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Cottonmouths fan favorite ‘Boom-Boom’ jumps into real-estate arena

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Cottonmouths fan favorite ‘Boom-Boom’ jumps into real-estate arena

By Tony Adams - Ledger-Enquirer


He came to Columbus just over two decades ago known as “Boom-Boom” because of his fierce skills and protecting fellow hockey players through bone-jarring body checks on opponents — and an occasional on-ice fight for entertainment value.

Then he transitioned from player to coach and general manager of a professional hockey team that fought for a half dozen division and league championships on its way to capturing the hearts of local fans who called the team not only the Cottonmouths, but also the adopted name, the “Snakes.”

Now, Jerome “Boom-Boom” Bechard is making yet another transition, this one into the highly competitive world of Columbus and Phenix City real estate, with the goal of succeeding once again as he works to help area citizens make one of the biggest purchases of their lives.

“Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to be involved in this community in a positive way with the Cottonmouths, and providing great family entertainment and, hopefully, being a good role model to kids and all of that stuff. That all kind of translates to hopefully having an impact on somebody’s life,” said Bechard, 48, who recently earned his real-estate license and is now going through additional training as an agent with Kennon, Parker, Duncan & Davis, the Columbus Coldwell Banker affiliate.

Read more at: http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/business/article187446263.html

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It’s a community that others he has played with and coached through the years have connected to as well, with former Cottonmouths stars such as Craig Stahl, Tom Wilson, Marcel Richard, Tom Maldonado, Doug Mann, Mick Kempffer, Levi Lind and Ian Vigier all making the Columbus area home. Their occupations include firefighters, a contractor, the health-care field and commercial and residential real estate.

“It’s pretty cool to have pretty much a hockey team from over the years living in town. That just goes to show that this area is a great place to live and a great place to raise a family and start a future,” Bechard said, acknowledging it is similar to the legions of soldiers who come through Fort Benning, then end up staying here after leaving the military.

“That’s Southern hospitality and those Georgia peaches. These guys all end up finding a significant other and getting married and staying down here,” he said. “Most of the (hockey) guys are from up north, so who wants to fight the cold and the snow when you can have weather like we have right now.”


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