Philippe Boucher

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This article is about the French-Canadian ice-hockey player. For the similarly named Irish news reporter and radio personality, see Philip Boucher-Hayes.
Philippe Boucher
Phillipe Boucher.jpg
Born (1973-03-24) March 24, 1973 (age 41)
Saint-Apollinaire, QC, CAN
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 212 lb (96 kg; 15 st 2 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for Buffalo Sabres
Los Angeles Kings
Dallas Stars
Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL Draft 13th overall, 1991
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 1992–2009

Philippe Boucher (born March 24, 1973) is a retired French Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who played in the National Hockey League. He is currently the General Manager and the head coach of the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL.

Playing career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

Philippe Boucher began his high-level hockey career with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Granby Bisons in 1990. Boucher enjoyed immense success in his first season, producing at a nearly point-per-game average and winning the QMJHL Rookie of the Year award. He was also named a second-team QMJHL All-Star. His second season came with just as much success, as Boucher notched 77 points in 65 games with Granby and the Laval Titan, once again being named a second-team All-Star. Boucher spent one more seasons in the QMJHL, splitting time between Granby, Laval, and later two professional teams.

Professional[edit]

The Buffalo Sabres drafted Boucher in the first round, 13th overall, in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. A year later, Boucher would begin his professional career, starting the 1992–1993 season as a defenceman for the Sabres. Despite some solid outings, and even a game where Boucher posted a +5 plus/minus rating, Boucher ended the season with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League. After three somewhat disappointing seasons with the Sabres, Boucher was dealt to the Los Angeles Kings during the 1994–1995 season.

In Los Angeles, Boucher produced better numbers, but still proved unreliable to finish a complete 80+ game season in the NHL. Criticisms aimed at Boucher also claimed he was not as defensively reliable or physical as other professional defencemen his size. Even so, Boucher was a consistent blueliner for the Kings for eight seasons, and played a career-high 80 games in the 2001–2002 season.

In 2002, Boucher signed as a free agent with the Dallas Stars, reuniting with the former special teams coach of the Kings, Dave Tippett.

On November 28, 2003, late in the third period of a game against the New Jersey Devils, an errant puck hit Boucher on the left side of his face, breaking his left orbital bone. Boucher had surgery on December 1 to repair the bone, putting him on the injured list for weeks. Since the injury, Boucher has worn a visor.

In the 2006–07 NHL season, Boucher had a breakout year, tying the Stars' franchise record for most goals by a defenceman in a regular season, with 19 goals. Boucher was selected by the NHL to play in the 55th National Hockey League All-Star Game in Dallas on January 24, 2007. Since Scott Niedermayer, one of two defensemen on the starting lineup chosen by the fans, was injured at the time, Western All-Star coach Barry Trotz named Boucher on the starting lineup as Niedermayer's replacement.

Boucher with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2008

During the 2008-09 season on November 16, 2008, Boucher was traded by the Stars to the Pittsburgh Penguins in return for Darryl Sydor.[1] Philippe helped the Penguins capture the Stanley Cup, his first, before announcing his retirement from the NHL on September 3, 2009.[2]

Boucher resides with his wife Lucie and their two kids, Matthew and Vanessa in Quebec City during the summer. The Philippe-Boucher Foundation, in existence since 1997, was the brainchild of Philippe Boucher and his wife, Lucie. They wanted the profits from the annual golf tournament to be used to help underprivileged children in the Lotbinière region.

Awards[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1990–91 Granby Bisons QMJHL 69 21 46 67 92
1991–92 Granby Bisons QMJHL 49 22 37 59 47
1991–92 Laval Titan QMJHL 16 7 11 18 36
1992–93 Laval Titan QMJHL 16 12 15 27 37
1992–93 Rochester Americans AHL 5 4 3 7 8 3 0 1 1 2
1992–93 Buffalo Sabres NHL 18 0 4 4 14
1993–94 Rochester Americans AHL 31 10 22 32 51
1993–94 Buffalo Sabres NHL 38 6 8 14 29 7 1 1 2 2
1994–95 Rochester Americans AHL 43 14 27 41 26
1994–95 Buffalo Sabres NHL 9 1 4 5 0
1994–95 Los Angeles Kings NHL 6 1 0 1 4
1995–96 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 10 4 3 7 4
1995–96 Los Angeles Kings NHL 53 7 16 23 31
1996–97 Los Angeles Kings NHL 60 7 18 25 25
1997–98 Long Beach Ice Dogs IHL 2 0 1 1 4
1997–98 Los Angeles Kings NHL 45 6 10 16 49
1998–99 Los Angeles Kings NHL 45 2 6 8 32
1999–00 Long Beach Ice Dogs IHL 14 4 11 15 8 6 0 9 9 8
1999–00 Los Angeles Kings NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2000–01 Manitoba Moose IHL 45 10 22 32 39
2000–01 Los Angeles Kings NHL 22 2 4 6 20 13 0 1 1 2
2001–02 Los Angeles Kings NHL 80 7 23 30 94 5 0 1 1 2
2002–03 Dallas Stars NHL 80 7 20 27 94 11 1 2 3 11
2003–04 Dallas Stars NHL 70 8 16 24 64 5 1 0 1 6
2005–06 Dallas Stars NHL 66 16 27 43 77 5 0 1 1 2
2006–07 Dallas Stars NHL 76 19 32 51 104 7 0 1 1 6
2007–08 Dallas Stars NHL 38 2 12 14 26 3 0 0 0 4
2008–09 Dallas Stars NHL 16 0 3 3 15
2008–09 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 25 3 3 6 24 9 1 3 4 4
NHL totals 748 94 206 300 702 65 4 10 14 39

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Preceded by
Brad May
Buffalo Sabres first round draft pick
1991
Succeeded by
David Cooper