|Boucher as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2010–11 season.|
| 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
200 lb (91 kg)
| NHL Team|
| Philadelphia Flyers|
|Born|| January 2 1977,|
Woonsocket, RI, USA
|NHL Draft|| 22nd overall, 1995|
|Pro Career||1997 – present|
Boucher was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, 22nd overall. He began play with the Flyers in the 1999–2000 season, taking the starting position from veteran John Vanbiesbrouck and helped the team secure the Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division regular season titles while leading the NHL in goals against average at 1.91. In the playoffs, he backstopped his team to the Eastern Conference Finals. Along the way, he recorded several memorable moments, including a five-overtime victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins and a sprawling save against Patrik Elias of the New Jersey Devils. Although the Flyers were ahead 3-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Devils and despite the return of the injured Eric Lindros, Boucher and the Flyers lost in seven games to the eventual Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils. In 2000–01, however, a weak start saw him lose his starting position to Roman Čechmánek.He was traded with draft picks to the Phoenix Coyotes on June 12, 2002, for Michal Handzuš and Robert Esche. While with Phoenix, he broke the modern-day NHL record for the longest shutout streak by a goalie, going unscored upon for 332 minutes, or 5 and a half games. On February 1, 2006, Phoenix traded him to the Calgary Flames along with Mike Leclerc in exchange for Steven Reinprecht and Philippe Sauvé.
Boucher began the 2006–07 NHL season with the Chicago Blackhawks. On February 27, 2007, Boucher was picked-up on waivers by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Boucher arrived hours prior to the Blue Jackets-Colorado Avalanche game that evening. During the game, he wore Ty Conklin's #35 sweater. On March 3, 2007, Boucher made his Blue Jackets debut against his former team the Phoenix Coyotes. His first game was a successful 4–3 win.
On July 23, 2007, Boucher signed with the Philadelphia Flyers AHL affiliate, Philadelphia Phantoms. After playing most of the 2007–08 season with the Phantoms, Boucher signed a one-year contract with the San Jose Sharks on February 26, 2008.On June 25, 2008, stating how much he liked the San Jose atmosphere, he signed one-year contract with the Sharks worth US$650,000. He recorded consecutive shutouts in each of his first two games of the 2008–09 NHL season for the Sharks, before finally allowing a goal in his third game.
On July 1, 2009, Boucher agreed to a 2 year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers to be the steady, veteran backup to the starting goalie Ray Emery. When Emery was hurt midway through the season, however, Boucher was thrust into the spotlight with mediocre results. A hand injury soon pushed Boucher to the sideline, and he was replaced by 3rd-string goaltender, Michael Leighton. Leighton, however, excelled in Boucher's absence, and Boucher found himself backing up Leighton. As the 3rd goalie, now, Boucher was further demoted to the press box, upon the return of the starter, Ray Emery, Leighton now the backup. Emery soon re-injured himself, however, so Boucher was at least dressing behind Leighton, who once again was playing well. Near the end of the season though, with only 13 games left, Leighton went down with a high-ankle sprain, and Boucher was back into the spotlight for the Flyers once again. After a 2-1 shootout victory in the final game of the season against the New York Rangers, Boucher and the Flyers advanced to the playoffs.
In the 2009-2010 Stanley Cup playoffs, Boucher beat Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils in the first round by a margin of 4-1. The national media remarked that he was the surprise of the playoffs after the first round with his outstanding play in net. The Flyers defeated the Boston Bruins in the second round by overcoming an 0-3 game deficit, but Boucher was injured in Game 5 of that series with knee injuries. Boucher returned from his injuries to serve as a backup to Michael Leighton in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks. He saw game action in Game 1 and Game 5 in relief of Leighton, but the Flyers lost in 6 games to the Blackhawks.
In the 2010-2011 season, he split time in goal with standout rookie Sergei Bobrovsky after Leighton was demoted to the AHL. After game 2 of the conference quarterfinals against the Buffalo Sabres, Boucher was named the starter for the Flyers. After relieving Leighton in game 6 of the same series against Buffalo, Boucher became the only goaltender in NHL history to record two wins in a playoff series when coming in relief.
Awards and achievementsEdit
- 1996: Western Hockey League (West) Second All-Star Team
- 1997: Western Hockey League (West) First All-Star Team
- 1997: Del Wilson Trophy (WHL goalie of the year)
- 1997: All-Star Selection, IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships
- 2000: NHL All-Rookie Team
- 2000: Lead NHL in GAA - 1.91
- Oct 29-Nov 4, 2001: NHL Player of the week
- Modern day NHL record with five consecutive shutouts in 2003–04.
|1993–94||Mount St. Charles Mounties||RIIL||15||14||0||1||—||504||8||9||0.57|
|2005–06||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||6||2||3||—||0||345||8||0||1.39||.950|
|2006–07||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||3||1||1||—||0||142||9||0||3.80||.866|
|2007–08||San Jose Sharks||NHL||5||3||1||—||1||238||7||1||1.76||.932|
|2008–09||San Jose Sharks||NHL||22||12||6||—||3||1291||47||2||2.18||.917|
|1994||Mount St. Charles Mounties||RIIL||4||4||0||180||6||1||1.20|
|2009||San Jose Sharks||NHL||1||0||0||2||0||0||0.00||---|
|Junior int'l totals||10||7||2||1||577||22||2||2.29|
- ↑ "Primeau gives Flyers win in 5 OT epic", CBC Sports, 2000-11-10. Retrieved on 2011-01-08.
- ↑ Bill Meltzer (2011-02-09). Boucher & "The Save". Philadelphia Flyers. Retrieved on 2011-02-09.
- ↑ http://sharks.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=354988
- ↑ Pollak, David. "Pavelski, Roenick, Boucher — 4 years, $5 million gets it done", Sharks Blog: Working the Corners, June 25, 2008. Accessed June 25, 2008.
- ↑ NHL Free Agent Tracker. The Sports Network. Retrieved on 1 July 2011.
- ↑ "Swedes a demanding lot", USA Today, December 15, 2004.
- ↑ Collins gem Hockey Facts and Stats 2009-10, p.528, Andrew Podnieks, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55468-621-6
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