SAN JOSE -- San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson and Head Coach Peter DeBoer announced today that Bob Boughner will serve as an assistant coach on DeBoer’s staff. In addition, Johan Hedberg has been named assistant coach/goaltending coach.
Boughner, 44, joins San Jose after spending the past four seasons as the head coach of the Windsor Spitfires (OHL). The native of Windsor, Ontario, re-joined the Spitfires coaching staff after a stint as an assistant coach with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2010-11, seeing Columbus post a record of 34-35-13.
“I’ve known Bob for more than 20 years and he’s an experienced winner, having won championships in both juniors and internationally,” said DeBoer. “He had a great career as an NHL player but also didn’t have any problem going back to juniors to hone his coaching ability. He has a great teaching ability from working with younger players in juniors and we’re very fortunate that he was available because he could have been working in this League a long time ago if he wanted to.”
Prior to his stint with Columbus, Boughner, who also served as the President and a member of the ownership group of Windsor, was the head coach for the Spitfires from 2006-10 (four seasons). In his first four seasons with Windsor, Boughner was named the OHL and CHL Coach of the Year in consecutive seasons (2007-08 and 2008-09) and led the team to back-to-back Memorial Cup and OHL Championships in 2009 and 2010. He became the first head coach in CHL history to win two Memorial Cups and two CHL Coach of the Year awards. In his eight combined seasons at the helm of Windsor, Boughner’s teams posted a 282-213-49 record.
Internationally, Boughner coached the Canadian U-18 team to a gold medal at the 2009 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, going undefeated in the tournament.
During his playing career, Boughner played in 630 NHL games with Colorado, Carolina, Calgary, Pittsburgh, Nashville and Buffalo, amassing 72 points (15 goals, 57 assists) and 1,382 penalty minutes.
Boughner and his wife, Jennifer, have four children; Brady, Molly, Emma and Lola.
Hedberg, 42, served most recently as the goaltending coach for the Albany Devils (AHL), New Jersey’s top minor league development affiliate.
“Johan played for me in New Jersey and had a very long and successful career in the NHL as a player,” said DeBoer. “He was a student of the game for his whole career and having been around him every day in our years in New Jersey, it was evident that coaching is something that came naturally to him. His willingness to go to the American League last season and learn the coaching trade speaks volumes for his commitment to coaching.”
Prior to his time with Albany, Hedberg spent a season with DeBoer in New Jersey as a special assignment scout with the Devils upon his retirement from the League in 2014.
Hedberg played in 373 career NHL games spanning 12 seasons with Pittsburgh, Vancouver, Dallas, Atlanta and New Jersey, posting a 161-143-36 record, 22 shutouts and a 2.82 goals-against average. Amongst Swedish-born netminders, Hedberg ranks 3rd all-time in wins behind only Henrik Lundqvist (339) and Tommy Salo (210).
Originally drafted by Philadelphia in the ninth round (218th overall) in the 1994 NHL Draft, Hedberg was acquired by the Sharks in a 1997 trade and spent the next four seasons developing under the late Warren Strelow and former Assistant General Manager Wayne Thomas. At that time, the Sharks goaltending prospect pool included Hedberg, Evgeni Nabokov, Miikka Kiprusoff and Vesa Toskala. Hedberg spent the entire 1999-00 season playing for the Kentucky Thoroughblades (AHL), then San Jose’s AHL affiliate, under current San Jose Barracuda Head Coach Roy Sommer.
On March 12, 2001, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Later that season, Hedberg led the Penguins on their Cinderella-run to the Eastern Conference Final, defeating Olaf Kolzig and Dominik Hasek and, in the process, earning his trademark “Moose” nickname because of the Manitoba Moose logo emblazoned upon his goalie helmet.
Internationally, Hedberg has represented his native Sweden numerous times, including the Winter Olympics (2002 & 1998), World Championships (1999-bronze medal, 1998-gold medal, 1997-silver medal & 1994-bronze) and the World Cup of Hockey (1996).
Hedberg and his wife, Pernilla, have three daughters: Molly, Wilma and Bia