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Todd Marchant shares a place in the NHL record book with Wayne Gretzky



Bruce Boudreau, Vancouver Canucks
Vancouver Canucks coach Bruce Boudreau appeared in the film Slap Shot

You don’t take a look at Vancouver Canucks coach Bruce Boudreau behind the bench and immediately think about Bo Jackson. And yet, in his younger days, there were professional baseball teams that were willing to give Gabby a shot at becoming a two-sport star.

He’s definitely one of the more interesting characters in the NHL. A huge WWE fan, Boudreau won two Memorial Cups with the Toronto Marlboros, played in the NHL and WHA and was a member of the supporting cast in the hockey cult classic Slap Shot.

Next time you sit down to watch the antics of the Charlestown Chiefs, check out No. 7 for the Hyannisport Presidents. That’s Boudreau. And Reg Dunlop’s apartment with the Canadian flag over the bed? That was the place where Boudreau was living while playing for the NAHL Johnstown Jets.

But it was a few years before launching his film career that Boudreau almost made it on the diamond.

“I could run believe it or not, and I could hit,” Boudreau told Rob Simpson of Vancouver Hockey Now.

A prominent amateur baseball player in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Boudreau attended MLB tryout camps and was offered a contract by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

“I just thought I was going to be a hockey player,” Boudreau explained. “It wasn’t until years later, you see Bo Jackson playing two sports, and guys like that, and I thought ‘man I should have tried that, that would have been great!’ I look at it now and I wish I would have done it.”

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