Pierre Bouchard

Pierre Émile Bouchard (born February 20, 1948) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Montreal Canadiens and Washington Capitals. He was selected by the Canadiens in the first round (fifth overall) of the 1965 NHL Amateur Draft.

Bouchard played an important role, along with Bill Nyrop, as steady defensive-defensemen to the Canadien’s offensive “superstar” trio of Robinson, Savard and Lapointe who dominated the NHL blueline in the 70s.

Bouchard's NHL career began after the Montreal Canadiens had missed the playoffs in the 1969–70 season, unacceptable for a franchise which had not missed post-season play in 22 years, and among the changes that were made were to bring Bouchard along with Guy Lapointe up from the minors. So in just his rookie year 1970–71, Bouchard was part of the Canadien team that upset the powerful, record-breaking Boston Bruins in the first round and went on to win the Stanley Cup. In all Bouchard was on five Stanley Cup winning teams with the Canadiens in eight seasons.

Prior to the 1978–79 season, a failed manipulation of the waiver system by the Canadiens led Bouchard's rights to unintentionally move from Montreal to Washington. Montreal had intended to reclaim him, but NHL President John Ziegler interfered in the deal. Initially unhappy with the move, Bouchard played only one game in the 1978–79 season and considered retirement. However, he returned next season to the NHL with Washington where he finished his career playing four seasons.

His father was Canadiens' Hall of Fame defenceman of the 1940s and 50s Émile "Butch" Bouchard. From 1970 to 1975 Pierre was on the same team as Henri Richard, creating the unusual occurrence of a player having been team-mates with both father and son in the NHL. Richard had played with Butch Bouchard in the 1955–56 season.

After retirement Bouchard went into business and broadcasting. He became one of the most popular NHL francophone analysts.

  1. ^ "Guy Lapointe describes why he and Bouchard were brought up to Canadiens". Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  2. ^ http://ourhistory.canadiens.com/player/Pierre-Bouchard
  3. ^ "Career and move to Washington". Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  4. ^ "Bouchard at Legends of Hockey". Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  5. ^ "Team-mates of Henri Richard". Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  6. ^ "Bouchard story". Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  7. ^ Fischler, Shirley (2003). Who's Who in Hockey. Andrews McMeel Publishing. p. 37. ISBN 0-7407-1904-1. 

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