Vancouver Junior Giants Director and Skill Coach

Lawson “Boots” Boutilier

Lawson was born in Halifax where he grew up playing minor hockey. He went on to play Junior A for the Halifax Lions in the Metro Valley Junior Hockey League. In his last year of junior hockey he finished 2nd in league scoring and in 1985 was named to the Metro Valley Junior Hockey League all time All Star team on right wing.

In 1980 Lawson turned down invites to the New York Rangers training camp, Dalhousie, St. Mary’s University hockey teams and the American Hockey League referee camp to join the RCMP.

In his career with the RCMP Lawson acted as a player/coach for the RCMP Allstar team and continued to play hockey for many senior men’s teams.

Lawson brings with him many years of working with and coaching youth.  In 1985 while posted on Bowen Island, he created the Bowen Island Softball Association and was instrumental in building their first ball field.  Lawson has over 30 years of coaching experience in both hockey and ball from youth to adult.

Lawson found a new passion for coaching when his son Chase began playing minor hockey. Seeing a need for experienced coaches to help foster young hockey players, Lawson began his “second” life in hockey.  Over the past six years Lawson has coached and directed minor hockey from Initiation to Midget AAA. He has also coached both AA and AAA spring hockey teams.

Lawson has had the opportunity to work and develop with some of the best coaches in youth hockey today.  Lawson continues to seek out personal developmental opportunities as he feels you need to continue learning to be able to provide your players every opportunity available.

Boots is presently the Director of Player and Coach Development for a minor hockey association.  In that capacity Boots oversees player development and coach mentorship.

Coaching Qualifications:

Developmental 1
Developmental 2
High Performance 1
Hockey Canada Skill Summits 2010, 2011
Coach Mentorship

Recent Coaching Accomplishments:

2013 – 2002 Vancouver Junior Giants – Head Coach

Abby. Junior Heat Tournament – 1st Place Champions

B.C. Lightning Tournament – 1st Place Champions

2013 – SDMHA Atom A1 – Head Coach

Atom A1 Flight 1 – F.V.W.  – Playoff Champions 2013

Atom A1  Flight 1 – F.V.W  – League Champions 2013

2012 –  2002 Vancouver Junior Giants – Head Coach
2012 Challenge Cup – A Division Finalist
2012 Alberta Champions Cup – Finalists
2012 Kamloops Ice Pirates – Finalsist

2012 SDMHA Atom A2 – Head Coach
Atom A Flight 3 F.V.W. – League Champions 2012
Atom A Flight 3 PCAHA – Team Achievement Award 2012
Tri-Cities Washington Rep. A -Tournament Champions

SDMHA Midget AAA – Assist. Coach – Tier 1

2011 & 2010 – 2002 B.C Bears AAA – Head Coach
2011 Winnipeg North American Hockey Classic (Super Elite) –  Finalists
2011 Challenge Cup – Champions
2011 Kamloops Ice Pirates – Champions
2010 Challenge Cup – Finalists
2010 Mainland Cup – Champions –  2001 Gold Div.
2010 Kamloops Ice Pirate – Champions
2009–2010 Head Coach 2002 Delta Kodiaks AA Spring Program