Guy Boucher assigned as new head coach for Hamilton Bulldogs

200px-hamilton_bulldogsMontreal Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey and Hamilton Bulldogs General Manager Julien BriseBois announced today the appointment of Guy Boucher as Head Coach of the Hamilton Bulldogs.

The eighth Head Coach in Bulldogs franchise history, Guy Boucher has been involved in Quebec major junior hockey for the better part of the last decade, including the last three seasons as head coach of the QMJHL’s Drummondville Voltigeurs. In 2008-2009, he led his team to the QMJHL’s regular season and playoff championships, as well as a berth in the Memorial Cup. He also took the Voltigeurs to their best season in franchise history (54 wins, 112 points), an improvement of almost 400% over the previous season (14 wins, 33 points). Following the 2008-2009 season, Boucher was awarded the Paul Dumont Trophy as the QMJHL’s Personality of the Year.

“On behalf of our staff and our fans, I’d like to welcome Guy Boucher to Hamilton”, said Bulldogs Owner and Chairman Michael Andlauer. “We have been very fortunate to have had a number of outstanding coaches during our 13 seasons. I am confident that the Montreal Canadiens have chosen the right person to continue that tradition, to develop their prospects and to lead the Hamilton Bulldogs in our quest for a second Calder Cup championship.”

“We are very excited and proud to announce the hiring of Guy Boucher as the Hamilton Bulldogs Head Coach”, said Hamilton General Manager Julien BriseBois. “In hiring Guy we feel we have found the right person to create a winning environment and prepare our players for the NHL. As an organization we have an obligation to our players and to the Bulldogs’ fans to have the best possible coaching staff. With today’s announcement, we feel we have taken a big step in that direction.”

Prior to his tenure in Drummondville, Boucher was an assistant coach with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (1997-2000) and the Rimouski Oceanic (2003-2006) where he won the 2005 QMJHL regular season title (Jean Rougeau award) and the President Cup as playoff champions, earning them a spot in the Memorial Cup tournament. He left the QMJHL for two seasons, 2000 to 2002, to be at the helm of the Lac Saint-Louis Lions in the Midget AAA Developmental League.

Boucher also enjoyed success at the international level working as an assistant coach with Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team program on three separate occasions, most recently at the 2008 IIHF World Under-18 Championship where the squad struck gold. He was also behind the bench at the 2007 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka summer tournament and the 2006 IIHF World Under-18 Championship. More recently, at the 2009 IIHF World Under-20 Championship, he was an assistant with the Canadian Team that won a fifth consecutive gold medal at the World Junior Championships in Ottawa, Ontario.

Before embracing a coaching career, Guy Boucher was a member of the McGill Redmen where he played left wing from 1991 to 1995, recording 51 goals and 121 points, also earning a degree in History, with a minor in Environmental Biology. He also entered a university program towards a masters’ degree in Sports Psychology. His career as a hockey player took him to France where he suited up for the French club of Viry-Essonne in 1995-1996.

The 37-year old Boucher, who will celebrate his birthday on August 3, was born in 1971 at Notre-Dame-du-Lac, Quebec. Guy Boucher and his wife Marsha are the proud parents of three children, son Vincent and twin daughters Mila and Naomi.