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BILLY BOUCHER (1921-1927)

Billy
Boucher

1952-1963
Position R
Shoots R
Weight 155lbs
Height 5'7"
Date of birth November 10th, 1899
Place of birth Ottawa, ON, CAN
Deceased on November 10th, 1958
Seasons - MTL 6
Other numbers 10,13
Statistiques
SEASON
SEASON
GP Games played - Number of games the player has set foot on the ice
G Goals - Number of goals the player has scored
A Assists - Number of goals the player has assisted in
PTS Points - Scoring points, calculated as the sum of G and A
+/- Plus/Minus - The number of team goals for minus the number of team goals against while the player is on the ice
PIM Penalties infraction minutes - Number of penalty minutes the player has been assessed
TOTALS 156 86 36 122 0 339
1921-1922 24 17 5 22 0 18
1922-1923 24 24 7 31 0 55
1923-1924 23 16 6 22 0 48
1924-1925 30 17 13 30 0 92
1925-1926 34 8 5 13 0 112
1926-1927 21 4 0 4 0 14
SEASON
SEASON
GP Games played - Number of games the player has set foot on the ice
G Goals - Number of goals the player has scored
A Assists - Number of goals the player has assisted in
PTS Points - Scoring points, calculated as the sum of G and A
+/- Plus/Minus - The number of team goals for minus the number of team goals against while the player is on the ice
PIM Penalties infraction minutes - Number of penalty minutes the player has been assessed
TOTALS 6 3 0 3 0 15
1922-1923 2 1 0 1 0 2
1923-1924 2 1 0 1 0 9
1924-1925 2 1 0 1 0 4
One of four hockey-playing brothers who made it to the NHL in the league’s early days, Billy Boucher signed with the Montreal Canadiens to start the 1921-22 season and had an immediate impact.

A strong skater with dangerous offensive skills, the rookie right wing scored 17 goals, serving notice that he was going to be a force to be reckoned with.

The following year, Boucher let his opponents know that despite standing 5-foot-7 and weighing only 155 pounds, he would not be intimidated by underhanded tactics. Fouls were returned in kind and as a result, the diminutive forward led the NHL in penalty minutes. His 24 goals in as many games were good enough for second place in the league and the scrappy forward finished fourth overall in the scoring race.

In 1923-24, Boucher and left wing Aurèle Joliat were assigned a rookie center named Howie Morenz, forming a trio that would wreak havoc on defensemen around the league for the next several seasons. Boucher led the Canadiens in scoring that year and was runner-up for league scoring honors.

The spring of 1924 saw the Habs win the second Stanley Cup in team history, the first as an official NHL franchise. Boucher’s younger brother Bobby also had his name engraved on the iconic silver trophy.

The Montreal Forum opened on November 29, 1924, with the Toronto St. Pats as guests for the inaugural match. The Canadiens came out on the winning end of the 7-1 game and Billy Boucher had the honor of scoring the first goal at the new venue and finished the night with the first hat trick ever scored at the Forum.

Boucher missed only three games in his five complete seasons with Montreal, finishing among the top five scorers both on the team and in the league each year.

Signed by Montreal for the 1926-27 campaign, Boucher was loaned to the Bruins for the last stretch of the year with a Bruin heading north to Montreal in exchange. At season’s end, both returned to their original clubs.

Traded to New York prior to the start of the following season, this time with a one-way ticket, Boucher ended his NHL playing days with the Americans.

Boucher died of a heart attack on his 59th birthday on November 10, 1958.