season coaching for SC Bern.
SC Bern announced Wednesday that Boucher, who joined the club in January 2014, has been relieved of his duties as head coach and has been replaced by Lars Leuenberger. Bern had lost four straight games and sat in ninth place in the Swiss NLA.
“The Board of Directors of [SC Bern] has…concluded that a continuation of the collaboration with Guy Boucher is not promising,” a team statement read. “The decision to separate from [Boucher] has nothing to do with his announcement to leave the SCB in spring.” Read more
When the Toronto Maple Leafs had a coaching vacancy this off-season, one name mentioned often was Guy Boucher.
Boucher, 44, spent three seasons as coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning before being let go late in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season. Boucher landed on his feet by the next campaign, as he was hired on by SC Bern in Switzerland’s National League A near the end of their campaign.
Boucher told TSN’s David Naylor in the off-season that he would consider a return to an NHL coaching gig if he found the “right situation.” Read more
As reported by local journalist Ryan Slocum, the Flint Firebirds have reinstated the junior team’s coaching staff after a mass walkout by the team’s players. It’s a crazy development in what was already a bizarre story that unfolded in less than a day, but if there is a silver lining, it’s that the players on the team came together for something they believed in and won.
Players from the OHL’s Flint Firebirds have reportedly quit the team en masse after coach John Gruden and his staff were fired Sunday night. In what is still a developing story, the cause of the firing revolved around the ice time given to 17-year-old Hakon Nilsen, who is the son of owner Rolf Nilsen.
Last season, the Ottawa Senators shocked the hockey world by going on a miracle run to snatch a playoff spot. This year, the big “shock” was captain Erik Karlsson trimming off his famous locks of hair.
“We were like, ‘who the heck is this guy and where did he come from?’ ” said right winger Bobby Ryan. “He did it very subtle and didn’t tell anyone.”
Ryan has a passing interest in hair these days, as a spokesman for Head and Shoulders shampoo’s “Shoulders of Greatness” campaign. The big and skilled winger will stick up for his own flow – “My personal feelings are that I have a pretty good head of hair,” he said – but his play on the ice is what really does the talking.
Mike Babcock’s already stellar trophy case might be even more impressive by next October.
The Toronto Maple Leafs bench boss will be announced Thursday as the coach of Team Canada for the 2016 World Cup, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger. Babcock, 52, is currently the only coach to enter the Triple Gold Club, having won a Stanley Cup, Olympic gold and World Championship gold. But behind a group of top-tier Canadian stars at the World Cup, Babcock may be able to add another championship to his list of accolades.
Babcock won’t be the only member named to the coaching staff, however, as Dreger reported that Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville and Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien will join the coaching staff as assistants. Read more
This past spring was pretty good for a couple members of the Colorado Avalanche. They weren’t wearing burgundy at the time, but still…a championship is a championship.
Matt Duchene, Nathan MacKinnon, Tyson Barrie and the since-traded Ryan O’Reilly helped Canada win gold at the World Championship in the Czech Republic. They were all available, of course, because the Avs missed the playoffs, one year after winning the Central Division.
So after two seasons, we had a pretty incomplete picture of what kind of coach Patrick Roy is at the NHL level. Does he have another Jack Adams Award in him, or is he closer to losing his bench gig altogether?