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Bruce Boudreau's son Andy is now a vital member of the Mississippi Surge

By A.J. Giardina – bio | email

 

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Andy Boudreau is competing in his first pro hockey season, a forward for the Mississippi Surge.

If the last name sounds familiar, it should.  His dad is Bruce Boudreau, the Washington Capitals head coach and former head coach of the Mississippi Sea Wolves.

With his dad's success in the NHL, how do Andy's Surge teammates react?

Boudreau says,"They call be Bruce every once in awhile but other then that no one has really brought it up too much. They treat me like anyone else which I would expect."@

Boudreau says his dad accomplished many goals during his pro career and he hopes to follow in his dad's footsteps, but is realistic.

Boudreau says, "He kind of set the bar pretty high for the Boudreau family so it would be pretty ambitious to match some of the goals he has set but you always want to dream right, so I try."

Surge forward Matt Zultek is competing in his 9th pro hockey season. The veteran says Boudreau has been a positive influence on the Surge.

Zultek says, "Andy or Bruce gives us a lot of energy out there so he plays his role real well. He's one of the hardest workers on the team when it comes to practice or on the ice. You always see come out there working on things so he brings a lot to the team and he gets everybody out there working harder."

Andrew says he was about 11-years-old when his dad guided the Mississippi Sea Wolves to the 1999 ECHL Kelly Cup Championship. Playing inside the same facility has been special.

Boudreau says, "It's pretty incredible actually. Not much has changed especially watching my coaches son Braxton walking around pretty much reminds me when my brother and I did the same thing helping out with the team as stick boys when we were the same age."

Hockey is in Andy Boudreau's blood and who knows, maybe one day, he'll become a head coach, just like his dad.

 

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