PARTNER / OWNER
Bruce Boudreau is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and coach. He is currently the head coach of the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild and formerly the head coach of the Washington Capitals and Anaheim Ducks. As a player, Boudreau played professionally for 15 seasons, logging 141 games in the NHL and 30 games in the World Hockey Association (WHA). He played for the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Chicago Black Hawks of the NHL and the Minnesota Fighting Saints of the WHA. Boudreau won the Jack Adams Award for the NHL’s most outstanding head coach in the 2007–08 NHL season during his tenure with the Capitals.
Bruce assists in all aspects of the Blue Ox business specializing in player recruitment, skill development, team systems, etc. Boudreau has owned and operated a youth camp in St. Catherines, Ontario called The Golden Horseshoe Hockey School. Started by Bruce and his family, sons Ben, Brady and Andy. They set out with the intention to make learning the game fun and give kids a great summer hockey experience. 35 years later, their primary focus is still the same. Their professional coaching staff, along side their motivated support staff, provide an opportunity to learn the game of hockey and develop in a pressure-free environment. Bruce currently resides in Woodbury, Minnesota with his wife Crystal and youngest son and Blue Ox alumni, Brady.
OWNER / GENERAL MANAGER / HEAD COACH
Coach Witta just completed his 4th year of Junior A’ hockey and second year with the Blue Ox, finishing with an impressive 34-19-3 and a Final Four USPHL Premier National Tournament appearance, losing in the semi finals to the Metro Jets who then lost in the Championship to The Hampton Roads Whalers. Witta improved his career coaching record to 134-63-6 this past season and helped give the Blue Ox their first ever National Tournament appearance in two years! During his four year coaching career, Witta has helped promote over 10 players to the TIER 2 LEVEL as well as a dozen players onto NCAA and ACHA college hockey.
During his prior two seasons of owning the Blue Ox, Witta had been the head coach of the NA3HL’s Junior A’ hockey team – New Ulm Steel. Witta completed a 67-33-10 two year record with a Silver Cup semifinal appearance 2015/16 and a Western Division playoff final loss to the eventual National Champion, Granite City 2016/17. The Steel also completed a relocation transition from White Bear Lake to New Ulm 2017 with the smoothest of ease. Jay worked daily with the Steel ownership in all aspects of the business – budgets, league communications, recruiting, trades, facilities, core value accountability, parent communication, and player advancement.
Witta, a Minnetonka, Minnesota native, played three years for the Minnetonka Skippers from 1985-87 where he was named captain his Senior season and helped guide the Skippers to their first ever Lake Conference Championships and was honored with an All-Conference Team selection. Witta was recruited by Herb Brooks at St. Cloud State University in 1987 to play on the inaugural SCSU Division 1 squad. After entertaining offers from various Division 1 & 3 programs across the country, Witta chose to stay close to home and attend St. Cloud State University as a walk on defenseman.
Witta also played Junior A’ hockey in Humboldt, Saask. for the Broncos (SJHL) before an undetected heart issue caused him to retire and return back to Minnesota. Witta has been coaching for the past 20 seasons and served on the Minnetonka Youth Hockey Board for 2 years – Jay also worked with Dave Snuggerud at Breakaway hockey to help form the first ever Breakaway AAA 97′ training team. Witta resides in Minnetonka with his wife Sara and their four boys. Bennett, Brody, Brooks and Griffin.
PARTNER / OWNER
Obviously, an avid hockey fan and Mom. Crystal brings a wealth of hockey operations, administrative and marketing skills to the Blue Ox Executive team. She has been a very active addition in the Boudreau family summer hockey camp in St. Catherine’s, Ontario for the last 19 years, as well as serves on the MN Wild Foundation committee. Crystal resides in Woodbury with Bruce and their goaltending son Brady.