Philippe Bozon

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Philippe Bozon
Born (1966-11-30) November 30, 1966 (age 48)
Chamonix, FRA
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 191 lb (87 kg; 13 st 9 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for NHL
St. Louis Blues
IHL
Peoria Rivermen
Ligue Magnus
HC Mont-Blanc
Chamonix HC
Brûleurs de Loups de Grenoble
DEL
Adler Mannheim
Nationalliga A
HC Lugano
Genève-Servette HC
Nationalliga B
HC Lausanne
HC La Chaux-de-Fonds
National team  France
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1986–2006

Philippe Bozon (born November 30, 1966) is a former professional ice hockey player who played for the St. Louis Blues in the National Hockey League (NHL) between the 1991-92 and 1994-95 seasons. He is the first of only five French-trained players to appear in the NHL, the other four being Cristobal Huet, Stéphane Da Costa, Antoine Roussel and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare. He is currently the head coach for Gamyo Epinal of the Ligue Magnus.

Playing career[edit]

Bozon began his career playing for the St. Jean Beavers in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League followed by four years competing in his native France. Playing for the Grenoble Brûleurs de Loups, he won the French championship in 1991. He was then recruited by the Blues and was used as a defensive-minded forward and occasionally on the scoring line with Brett Hull. After his time with the Blues, Bozon played professionally in Germany and Switzerland. In Germany, his Adler Mannheim team won the league championship in 1997, 1998 and 1999.

International play[edit]

In addition to his professional career, Bozon appeared internationally for France, for which he competed in four Olympic Games.

Post-playing career[edit]

He was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame in 2008.[1] On July 14, 2009, Bozon was named the head coach of the French national junior ice hockey team.[2]

Family[edit]

Bozon is married to Hélène Barbier, who was an alpine skier. They have three children, sons Timothé and Kevin, and daughter Allison. Both Timothé and Kevin play hockey; Timothé is with the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League and was selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, while Kevin is currently with the junior club of HC Lugano in Switzerland. Bozon's father, Alain Bozon, was also a hockey player, and was elected into the French Ice Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012.

Career NHL Statistics[edit]

    Regular season  
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM
1991–92 St. Louis Blues NHL 9 1 3 4 4
1992–93 St. Louis Blues NHL 54 6 6 12 55
1993–94 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 9 16 25 42
1994–95 St. Louis Blues NHL 1 0 0 0 0
4 Years Totals NHL 144 16 25 41 101

References[edit]

  1. ^ IIHF Top 100 Hockey Stories of All Time, Szymon Szemberg and Andrew Podnieks, p.145, Fenn Publishing, Bolton, Ontario, Canada, 2008, ISBN 978-1-55168-358-4
  2. ^ Merk, Martin (2009-07-14). "Bozon to lead French U20s". IIHF. Retrieved 2009-07-14.