As Guy Boucher inches closer to his 1-year anniversary with the Ottawa Senators, he continues to find new ways to endear himself to its rabid fan base. A trip back to the Stanley Cup playoffs this season was a great start but the Sens head coach took the opportunity to show his gratitude towards the fans on Sunday evening after touching down at the Ottawa International Airport.
It's not uncommon for crowds to flock for the team's arrival back in Ottawa after a big win on the road. In fact, it's actually a pretty cool tradition that's stuck with the team over the years. Whether it was after securing a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2007 or the incredible Hamburglar race to the playoffs just two seasons ago...Sens fans were there waiting to mob the team when they arrived home.
Flags, signs and an abundance of Sens jerseys line both sides of the road leading out to the Airport Parkway just in the hopes of catching a glimpse of the team's triumphant journey back home after another Spring conquest. It's a familiar sight but one that will always act as a reminder as to how much this community supports it's hockey club.
Yesterday, something a little different happened. One of the cars stopped.
As you can see in the video above shot by Twitter user @AprilinKanata and posted by CTV Ottawa, the fans in attendance lost their minds when greeted by the Sens' bench boss after a huge first round series win over the Boston Bruins in overtime on Sunday.
"When we landed, we saw the fans waiting at the airport," general manager Pierre Dorion recounted to the media on Monday. "I think everyone saw the video of Guy getting out of his car and shaking some of the fans' hands. I think that was great."
Dorion and Boucher have had a great working relationship since his hiring on May 8th, 2016 and as the Sens GM told the media after Round 1 they "had a connection right away".
"I think he came here as advertised," Dorion continued. "We have a great working relationship. We talk a lot...maybe sometimes we talk too much to each other."
Boucher's next task comes in the form of a second round series against the New York Rangers which kicks off at Canadian Tire Centre this Thursday at 7 p.m. and if all goes well...perhaps another date with Sens fans outside of YOW.