Hockey player, NHL coach, businessman, hockey team owner
One of the most influential hockey people Windsor has ever produced, Bob Boughner has had great success on and off the ice. A great hockey player, successful businessman, and extremely influential Windsorite – Boughner is someone who sets a positive example for others to live up to and has brought great success to Windsor.
Drafted 6th overall by the Sault Sainte Marie Greyhounds
Drafted 32nd Overall by the Detroit Red Wings in 1989
Career totals: 630 Games played, 15 Goals, 57 Assists, and 72 points.
True to his Windsor roots, Boughner played a rough blue collar game which saw him display the excellent leadership skills he would later bring to the Windsor Spitfires. A defensive stalwart, Boughner had an extremely successful NHL career. He began his career with the Detroit Red Wings where he played from 1991-1994. He would then move on to the Florida Panthers organization before making stops in Buffalo, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Calgary, and Colorado before his eventual retirement in 2006.
After his journeyman NHL career which saw him play across the country in the NHL and AHL (highlighted by being a captain of the Calgary Flames in 2002), Boughner was not done with hockey. Along with partners which included Warren Rychel among others, Boughner came on as part of the ownership group that would oversee the most successful run in Windsor Spitfires History. The Spitfires in this era became perhaps the greatest CHL team of all time as it had names such as Taylor Hall, Adam Henrique, Ryan Ellis, Eric Wellwood, and Cam Fowler, to name just a few. The Boughner and Rychel ownership group drafted and developed a dynasty, and with Boughner as the head coach the Windsor Spitfires won back to back Memorial Cup Championships during the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 seasons. Boughner even managed to push the team to the third round during the 2010-2011 season, nearly earning the Spitfires 3 straight appearances in the Memorial Cup. This run of success was unprecedented in Windsor, and put the team during those seasons into the discussions of “best junior teams of all time.”
Boughner has had considerable success leading the Spitfires, and his work has seen him recognized with great honours. He has been involved with Team Canada and currently is an assistant coach with the San Jose Sharks. His work with the Spitfires continues, however, and no doubt Mr. Boughner will be involved in planning for a run at the Memorial Cup when Windsor plays host during the 2016-2017 season.