Bob Boucher was a major contributor to the development of the game of hockey throughout his life. As Pat Quinn reminded us about his old Assistant Coach in Philadelphia; “Bob was instrumental in setting up our National Coaches Accreditation System, through his writings on the game and the development of the coaches’ level system. He has influenced the thinking of hockey across Canada, but yet, while always the consummate teacher, passing on his knowledge, he was always the student, hungry to know more of the game and those who played it.”
What perhaps few people know is that Bob Boucher, who passed away in 2004, is still making an impact on the development of the game through an organization known as the Bob Boucher Hockey Assistant Fund.
The fund was modestly started three years ago by four of his former players, Carl Boswick, Rick Fraughton, Chuck LeCain and Bob Warner. Since its inception, the BBHAF has dispersed funds they have raised throughout the many different levels of hockey in Canada. BBHAF grants can be awarded to individual players, coaches or organizations that promote the game of hockey.
Although Bob Boucher is quickly remembered for his thirteen years at the helm of the SMU Huskies, he also coached in Nova Scotia Junior ‘A’ with the Cole Harbor Colts; Major Junior Hockey with the Windsor Spitfire; American Hockey League with Larry Kish and the Nova Scotia Oilers, Intermediate and Senior Hockey with the Dartmouth Metro Mounties and as a hockey school founder, organizer and instructor with the famous SMU Camp of Champions.
Although the founders represent just a few years at the very beginning of Bob Boucher’s contribution to Hockey in Nova Scotia, current additions have now bridged the ‘chronological gap’ as well as the ‘institutional gap’ and incorporates former players coaches and managers like Chris Conrad, Tyler Naugler, Richard Bishop and friends of Bob Boucher from a number of different levels of hockey, as well as people who simply want to help in the development of the game of hockey. Funds raised to date have been the result of two very successful dinners at the WTCC the first of which Ken Dryden was the guest speaker.
This year’s fund raising venture will take place at the Halifax Forum on Friday, February, 1, 2013. Tickets for this event can be purchased for $20.00 which includes admission to the social held in the Maritime Room in the Forum Complex before the game, admission to the SMU-DAL hockey game, food, beverage, as well as a chance to win the premier lottery prize, an original Hal Jones acrylic SMU vs. DAL hockey action painting (39 1/2” x 31 1/2”) Additionally, ten (10) lucky winners will win an artist proof of the painting.
In addition, an elaborately framed autographed Bobby Orr picture at Fenway Park’s Winter Classic will also be drawn. Silent auction items include a limited edition (87) Sydney Crosby Olympic print with autographed puck; a vintage autographed Bobby Hull stick, a vintage Toronto Maple Leaf team signed stick and other hockey memorabilia as well as two box seats to two different Moosehead games (4 tickets in all).
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Ticket sales are limited to 750 tickets. If you can’t attend, but would like to support the work of the BBHAF and enter the lottery draw by purchasing a ticket(s) or you would like more information about this year’s event you can contact us directly at (902) 457-0700 or firstname.lastname@example.org
. More information about the BBHAF and its works can be obtained by visiting www. bobboucher.com