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Pierre-Marc Bouchard : biography

April 27, 1984 -

Pierre-Marc Bouchard (born April 27, 1984) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL). Bouchard played his junior hockey with the Chicoutimi Saguenéens in the QMJHL, and is the older brother of AHL player François Bouchard. Bouchard was selected eighth overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

Awards

  • 2001–02 CHL Player of the Year.
  • 2003–04 NHL YoungStars Game

Playing career

Pierre-Marc Bouchard appeared in professional play for the first time in the 2002–2003 NHL season in which he posted 7 goals and 13 assists for a total of 20 points in 50 games for the Minnesota Wild, which has been regarded as decent by NHL standards. During the 2004–2005 NHL lockout, Bouchard played for the Wild's minor league team, the Houston Aeros. Within this time period, Bouchard vastly improved his game. This was proved in the 2005–2006 season while he posted 17 goals and 42 assists for a total of 59 points in 80 games.

Bouchard is regarded as a creative playmaker and strong team player who often attempts 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 goalie 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. Bouchard later credited the move to his younger brother François Bouchard.

On July 25, 2008, Bouchard signed a five-year, $20.4 million deal with the Minnesota Wild. 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 loss to the Calgary Flames by a score of 3-2 in a shootout.

On July 5, 2013, Bouchard signed a one-year, $2.0 million deal with the New York Islanders.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
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
NHL totals 565 106 241 347 178 21 4 5 9 4

International

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2002 Canada U18 6th 8 4 8 12 16
2003 Canada WJC 6 2 3 5 2
Junior totals 14 6 11 17 18
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