Congratulations to Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau on his induction into the AHL Hall of Fame today. Coach Boudreau played in the AHL from 1978-1992, racking up 316 goals (14th place in AHL history), 483 assists (11th place), and 799 points (also 11th) during his playing career. He then switched gears to coaching. From 1999-2007, he coached several AHL teams, leading the Hershey Bears to a Calder Cup Championship in 2006 and to the Finals in 2007.
Coach Boudreau got the call he'd always dreamed about in November 2007: he was named interim coach of the Washington Capitals, who were in last place in the NHL at the time. A month later, the "interim" tag was dropped (meaning Boudreau could unpack his belongings -- the job of coach was officially his). Coach Boudreau lost no time in turning the Capitals' season around, leading them to a first place finish in the Southeast Division and a Stanley Cup playoff berth. For his outstanding accomplishments in the 2007-2008 season, Coach Boudreau received the Jack Adams Award.
Congratulations, Coach Boudreau!