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01-26-2012, 11:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Greatest Hockey Legends
Often considered to be the Wayne Gretzky of his day because of his superior playmaking skills and understanding of the game, Frank Boucher had the gentility, class and manners rarely matched at such an elite level...

Barely standing 5'9" and weighing a mere 135lbs, he was strong and sleek on his skates. He was a genius of a puck handler, with this uncanny ability of drawing defenders to him while the his linemates Bill and Bun Cook raced to open holes. Selflessly, and almost without fail, he would thread the puck through defenders, right on to the stick! He was truly the balance wheel on arguably hockey's best line. He also was credited for perfecting the drop pass so common in today's game.
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Originally Posted by The Trail Vol. 2
Frank Boucher was one of the greatest playmaking centers of all time...

Not only was he among the elite who have scored over 200 goals but he also compiled almost 300 assists in an era when the official scorers did not pass them out with a lavish hand.

His smooth and polished play was the envy of all coaches.

Frank was also a great defensive player and used a devastating poke-check modelled on that of Frank Nighbor...

He was the outstanding star of the playoffs in 1928 when he scored seven goals as the Rangers won the cup...
Quote:
Originally Posted by Edmonton Oilers Heritage Website
A dominating centre with quick feet and great hands (in fact, Boucher got the nickname "Raffles" because of his ability to steal the puck)
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Originally Posted by Foster Hewitt
"There aren't many people around to remember" Hewitt said, even 30 years ago. "but the way the Russians play reminds me of the old Rangers, especially the line of Boucher and the Cooks. They were even better than the Russians. When they were on the ice, it always seemed to me they had the puck on the string."



FRANK BOUCHER!

Awards and Achievemets
3 x First Team All-Star Centre (1933, 1934, 1935)
1 x Second Team All-Star Centre (1931)
1 x Retroactive Conn Smythe Winner (1928)
7 x Lady Byng Trophy Winner (1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1933, 1934, 1935)


Scoring
Goals- 4th(1928), 9th(1930), 19th(1934)
Goals as % of 2nd- 82, 63, 59, 52, 52,

Assists- 1st(1929), 1st(1930), 1st(1933), 2nd(1927), 2nd(1931), 2nd(1934), 2nd(1935), 4th(1928), 6th(1932), 12th(1936)
Assits as % of 2nd- 116, 106, 104, 100, 100, 100, 100, 86, 70, 69,

Points- 2nd(1930), 3rd(1938), 3rd(1934), 4th(1935), 6th(1927), 6th(1929), 7th(1931), 10th(1933), 15th(1932), 17th(1936)
Points as % of 2nd- 100, 98, 96, 90, 90, 81, 79, 78, 72, 70,

Playoff Points- 1st(1928), 1st(1932), 6th(1933), 6th(1937)
Points as % of 2nd- 200, 112, 71, 57

Scoring Career Ranges

From 1927-1937 (Notable scoring career), Boucher was:
1st in Points (102 % of 2nd place Morenz)- Morenz playing 35 less GP.
1st in Assists (136% of 2nd place Morenz)
12th in Goals (64% of 2nd place Bill Cook)

From 1928-1933 (5-Year Peak), Boucher was:
3rd in points (94% of 2nd place Bill Cook)
1st in Assists (127% of 2nd place Primeau)
11th in Goals (58% of 2nd place Bill Cook; 82% of 4th place Weiland).

From 1927-1937, Boucher Was:
1st in playoff points (124% of 2nd)
1st in playoff Assists (111% of 2nd)
1st in playoff goals (100% of 2nd)
4th in playoff PPG of those with 20+ games, playing more games than anyone.

From 1928-1933, Boucher Was:
1st in playoff points (140% of 2nd place Bill Cook)
1st in playoff assists (155% of 2nd place Cook/Murodch)
1st in playoff goals (108% of 2nd place Bun Cook)
2nd in PPG amongst those with 10+ Games



Newspaper Clippings (Will try to add more)(Credit to Sturminator for much of these)
I'll try to limit quotes here from Sturminator's work to the most eye-popping. For specifics/more details (that display Boucher's great playoff and defensive prowess) I'll link to Sturminator's posts.

Frank Boucher 1922

Boucher's Playoffs 1924

Boucher's Playoffs 1928 Sturminator concludes: "I consider Frank Boucher's playoff performance in 1928 quite possibly the single greatest performance of all time by any player".

Boucher playoffs 1927/1928

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Originally Posted by Calgary Daily Herald- March 11, 1924



BOUCHER, BATTLING WONDER

Frank Boucher, the battling boy wonder, found on the wilds of the prairies in the neighborhood of Lethbridge by the Patricks a few years back, made more trouble for the Tigers than a thousand motorists for an armless traffic cop. He was stick-handling like a circus wizard and hook checking so closely that the Tiger pucks flew to his club like to a magnet. He was a demon checker all through. It was a mystery how any of them got by out there in centre ice. In the third period he was summoned back to play guard along with Cook and Duncan, because the Maroons had snared a couple of marks to Calgary's one, and they wanted to protect it. Boucher was set up at the nose of the barricade where he sucked in the force of many Tiger drives, and invariably the puck evaporated when it struck his twisted pole.

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Originally Posted by Pittsburgh Post Gazette- April 5, 1928
Out of the welter of preliminary rounds in the National Hockey League battle for the historic Stanley Cup, the world series of the ice world, Frank Boucher, diminutive center ice star of the New York Rangers, has come to stamp himself as one of the greatest players in the game.

Boucher will lead the Rangers on the ice of the Montreal Maroons in the Canadian metropolis tomorrow night for the first of the final five-game series for the professional hockey title...

The brilliance of Boucher stands out above all others in a composite score of the preliminary efforts of the two teams fighting tomorrow night in the championship. Boucher tallied three goals, assisted in the scoring of three others, and spent no time in the penalty box...

Boucher, recipient of the Lady Byng trophy for combining effectiveness with sportsmanship, played through the four games without once incurring the displeasure of the referees. In addition to leading all scorers, Boucher was a tower of strength on the defense, his sweeping poke-check smashed dozens of attacks of Pittsburgh and Boston forwards.

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Originally Posted by Vancouver Sun- March 24, 1933Greatest?

Many glamorous athletic figures will step into the playoffs that lead to the league championship and the Stanley Cup finals when play starts Saturday night. But no finer record for efficiency and sportsmanlike play in these classics will be on view than that of Frank Boucher, playmaking centre-ice ace of the New York Rangers.

Picked this season as centre player for the mythical all-star team that is selected by vote of 32 hockey experts in the cities of the National League circuit, Boucher brings into the playoffs this season an amazing record of consistent play in these finals. One of the originals of the Rangers since that team entered competition in 1926-27 he has never missed a playoff since, and leads the great Cook-Boucher-Cook forward line into the playoff action for the seventh straight time. Boucher's own playoff record is remarkable.

The spectacular part of this record is the almost complete lack of penalties. Five straight playoff series, with all the strain that these entail, without a penalty at all, two penalties in another, testify to the value of this player, always on the ice, always available.


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