Despite being a decade removed from coaching the Hershey Bears, former bench boss Bruce Boudreau is still enamored with the team and the area that helped make him a star.
Tuesday night at Giant Center, Boudreau was shown on the jumbotron during Game Six of the Hershey Bears’ second-round series against the Providence Bruins. Boudreau, wearing a Bears home jersey, had a special message for his old team.
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“Let’s get loud and let’s go Bears,” Boudreau said. He then added a high pitched Woooooooo at the end, mimicking the crowd’s goal chant.
I reached out to the Bears for the backstory.
“The Bruce promo video was recorded last weekend,” the voice of the Bears, Zack Fisch said in an email. “Bruce still has a house in this area and was in town. He still maintains great relationships with several front office staff members here, so he came in to film a few pump-up promos for the game.”
“As he helped lead us to a 2006 Calder Cup, he is still loved in the area, and he loves Hershey as well”
The promo video was shot and edited by Great Save Productions, the Bears’ video crew.
During parts of three seasons with the Bears, Boudreau had a 103-44-28 record with Bears, including a 51 win season in 2006-07. In 2006, Boudreau won his second Calder Cup as a coach, leading a team boasting future NHL stars Brooks Laich, Eric Fehr, and Mike Green.
Boudreau is three weeks removed from a devastating playoff loss in the first round of the NHL postseason. Despite dominating the St. Louis Blues in possession, the Minnesota Wild lost in five games to the West’s fifth-seeded team.
During ten seasons in the NHL, Boudreau has only gotten past the second round once, losing in the Western Conference Final to Chicago Blackhawks during Game Seven.
Boudreau, as the head coach of the Washington Capitals, won the Jack Adams Award as the league’s best coach during the 2007-08 season.
Headline photo: Chris Gordon