Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Philippe Boucher
Born in Ste-Apollinaire, Quebec, Boucher was an explosive scorer on the Ste-Foy Gouverneurs of the Midget QAAA. He then moved on to play in the QMJHL with the Granby Bisons and the Laval Titan. He was chosen 13th overall by the Buffalo Sabres at the 1991 NHL Entry Draft after being named the CHL Rookie-of-the-Year and earning a place on the league's Second All-Star Team.

Boucher spent much of his early pro career developing in the minors and never played extensively in Buffalo. In February 1995 he was a key component in the trade that saw L.A. Kings goalie Grant Fuhr end up with the Sabres. Boucher began to work on his defensive play the next year and became a more important figure on the club's blueline. Boucher spent nine seasons in the L.A. organization splitting his time with the team's AHL and IHL affiliates.

Known for his offensive prowess and hard accurate shot, Boucher became a free agent in 2002-03 and the Dallas Stars jumped at the opportunity to sign the former first rounder. Boucher spent five seasons in Dallas which included his breakout year in which he tied the Stars' franchise record for most goals by a defenseman with 19. His injury plagued 2007-08 season turned out to be his last with the organization as the club dealt Boucher to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Darryl Sydor. A move that would prove fortuitous for both Boucher and the Penguins as the team would go on to win the Stanley Cup that June.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1988-89 Ste-Foy Gouverneurs QAAA 5 0 0 0 2
1989-90 Ste-Foy Gouverneurs QAAA 42 26 60 86 76 12 6 19 25 16
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 34 10 5 6 11 8
1992-93 Granby Bisons QMJHL 1 1 1 2 2
1992-93 Laval Titan QMJHL 15 11 14 25 35 13 6 15 21 12
1992-93 Buffalo Sabres NHL 18 0 4 4 14 +1
1992-93 Rochester Americans AHL 5 4 3 7 8 3 0 1 1 2
1992-93 Laval Titan M-Cup 5 2 2 4 15
1993-94 Buffalo Sabres NHL 38 6 8 14 29 -1 7 1 1 2 2
1993-94 Rochester Americans AHL 31 10 22 32 51
1994-95 Rochester Americans AHL 43 14 27 41 26
1994-95 Buffalo Sabres NHL 9 1 4 5 0 +6
1994-95 Los Angeles Kings NHL 6 1 0 1 4 -3
1995-96 Los Angeles Kings NHL 53 7 16 23 31 -26
1995-96 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL 10 4 3 7 4
1996-97 Los Angeles Kings NHL 60 7 18 25 25 0
1997-98 Los Angeles Kings NHL 45 6 10 16 49 +6
1997-98 Long Beach Ice Dogs IHL 2 0 1 1 4 +1
1998-99 Los Angeles Kings NHL 45 2 6 8 32 -12
1999-00 Los Angeles Kings NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1999-00 Long Beach Ice Dogs IHL 14 4 11 15 8 +5 6 0 9 9 8
2000-01 Los Angeles Kings NHL 22 2 4 6 20 +4 13 0 1 1 2
2000-01 Manitoba Moose IHL 45 10 22 32 39 +1
2001-02 Los Angeles Kings NHL 80 7 23 30 94 0 5 0 1 1 2
2002-03 Dallas Stars NHL 80 7 20 27 94 +28 11 1 2 3 11
2003-04 Dallas Stars NHL 70 8 16 24 64 +15 5 1 0 1 6
2004-05
2005-06 Dallas Stars NHL 66 16 27 43 77 +28 5 0 1 1 2
2006-07 Dallas Stars NHL 76 19 32 51 104 +2 7 0 1 1 6
2007-08 Dallas Stars NHL 38 2 12 14 26 +3 3 0 0 0 4
2008-09 Dallas Stars NHL 16 0 3 3 15 -4
2008-09 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 25 3 3 6 24 +10 9 1 3 4 4
NHL Totals 748 94 206 300 702 65 4 10 14 39


QMJHL Second All-Star Team (1991, 1992)
QMJHL Defensive Rookie of the Year (1991)
Canadian Major Junior Rookie of the Year (1991) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2007)
Traded to Los Angeles by Buffalo with Denis Tsygurov and Grant Fuhr for Alexei Zhitnik, Robb Stauber, Charlie Huddy and Los Angeles' 5th round pick (Marian Menhart) in 1995 NHL Draft, February 14, 1995.
Missed majority of 1999-2000 due to foot injury in training camp, September, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Dallas, July 2, 2002.
Missed majority of 2007-08 due to shoulder surgery, December 5, 2007. Traded to Pittsburgh by Dallas for Darryl Sydor, November 16, 2008. Officially announced his retirement, September 3, 2009.
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