The Columbus Blue Jackets announced on Wednesday that Bob Boughner is leaving the position of assistant coach after one season.
Boughner, 40, gave the indication in a statement released by the NHL club that says he will spend more time in his native Windsor, where he has co-owned the Ontario Hockey League's Spitfires since 2006. Even while with Columbus, he still retained the title of president and CEO of the Spitfires.
"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."
Along with businessman Peter Dobrich and former NHLer Warren Rychel, Boucher purchased the Spitfires five years ago.
Boughner had just finished an NHL career of 630 games spent with Buffalo, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Carolina, Colorado and Calgary.
He took over behind the bench for the Spitfires and helped turn them into a powerhouse, and was twice named the Canadian Hockey League's coach of the year.
Windsor won the Memorial Cup in 2009 — their first national championships — and again in 2010. Boucher also coached Canada to a gold medal at the under-18 world championships.
Despite the loss of several players, the Spitfires made it to the OHL semifinals the past season, losing to eventual league champion Owen Sound. Bob Jones, an assistant to Boughner in previous years, served as head coach under GM Rychel.