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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 20 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 will be helping in all aspects of the Blue Ox business and specializing in player 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 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 Blue Ox goaltender Brady.
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Jay brings over 20 years sales and marketing experience to the Blue Ox with his Minneapolis based Digital Marketing Agency, Tripine Creative, Inc. For the past two seasons Witta has 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 last season and a Western Division playoff final loss to the eventual National Champion, Granite City this year. The Steel also completed a relocation transition from White Bear Lake to New Ulm this season 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 also facilitated all player development training and implemented all team systems to be executed in game situations. 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. (SJHL) before an undetected heart issue caused him to retire and return back to Minnesota. Witta has been coaching for the past 15 seasons and in addition worked closely to help create the Breakaway Hockey AAA program – by assembling the first ever Breakaway 1997 AAA training team. Witta resides in Minnetonka with his wife Sara and their four boys.
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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.
TERRI YONTZ MILLER
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An avid fan and hockey Mom, Terri brings over 30 years of Executive Leadership in Marketing expertise to the Minnesota Blue Ox Executive Team. For the past 17 years she served as Senior VP of Marketing and Communications helping Great Clips grow from 1200 to over 4000 salons in the US and Canada. Great Clips also served as a Corporate Jersey Sponsor the last 2 years during Witta’s head coaching tenure with the NA3HL’s New Ulm Steel.
Most recently Terri has taken over leadership as President of Yontz Valor Foundation, the private family foundation founded by her late Father Kenneth Yontz. Their mission is to provide funding to 501c3 organizations whose focus is on helping wounded military heroes and their families as they return from duty and supporting those families whose loved ones tragically have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Terri resides in Excelsior, Minnesota with her two hockey player sons Wyatt and Casey.
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Tim Mahoney is very talented and well known singer/songwriter from Minneapolis. Tim gained national exposure being a contestant on the first ever airing of The Voice in 2011 and was featured in Rolling Stone Magazine. After extensive touring in his earlier years, Tim continues to perform and write songs, but has become a fixture at many regional charity events, performing and fundraising for various causes dear to his heart. Mahoney not only brings a creative edge and marketing expertise to the Blue Ox – but also has a great passion for the sport of hockey being a Minnetonka, Minnesota native.