Friday, September 4, 2009

A Champion Retires


With a Stanley Cup championship finally under his belt, Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Philippe Boucher had decided that the time is right to step away from the game.

The veteran of 17 NHL seasons announced his retirement on Thursday, and ended a career that began when he was a first-round pick of the Buffalo Sabres (13th overall) in 1991.

"I have always admired athletes that have retired as champions and I am humbled to have the chance to count myself among them," said Boucher. "I would like to take this opportunity to thank my teammates, my coaches and the organizations I played with over the years. I am going to miss being with the boys."

The 36-year old native of Ste-Apollinaire, Quebec finishes with exactly 300 points (94 goals, 206 assists). His best season was with the Dallas Stars in 2006-07, when he had 19 goals, 32 assists, and represented the Western Conference at the All-Star Game.

He joined the Penguins midway through last season when he was acquired from Dallas in a trade for defenceman Darryl Sydor.

Boucher may be a lesser known NHL hockey player, but he definately is a stand up guy that rolled with the punches and never complained about ice time during his time with the Penguins, even when he was a healthy scratch for a few games during last years Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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