BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (July 12, 2011) – The New York Islanders announced today that Eric Boguniecki has been named assistant coach of their American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Boguniecki, 36, begins his coaching career after completing his playing career in 2010 with the Alaska Aces of the ECHL. The West Haven, Conn. native rejoins Sound Tigers head coach Brent Thompson, who was Alaska’s head coach during Boguniecki’s year with Alaska. Boguniecki rounds out the Sound Tigers coaching staff for the 2011-12 season, joining Thompson and assistant coach Matt Bertani.
The 5’8, 195-pound center brings an impressive playing career behind the Sound Tigers bench that spans 13 seasons and nearly 750 professional games played. Boguniecki totaled 76 points (34 goals, 42 assists) in 178 NHL games, including 11 games with the Islanders during the 2006-07 season. He also appeared in 48 games with the Sound Tigers that year, averaging more than a point per game with 54 points (22 goals, 32 assists) in 48 contests.
Originally an eighth round selection (193rd overall) of the St. Louis Blues in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, Boguniecki was a standout at the University of New Hampshire notching 173 points (78 goals, 95 assists) in 142 games. Boguniecki’s career began in 1997 with the Dayton Bombers of the ECHL, but made a splash on the scene during the 1999-00 season when he earned AHL All-Star honors as a member of the Louisville Panthers.
Boguniecki’s best offensive seasons came in 2001-02 as a member of the St. Louis Blues organization. He was the Les Cunningham Award recipient as the AHL’s most valuable player with 84 points (38 goals, 46 assists) as a member of the Worcester IceCats. Boguniecki followed that with his best NHL campaign, recording 22 goals and 27 assists for 49 assists as a member of the St. Louis Blues in the 2002-03 season.
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