Eric Boguniecki enters his second year as Bridgeport Sound Tigers assistant coach after he helped lead the Sound Tigers to their first division title in a decade. Boguniecki played 13 years of professional hockey, appearing in 739 games between Europe, the ECHL, IHL, AHL and NHL. The West Haven native amassed 601 career points (273 goals, 328 assists) over his 13 year pro career. along with 1,013 penalty minutes. The highlight of his NHL career was the 2002-03 season, when he scored 22 goals and 27 assists for 49 points in 80 games for the St. Louis Blues. Over his NHL career, Boguniecki recorded 76 points in 178 games between the St. Louis Blues, Florida Panthers, New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins.
Originally drafted in the 8th round (# 193 overall) by the St. Louis Blues in the 1993 NHL entry draft, Boguniecki was awarded the Les Cunningham as the Most Valuable Player in the AHL while playing for the Worcester Icecats in 2001-02. He is the 2nd American born player ever to win this award since Eddie Olson (1952-53). He was also a three-time AHL All-star 2000, 01, 02 and AHL first All-star team selection in 2002. He concluded his 13-year pro playing career in 2009-10 as a player/coach with Alaska Aces of the ECHL.
In 2000, he played for Team USA at the World Championships in St. Petersburgh, Russia. He also had the honor of representing his country playing for the Select 16 and 17 teams while growing up. Prior to turning pro, he spent four years at the University of New Hampshire where he was team captain his senior year. The forward played 142 games, scored 78 goals and 91 assists for 169 points which ranks him in the Top 15 all-time in school history. He was a Hockey East All-Rookie team selection in 1994 and Hockey East first All-Star team in 1997.