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Born February 20, 1948(1948-02-20),
Longueuil, QC, CAN
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Pro clubs Montreal Canadiens
Washington Capitols
Cleveland Barons (AHL)
Montreal Voyageurs (AHL)
Hershey Bears (AHL)
Career 1970 – 1982

Pierre Émile Bouchard (born February 20, 1948, in Longueuil, Quebec) is a retired former professional ice hockey player with the Montreal Canadiens and Washington Capitals.

Practicing a tough but clean style of hockey, Bouchard played an important role, along with Bill Nyrop, as steady defensive-defensemen to the Canadien’s offensive “superstar” trio of Robinson, Savard and Lapointe who dominated the NHL blueline in the 70s.

Bouchard's NHL career began after the Montreal Canadiens had missed the playoffs in the 1969-70 season, unacceptable for a franchise which had not missed post-season play in 20 years, and among the changes that were made were to bring Bouchard along with Guy Lapointe up from the minors.[1] So in just his rookie year 1970-71, Bouchard was part of the Canadien team that upset the powerful, record-breaking Boston Bruins in the first round and went on to win the Stanley Cup. In all Bouchard was on five Stanley Cup winning teams with the Canadiens in eight seasons.[2]

Prior to the 1978-79 season a failed manipulation of the waiver system by the Canadiens led Bouchard's rights to unintentionally move from Montreal to Washington. Montreal had intended to reclaim him, but NHL President John Ziegler interfered in the deal. Initially unhappy with the move, Bouchard played only one game in the 1978-79 season and considered retirement.[3] However, he returned next season to the NHL with Washington where he finished his career.[4]

His father is Canadiens' Hall of Fame defenceman of the 1940s and 50s Émile "Butch" Bouchard. From 1970 to 1975 Pierre was on the same team as Henri Richard, creating the unusual occurrence of a player having been team-mates with both father and son in the NHL. Richard had played with Butch Bouchard in the 1955-56 season.[5]

After retirement Bouchard went into business and broadcasting. He became one of the most popular NHL francophone analysts.[6][7]

Career statistics

                                            --- Regular season ---  ---- Playoffs ----
Season    Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM
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1965-66   Palestre Nationale          QJHL   40    6   19   25   53
1966-67   Montreal Junior Canadiens   OHA    48    4    9   13  105
1967-68   Montreal Junior Canadiens   OHA    54   10   18   28  134
1968-69   Cleveland Barons            AHL    69    6   16   22   32   5   1   1   2  14
1969-70   Montreal Voyageurs          AHL    65    5   13   18  124   8   1   3   4  24
1970-71*  Montreal Canadiens          NHL    51    0    3    3   50  13   0   1   1  10
1971-72   Montreal Canadiens          NHL    60    3    5    8   39   1   0   0   0   0
1972-73*  Montreal Canadiens          NHL    41    0    7    7   69  17   1   3   4  13
1973-74   Montreal Canadiens          NHL    60    1   14   15   25   6   0   2   2   4
1974-75   Montreal Canadiens          NHL    79    3    9   12   65  10   0   2   2  10
1975-76*  Montreal Canadiens          NHL    66    1   11   12   50  13   2   0   2   8
1976-77*  Montreal Canadiens          NHL    73    4   11   15   52   6   0   1   1   6
1977-78*  Montreal Canadiens          NHL    59    4    6   10   29  10   0   1   1   5
1978-79   Washington Capitals         NHL     1    0    0    0    0  --  --  --  --  --
1979-80   Washington Capitals         NHL    54    5    9   14   16  --  --  --  --  --
1980-81   Washington Capitals         NHL    50    3    7   10   28  --  --  --  --  --
1981-82   Hershey Bears               AHL    62    2   10   12   26   5   0   0   0   6
1981-82   Washington Capitals         NHL     1    0    0    0   10  --  --  --  --  --
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          NHL totals                        595   24   82  106  433  76   3  10  13  56
  • *Won the Stanley Cup.

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