When Alex Ovechkin retires and his accomplishments are reflected upon, one of the major influences on his career will be former head coach Bruce Boudreau. During that four-year period from Nov. 22, 2007 through Nov. 28, 2011, Ovechkin scored 197 goals in 313 games, including a career-high 65 goals in 2007-08. Boudreau led the Capitals to three consecutive division titles and playoff appearances after the Caps missed the postseason in the prior four years.
Boudreau, who was promoted from AHL Hershey where he guided the Bears to a Calder Cup in 2006, made a powerful connection with Capitals fans during his time in the District. No matter if it was for accidentally having barbecue sauce on his face, getting caught on-camera giving an expletive-laden speech, or telling stories to the media about his role in the iconic hockey movie Slap Shot, Boudreau grew the sport during the Rock The Red Era with his candor, humor, and self-deprecation.
Over a dozen years after he was let go from the Capitals, Boudreau remains a powerful part of the hockey community locally due to his contributions both in DC and Hershey. That enduring legacy would explain why he’s still sought out for local commercials that play on Monumental Network.
Boudreau’s latest ad is a return cameo for Joe Hadeed. The longtime head coach clumsily destroys “his house” (it’s actually Joe Hadeed’s home) while playing hockey inside. Bruce’s wife Crystal, who also stars in the ad, is none too pleased.