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His story is an entertaining odyssey of triumph, disappointment, and perseverance, stretching from Toronto to ...
His story is an entertaining odyssey of triumph, disappointment, and perseverance, stretching from Toronto to Washington. As a pro rookie, Boudreau had a cameo appearance in Slap Shot with star Paul Newman. Today Boudreau coaches superstar Alexander Ovechkin and a young Washington club poised to become an elite NHL team vying for the Stanley Cup.
Boudreau stole the limelight at the 2008 NHL Awards Show with his self-deprecating and folksy manner, which has made him a popular personality at every stop he’s made. Hockey fans know there’s only one Boudreau.
Posted July 6, 2010
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Bruce Boudreau's energetic and magnetic personality comes shining through in his autobiography, "Gabby:" Confessions of a Hockey Lifer". I'd highly recommend this book to any fan of the Washington Capitals or hockey in general.
Nicknamed "Gabby" during his years in junior hockey, the chatty coach of the NHL's Caps puts his almost child-like love of the game on display in this snappy fast read. Boudreau runs through stories faster than an Ovechkin charge up-ice, and he covers more years and hockey experiences than the Caps have had wins in the last two seasons.
Gabby reveals how many of his early hockey career destinations were due to misguided and bad decisions. His agent encouraged him to stay in minor league Johnstown where he snagged some time with Paul Newman and shows up in the movie "Slapshot". He chose to go the World Hockey Association for a little more pay rather than grab NHL offer.
Along the way, it becomes clear that Gabby was the 'little engine that could'. In spite of himself, and his self-admitted lackadaisical approach to taking the game seriously, Boudreau was successful on an individual basis (he's been named to the AHL Hall of Fame), at the team level (he won the Memorial Cup in junior hockey), and as a coach (winning ECHL and AHL Championships).
Boudreau also provides insights into his time with the Caps, heart-breaking Game 7 playoff losses, managing All-Star talent, and his strategic and tactical approaches to coaching one of the highest scoring teams in the league.
The book is fun and funny, and is a veritable who's-who in the world of hockey. The book is a quick read for adults and perfectly appropriate for any students of the game 4th grade and up.
Posted July 22, 2010
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