Pierre-Marc Bouchard

Pierre-Marc Bouchard (born April 27, 1984) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. Bouchard played his junior hockey with the Chicoutimi Saguenéens in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), and is the older brother of Austrian Hockey League player François Bouchard. Bouchard was selected eighth overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota Wild and has also featured in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the New York Islanders. He is the cousin of P. A. Parenteau.

Pierre-Marc Bouchard
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Bouchard with the Minnesota Wild in 2011
Born (1984-04-27) April 27, 1984 (age 37)
Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 173 lb (78 kg; 12 st 5 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Minnesota Wild
New York Islanders
EV Zug
NHL Draft 8th overall, 2002
Minnesota Wild
Playing career 2002–2016

Playing careerEdit

As a youth, Bouchard played in the 1998 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with the College-Français Rive-Sud minor ice hockey team from South Shore, Montreal.[1]

Bouchard appeared in professional play for the first time in the 2002–03 NHL season in which he posted 7 goals and 13 assists for a total of 20 points in 50 games for the Minnesota Wild. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, he played for the Wild's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Houston Aeros. Within this time period, Bouchard vastly improved his game. This was proved in the 2005–06 NHL season, where he posted 17 goals and 42 assists for 59 points in 80 games.[citation needed]

During his career, Bouchard was regarded as a creative playmaker and strong team player who often attempted unorthodox techniques during play. An example of one of these techniques was performed during an overtime shootout attempt in which he converted by utilizing a variation of a "spin-o-rama" against Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin. He repeated this move several years later, again against Khabibulin, though he did so during regulation play on a breakaway, rather than during an overtime shootout attempt.[2] Bouchard later credited the move to his younger brother François Bouchard.[citation needed]

On July 25, 2008, Bouchard signed a five-year, $20.4 million contract with the Wild.[3] After suffering a hit to the head late in the 2008–09 season, Bouchard missed the rest of that season and all but the season opener of the 2009–10 season with post-concussion syndrome. Bouchard resumed play on December 1, 2010, against the Phoenix Coyotes after a 13-month absence, having missed 112 games. Bouchard scored a goal in his second game back, a 3–2 shootout loss to the Calgary Flames.[4]

On July 5, 2013, Bouchard signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the New York Islanders. On February 6, 2014, he was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks (along with Peter Regin) in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, and was assigned to the Blackhawks' AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs.[5][6]

On July 8, 2014, Bouchard signed a one-year contract with Swiss club EV Zug of the National League A (NLA). The contract also included an NHL out clause if he could reach a deal with a club prior to July 15.[7] In his debut season with Zug in 2014–15, Bouchard's transition was seamless in producing as their top-line centre with 51 points in 49 games. On December 23, 2014, he signed a two-year contract extension with Zug.[8] Team captains and coaches of the NLA teams voted Bouchard MVP of the 2015–16 regular season.[9]

On March 18, 2016, Bouchard announced his retirement from professional hockey. Bouchard, who missed more than a year with concussions during his career, commented on his decision, saying he did not want to risk any further health issues.[10]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999–2000 Collège Charles-Lemoyne QMAAA 42 28 45 73 20 9 4 8 12 6
2000–01 Chicoutimi Saguenéens QMJHL 67 38 57 95 20 6 5 8 13 0
2001–02 Chicoutimi Saguenéens QMJHL 69 46 94 140 54 4 2 3 5 4
2002–03 Minnesota Wild NHL 50 7 13 20 18 5 0 1 1 2
2003–04 Minnesota Wild NHL 61 4 18 22 22
2004–05 Houston Aeros AHL 67 12 42 54 46 5 0 1 1 0
2005–06 Minnesota Wild NHL 80 17 42 59 28
2006–07 Minnesota Wild NHL 82 20 37 57 14 5 1 1 2 0
2007–08 Minnesota Wild NHL 81 13 50 63 34 6 2 2 4 2
2008–09 Minnesota Wild NHL 71 16 30 46 20
2009–10 Minnesota Wild NHL 1 0 0 0 2
2010–11 Minnesota Wild NHL 59 12 26 38 14
2011–12 Minnesota Wild NHL 37 9 13 22 18
2012–13 Minnesota Wild NHL 43 8 12 20 8 5 1 1 2 0
2013–14 New York Islanders NHL 28 4 5 9 12
2013–14 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 20 6 11 17 4
2013–14 Rockford IceHogs AHL 24 3 17 20 10
2014–15 EV Zug NLA 49 17 34 51 16 6 3 2 5 0
2015–16 EV Zug NLA 49 12 55 67 20 4 3 2 5 14
NHL totals 593 110 246 356 190 21 4 5 9 4

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2001 Canada Quebec U17 5th 4 0 1 1 2
2002 Canada U18 6th 8 4 8 12 16
2003 Canada WJC   6 2 3 5 2
Junior totals 18 6 12 18 20

AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-02-12.
  2. ^ "Let's Go for a Spin (NHL Video)". NHL.com. Retrieved 2011-02-27.
  3. ^ "Bouchard gets multi-year deal". Star Tribune. 2008-07-26. Archived from the original on 2008-08-15. Retrieved 2008-10-21.
  4. ^ "Bouchard resumes contact drills after concussion". Washington Post. 2010-10-25. Retrieved 2010-10-26.[dead link]
  5. ^ "New York Islanders - Islanders Acquire Fourth-Round Pick from Chicago". National Hockey League. February 7, 2014. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  6. ^ "Chicago Blackhawks acquire Peter Regin, Pierre-Marc Bouchard from New York Islanders". National Hockey League. February 6, 2014. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  7. ^ "More than 600 games; Pierre-Marc Bouchard signs with EV Zug". swisshockeynews.ch. 2014-07-08. Retrieved 2014-07-08.
  8. ^ "Bouchard extends with Zug until 2017". EV Zug (in German). 2014-12-23. Retrieved 2014-12-24.
  9. ^ "Bouchard est le nouveau MVP - il devance Matthews..." Bluewin (in French). Archived from the original on 2016-03-06. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  10. ^ "Former Wild forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard retires". Toronto Sun. Associated Press. Retrieved 2016-03-19.
  11. ^ 2015-16 NLA MVP of the regular season

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Simon Gamache
CHL Player of the Year
2002
Succeeded by
Corey Locke
Preceded by
Ales Hemsky
Mike Bossy Trophy winner
2002
Succeeded by
Marc-André Fleury
Preceded by
Mikko Koivu
Minnesota Wild first round draft pick
2002
Succeeded by
Brent Burns