Cross Checks: Ted Leonsis
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis responded to Monday's dismissal of Bruce Boudreau, thanking the coach and saying he "will remember him fondly.
Check out the full text from Leonsis' blog here:
Gratitude. We just completed a long weekend to give thanks and express gratitude.
It's never easy to let a coach go, and Bruce was a popular personality who helped turn around our franchise. Despite what transpired on the ice this year, I always will be thankful for Bruce's time with the Capitals and will remember him fondly. He is a great coach who I'm confident will land another spot in the NHL. Unfortunately the shelf life of a coach is short; Bruce was the fifth longest tenured coach in the league. That's amazing to me.
Here is the news release announcing Dale Hunter as coach. Dale was a tenacious player and great leader. The reins are his, and we are here to support him. More on Dale later, but first I wanted to express my appreciation for Bruce and what he has meant to our franchise and our community -- he not only won games but also created a tremendous brand awareness for us locally as well as nationally and even internationally.
I am very grateful. Bruce was instrumental in the team's success over the last four seasons. He won four division championships, a Presidents' Trophy, an Eastern Conference banner, two playoff series and coached us to our best records in team history during the regular season. He also won a coach of the year award and holds the record for winning 200 games faster than any coach in NHL history. He is a good man. Thank you for four great years. I appreciate all you did for us as a franchise. I am grateful to you and your entire family.