Matt Bougie joins the Kemptville 73’s organization as the new Head Coach of the U18 Midget AAA Team.
Bougie, 42, began his coaching career with the Eastern Ontario Cobras Major Bantam AA in the 2003-04 season. After finishing 4th in the Regular Season, they won the Playoff Championship vs Ottawa Titans. He then, stepped behind the bench with the Hawkesbury Hawks in 2004-05 and 2005-06. In 2004-05 season, the Hawks won the Playoff Championship, Art Bogart Cup. The team then went to win the Fred Page Cup in Yarmouth NS. They eventually lost to the Weyburn Red Wings in the Semi-Final at the RBC Cup. In 2005-06, they repeated as Playoffs Champions to lose in the Semi-Final to l’Action de Joliette who was coached by the Montreal Canadiens Assistant Coach, Dominic Ducharme. Living in Ottawa, he then, worked a couple of different teams as an Assistant Coach in the CCHL Tier 1.
In 2012-13, Matt returned behind the bench as the Head Coach of the Ottawa Jr 67’s AAA with the Minor Bantam (99 Aged Group). That year, they won the Regular Season Championship and didn’t lose a game in the playoffs to become the Playoffs Champions.
In 2013-14, Matt coached the same 99 Aged Group in their Major Bantam Season. They repeated as Regular Season Champions and Playoffs Champions. They went to All-Bantam AAA Provincial Championship in Stratford, ON. At the event, they won the bronze medal becoming only the 2nd team since the AAA level was created to bring back a Medal from the Championship. Last year Matt was the Head Coach of the Kanata Lasers Midget AAA team, where after a slow start he molded them into a very strong team.
Matt will be joined by Chris Burns on the bench, “Burnsy” has coached at many levels over the years and will be a familiar face to several of our players.