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Georges Boucher, D

Position: Defenseman
HT/WT: 5'9", 170 lbs
Handedness: Left
Nickname(s): "Buck"
Born: August 19th, 1896 in Ottawa, ON



- 4-time Retro Norris Trophy Winner (1922, 1923, 1924, 1926)
- 4-time Stanley Cup Champion (1920, 1921, 1923, 1927)
- awarded "Best Offensive Defenseman of the 1920s" by Ultimate Hockey
- 4th in Hart Voting (1924)
- scored 117 goals and 87 assists for 204 points in 449 games, adding 838 penalty minutes.
- scored 5 goals and 3 assists for 8 points in 28 playoff games, adding 88 penalty minutes.

Top 10 Finishes:
Goals - 2x - (7, 8)
Assists - 5x - (1, 4, 6, 7, 10)
Points - 3x - (2, 7, 9)

Top 10 Point Finishes: (among defensemen)

1st (22-23), 1st (23-24), 2nd (24-25), 3rd (20-21), 3rd (21-22), 4th (25-26), 5th (18-19), 5th (19-20)

Legends of Hockey

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A member of one of hockey's best-known families, George "Buck" Boucher was a stellar defenseman during a professional career that spanned two decades. Although he wasn't blessed with lightning speed, his proficient stickhandling and competitive zeal assured his status among the NHL's best.

In the nation's capital he was partnered with King Clancy to form one of the toughest, most effective duos in the league. In fact, Boucher helped nurture the young Clancy from his first days with Ottawa and contributed significantly to the Senators' four Stanley Cup triumphs in 1920, 1921, 1923, and 1927.
Ultimate Hockey

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Although the Ottawa Senators would boast such talents as Eddie Gerard, King Clancy, Sprague Cleghorn and XXXXXX XXXXXXXX, the man they called Buck was the linchpin. Although he wasn't a particularly fast skater. His puck control was other-worldly. According to reports, opposing players could hear the curious tap-tap of his stick on the ice as he navigated his way through oppsing teams. In all, he figured in four Stanley Cups in Ottawa and during his prime was considered one of the leagues elite talents. It's often said that King Clancy was the first of the modern rushers, but Buck Boucher, a stick handling wizard, started the proverbial puck rolling.
Credit to LF for the newspaper articles.

Ottawa Citizen - Nov. 30, 1927

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George Boucher played cleverly both defensively and offensively. He was given a rough ride and near the end was put down for the count but carried on to the finish in gallant fashion.
Ottawa Citizen - Dec. 27, 1927

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Boucher is playing the best hockey of his career and if there is any man on the Ottawa team at present time deserving of the most valuable player award it is the game George Boucher. "Buck" has scored many goals for Ottawa this winter, goals which have come at opportune times and only for the fact George Hainstworth was playing the game of his life last night. Boucher would have whipped in at least one goal. He absorbed plenty of punishment in Canadiens goalwards thrusts but he took it all with a grin- at the same time evening up for any sly cracks that came his way.

... The defensive and offensive brilliancy of George Boucher, Frank Clancy, XXXX XXXXX and Frank Nighbor and the gallant forward line movements of Punch Broadbent, Len Grosvenor and Cy Denneny
Quote:
Boucher whizzed Gardiner's cap off with a hard body check.

Leduc came barging through and Boucher flattened him.
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Boucher blazed down the center and passed to Broadbent
Ottawa Citizen - Mar. 18, 1927

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Harry Oliver and Sailor Herberts played well on the forward line, but they were unable to break through the stone-wall defense of Clancy and Boucher

Buck Boucher, making his first local appearance in several games, put up a masterful performance on the Senatorial defense, routing Oliver or XXXXXXXXXXX whenever they succeded in outwitting the first line of defense.
Globe and Mail - Dec. 20, 1923

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Six minutes of the second period had elapsed when Boucher, who was playing a brilliant offensive game, swept from end to end and scored the opening goal. In 1.15 he again rushed, passing to Denneny inside the defense, who made it sure.
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Two minutes from the start of the final session Boucher sent the crowd wild with a goal, in which he carried the puck from end to end and eluded practically every man on the Toronto Team, flipping the disc into the empty net after tricking Lockhart...and Denneny finished the scoring when he accepted Boucher's pass to score in nine minutes more.
Protection of Buck's teammates

The Montreal Gazette - April 14, 1927

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Hooley Smith rode high into Hitchman, it is true, but big Hitch made a bad move when he clubbed Hooley across the ribs. Then in sailed George Boucher and the fat was in the fire.

Ottawa were in a hole when George Boucher spilled Herberts as the latter tried to hurdle the Ottawa defense.

As the pivot, he was feeding his wings, but both Oliver and Galbraith piled up on a solid Ottawa defense. Oliver was almost through alone, but George Boucher poked the puck from him just as the Bruin right winger broke.
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While the Senators finished up with the score 3 to 1 in their favour, the play was much closer than that and only through stellar defensive work on the part of the Boucher-Clancey-Connel tandem aided by the stury young Alex Smith and the devastaing poke-checks of Frank Nighbor and Hooley Smith were the Bruins held at bay to the finish.


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