Bob Boughner returns for his eighth season as President of the Windsor Spitfires and his sixth as Head Coach. Boughner led the team to consecutive MasterCard Memorial Cup and Rogers OHL Championships during the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 seasons, when the Spitfires became the eighth team in CHL history to win back to back MasterCard Memorial Cup Championships.
Boughner earned consecutive CHL and OHL Coach of the Year awards in the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 campaigns, becoming the first Head Coach in CHL history to have won two CHL Coach of the Year and MasterCard Memorial Cup championships.He also led Canada's Under-18 National squad to the gold medal at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in the Czech Republic.
Boughner headed a new ownership group which purchased the team in February of 2006, after retiring from a professional hockey career that spanned 10 seasons and 630 games. Boughner also served as the Executive Vice-President of the NHLPA Players Association from 2003 through 2006.
Boughner served as an Assistant Coach with the Columbus Blue Jackets during the 2010-11 season.
Bob lives in Tecumseh with his wife Jennifer and children Brady, Molly, Emma and Lola.
Warren Rychel VP & General Manager
Warren Rychel is entering is his eighth season as Vice-President and General Manager with the Windsor Spitfires. He was the architect of Windsor’s consecutive MasterCard Memorial Cup and Rogers OHL Championship performances in the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 seasons.
Rychel was named OHL Executive of the Year in 2008-2009.Prior to joining Bob Boughner and Peter Dobrich in purchasing the franchise back in 2006, Rychel worked as a Professional and Amateur Scout with the Phoenix Coyotes for five years.
Rychel's own career spanned 10 NHL seasons, which included winning the 1996 Stanley Cup as a member of the Colorado Avalanche and a Turner Cup Championship with the IHL's Indianapolis Ice in 1990.
Rychel had the pleasure of playing with some of the top NHL players of all-time: Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri, Peter Forsberg, Joe Sakic, Patrick Roy, Paul Kariya, Teemu Selanne, Mats Sundin and Doug Gilmour among them.Rychel was elected to the Essex County Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.He lives in Tecumseh with his wife Denise and children Kerby, Maddux and Kendall.
Bob Jones Associate Coach
Bob Jones is entering his sixth season as an Associate Coach with the Spitfires and also served as the club's Head Coach during the 2010-2011 season.
Prior to joining the Spitfires, Jones served as an Assistant Coach with the Sudbury Wolves (2004 to 2007) and helped guide the team to the OHL Eastern Conference and the OHL Championship Final in 2007.Jones also served as: Associate Coach and Assistant Director of Hockey Operations with the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors (2000 to 2004), Head Coach of Team Ontario's Gold Medal winning entry at the Under-17 World Junior Hockey Championships (2004), Assistant Coach with the Brampton Battalion (1999-2000) and Assistant Coach with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (1995 to 1998).
Jones was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the 9th Round of the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. He played five seasons of professional hockey in the IHL and CoHL. Jones played his junior hockey with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL for five seasons, including two with Bob Boughner (1998 to 1990) and one season with David Matsos (1989-1990).Jones lives in Windsor, Ontario with his wife Paige and children Blake and Brianna.
Jerrod Smith Assistant Coach
Jerrod Smith is entering his first season as Assistant Coach. Smith spent the previous two seasons as the club's video coach.
He received his undergrad degree from Acadia University and graduated with his Masters Degree in Sports Administration from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY.
Jerrod played in the OHL for the St. Michaels Majors and spent time playing professional hockey in both Germany and Australia.
Paul Billing Goaltending Coach
Paul Billing enters his fifth season as Goaltending Coach.
Billing has 16 years experience as a goaltending instructor, having worked at various schools and clinics prior to joining the Spitfires.
Billing played goal for St. Louis University and United States International University. Following his collegiate career, he was invited to attend the New York Rangers Training Camp before playing two seasons (1982 to 1984) in the International Hockey League with Peoria and Toledo.
Billing won a Turner Cup title with Toledo in 1983 and had the IHL's lowest combined goals against average along with goaltending partner Lorne Molleken.
Paul currently lives in Tecumseh, with his wife Delight and three children Georgia, Camille and Eli.
Joey Garland Athletic Therapist
Joey Garland is entering his eighth season with the Spitfires as Athletic Therapist.
In 2004, he worked with the Sheridan Bruins and was the Head Athletic Therapist at Olympia Sports Camp during the summer months of 2005, prior to being hired by the Spitfires.
Garland graduated with a B.Sc. (Kinesiology) from Dalhousie University in 2002 and also obtained his Sports Injury Management Diploma from Sheridan College in 2005.
He currently resides in Windsor.
J.R. Grant Head Equipment Manager
J.R. enters his sixth season with the Spitfires and his second as the team's Head Equipment Manager.
J.R. graduated from Holy Names High School and currently resides in Windsor.
Jordan Bezaire Assistant Equipment Manager
Jordan Bezaire is entering his second season as Assistant Equipment Manager with the Spitfires.
Sean Demuynck Video Coach
Sean enters his first season with the Spitfires as Video Coach.
Carey Krug Skills Coach
Carey works with many NHL, CHL and professional players, specializing in skating edge work, puck protecting, game situation skills and puck creativity.
His expertise helps our players reach their full potential.
Carey is married to his wife Heather and is proud father to daughter, Madysen. Carey's nephew, Torey, currently plays for the Boston Bruins.
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