Georges Boucher

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Georges Boucher
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1960
Born (1896-08-19)August 19, 1896
Ottawa, ON, CAN
Died October 17, 1960(1960-10-17) (aged 64)
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 169 lb (77 kg; 12 st 1 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Ottawa Senators
Montreal Maroons
Chicago Black Hawks
Playing career 1915–1933

John Georges "Buck" Boucher (August 19, 1896 – October 17, 1960) was a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who played for the Ottawa Senators, Montreal Maroons, and Chicago Black Hawks in the National Hockey League. Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Buck was one of six brothers. His brothers Frank, Bobby and Billy all played in the NHL. Their father Tom Boucher, played rugby football, winning the Canadian championship in 1894, 1896, 1897 and 1901. Boucher started his professional athletic career in football as halfback for the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League. After three years of football he switched to hockey.

Personal life[edit]

Georges was one of six sons born to Tom Boucher and Annie Carroll. His paternal grandfather, Antoine Boucher was French while his other grandparents were Irish in descent. His brothers Billy, Bob and Frank would also become professional ice hockey players. There were two other brothers, Carroll and Joseph, and two sisters, Irene and Lily. Their father played rugby football, winning the Canadian championship in 1894, 1896, 1897 and 1901.

Buck's son, Sgt. Frank Boucher, was the head coach of Canada's 1948 Olympic gold medal winning ice hockey team - the Ottawa RCAF Flyers.[1][2]

Hockey career[edit]

He played as an amateur with the Ottawa Aberdeens and the New Edinburghs and Royal Canadians of the Ottawa City Hockey League teams. He started play with the Senators, then of the NHA, in 1915. At the time, he played as a forward.

Boucher would soon switch to play as a defenceman where he would gain fame as an excellent stick handler. He would play with stars such as Eddie Gerard, Horrace Merrill, Sprague Cleghorn, Lionel Hitchman and King Clancy.

Boucher helped lead the Senators to four Stanley Cups between 1920 and 1927. He played in the NHL from 1917 to 1932, scoring 117 goals and 87 recorded assists in 449 games. An extremely tough customer, he also had 838 penalty minutes, including 115 in just 44 games in 1926–27. At his retirement in 1932 he ranked 11th among NHL career points leaders.

He would go on to coach in the NHL in Ottawa, Boston, St. Louis and Chicago. He would coach the Ottawa Senators of the Quebec Hockey League to the Allan Cup in 1949.

He suffered from throat cancer for six years and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1960, just three weeks before he died.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1914–15 Ottawa New Edinburghs OCHL 15 12 0 12
1914–15 Ottawa Royal Canadians OCHL 4 6 0 6
1915–16 Ottawa Senators NHA 19 9 1 10 62
1916–17 Ottawa Senators NHA 18 10 5 15 27 2 1 0 1 8
1917–18 Ottawa Senators NHL 21 9 8 17 46
1918–19 Ottawa Senators NHL 17 3 2 5 29 5 2 0 2 9
1919–20 Ottawa Senators* NHL 22 9 8 17 55 5 2 0 2 9
1920–21 Ottawa Senators* NHL 23 11 8 19 53 7 5 0 5 19
1921–22 Ottawa Senators NHL 23 13 12 25 12 2 0 0 0 4
1922–23 Ottawa Senators* NHL 24 14 9 23 58 8 2 2 4 8
1923–24 Ottawa Senators NHL 23 13 10 23 38 2 0 1 1 2
1924–25 Ottawa Senators NHL 28 15 5 20 95
1925–26 Ottawa Senators NHL 36 8 4 12 64 2 0 0 0 10
1926–27 Ottawa Senators* NHL 40 8 3 11 115 6 0 0 0 43
1927–28 Ottawa Senators NHL 24 14 9 23 58 8 2 2 4 8
1928–29 Ottawa Senators NHL 29 3 1 4 60
1928–29 Montreal Maroons NHL 12 1 1 2 10
1929–30 Montreal Maroons NHL 37 2 6 8 50 3 0 0 0 2
1930–31 Montreal Maroons NHL 30 0 0 0 25
1931–32 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 43 1 5 6 50 2 0 1 1 0
NHL totals: 449 117 87 204 838 28 5 3 8 88
  • *Stanley Cup championship season

OCHL refers to Ottawa City Hockey League.

Coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Division rank Result
Montreal Maroons 1930-31 12 6 5 1 (12) 3rd in Canadian Lost in Quarter-Finals
Ottawa Senators 1933-34 48 13 29 6 32 5th in Canadian Missed playoffs
St. Louis Eagles 1934-35 35 9 20 6 (24) 5th in Canadian (Fired)
Boston Bruins 1949-50 70 22 32 16 70 5th in NHL Missed playoffs
NHL Total 165 50 86 29

References[edit]

  • Globe and Mail. Toronto. October 16, 1960. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Cy Denneny
Head Coach of the Ottawa Senators (Original Era)
1933–1934
Succeeded by
Franchise relocates to become St. Louis Eagles
Preceded by
Cy Denneny
Ottawa Senators captain
(Original Era)

1926-28
Succeeded by
King Clancy
Preceded by
Dunc Munro
Head coach of the Montreal Maroons
1930-31
Succeeded by
Sprague Cleghorn
Preceded by
Dit Clapper
Head coach of the Boston Bruins
1949-50
Succeeded by
Lynn Patrick