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Georges Boucher

George "Buck" Boucher (August 19, 1896October 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 five brothers. His brothers Frank, Joe, Bobby and Billy all played in the NHL.

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.

Hockey career

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.

He would go on to coach in the NHL in Ottawa, Boston, St. Louis and Chicago. He would coach the Ottawa Senators of the Quebec Hockey League to the Allan Cup in 1949.

He suffered from throat cancer for six years and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1960, just three weeks before he died.

Career Statistics

Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1914–15 Ottawa New Edinburghs OCHL 15 12 0 12
1914–15 Ottawa Royal Canadians OCHL 4 6 0 6
1915–16 Ottawa Senators NHA 19 9 1 10 62
1916–17 Ottawa Senators NHL 18 10 5 15 27 2 1 0 1 8
1917–18 Ottawa Senators NHL 21 9 8 17 46
1918–19 Ottawa Senators NHL 17 3 2 5 29 5 2 0 2 9
1919–20 Ottawa Senators NHL 22 9 8 17 55 5 2 0 2 9
1920–21 Ottawa Senators NHL 23 11 8 19 53 7 5 0 5 19
1921–22 Ottawa Senators NHL 23 13 12 25 12 2 0 0 0 4
1922–23 Ottawa Senators NHL 24 14 9 23 58 8 2 2 4 8
1923–24 Ottawa Senators NHL 23 13 10 23 38 2 0 1 1 2
1924–25 Ottawa Senators NHL 28 15 5 20 95
1925–26 Ottawa Senators NHL 36 8 4 12 64 2 0 0 0 10
1926–27 Ottawa Senators NHL 40 8 3 11 115 6 0 0 0 43
1927–28 Ottawa Senators NHL 24 14 9 23 58 8 2 2 4 8
1928–29 Ottawa Senators NHL 29 3 1 4 60
1928–29 Montreal Maroons NHL 12 1 1 2 10
1929–30 Montreal Maroons NHL 37 2 6 8 50 3 0 0 0 2
1930–31 Montreal Maroons NHL 30 0 0 0 25
1931–32 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 43 1 5 6 50 2 0 1 1 0
NHL Totals: 449 117 87 204 838 28 5 3 8 88

OCHL refers to Ottawa City Hockey League.

See also

References

  • Globe and Mail.

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