Troy Brouwer on Bruce Boudreau, via Sky Kerstein
Troy Brouwer played 22 games under Bruce Boudreau. The Capitals won the first 7 of those games.
The gratifying part — and I don’t know if that’s the right word — is I was happy for certain individuals on [the Washington Capitals] that I know just hate to lose and they play so hard. So when they had a little bit of success, winning the first round in probably the first time they hadn’t been favored in a round for five years, I was happy for them.
As far as anything else goes, I think human nature dictates that I didn’t want them to win. I think that’s just human nature. I was hoping for some players to have success and players I really like to do well and they did, but quite frankly nobody ever admits it — and maybe I just did — but I wasn’t exactly pulling for them because it would have validated me losing my job.
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Ex-RMNB dude and current Washington Post/ESPN writer Billy Beanberg chats about Neuvirth’s shutout, possible trade scenarios, Boudreau vs Hunter, and more.
The support from the people has been unbelievable. I can’t thank the fans enough. They made this bearable. Losing your job is never easy.
My wife and I love the D.C. Area. I can see myself, if I never get another job, coming back and staying here forever.
Bruce Boudreau has been fired as head coach. Dale Hunter has been hired. Here’s our video tribute.
Hockey Diaries: Change the Game
You can now listen to our hour-long radio documentary “Hockey Diaries: Change The Game” on the Washington Capitals website. The piece is available for download (“Right Click and Save As” if you’re using a PC, or “Control Click and Save Link As” on a Mac) or as a stream (just click on the little play button).
Hockey Diaries is a multimedia documentary project that follows a team through the season, using first-person narratives from players and coaches, woven with interviews and rich stereo sound, to tell the story of what it takes to make it in professional hockey. For the 2010-11 season with the Capitals, we followed forward Matt Hendricks, goaltender Braden Holtby and coach Bruce Boudreau. Thanks for listening to their story, and please let us know what you think and help spread the word. We’ll be releasing audio and video outtakes, additional diary entries and pictures all week — follow us for details.
And we’re preparing for the 2011-12 season right now — more news on that as soon as we have anything to share.
In this outtake from the Washington Capitals locker room, hear what St. Cloud graduate Andrew Gordon thought when he heard fellow alum Matt Hendricks had been invited to training camp for the 2010-2011 season, one year ago. And in this year’s Hockey Diaries documentary, premiering Monday 9/19, you’ll hear what Hendricks thought about competing with Gordon for a job.
Where to listen: The hour-long documentary Hockey Diaries: Change The Game, featuring the season-long diaries of Matt Hendricks, Braden Holtby and Bruce Boudreau, will debut live on Monday 9/19 at 6-7pmET on NHL XM 92. Starting Tuesday, you’ll be able to hear the piece online on the Caps website.
Also on Monday 9/19, at around 8:40am, we’ll be talking to Mike Ross on NHL XM 92 about the making of the piece. And on The Power Play NHL XM 92 between 5:30 and 6:00pm, Bruce Boudreau and Matt Hendricks will talk about their Hockey Diaries experiences. Hope you get a chance to listen.