The Capitals hired Bob Woods today to replace Jay Leach as an assistant to Bruce Boudreau. Woods led the Hershey Bears to the Calder Cup earlier this month, and will coach the defensemen with Washington.
When Leach was let go, a source within the team said Boudreau had earned the chance to add an assistant who had previous experience with, and Woods certainly qualifies. Woods played for Boudreau with Mississippi in the ECHL when they won the Kelly Cup in 1999 and was as an assistant to him when the Bears won the Calder Cup in 2006.
General manager George McPhee and Boudreau both have said they really liked the dynamic the organization had with Boudreau coaching the Caps and Woods coaching the Bears, but obviously they felt Woods had earned the promotion.
Woods ran the same system as Boudreau in Hershey and has coached most the team’s defensemen as either an assistant or the head man with the Bears.