Former Bruins forward Marc Savard has been named head coach of the Windsor Spitfires, a Canadian junior ice hockey team in the Ontario Hockey League.
“It feels amazing, I have been waiting for this opportunity. The process has been first class all the way with [general manager and vice president of hockey operations] Bill [Bowler] and ownership.” Savard said in a statement. “I want to be a head coach and earn my craft. I want to be here for a while and learn a lot. I can’t wait to get started.”
Savard, 44, played 13 seasons in the NHL, including the last five with the Bruins. His career was cut short on Jan. 22, 2011, after he suffered his sixth concussion. That came 10 months after he was blindsided by Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins, a hit to the head that knocked him unconscious for 29 seconds.
Such a hit today would result in a penalty and likely an automatic ejection. After his playing career, Savard, who wore 91 while playing for the Bruins, started Project 91, which is dedicated to raising concussion awareness and to provide funding to support concussion research.
He served as an assistant coach for the St. Louis Blues in the 2019-20 season.