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Brian Boucher : biography

January 2, 1977 -

Brian "Boosh" Boucher (pronounced Boo-shay) (born January 2, 1977) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender who is currently an unrestricted free agent. He most recently played for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Records

  • Modern day NHL record with five consecutive shutouts in 2003–04.

Personal life

Boucher has a wife Melissa and has 2 children; son Tyler, born January 2003, and daughter Brianna, born December 2004. He attended Mount St. Charles Academy in high school.

Playing career

Early Philadelphia Years

Boucher was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, 22nd overall. He began play with the Flyers during the 1999–2000 season, taking the starting position from veteran John Vanbiesbrouck and helped the team secure the Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division regular season titles while leading the NHL in goals against average at 1.91. In the playoffs, he backstopped his team to the Eastern Conference Finals. Along the way, he recorded several memorable moments, including a five-overtime victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins and a sprawling save against Patrik Elias of the New Jersey Devils. Although the Flyers were ahead 3-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Devils and despite the return of the injured Eric Lindros, Boucher and the Flyers lost in seven games to the eventual Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils. In 2000–01, however, a weak start saw him lose his starting position to Roman Cechmanek.

Phoenix/Shutout streak

Boucher playing for the Phantoms in 2007–08.He was traded with draft picks to the Phoenix Coyotes on June 12, 2002, for Michal Handzuš and Robert Esche. While with Phoenix, he broke the modern-day NHL record for the longest shutout streak by a goalie, going unscored upon for 332 minutes, or 5 and a half games. On February 1, 2006, Phoenix traded him to the Calgary Flames along with Mike Leclerc in exchange for Steven Reinprecht and Philippe Sauvé.

Chicago/Columbus

Boucher began the 2006–07 NHL season with the Chicago Blackhawks. On February 27, 2007, Boucher was picked-up on waivers by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Boucher arrived hours prior to the Blue Jackets-Colorado Avalanche game that evening. During the game, he wore Ty Conklin's number 35 sweater. On March 3, 2007, Boucher made his Blue Jackets debut against his former team the Phoenix Coyotes. His first game was a successful 4–3 win.

Second stint in Philadelphia

On July 23, 2007, Boucher signed with the Philadelphia Phantoms, the AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers affiliate. He was released by the organization on February 26, 2009.

San Jose Sharks

After his release by the Phantoms, Boucher signed a one-year contract with the San Jose Sharks on February 26, 2008.http://sharks.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=354988

Boucher playing for San Jose in 2007–08.On June 25, 2008, stating how much he liked the San Jose atmosphere, he another one-year contract with the Sharks, worth US$650,000.Pollak, David. , Sharks Blog: Working the Corners, June 25, 2008. Accessed June 25, 2008. He recorded consecutive shutouts in each of his first two games of the 2008–09 NHL season for the Sharks, before finally allowing a goal in his third game.

Return to Philadelphia

On July 1, 2009, Boucher agreed to a two-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers to be the steady, veteran backup to the starting goaltender Ray Emery. When Emery was hurt midway through the season, however, Boucher was thrust into the spotlight with mediocre results. A hand injury soon pushed Boucher to the sideline, and he was replaced by third-string goaltender Michael Leighton. Leighton excelled in Boucher's absence, and once healthy, Boucher found himself backing up Leighton. Upon the return of Emery, Boucher was further demoted to the press box, with Leighton now the backup. Emery soon re-injured himself, giving Boucher a chance to back-up Leighton, who once again was playing well. Near the end of the season though, with only 13 games left, Leighton went down with a high-ankle sprain, and Boucher was back into the spotlight for the Flyers once again. After a 2-1 shootout victory in the final game of the season against the New York Rangers, Boucher and the Flyers advanced to the playoffs.

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