Bob Boughner (BOOG-nur) was named the 15th head coach of the Florida Panthers on June 12, 2017.
Prior to joining the Panthers, Boughner, 46, served as an assistant coach for the San Jose Sharks for two seasons (2015-17) and helped the Sharks advance to the postseason twice. He began his NHL coaching career as an assistant coach with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2010-11.
The native of Windsor, Ontario, served as head coach of his hometown Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League for eight seasons (2006-10, 2011-15) winning two consecutive J. Ross Robertson Cups and two consecutive Memorial Cups (2009, 2010). Boughner was named the OHL and the Canadian Hockey League's Coach of the Year in 2007-08 and 2008-09.
In 2006, Boughner headed an ownership group to purchase the Spitfires and serves as the organization's President. Under Boughner's leadership, the Spitfires have won three Memorial Cups (2009, 2010, 2017).
A defenseman in the NHL for 10 seasons (1996-06), Boughner appeared in 630 NHL games for the Buffalo Sabres (1995-98), Nashville Predators (1998-00), Pittsburgh Penguins (2000-01), Calgary Flames (2001-03), Carolina Hurricanes (2003-04) and Colorado Avalanche (2004-06). Boughner originally was selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the second round (32nd overall) of the 1989 NHL Draft.
On July 25, 1994, Boughner signed with the Panthers organization and played for two seasons for their minor league affiliates, the Cincinnati Cyclones of the International Hockey League (1994-95) and the Carolina Monarchs (1995-96) of the American Hockey League.
Boughner and his wife, Jenn, have four children: Brady, Molly, Emma and Lola.