Ted Leonsis on Bruce Boudreau: ‘It’s never easy to let a coach go’


(Toni L. Sandys/THE WASHINGTON POST)

Leonsis thanked Boudreau for “four great years.” Here is an excerpt of Leonsis’s comments:

It’s never easy to let a coach go, and Bruce was a popular personality who helped turn around our franchise. Despite what transpired on the ice this year, I always will be thankful for Bruce’s time with the Capitals and will remember him fondly. He is a great coach who I’m confident will land another spot in the NHL. Unfortunately the shelf life of a coach is short; Bruce was the fifth longest tenured coach in the league. That’s amazing to me.....

I am very grateful. Bruce was instrumental in the team’s success over the last four seasons. He won four division championships, a Presidents’ Trophy, an Eastern Conference banner, two playoff series and coached us to our best records in team history during the regular season. He also won a coach of the year award and holds the record for winning 200 games faster than any coach in NHL history. He is a good man. Thank you for four great years. I appreciate all you did for us as a franchise. I am grateful to you and your entire family.

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More on Boudreau firing/Hunter hiring:

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Box Seats: Caps say “Goodnight Bruce”

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Photos: Boudreau fired

Bog: The biggest goal in Caps history

Box Seats: Why Bruce had to go

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