Pierre-Marc Bouchard

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Pierre-Marc Bouchard
Pierre-Marc Bouchard.png
Bouchard with the Minnesota Wild in 2011
Born(1984-04-27) April 27, 1984 (age 30)
Sherbrooke, QC, CAN
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight173 lb (78 kg; 12 st 5 lb)
PositionCentre
ShootsLeft
NLA team
Former teams
EV Zug
Minnesota Wild
New York Islanders
NHL Draft8th overall, 2002
Minnesota Wild
Playing career2002–present
 
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Pierre-Marc Bouchard
Pierre-Marc Bouchard.png
Bouchard with the Minnesota Wild in 2011
Born(1984-04-27) April 27, 1984 (age 30)
Sherbrooke, QC, CAN
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight173 lb (78 kg; 12 st 5 lb)
PositionCentre
ShootsLeft
NLA team
Former teams
EV Zug
Minnesota Wild
New York Islanders
NHL Draft8th overall, 2002
Minnesota Wild
Playing career2002–present

Pierre-Marc Bouchard (born April 27, 1984) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently signed with EV Zug of the National League A (NLA). Bouchard played his junior hockey with the Chicoutimi Saguenéens in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, 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 with the New York Islanders.

Playing career[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

On July 5, 2013, Bouchard signed a one-year, $2.0 million deal with the New York Islanders. He was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks along with Peter Regin on February 6, 2014 in exchange for a 2014 fourth-round draft pick and assigned to the Blackhawk's American Hockey League affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs.[4][5]

On July 8, 2014, Bouchard signed a one-year contract with Swiss club, EV Zug of the NLA. The contract also included an NHL out clause if he can reach a deal with a club prior to July 15.[6]

Awards[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular seasonPlayoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
2000–01Chicoutimi SaguenéensQMJHL6738579520658130
2001–02Chicoutimi SaguenéensQMJHL6946941405442354
2002–03Minnesota WildNHL50713201850112
2003–04Minnesota WildNHL614182222
2004–05Houston AerosAHL671242544650110
2005–06Minnesota WildNHL8017425928
2006–07Minnesota WildNHL822037571451120
2007–08Minnesota WildNHL811350633462242
2008–09Minnesota WildNHL7116304620
2009–10Minnesota WildNHL10002
2010–11Minnesota WildNHL5912263814
2011–12Minnesota WildNHL379132218
2012–13Minnesota WildNHL4381220851120
2013–14New York IslandersNHL2845912
2013–14Bridgeport Sound TigersAHL20611174
2013–14Rockford IceHogsAHL243172010
NHL totals593110246356190214594

International[edit]

YearTeamEventResultGPGAPtsPIM
2001Canada QuebecU175th40112
2002CanadaU186th8481216
2003CanadaWJC62352
Junior totals186121820

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Let's Go for a Spin (NHL Video)". NHL.com. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
  2. ^ "Bouchard gets multi-year deal". Star Tribune. 2008-07-26. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  3. ^ "Bouchard resumes contact drills after concussion". Washington Post. 2010-10-25. Retrieved 2010-10-26. [dead link]
  4. ^ "New York Islanders - Islanders Acquire Fourth-Round Pick from Chicago". National Hockey League. February 7, 2014. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Chicago Blackhawks acquire Peter Regin, Pierre-Marc Bouchard from New York Islanders". National Hockey League. February 6, 2014. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  6. ^ "More then 600 games; Pierre-Marc Bouchard signs with EV Zug". swisshockeynews.ch. 2014-07-08. Retrieved 2014-07-08. 

External links[edit]

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-Andre Fleury
Preceded by
Mikko Koivu
Minnesota Wild first round draft pick
2002
Succeeded by
Brent Burns