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Guy Boucher Done In Ottawa, Marc Crawford Takes Over

OTTAWA - Ottawa Senators (@Senators) general manager Pierre Dorion announced today that head coach Guy Boucher has been relieved of his duties and Marc Crawford has been named interim head coach, effective immediately.

"I want to thank Guy for his three years of service. He is a good person and has been an excellent representative of the Senators. At this point, however, we need a different set of coaching and leadership skills to guide our team through this rebuild," said general manager Pierre Dorion. "In the interim, Marc will bring a different perspective along with a wealth of head coaching experience."

In tandem with an evaluation of our current coaching staff, we will conduct a search for a new head coach following the season. We will be looking for a coach who excels as:


  • A teacher who will focus on the development and growth of each player on the team;
  • A listener who encourages feedback from players and the coaching staff;
  • A communicator who lets every team member know where they stand and what is expected;
  • A tactician who brings structure and game planning that will enhance our rebuild.


Crawford, a 58-year-old Stanley Cup winning coach, is in his third season as a member of the Senators coaching staff in 2018-19. With 18 seasons of National Hockey League coaching experience, he has served as an NHL head coach for 1,151 games.

Marc and his wife, Helene, reside in Cornwall, Ont., and have two children, Dylan and Kaitlin.

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TreKronor's avatar

Ohhhh, THAT will fix the problem.

Posted by TreKronor on 03/01/19 at 11:27 AM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Hahahahaaaaa. When I hear his name all I ever think of is him having this melt down.
The following is an excerpt from Blood Feud in which Crawford’s tirade towards Scotty Bowman, the Wings, and just about anyone who would listen is transcribed.

Crawford says something inaudible about Scotty Bowman.
Bowman: ” I knew your father before you did”.
Crawford:” Yeah, yeah. And he thinks you’re a f*cking *#$%@& too.”
Bowman ( to linesmen): “He just wants a rallying point.”
Crawford: “Thinks you’re a f*cking *#$%@& too.”
Bowman ( to Crawford): “You just want a rallying point. You want a rallying point, that’s all. It’s over.”
Crawford: “You got your rallying point. You got yours, we got ours now. We got ours. You gonna apologize? ( louder) Are you gonna apologize?”
Wings Associate Coach Barry Smith (to Bowman):”Scotty, let him go, please.”
Linesman: “We’re gonna get the game goin’ all right?”

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 03/01/19 at 12:03 PM ET


As everyone knows, the big problem in Ottawa was the coaching.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 03/01/19 at 12:40 PM ET

WingedRider's avatar

Crawford as new Coach, even the Sens did something dumber that I thought they could do, Really Marc Crawford?????

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 03/01/19 at 02:03 PM ET

Savage Henry's avatar

I was hoping for Melnyk behind the bench.

Posted by Savage Henry on 03/01/19 at 02:35 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

Melnyk would probably do a better job.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 03/01/19 at 03:35 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

They do realize that they don’t own their 1st round draft pick….right??  ohh

Posted by Down River Dan on 03/01/19 at 04:38 PM ET

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