Despite the fact he picked up the Jack Adams Trophy about a month ago, Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau continues to prove you can take the coach out of the minor leagues, but you can’t take the minor leagues out of the coach.
Saturday morning, Boudreau will put 48 hockey players through their paces in something called the Hockey Resume Free Agent Camp in Niagara Falls, Ont. Now, the Hockey Resume Free Agent Camp and, let’s say, the first round of the NHL draft should not be confused. Hockey Resume is a company that tries to find jobs in the minor leagues, often the low minors, for players who don’t have contracts.
And having played and coached more than 2,000 games for 18 teams in the minors prior to landing his gig with the Capitals last season, Boudreau finds himself right at home among journeymen minor leaguers looking for work.
It has all the makings of a lovely story about a guy who toiled for years in obscurity before making good, then coming back to help inspire those who are following the same skate tracks.
“I’m basically doing it so my son doesn’t have to pay,” Boudreau said. “They wanted something like 400 bucks (actually $325) for the camp and I said I’d help out with a practice and give their camp some validity if my son could attend for free. I did the same thing at the Roger Neilson Hockey Camp last week for my other son.”
Boudreau’s son, Ben, contacted Hockey Resume recently to enquire about the camp and offered his father’s services. Ben has played some Jr. A hockey in the past and was playing in a senior loop in Belleville this past season while attending Loyalist College.
He’ll go to training camp in the fall with the Hershey Bears of the American League, the Capitals affiliate where his father coached before going to Washington.
“With my connections, we’re hoping to get him a spot in the ECHL and we’ll see what happens from there,” Boudreau said.
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