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Joel Bouchard

Joel Bouchard  #39

Defenseman
NUMBER: 39 BIRTHDATE: January 23, 1974
HEIGHT: 6' 1" BIRTHPLACE: Montreal, QC, Canada
WEIGHT: 209 DRAFTED: CGY / 1992 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 6th   (129th overall)
QMJHL First All-Star Team (1994) Claimed by Nashville from Calgary in Expansion Draft, June 26, 1998. Claimed on waivers by Dallas from Nashville, March 14, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Phoenix, August 31, 2000. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, October 25, 2001. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, August 5, 2002. Traded to Pittsburgh by NY Rangers with Richard Lintner, Rico Fata and Mikael Samuelsson for Mike Wilson, Alex Kovalev, Janne Laukkanen and Dan LaCouture, February 10, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Buffalo, July 14, 2003. Claimed by NY Rangers from Buffalo in Waiver Draft, October 3, 2003. Spent majority of 2003-04 as a healthy reserve. Signed as a free agent by Hartford (AHL), March 17, 2005. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, August 18, 2005. Missed majority of 2006-07 due to recurring hamstring injury.
Quote of the Day

It's not just going to happen on its own. We have to have guys commit to the areas we need to improve on. We're going to be better than last year but there is still a long way to go. But I really like the pieces and where we're headed.

— Sabres forward Tyler Ennis on the progress of Buffalo's rebuilding process