There’s not much more certain in sports than the Washington Capitals having a great regular season and then folding in April or May.  It has been happening for most of the last three decades or so.  But there is some good news. Since the Caps made it out of the first round this year, coach Bruce Boudreau gets at least one more year to lead the Caps. And that means more of his wacky commercials.

Boudreau has led Washington to four straight Southeast division championships, and the Caps have won two-thirds of their regular season games under Boudreau. Boudreau is a good coach.  But Boudreau’s commercials are classic.

Boudreau’s commercials aren’t his first foray into acting.  In the mid-1970s, he had a very brief role as a minor league player in the quintessential hockey movie Slapshot.  It wasn’t much of a stretch.  The affable Boudreau would go on to play and coach in the minor leagues for three decades. When Boudreau played for the Johnstown (Pennsyvania) Jets, his apartment was used as Paul Newman’s place in the movie.

Boudreau made it up to the NHL for 141 games in the 1970s and 1980s, but he made his mark in the minors — he was named to the American Hockey League Hall of Fame in 2009.

For a guy who looks a little more like the neighborhood baker than a TV star, Boudreau has done pretty well on the local commercial scene, starring in a host of ads, most of them for American Service Center/Mercedes-Benz.

Boudreau may not be a master thespian, and his “acting” may be a bit melodramatic at times.  Still, there’s something likable about a coach who doesn’t take himself too seriously.  Looking a bit like the Pillsbury Doughboy doesn’t hurt either.

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