OWNER / GENERAL MANAGER / HEAD COACH
Coach Witta is in his 5th year of Junior A’ hockey and 4th year with the Blue Ox. Witta has improved his career coaching Junior record to 241-72-11 and helped give the Blue Ox their first ever National Tournament appearance during the 2019-20 season with a Final Four showing. During his six year coaching career, Witta has helped promote over 12 players to the TIER 2 LEVEL as well as a 20+ players onto NCAA and ACHA college hockey.
During his prior four seasons of owning the Blue Ox, Witta had been the head coach of the NA3HL’s Junior A’ hockey team – the 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. 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 Championship 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. Witta resides in Minnetonka with his wife Sara and their four boys. Bennett, Brody, Brooks and Griffin..
PARTNER / OWNER
Gary joined the Blue Ox team by aquiring a percentage of the Boudreau’s ownership shares in February of 2021. Jay and Gary have known each other through business and youth sports circles for the last 10 years, and when the opportunity arose for Gary to become part of the Blue Ox organization, well the timing could not have been better. He is a lifelong hockey player and hockey fan!
Gary is also a Founder/Owner in Breakaway Hockey Academy in Edina, Minnesota which specializes in furthering education for school kids with a passion for hockey excellence. Breakaway Academy has helped develop NHL drafted players such as Bobby Brink, MIke Koster, Drew Helleson, Jackson Lacombe, Rhett Pitlick and many more high end college and international players. www.BreakawayAcademy.net
Gary also has a passion for real estate development as well as giving back to many local youth charities. Organizations include: The Boys and Girls Club (clubs for inner city youth), CCTP (helping felons reenter the work force), Student Venture (developing student leaders), and Big Brothers Big Sisters (pairing youths with adult mentors – 40 years of involvement).
PARTNER / OWNER
Previously the head coach of the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild, 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, Andy and Brady, 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 Hershey, Pennyslvainia with Bruce and their New Foundland Dog, Dixie.
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 25 years, as well as served on the MN Wild Foundation committee. Crystal currently resides in Hershey, Pennyslvainia with Bruce and their New Foundland Dog, Dixie.