Bob Woods was named head coach of the Anaheim Ducks on Dec. 2, 2011.
Woods, who previously served as assistant coach under Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau with Washington, joined the Capitals staff on June 22, 2009. Boudreau and Woods helped the Capitals earn the top seed in the Eastern Conference in both 2010 and 2011, including the Presidents’ Trophy as the top NHL club for the 2009-10 regular season with a 54-15-13 record (121 points).
Prior to 2009-10, Woods coached Washington’s AHL affiliate from 2007-09, taking over as head coach of Hershey Bears Boudreau was hired by the Capitals on Nov. 22, 2007. In 2008-09, Woods guided Hershey to a Calder Cup championship, defeating the Manitoba Moose in six games. That season, he led the club to the top seed in the Eastern Conference with a 49-21-8 regular season record. In his two seasons as an AHL head coach (145 games), Woods compiled an 83-47-15 record in the regular season and a 17-10 record in the Calder Cup Playoffs. In addition, Woods served as assistant coach with Hershey under Boudreau in 2006 when the club captured the Calder Cup championship after posting a 44-21-15 record in the regular season. The club had an AHL-best 51-17-12 in 2006-07. Woods is the only player in Hershey’s 71-year history to win a Calder Cup as a player (1997), assistant coach (2006) and head coach (2009).
A native of Leroy, Saskatchewan, Woods retired from professional hockey in 2001 and became Head Coach of the Mississippi Sea Wolves of the ECHL. From 2001-05, he compiled a 169-94-25 regular-season record with the Sea Wolves, a span that included four trips to the playoffs and two conference finals appearances. Selected by New Jersey in the 10th round (201st overall) of the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, Woods played 13 seasons of professional hockey, including 10 in the ECHL and was a player/assistant coach with Mississippi from 1998-2001. He was a member of the 1999 Kelly Cup championship team that was coached by Boudreau.
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) and two with Lowell (Los Angeles) before joining Hershey (Washington). He 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 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.