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Fiche créée le : 2004-12-16
Décès le : 2004-12-16
Parution : 2004-12-19
Paru dans : Ottawa Citizen, ON

BOUCHER, Bob Robert (Bob) Boucher, 66, died in Kemptville (Ont.) District Hospital December 16 following a short illness. A native of Ottawa and member of one of Canada's most renowned hockey families who became one of the country's most successful coaches, he retired in June of this year as manager of Oceanside Equipment in Dartmouth, N.S. While he enjoyed a successful business career, most of his life was devoted to hockey, as an outstanding junior player with Toronto St. Michael's and Montreal Junior Canadiens whose NHL dreams were cut short by loss of vision in one eye resulting from an on-ice accident with Hull-Ottawa Canadiens of the Eastern (Pro) League in the 1950s. He played into the 1960s at the minor pro levels in the U.S. and Europe before turning his attention to coaching. In 1967 he became head coach of Halifax Saint Mary's Huskies where he built a dynasty over the next 15 years, winning 231 games, only 33 losses and four ties, taking the Huskies to the national college final five times in a row. In 1982, Bob became an assistant coach of the NHL Philadelphia Flyers as a power play specialist, rewarding head coach Pat Quinn by taking the worst power play in the league in 1981--82 to the best in one season. After two seasons he returned to Nova Scotia, became an assistant coach with Nova Scotia (AHL) Oilers, then the head coach of Cole Harbour Juniors. In the mid-1980s he built another dynasty, this time with part time senior players he coached to five consecutive national finals and the Hardy Cup in 1989-90. He refined the art of coaching, a teacher and communicator who succeeded at every level, a passionate leader who taught players how to win with dignity and lose with grace. His enormous contributions to the development of hockey in Nova Scotia were properly recognized with his elections to both the Nova Scotia and Saint Mary's University Halls of Fame. In essence, Bob had hockey's royal blood, scion of an Ottawa family that delivered four brothers to the National Hockey League at the same time in the 1920s including his dad, Billy Boucher who scored the first ever goal in the old Montreal Forum. He is survived by his wife, Anne (O'Neill), daughters Trisha Dixon (Robert) of Chezzetcook, N.S., Kerri McQuigge (Jason) of Kingston, Ont., son Robert (Kim) of Dartmouth, N.S., adored grandchildren Laura, Kaitlyn and Liam, sister June Collins, Kemptville, niece Teresa Anne, several nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his parents, Billy and Teresa and brother Billy. Private family burial will be held in Ottawa. A celebration of Bob's life will be held at the Carleton Golf and Yacht Club in Manotick on Sunday December 19th from 1-4 p.m. A similar celebration of life will be held at Saint Mary's University Tower in Halifax, on January 4th from 5:30-7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Bob Boucher Memorial Scholar Fund c/o Dave Murphy, St. Mary's University, Halifax, N.S. Arrangements in care of Tubman Funeral Home. Tributes, condolences and donations may be made at Published in the Ottawa Citizen from 12/18/2004 - 12/19/2004.


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