The Columbus Blue Jackets have announced the resignation of assistant coach Bob Boughner after only one season. Boughner was hired in July of 2010 when the Blue Jackets overhauled their entire coaching staff following a disappointing season during which former Head Coach Ken Hitchcock was fired. Boughner served as an assistant to head coach Scott Arniel.
“I want to thank Scott Howson, Scott Arniel, and the McConnell family for the opportunity to work with the Blue Jackets last season,” said Boughner. “I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Columbus and regret that I am not going to be there to see this team continue to develop and accomplish the goals we’ve set for it. This was a very difficult decision, but with my family and business commitments in Windsor it was in our best interest as a family.”
As well as being an assistant coach for the Blue Jackets, Boughner was continuing to serve as president of the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League. Boughner had served as head coach of the Spitfires from 2006-2010 during which time they won the Memorial Cup two times and he was twice named coach of the year for the entire Canadian Hockey League. Boughner played in over 600 games in the NHL between 1995-2006. When he was hired he stated that he took the assistant coaching job to raise his profile among NHL general managers in hopes of someday working his way into a head coaching job. Boughner’s wife and four children were still living in Windsor.
Head Coach Scott Arniel was disappointed but supportive of the move.
“While I am disappointed that Bob is leaving our staff, I completely understand and support his decision to put his family first,” he said. “He worked extremely hard last season and was a great asset to myself, the coaching staff and our players. For that, I am very thankful and I wish him all the best moving forward.”
The resignation of Boughner leaves the Blue Jackets with two assistant coaches, Brad Berry and Dan Hinote. The Blue Jackets did not announce their intentions to replace Boughner who was responsible for the forwards and the power play.