Guy Boucher (born August 3, 1971) is the former head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL) and a former hockey player.
1 Playing years,
2 Coaching years,
4 NHL coaching record,
5 Personal life,
7 External links,
Before his coaching years, Boucher played right wing with the McGill Redmen between 1991 and 1995. He graduated with an arts degree (history and environmental biology) in 1995 and a science degree (agricultural engineering) in 1996. He also studied sports psychology at the University of Montreal. In 1995-96, Boucher played in France for Viry-Essonne where he scored 16 goals and 38 points in 28 games.
Boucher began his coaching career as assistant coach with the McGill Redmen under head coach Martin Raymond in 1996-97, then moved on to serve as an assistant coach with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (1997-2000) and then with the Rimouski Océanic from 2003 to 2006 with whom he won the Jean-Rougeau trophy (regular season champions) and President's Cup. He also participated in the Memorial Cup tournament. In between, he coached the Lac-Saint-Louis Lions of the AAA Midget Hockey League. He returned to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League as the Drummondville Voltigeurs head coach in 2006. In the 2008-09, he guided the team to their best season in history, with a total of 54 wins and 112 points, capturing the President's Cup on his way to the Memorial Cup tournament once again. He won the Paul-Dumont Trophy, awarded to QMJHL's personality of the year.
On June 29, 2009, he was named head coach of the Montreal Canadiens's affiliate Hamilton Bulldogs in the AHL becoming the eighth head coach in Bulldogs franchise history. He led the team to an impressive 52-17-11 record for 115 points despite having many of his best players being called up by the Montreal Canadiens. At the end of the season, he won the Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial Award as coach of the year. After an impressive season in Hamilton, he was offered the vacant head coaching position for the Columbus Blue Jackets but turned it down to accept the head coaching position with the Tampa Bay Lightning, signing a four-year contract. In his rookie year as an NHL head coach, Boucher led the Tampa Bay Lightning to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, losing to the Boston Bruins by a single goal.
On March 24, 2013, the team's General Manager Steve Yzerman fired Boucher following a 5-3 loss against the Ottawa Senators. At the time, Tampa Bay was in 14th place in the Eastern Conference.
Boucher also worked as an assistant coach to Canada men's national U-18 ice hockey team in 2006, 2007 and 2008 where he won a gold medal. In 2009, he also served as an assistant coach with Canada men's national U-20 ice hockey team who won their fifth consecutive gold medal.
NHL coaching record:
2nd in Southeast
Lost Eastern Conference Finals
3rd in Southeast
4th in Southeast
Guy Boucher is married to Marsha and has 3 children.
Boucher has a prominent scar on his right cheek. When asked how he received it, Boucher said "it's not hockey-related. I didn't tell anybody back home, so it's like this little enigma. My kids don't even know."