01/27/2007 12:42 PM
by Mike Ulmer
It was all there for Bruce Boudreau.
A native of St. Catharines, Ont., Boudreau was supposed to play for the storied team that drafted him, the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Boudreau, 51, returns to Toronto this weekend to coach the Canadian Team in the 2007 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic. The event starts with the 2007 CCM AHL All-Star Skills Competition on Sunday evening, and concludes with the annual AHL All-Star Game on Monday at Toronto’s Ricoh Coliseum.
He returns on a roll. Last season, Boudreau led the Hershey Bears to a Calder Cup championship. He is looking forward to the two-day event.
“It’s the number one hockey market in the world,” Boudreau said. “I know they’ll put on a good show.”
Boudreau would have preferred to make his name with the Maple Leafs. After a stellar career with the OHA’s Toronto Marlboros, Boudreau struggled to stick with the club. He played 141 big-league games, 134 with the Leafs, and scored 28 NHL goals.