Boughner Excited for Upcoming NHL Season


NHL training camps have opened with a number of rookie tournaments taking place prior to the main camps.

After being let go last season as the head coach of the Florida Panthers, Windsor's Bob Boughner is back in a familiar position as an assistant with the San Jose Sharks.

Boughner, who is still a part owner of the Windsor Spitfires says he's excited to be back with the Sharks organization.

"Florida was a great experience and obviously things didn't work out there, but this is a great re-set for me with San Jose, Pete DeBoer, Doug Wilson and the entire organization is just first-class," says Boughner. "I'm excited to get out there with a good team with a chance to win and getting to work with two Norris winners on the back end in Burns and Karlsson, Vlasic and Dillon all those guys."

Boughner tells AM800 Sports, he feels Bill Bowler will do a great job running the Spitfires.

"You know I think it's the right time for him, as he's worked in every aspect of hockey, from skills to Jr B to the OHL like we said so," adds Boughner. "He's excited about it and I know he has our complete support and he's going to put his own stamp on things, and he likes things done in his own way."

Boughner says there seems to be a positive energy around the Spits this season.

"You can see the guys are excited. I think this franchise, this organization is ready to turn the corner this year with the product.  I think the expectations are higher with ownership, with manamgement," says Boughner. There's been a lot of changes this summer but we're real happy to see the kids report in great shape and some of the kids looking real good out there."

The Sharks first preseason game is Tuesday the 17th against the Ducks, while they'll open the regular season October 3 in Vegas.