Ten years ago, Bruce Boudreau was originally scheduled to be on United Flight 175 that hit the South Tower of the World Trade Center on 9/11. But with the then-Manchester Monarchs coach safe in Los Angeles, here’s his account of finding out about the attacks, from a sit-down with Boudreau in August:
“My wife woke me up the next morning, I think it was 6 o’clock our time and she says, ‘Turn on the TV.’ I say, ‘What are you phoning me at this time of the morning for?’ She says, ‘Turn on the TV.’ So I turn on the TV and you just see the smoke still billowing out. She said, ‘A plane just ran into the World Trade Center.’
“We didn’t know it was American Airlines Flight 175. She said, ‘I think we’re being attacked.’ And I go, ‘What?’ And we’re still watching, we’re still talking on the phone at this stage when the second one gets in there, and you go ‘Holy [expletive].’ And I said, ‘Listen, I’m gonna phone you right back,’ because I wanted to wake up my assistant coach because he was from Boston.
“And I went and knocked on Bobby [Jay]’s door and I said, ‘Bobby, we’re under attack.’ He said, ‘What are you talking about?’ I said, ‘Turn on the TV.’ We went back and watched the TV and I think in about an hour we got dressed and we went over to the [Kings]’ training center, which was next door. We were all just watching.”
Boudreau and his colleagues went on to learn that Ace Bailey and Mark Bavis were on board that plane and were victims of the attacks. Boudreau talked about his emotions from that day and more in this story from our 9/11 edition.
TSN’s video about 9/11 is here.