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08-05-2011, 11:46 AM
Join Date: Mar 2007
Pierre will be a spare defensive defensemen.
Five Time Stanley Cup Champion
From Legends of Hockey:
But Bouchard played his own determined brand of hockey. He put in two seasons with the Montreal Junior Canadiens from 1966 to 1968. He then turned pro in the Habs' chain, first with the Cleveland Barons and then with the Montreal Voyageurs, both of the AHL. In 1970-71, however, the Canadiens launched themselves on a rethreading project after having missed the playoffs the year before. A number of new and young faces were brought on board, including Bouchard's.
Over his first four years with the club, his ice-time was somewhat limited. With Robinson, Lapointe and Savard garnering the lion's share of action, Bouchard became a member of "the other two" which was made up of himself and Bill Nyrop.
But after sharpening his game over time, Bouchard began to get more and more ice time.
And although he was the team's policeman, he preferred to play it clean, handling the rough stuff only when it came knocking at his door
. Otherwise, he
earned his bread and butter as a rugged, stay-at-home defender in the mold of his father.
From Montreal Canadiens Legends:
Pierre Bouchard, much like a chip off the old block, was
a big, stay at home defensemen
who was a key part to the Montreal teams of the Disco Decade, though his style of play didn't earn him the accolades from the fans and media that so many others received.
The ultimate team player, Pierre's coaches and teammates all appreciated his sacrificial contributions.
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