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Philippe Bozon (born November 30, 1966) is a former French professional ice hockey player who played for the St. Louis Blues in the National Hockey League (NHL) between the 1991–92 and 1994-95 seasons. He is the first of only six French-born and trained players to appear in the NHL, the other five being Cristobal Huet, Stéphane Da Costa, Antoine Roussel, Pierre-Édouard Bellemare and Yohann Auvitu. He is currently the head coach for Boxers de Bordeaux of the Ligue Magnus.

Philippe Bozon
Born (1966-11-30) November 30, 1966 (age 52)
Chamonix, France
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 191 lb (87 kg; 13 st 9 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for St. Louis Blues
Peoria Rivermen
HC Mont-Blanc
Chamonix HC
Brûleurs de Loups de Grenoble
Adler Mannheim
HC Lugano
Genève-Servette HC
HC Lausanne
HC La Chaux-de-Fonds
National team  France
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1986–2006

Playing careerEdit

Bozon began his career playing for the St. Jean Beavers in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League followed by four years competing in his native France. Playing for the Grenoble Brûleurs de Loups, he won the French championship in 1991. He was then recruited by the St. Louis Blues and was used as a defensive-minded forward and occasionally on the scoring line with Brett Hull. After his time with the Blues, Bozon played professionally in Germany and Switzerland. In Germany, his Adler Mannheim team won the league championship in 1997, 1998 and 1999.

International playEdit

In addition to his professional career, Bozon appeared internationally for France, for which he competed in four Olympic Games.[1]

Post-playing careerEdit

He was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame in 2008.[2] On July 14, 2009, Bozon was named the head coach of the French national junior ice hockey team.[3]

FamilyEdit

Bozon is married to Hélène Barbier, who was an alpine skier. They have three children, sons Tim and Kevin, and daughter Allison. Both Tim and Kevin play professional hockey; Tim is with Genève-Servette HC of the National League and was selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, while Kevin is currently with EHC Winterthur of the Swiss League. Bozon's father, Alain Bozon, was also a hockey player, and was elected into the French Ice Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1984–85 Saint-Jean Castors QMJHL 67 32 50 82 82 5 0 5 5 4
1985–86 Saint-Jean Castors QMJHL 65 59 52 111 72 10 10 6 16 16
1985–86 Peoria Rivermen IHL 5 1 0 1 0
1986–87 Peoria Rivermen IHL 28 4 11 15 17
1986–87 Saint-Jean Castors QMJHL 25 20 21 41 75 8 5 5 10 30
1987–88 Mont-Blanc HC FRA 18 11 15 26 34 10 15 6 21 6
1988–89 Mont-Blanc HC FRA 29 22 36 58 56 11 11 17 28 38
1989–90 Grenoble HC FRA 36 45 38 83 34 6 4 3 7 2
1990–91 Grenoble HC FRA 26 22 16 38 16 10 7 8 15 8
1991–92 Chamonix HC FRA 22 30 19 49 40 12 18 1 19
1991–92 St. Louis Blues NHL 9 1 3 4 4 6 1 0 1 27
1992–93 St. Louis Blues NHL 54 6 6 12 55 9 1 0 1 0
1992–93 Peoria Rivermen IHL 4 3 2 5 2
1993–94 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 9 16 25 42 4 0 0 0 4
1994–95 St. Louis Blues NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1994–95 Brûleurs de Loups FRA 14 6 16 22 12 7 2 4 6 30
1995–96 HC La Chaux-de-Fonds SUI II 29 31 28 59 48 11 13 10 23 10
1996–97 Lausanne HC SUI II 23 17 15 32 89
1996–97 Adler Mannheim DEL 22 11 6 17 8 9 6 10 16 0
1997–98 Adler Mannheim DEL 42 20 17 37 40 10 5 5 10 16
1998–99 Adler Mannheim DEL 51 14 30 44 66 12 4 5 9 30
1999–2000 HC Lugano NLA 44 13 31 44 73 12 9 6 15 55
2000–01 HC Lugano NLA 41 18 26 44 42 10 7 2 9 6
2001–02 Genève-Servette HC SUI II 31 24 35 59 22 12 10 11 21 12
2002–03 Genève-Servette HC NLA 43 19 19 38 47 6 0 2 2 10
2003–04 Genève-Servette HC NLA 43 12 28 40 18 6 1 0 1 4
2004–05 Genève-Servette HC NLA 38 12 27 39 55 4 1 2 3 0
2005–06 Genève-Servette HC NLA 9 2 0 2 6
FRA totals 145 136 140 276 192 56 57 39 96 84
NHL totals 144 16 25 41 101 19 2 0 2 31
NLA totals 218 76 131 207 241 38 18 12 30 75

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1988 France OG 6 3 2 5 0
1989 France WC B 7 8 3 11 10
1990 France WC B 7 4 2 6 4
1991 France WC B 7 5 5 10 0
1992 France OG 7 3 2 5 4
1992 France WC 3 1 1 2 4
1994 France WC 3 0 0 0 2
1995 France WC 6 2 3 5 0
1996 France WC 7 4 2 6 4
1997 France WC 8 2 4 6 27
1998 France OG 4 5 2 7 4
1998 France WC 3 2 1 3 2
1999 France WC 3 1 0 1 4
2000 France WC Q 3 0 2 2 14
2000 France WC 6 1 2 3 6
2001 France OGQ 3 0 3 3 4
2001 France WC D1 5 8 1 9 6
2002 France OG 4 3 3 6 2
Tier I Senior totals 60 27 22 49 59
Tier II Senior totals 32 25 16 41 38

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "PHILIPPE BOZON". olympic.org. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  2. ^ IIHF Top 100 Hockey Stories of All Time, Szymon Szemberg and Andrew Podnieks, p.145, Fenn Publishing, Bolton, Ontario, Canada, 2008, ISBN 978-1-55168-358-4
  3. ^ Merk, Martin (July 14, 2009). "Bozon to lead French U20s". IIHF. Archived from the original on July 30, 2009. Retrieved July 14, 2009.