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Philippe Boucher

Philippe Boucher  #43

Defenseman
NUMBER: 43 BIRTHDATE: March 24, 1973
HEIGHT: 6' 3" BIRTHPLACE: St. Apollinaire, QC, Canada
WEIGHT: 218 DRAFTED: BUF / 1991 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 1st   (13th overall)
QMJHL Second All-Star Team (1991, 1992) QMJHL Defensive Rookie of the Year (1991) Canadian Major Junior Rookie of the Year (1991) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2007) Traded to Los Angeles by Buffalo with Denis Tsygurov and Grant Fuhr for Alexei Zhitnik, Robb Stauber, Charlie Huddy and Los Angeles' 5th round choice (Marian Menhart) in 1995 Entry Draft, February 14, 1995. Missed majority of 1999-2000 due to foot injury in training camp, September, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Dallas, July 2, 2002. Missed majority of 2007-08 due to shoulder surgery, December 5, 2007. Traded to Pittsburgh by Dallas for Darryl Sydor, November 16, 2008. Officially announced his retirement, September 3, 2009.
Quote of the Day

That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.

— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4