|Hockey Hall of Fame, 1960|
August 19, 1895|
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
|Died||October 17, 1960(aged 65)|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|Weight||169 lb (77 kg; 12 st 1 lb)|
Ottawa Senators |
Chicago Black Hawks
John Georges "Buck" Boucher (August 19, 1895 – 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.
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.
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.
|1913–14||Ottawa New Edinburghs||Exhib.||5||1||0||1||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1914–15||Ottawa New Edinburghs||OCHL||15||12||0||12||—||1||0||0||0||—|
|1914–15||Ottawa Royal Canadians||OCHL||4||6||0||6||—||2||2||0||2||—|
|1915–16||Montreal La Casquette||MCHL||1||1||0||1||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1931–32||Chicago Black Hawks||NHL||43||1||5||6||30||2||0||1||1||0|
|Team||Year||Regular season||Post season|
|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|
- Globe and Mail. Toronto. October 16, 1960.
- Biographical information and career statistics from Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
- Georges Boucher at Find a Grave
| Head Coach of the Ottawa Senators (Original Era)
Franchise relocates to become St. Louis Eagles
| Ottawa Senators captain
| Head coach of the Montreal Maroons
| Head coach of the Boston Bruins