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Brian Boucher
Boucher
Boucher as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2010–11 season.
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
200 lb (91 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Philadelphia Flyers
Philadelphia Flyers
Born January 2 1977 (1977-01-02) (age 39),
Woonsocket, RI, USA
NHL Draft 22nd overall, 1995
Philadelphia Flyers
Pro Career 1997 – present

Brian "Boosh" Boucher (pronounced Boo-shay) (born January 2, 1977) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing careerEdit

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[1] and a sprawling save against Patrik Elias of the New Jersey Devils.[2] 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.

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Boucher playing for the Phantoms in 2007–08.

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.[3]

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Boucher playing for San Jose in 2007–08.

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.[4] 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.

On July 1, 2011, Boucher was signed by the Carolina Hurricanes to a two year deal worth $950,000 per season.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Boucher has a wife Melissa and has 2 children; son Tyler, born October 2002, and daughter Brianna, born December 2004. He attended Mount St. Charles Academy in high school.[6]

Awards and achievementsEdit

RecordsEdit

  • Modern day NHL record with five consecutive shutouts in 2003–04.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

   
Season Team League GP W L T OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1993–94 Mount St. Charles Mounties RIIL 15 14 0 1 504 8 9 0.57
1994–95 Wexford Raiders MTJHL 8 425 23 0 3.25
1994–95 Tri-City Americans WHL 35 17 11 2 1969 108 1 3.29
1995–96 Tri-City Americans WHL 55 33 19 2 3183 181 1 3.41 .913
1996–97 Tri-City Americans WHL 41 10 24 6 2458 149 1 3.64 .901
1997–98 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 34 16 12 3 1901 101 0 3.19 .888
1998–99 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 36 20 8 5 2061 89 2 2.59 .911
1999–00 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 35 20 10 3 2038 65 4 1.91 .918
1999–00 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 1 0 0 1 65 3 0 2.77 .903
2000–01 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 27 8 12 5 1470 80 1 3.27 .876
2001–02 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 41 18 16 4 2295 92 2 2.41 .905
2002–03 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 45 15 20 8 2544 128 0 3.02 .894
2003–04 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 40 10 19 10 2364 108 5 2.74 .906
2004–05 HV71 SEL 4 0 4 0 235 13 0 3.32 .884
2005–06 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 11 3 6 0 512 33 0 3.87 .877
2005–06 San Antonio Rampage AHL 6 2 3 0 345 8 0 1.39 .950
2005–06 Calgary Flames NHL 3 1 2 0 182 15 0 4.95 .854
2006–07 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 15 1 10 3 827 45 1 3.26 .884
2006–07 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 3 1 1 0 142 9 0 3.80 .866
2007–08 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 42 23 16 1 2288 94 4 2.47 .917
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
2009–10 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 33 9 18 3 1742 80 1 2.76 .899
2009–10 Adirondack Phantoms AHL 1 1 0 0 60 2 0 2.00 .935
2010–11 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 34 18 10 4 1885 76 0 2.42 .916
NHL totals 314 119 131 30 14 17530 785 17 2.69 .901
AHL totals 120 62 39 9 1 6720 297 6 2.65 .909
SEL totals 4 0 4 0 235 13 0 3.32 .884
WHL totals 131 60 54 10 7610 438 3 3.45

PlayoffsEdit

   
Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1994 Mount St. Charles Mounties RIIL 4 4 0 180 6 1 1.20
1995 Tri-City Americans WHL 13 6 5 795 50 0 3.77
1996 Tri-City Americans WHL 11 6 5 653 37 2 3.40
1998 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 2 0 0 30 1 0 1.94 .944
1999 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 16 9 7 947 45 0 2.85 .906
2000 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 18 11 7 1183 40 1 2.03 .917
2001 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 1 0 0 37 3 0 4.86 .824
2002 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 2 0 1 88 2 0 1.37 .939
2009 San Jose Sharks NHL 1 0 0 2 0 0 0.00 ---
2010 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 12 6 6 656 27 1 2.47 .909
2011 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 9 4 4 422 22 0 3.13 .904
NHL totals 43 21 18 2388 94 2 2.36 .911
AHL totals 18 9 7 977 46 0 2.82 .908
WHL totals 24 12 10 1448 87 2 3.60

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event   GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
1996 United States WJC 4 3 1 0 220 13 0 3.55
1997 United States WJC 6 4 1 1 357 9 2 1.51
Junior int'l totals 10 7 2 1 577 22 2 2.29

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Primeau gives Flyers win in 5 OT epic", CBC Sports, 2000-11-10. Retrieved on 2011-01-08. 
  2. Bill Meltzer (2011-02-09). Boucher & "The Save". Philadelphia Flyers. Retrieved on 2011-02-09.
  3. http://sharks.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=354988
  4. Pollak, David. "Pavelski, Roenick, Boucher — 4 years, $5 million gets it done", Sharks Blog: Working the Corners, June 25, 2008. Accessed June 25, 2008.
  5. NHL Free Agent Tracker. The Sports Network. Retrieved on 1 July 2011.
  6. "Swedes a demanding lot", USA Today, December 15, 2004. 
  7. Collins gem Hockey Facts and Stats 2009-10, p.528, Andrew Podnieks, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55468-621-6

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Jason Bowen
Philadelphia Flyers' first round draft pick
1995
Succeeded by
Dainius Zubrus


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