Several fans of the National Hockey League were hoping to see Bruce Boudreau back behind a bench sooner rather than later. The veteran head coach lost his job when he was fired by the Minnesota Wild back in February 2020, and had been waiting to get a new job. Some fans were hoping to see him land a job with his childhood team, the Maple Leafs, especially when it was reported that coaching changes were coming to Toronto, however, it sounds like Boudreau got another gig instead.
According to several sources, Boudreau is bringing a USPHL team to Hershey. He has purchased a junior hockey team in the United States Premier Hockey League’s (USPHL) Premier Division that is scheduled to play in Hershey, Pennsylvania, at historic Hersheypark Arena beginning in the 2021-22 season. The Hershey-based USPHL club will be a Tier III Junior A team in the league’s Premier Division. Players’ ages range from 17-to-20 years old.
“Crystal and I moved back to Hershey because we love the people, the town, and the history,” said Boudreau to ABC. “We started the Blue Ox in Minnesota, it went really well, and was a great addition to the community. We love working with the young men and the fans, and growing the game of hockey. We are hoping to do the same in Hershey. The only thing missing in the Hershey hockey landscape is a junior team. We hope to give back to the community, continue to grow the game, and share in the history of hockey in Hershey.
“When we decided to bring a junior team to Hershey, the USPHL was the only league we considered. We feel it is the best junior program at its level, and we love working with Richard and the league to grow the game of hockey.”
On top of that, Boudreau will be a contributing expert to NBC Sports Washington’s coverage of the Capitals for the upcoming season. Boudreau coached 329 games for the Caps, leading them to a 201-88-40 record.
We will see a lot more of Bruce, and maybe he will get in the running to land the coaching job in Seattle as the Kraken will scout its first head coach in franchise history for 2021-22.