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COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets announced today that Bob Boughner has resigned his position as an assistant coach with the National Hockey League club. Boughner, who is the president of the Ontario Hockey League’s Windsor Spitfires, joined the organization in July 2010 after also serving as the Spitfires head coach from 2006-10.
“I want to thank Scott Howson, Scott Arniel and the McConnell family for the opportunity to work with the Blue Jackets last season,” said Boughner. “I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Columbus and regret that I am not going to be there to see this team continue to develop and accomplish the goals we’ve set for it. This was a very difficult decision, but with my family and business commitments in Windsor it was in our best interest as a family.”
“While I am disappointed that Bob is leaving our staff, I completely understand and support his decision to put his family first,” said Blue Jackets Head Coach Scott Arniel. “He worked extremely hard last season and was a great asset to myself, the coaching staff and our players. For that, I am very thankful and I wish him all the best moving forward.”
from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,
Bob Boughner has spent the past eight months moving between parallel hockey universes.
In theory, his commute requires the occasional four-hour drive, a valid passport and the patience to endure the whimsy of customs agents on either side of the Ambassador Bridge. But the separate worlds competing for Boughner’s attention are vastly contrasting and equally challenging.
On any given day, he is helping to rebuild one of the NHL’s most anonymous franchises and maintain one of North America’s most successful junior programs. His dual jobs require him make do with a modest talent pool in Columbus, while overseeing an operation in Windsor that churns out NHL lottery picks such as Taylor Hall and Cam Fowler.
Such is the double life of Boughner, the Blue Jackets assistant coach and Windsor Spitfires co-owner and president. It is a life of long hours, endless meetings and a marriage to twin devotions with a wife and four kids tossed into the mix.
from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,
“I’m looking forward to a new challenge after winning two Memorial Cups,” Boughner said. “I’ve made no secret that my goal is to be a head coach in the NHL, and joining (Arniel’s) staff is going to make me a better coach.”
Boughner was majority owner, president and coach of the Windsor Spitfires, an Ontario Hockey League team that just won the Canadian junior title for a second straight year. It’s one of the most lucrative junior clubs in Canada.
He’ll maintain his ownership stake in the Spitfires, Boughner said, but he was drawn to the Blue Jackets on two levels.
First, by the young, energetic staff being compiled by Arniel. Boughner joins Brad Berry and Dan Hinote, giving the Blue Jackets a staff of four former NHL players. Arniel is the oldest, at 47.
Second, Boughner said, the proximity of Columbus to Windsor was the key.
“I don’t have to uproot my wife or my four kids,” Boughner said. “And if I need to get home on an off day, it’s not a big deal.”
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets announced today that former National Hockey League player and Windsor Spitfires head coach Bob Boughner has joined the club as an assistant coach. The addition of Boughner completes new Jackets Head Coach Scott Arniel’s coaching staff.
“Bob has become one of the top young coaches in the game and we are very pleased to have him join our coaching staff,” said Arniel. “He enjoyed a long and successful career as an NHL player and has achieved a great deal as the head coach of the Windsor Spitfires the past four seasons. I know he is really excited about this opportunity and we’re very pleased to welcome him to the Blue Jackets organization.”
via tweets from Aaron Portzline,
Multiple NHL sources say Bob Boughner will leave the Windsor Spitfires to join #CBJ coaching staff.
CBJ will make official announcement of Boughner’s hiring on Monday.
added 9:57pm, from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,
Bob Boughner, who has guided the Windsor Spitfires to the last two Memorial Cup trophies, will join the Blue Jackets as an assistant coach on Scott Arniel’s staff, The Dispatch has learned.
Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson and Boughner did not return messages left on their cell phones. Spitfires GM Warren Rychel would not comment. But The Dispatch has learned that an announcement is expected by the Blue Jackets on Monday.