Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Brian Boucher
Goaltender Brian Boucher was a first-round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers, 22nd overall in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. He began playing hockey at a young age in his hometown of Woonsocket, Rhode Island and starred for his high school team before deciding to move to Canada to further hone his skills.

At 17, Boucher joined the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League in 1994-95. In his draft year he posted a 17-11-2 record with a 3.29 GAA. He spent his final two years of junior with the Americans before turning pro in the fall of 1997. Also on Boucher's resume were two appearances at the World Junior Hockey Championships with Team USA in 1996 and 1997.

Boucher spent two full seasons in the minors before getting the call to join the Flyers. In 1999-00 he suited up for 35 games, posting a 20-10-3 record with a stellar 1.91 GAA and four shutouts. Boucher remained with the Flyers over the next two years, where it seemed neither he nor Roman Chechmanek could firmly establish himself as the obvious number one starter. However, by the end of the 2001-02 campaign, it became more apparent that the Flyers were finally leaning towards Chechmanek as their man, so Boucher was deemed expendable. The Flyers sent him and a 3rd-round draft choice to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Michal Handzus and goaltender Robert Esche.

During the 2003-04 season, Boucher set an NHL record with a five consecutive shutouts and in 2004-05 the former first rounder played a handful of games in Sweden during the NHL lock-out. In 2005-06, Boucher returned to Phoenix, however, he would dealt to the Calgary Flames along with teammate Mike Leclerc prior to the Olympic break for Steve Reinprecht and Philippe Sauve.

Boucher's stint with the Flames was short lived as the netminder would only see action in three games that season. Following an early playoff exit, Boucher would sign with the Chicago Blackhawks as a free agent in the summer of 2006. After starting fifteen games with the Blackhawks in the 2006-07 season, the Columbus Blue Jackets claimed Boucher on waivers in February, 2007. He started only three games with Blue Jackets and went on to sign as a free agent with the Philadelphia Flyers in the off-season.

In Philadelphia, Boucher competed in 42 games with the club's AHL affiliate before he was signed as a free agent by the San Jose Sharks on February, 26, 2008.

On July 1, 2009, Boucher would return to the Flyers organization, signing as an unrestriced free agent. In two season in the "orange and black" Boucher would post solid goals-againts-averages of 2.76 and 2.24 respectively, but would fall short in the playoffs.

In the summer of 2011, Boucher was on the move again. This time, as an unrestricted free agent, he signed with the Carolina Hurricanes.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1993-94 Mount St. Charles Mounties High-RI 15 14 0 1 9 0.57 4 4 0 0 1 1.20
1994-95 Wexford Raiders ON-Jr.A 8 0 3.25
1994-95 Tri-City Americans WHL 35 17 11 2 1 3.29 13 6 5 0 3.77
1995-96 Tri-City Americans WHL 55 33 19 2 1 3.41 11 6 5 2 3.40
1995-96 United States WJC-A 4 3 1 0 0 3.55
1996-97 Tri-City Americans WHL 41 10 24 6 1 3.64
1996-97 United States WJC-A 6 4 1 1 2 1.51
1997-98 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 34 16 12 3 0 3.19 2 0 0 0 1.95
1998-99 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 36 20 8 5 2 2.59 16 9 7 0 2.85
1999-00 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 35 20 10 3 4 1.91 18 11 7 1 2.03
1999-00 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 1 0 0 1 0 2.77
2000-01 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 27 8 12 5 1 3.27 1 0 0 0 4.86
2001-02 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 41 18 16 4 2 2.41 2 0 1 0 1.36
2002-03 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 45 15 20 8 0 3.02
2003-04 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 40 10 19 10 5 2.74
2004-05 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 4 0 3.32
2005-06 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 11 3 6 0 0 3.87
2005-06 San Antonio Rampage AHL 6 2 3 0 0 1.39
2005-06 Calgary Flames NHL 3 1 2 0 0 4.95
2006-07 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 15 1 10 3 1 3.26
2006-07 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 3 1 1 0 0 3.80
2007-08 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 42 23 16 1 4 2.47
2007-08 San Jose Sharks NHL 5 3 1 1 1 1.76 1 0 0 0 0.00
2008-09 San Jose Sharks NHL 22 12 6 3 2 2.18
2009-10 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 33 9 18 3 1 2.76 12 6 6 1 2.47
2009-10 Adirondack Phantoms AHL 1 1 0 0 0 2.00
2010-11 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 34 18 10 4 0 2.42 9 4 4 0 3.13
2011-12 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 10 1 6 1 0 3.41
2012-13 Adirondack Phantoms AHL 16 6 8 1 0 2.57
2012-13 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 4 0 2 0 0 2.50
2013-14 EV Zug Swiss 5 2 3 0 0 2.72
NHL Totals 328 120 139 45 17 2.70 43 21 18 2 2.36


WHL West Second All-Star Team (1996)
WJC-A All-Star Team (1997)
WHL West First All-Star Team (1997)
WHL Goaltender of the Year (1997)
NHL All-Rookie Team (2000)
Traded to Phoenix by Philadelphia with Nashville's 3rd round pick (previously acquired, Phoenix selected Joe Callahan) in 2002 NHL Draft for Michal Handzus and Robert Esche, June 12, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Jonkoping (Sweden), October 20, 2004. Traded to Calgary by Phoenix with Mike Leclerc for Steve Reinprecht and Philippe Sauve, February 2, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Chicago, September 24, 2006. Claimed on waivers by Columbus from Chicago, February 27, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia (AHL), July 23, 2007. Signed as a free agent by San Jose, February 26, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, July 1, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Carolina, July 1, 2011. Traded to Philadelphia by Carolina with Mark Alt for Luke Pither, January 13, 2013. Signed as a free agent by Zug (Swiss), July 17, 2013. Released by Zug (Swiss), October 18, 2013. Officially announced his retirement, March 13, 2014.
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