Bruce Boudreau was only head coach of the Vancouver Canucks for a little over a year but the jovial bench boss seemed to make a special connection with the team’s fans. One that perhaps only Bruce can.
Boudreau’s tenure in Vancouver started with seven wins in a row and he quickly noticed that the team did not have something to bring them fully together after those victories. So, later in the season, a noted fan of professional wrestling, Boudreau introduced a Canucks-themed championship belt to be handed out to the team’s chosen player of the game.
During his final night as coach of Vancouver, Boudreau was gifted the belt by his players as a token of their love and appreciation.
“I’ll treasure it for the rest of my life because every time I look at it I’ll remember what we had together here,” Boudreau said then.
Now the belt officially hangs on a memento wall in his Hershey, PA home.