MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens’ general manager Bob Gainey and Hamilton Bulldogs’ general manager Julien BriseBois announced Monday the appointment of Guy Boucher as head coach of the Hamilton Bulldogs, the Canadiens’ main affiliate club in the American Hockey League.
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 2008-09, 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 2008-09 season, he was awarded the Paul Dumont Trophy as the QMJHL’s Personality of the Year.
Prior to his tenure in Drummondville, Boucher was an assistant coach with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (1997-2000) and the Rimouski Oceanic (2003-2006) winner of 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 Development League.
Guy 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 also 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 center from 1991 to 1995, recording 51 goals and 121 points, also earning Arts and Engineering degrees from McGill University followed by a Master's degree in Sports Psychology from the University of Montreal. His career as a hockey player took him to France where he suited up for the French club of Viry-Essonne in 1995-96.
A native of Notre-Dame-du-Lac, QC, Boucher will celebrate his 38th birthday on August 3 . Guy Boucher and his wife Marsha are the proud parents of three children, son Vincent and twin daughters Mila and Naomi.