Bruce Boudreau Biography – Vancouver Canucks Head Coach

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Bruce Boudreau currently serves as the head coach of the Vancouver Canucks. Image Source: Cyrstal Boudreau Facebook.

  • Birth DateJanuary 9, 1955
  • Birth Name Bruce Allan Boudreau
  • Age 69
  • Also Known As Gabby
  • Height 5' 9"
  • Weight 182 lbs
  • Father's Name Norman Boudreau
  • Mother's Name Theresa Boudreau
  • Birth Place Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Birth Sign Capricorn
  • Nationality Canadian
  • Profession Ice Hockey Head Coach
  • Partner Crystal Boudreau
  • Relationship Status Married
  • Eye Color Blue
  • Hair Color White
  • Children Ben Boudreau, Brady Boudreau, Kasey Boudreau, Andy Boudreau
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Last updated on June 30th, 2022 at 10:28 am

Bruce Boudreau is a renowned ice hockey coach of Canadian nationality. He is currently serving the Vancouver Canucks. Boudreau has served several teams and played for 20 seasons. Moreover, he also owns hockey teams and has made a good name for himself.

A series of tragic events resulted in Bruce being the only living son of his mom. So, let’s know how the coach handled himself at the time and also take a glance at his life.

Lost His Brothers And Dad

The head coach was born Bruce Allan Boudreau on January 9, 1955, in Toronto, Canada. He is one of the three children of his parents, Norman Boudreau and Theresa Boudreau. However, as per a Google search, his mama is Mary Hulse. Unfortunately, Bruce Boudreau’s father passed away in 2004 due to liver cancer.

Bruce grew up in the blue-collar town of St. Catharines, Ontario, with his brother, Barry Boudreau and Bryan Boudreau. Sadly, his siblings have already passed away, and he is the only living son of his mom.

Growing up, Bruce’s family did not have much money, but his parents were extremely supportive. He grew up playing hockey, and his late dad often took him and his teammates to and from games. Interestingly, the coach once revealed that his father once cursed the Toronto Maple Leafs never to claim another Stanley Cup.

Talking about his education, in the 1970s, Bruce attended Nelson A. Boylen Collegiate Institute.

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Bruce Boudreau Net Worth And Career

Bruce played for several teams and has also coached many of them. In his career as a sports personality, he has gained popularity and earned considerably. Therefore, looking at his earnings, Bruce Boudreau’s net worth must be a notable amount.

As an ice hockey athlete, Boudreau played mainly in the minor leagues and even established himself as one of the most creative minor league scorers of all time, mainly in the American Hockey League. His playing career started as a junior at the Toronto Marlboros of the Ontario Hockey Association. He was initially drafted 42nd overall in the third round by the Toronto Maple Leafs but could not agree with their contract.

Hence, the Toronto native joined the Minnesota Fighting Saints and made his professional debut in 1975. Other teams that he played for are Springfield Indians, Fort Wayne Komets, Nova Scotia Oilers, and Adirondack Red Wings. His playing career ended in the 1991-92 season with 9 points in 30 games of WHA and 70 points in 141 games of NHL.

Boudreau’s first coaching job was as the head coach of the minor league team Muskegon Fury in 1992. After coaching several minor league teams, in 2007, he was named interim head coach of the NHL’s Washington Capitals. After that, the former player served Anaheim Ducks, Minnesota Wild, and Vancouver Canucks. In January 2022, he coached his 1000th career NHL game in a 3-1 loss to Craig Berube-led St. Louis Blues.

Talking about Bruce Boudreau’s salary, take a glance at the table below consisting of the amount he received while coaching the Minnesota Wild.

Season Salary In Today’s US $
2016-17 $2,760,000 $3,108,320
2017-18 $2,760,000 $3,043,522
2018-19 $2,760,000 $2,970,921
2019-20 $2,760,000 $2,918,047
2021-22 $2,000,000 $2,000,000

Table Source: HockeyZonePlus

Talking about Bruce’s contract, in May 2022, he signed a two-year deal with the Canucks. His salary is estimated to be $2.5 million in the next season. Nonetheless, he must be earning considerably in the 2022 season too. Hence, Bruce Boudreau’s net worth must be a reasonable amount.

Has Been Married Twice

Not many know, that the Vancouver Canucks head coach has been married twice in his life. Bruce Boudreau’s first wife is Mary Gibb. It is not known how long the former couple was married since they kept their marital life under the wraps most of the time. However, as per a Twin Cities article, while he was experiencing multilevel successes, his marriage could not be saved.

As per Fabwags, Bruce met Crystal Margaret Frey in Fort Wayne six months after he finalized his divorce. The couple got married in 1995 and have been together for several decades now. Bruce Boudreau’s wife, Crystal Boudreau, is extremely supportive of him and takes good care of him and their kids.

Bruce Boudreau's Wife Crystal Boudreau
Bruce Boudreau is happily married to Crystal Boudreau. Image Source: Crystal Boudreau’s Facebook.

The Boudreau pair’s marriage seems to be going strong, and they are happily enjoying their lives. Crystal often accompanies her husband to several events.

A Proud Father Of Four Children

With his first wife, the coach welcomed three kids, and with his second spouse, he shares one. Bruce Boudreau’s children Andy Boudreau, Ben Boudreau, and Kasey Boudreau are with Mary while, his son Brady Boudreau is with Crystal. They all have grown up and are doing well in their respective professions.

Also, Bruce Bourdeau’s son, Brady, was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at fourteen. His mother, Crystal, also has Asperger’s but didn’t know until after his diagnosis.


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Nevertheless, the Canadian coach must be living a wonderful life with his family. Let’s hope he continues on the path of success with same momentum. We hope Bruce Boudreau has blissful days ahead.

Trivia And Facts

  • Bruce was inducted into the AHL Hall of Fame in 2009.
  • He was named First All-Star Team of the American Hockey league in 1988.
  • His nickname Gabby was given by Mariles’ trainer during his teenage years.
  • Boudreau’s coaching record is 599-317 as of now.