Francis Bouillon

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Francis Bouillon
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Bouillon playing for the Montreal Canadiens in 2014.
Born (1975-10-17) October 17, 1975 (age 39)
New York City, NY, USA
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NLA team
Former teams
HC Ambrì-Piotta
Nashville Predators
Montreal Canadiens
National team  United States
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1996–present

Francis Joseph Bouillon (born October 17, 1975) is a Canadian-American professional hockey defenseman who is currently playing for HC Ambrì-Piotta in the National League A (NLA), the top-tier league in Switzerland.

Early life[edit]

Bouillon was born in New York City to a Haitian father and a French Canadian mother. Bouillon moved to Quebec City, Quebec with his mother when he was only 3 years old.[1] He played Junior hockey in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with the Laval Titans and the Granby Predateurs. He was Granby's captain when they won the 1996 Memorial Cup.

Playing career[edit]

Francis made his professional debut the 1996–97 season in the ECHL with the Wheeling Nailers and played the following season in the IHL with the Quebec Rafales before he was signed as a free agent to an NHL contract by the Montreal Canadiens in 1998.

He played the next 11 seasons, the majority of his career (except for a short stint with the Predators in 2002–03) within the Canadiens organization. At 5'8" and 201 lbs,[2] Bouillon is considered small for an NHL defencemen but is never one to shy away from physical play. According to Pierre Houde, he is one of the strongest players in the NHL, according to official physical tests.[citation needed]

On September 30, 2009, just prior to the 2009–10 season, Bouillon was signed to a one-year contract as a late inclusion to the Nashville Predators after joining the team on a try-out for training camp.[3] In returning to the Predators after an initial four game stint in 2002, Bouillon established himself within the Predators defense as a stay-at-home defenceman to appear in 81 games, missing only a single game, for 3 goals and 11 points. On June 18, 2010, he signed a two-year extension to remain with the Predators.[4]

On July 1, 2012, Bouillon signed a one-year deal worth 1.5 million with the Montreal Canadiens. His play during that season earned him a one-year extension with the team. Following the 2013-14 season, the Canadiens declined to offer Bouillon a contract and on July 1, 2014 he became an unrestricted free agent. Bouillon attended the Canadiens' training camp for the 2014-15 season on a tryout, but was released by the team on October 6, 2014.[5] On October 14, 2014, he signed with HC Ambrì-Piotta in the Swiss League NLA.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Francis is married to Ginette and has 2 sons; Michael and Anthony.[7] Bouillon resides in Montreal with his family and retains his US citizenship.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1992–93 Laval Titan QMJHL 46 0 7 7 45
1993–94 Laval Titan QMJHL 68 3 15 18 129
1994–95 Laval Titan Collège Français QMJHL 72 8 25 33 115 20 3 11 14 21
1995–96 Granby Predateurs QMJHL 68 11 35 46 156 21 2 12 14 30
1996–97 Wheeling Nailers ECHL 69 10 32 42 77 3 0 2 2 10
1997–98 Quebec Rafales IHL 71 8 27 35 76
1998–99 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 79 19 35 54 174 5 2 1 3 0
1999–00 Montreal Canadiens NHL 74 3 13 16 38
2000–01 Quebec Citadelles AHL 4 0 0 0 0
2000–01 Montreal Canadiens NHL 29 0 6 6 26
2001–02 Quebec Citadelles AHL 38 8 14 22 30
2001–02 Montreal Canadiens NHL 28 0 5 5 33
2002–03 Nashville Predators NHL 4 0 0 0 2
2002–03 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 29 1 12 13 31
2002–03 Montreal Canadiens NHL 20 3 1 4 2
2003–04 Montreal Canadiens NHL 73 2 16 18 70 11 0 0 0 7
2004–05 Leksands IF Swe-1 21 6 12 18 34
2005–06 Montreal Canadiens NHL 67 3 19 22 34 6 1 2 3 10
2006–07 Montreal Canadiens NHL 62 3 11 14 52
2007–08 Montreal Canadiens NHL 74 2 6 8 61 7 1 2 3 4
2008–09 Montreal Canadiens NHL 54 5 4 9 53 1 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Nashville Predators NHL 81 3 8 11 50 6 0 0 0 6
2010–11 Nashville Predators NHL 44 1 9 10 27
2011–12 Nashville Predators NHL 66 4 7 11 33 10 0 3 3 2
2012–13 Montreal Canadiens NHL 48 1 8 9 21 5 0 0 0 17
2013–14 Montreal Canadiens NHL 52 2 4 6 34 9 2 0 2 4
NHL totals 776 32 117 149 536 55 4 7 11 50

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2003 United States WC 13th 6 0 1 1 0
Senior totals 6 0 1 1 0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bouillon signs on for extra year". Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Francis Bouillon player page". National Hockey League. 2009-01-02. Retrieved 2009-02-03. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Bouillon to Nashville for less money". cyberpresse.ca. 2009-09-22. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  4. ^ "Predators sign Bouillon to 2-year deal". Nashville Predators. 2010-06-18. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  5. ^ "Canadiens release defence veteran Francis Bouillon after pro tryout". Globe and Mail. Canadian Press. October 6, 2014. 
  6. ^ http://www.rds.ca/hockey/canadiens/bouillon-opte-pour-la-suisse-1.1496517
  7. ^ "Predators 2010 media guide". Nashville Predators. 2012-02-03. Retrieved 2012-02-03. 

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