As Head Coach of the Washington Capitals (2007-11), Boudreau won the 2007-08 Jack Adams award (NHL Coach of the Year) and led his club to the 2009-10 Presidents’ Trophy as the NHL’s top club in the regular season. He compiled a record of 201-88-40 (.672 winning percentage) with the Capitals and won the Southeast Division four times. He became the fastest coach in modern day NHL history to win 200 games (Nov. 21, 2011 vs. Phoenix) and recorded more wins (184) in his first 300 NHL games than any NHL coach all-time.
Boudreau, 56, was named interim head coach of the Capitals on Nov. 22, 2007. On that date, Washington was 30th in the NHL standings. He led the club to a 37-17-7 finish, as the Capitals won the Southeast Division in the first of four seasons under his direction. Boudreau, whose interim tag was removed on Dec. 26, 2007, became the second Washington head coach to win the Jack Adams Award. He was also the first coach since Bill Barber (2001) to win the Jack Adams Award after taking over a team midseason. In 2008-09, Boudreau led the Capitals to their first playoff series win since 1988. In addition to the Presidents’ Trophy, the 2009-10 club set team records for wins (54), points (121), and goals (313).
Before joining the Capitals, Boudreau spent nine seasons as an AHL head coach, including a Calder Cup championship with the Hershey Bears in 2006. He spent four years with Manchester (Los Angeles affiliate) and two with Lowell (also Los Angeles affiliate) before joining Hershey (Washington). A member of the AHL Hall-of-Fame (inducted in 2009), Boudreau compiled a 103-45-27 record with the Bears, including an AHL-best 51-17-12 in 2006-07.
Boudreau began his coaching career in the Colonial Hockey League with Muskegon in 1992-93 and was named the International Hockey League Coach of the Year in 1993-94 with Fort Wayne. He also served as head coach and director of hockey operations for Mississippi (ECHL), where he won the 1999 Kelly Cup championship.
Boudreau played parts of eight NHL seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Chicago Blackhawks between 1976-86, recording 28-42=70 points in 141 career games. A native of Toronto, Ontario, Boudreau was originally selected by the Maple Leafs in the third round of the 1975 NHL Entry Draft. As a Canadian junior playing for the Toronto Marlboros in 1974-75, he scored 68-97=165 points, a Canadian Hockey League record until Bobby Smith and Wayne Gretzky surpassed the mark during the 1977-78 season.
Boudreau also ranks 11th all-time in scoring in AHL history with 316 goals and 799 points. No AHL player in the 1980s notched more points than Boudreau. He won the 1987-88 John B. Sollenberger Trophy for leading the league in scoring, and was also a member of the 1992 Calder Cup champion Adirondack Red Wings.
Bruce has four children: sons Ben, Andy and Brady, and daughter Kasey. He and wife, Crystal, along with their son, Brady, reside in Anaheim Hills.