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Philippe Boucher
Philippe Boucher
Defenseman
(boo-SHAY, PHIL-ip)
Number: 43
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 218
Shoots: Right
Born: Mar 24, 1973
Birthplace: St. Apollinaire, QC, Canada
Acquired: Signed by Dallas as a free agent on July 2, 2002.
Drafted: BUF / 1991 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (13th overall)

2005-06: Collected the fourth most goals by a defenseman in any one season in franchise history (16)...Set career-highs in goals, assists (27) and points (43)...Ranked second on the team in plus/minus (+28)...Tied career-highs in goals (2) and points (3) and was one shot shy of his career-high in shots (9) on Dec. 21 at Columbus (his first goal was his 200th career NHL point).

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:Did not play competitive hockey in 2004-05In 2003-04, was the Stars nominee for the Bill Masterton Trophy, which awards the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perserverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey...Set a new career-high in goals (8)...Stars were 38-19-11-2 when he was in lineup (3-7-2-0 when he was not)...Recorded a career-high three assists on Oct. 29 vs. Calgary...Appeared in his 500th career NHL game on Jan. 31 at PhoenixIn 2002-03, tied a career-high in games played (80)...Among NHL leaders, ranked 11th in plus/minus (+28)...Notched his first point as a Star with an assist and a +4 rating on Oct. 12 at Phoenix...His +4 rating was the second best of his career as he was a +5 with Buffalo on Oct. 30, 1992...Posted his 100th career NHL helper on Nov. 8 vs. Toronto...Appeared in his 400th career NHL game on Nov. 23 at Los Angeles...In 2001-02, set career single-season highs in games played (80), assists (23), and points (30)...Played in his 300th career NHL game on Oct. 9 at Dallas...Set a single-game career-high with 10 shots on goal on Oct. 26 at FloridaUnderwent successful off-season eye surgery to repair a damaged retina...In 2000-01, began the season with Manitoba (IHL) and was recalled to the Kings on Feb. 21Registered his 100th career NHL point with an assist on Mar. 29 vs. ColumbusLed Manitoba defensemen in scoring with 32 points in 45 gamesIn 1999-00, missed virtually the entire season while recovering from a foot injury that required two surgeries, including corrective surgery on Nov. 10...In 1998-99, appeared in his 200th game as a King on Mar. 20 vs. Florida...Played in 20 of the team's first 21 contests...In 1997-98, three of his six goals came in consecutive games, Oct. 17-21...Appeared in his 200th career NHL game on Nov. 20 vs. Chicago...In 1996-97, began the season on injured reserve with a shoulder sprain that sidelined him for the first 10 games...Finished second to Rob Blake among defensemen in goals (7), points (25) and shots (159)...In 1995-96, began the season on injured reserve with tendonitis in his right wrist and missed the first 13 games...Five of his seven goals came on the power play...Led all Kings defensemen in shots with 145 and was second among defensemen in points (7-16-23)...Played in his 100th career NHL game on Feb. 6 vs. Chicago...Underwent surgery on his right hand at the conclusion of the season...In 1994-95, began the season with Buffalo appearing in nine of the Sabres first 12 contests before being acquired by the Kings...Had wrist surgery on Mar. 14 and missed the remainder of the regular season (31 games)...In 1993-94, split the season between Buffalo and Rochester (AHL)...Registered his first NHL two-goal game on Mar. 2 at Ottawa...In 1992-93, appeared in 18 games during his first NHL season with the Sabres.

AMATEUR CAREER: Played four seasons in the QMJHL with Granby (1990-92) and Laval (1992-93)...In 1991-92, was named QMJHL second team All-Star for the second time...In 1990-91, was named major junior hockey rookie of the year and QMJHL second team All-Star.

PERSONAL: Hometown: St-Apollinaire, Quebec...Resides with wife Lucie, son Matthew and daughter Vanessa in Quebec City during the summer...Favorite NHL city is New York...Holds an annual summer charity golf tournament which helps underprivileged children...Most memorable hockey moment was when his Buffalo Sabres beat New Jersey, 1-0, in four overtimes on Apr. 27, 1994...Lists his first job as working for a friends landscaping company.

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