|Born||August 19, 1896|
Ottawa, ON, CAN
|Died||October 17, 1960(aged 64)|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||169 lb (77 kg; 12 st 1 lb)|
|Played for||Ottawa Senators |
Chicago Black Hawks
|Hall of Fame, 1960|
John Georges "Buck" Boucher (August 19, 1896 – October 17, 1960) was a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who played for the Ottawa Senators, Montreal Maroons, and Chicago Black Hawks in the National Hockey League. Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Buck was one of six brothers. His brothers Frank, Bobby and Billy all played in the NHL. Their father Tom Boucher, played rugby football, winning the Canadian championship in 1894, 1896, 1897 and 1901. Boucher started his professional athletic career in football as halfback for the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League. After three years of football he switched to hockey.
Georges was one of six sons born to Tom Boucher and Annie Carroll. His paternal grandfather, Antoine Boucher was French while his other grand-parents were Irish in descent. His brothers Billy, Bob and Frank would also become professional ice hockey players. There were two other brothers, Carroll and Joseph, and two sisters, Irene and Lily. Their father played rugby football, winning the Canadian championship in 1894, 1896, 1897 and 1901.
He played as an amateur with the Ottawa Aberdeens and the New Edinburghs and Royal Canadians of the Ottawa City Hockey League teams. He started play with the Senators, then of the NHA, in 1915. At the time, he played as a forward.
Boucher would soon switch to play as a defenceman where he would gain fame as an excellent stick handler. He would play with stars such as Eddie Gerard, Horrace Merrill, Sprague Cleghorn, Lionel Hitchman and King Clancy.
Boucher helped lead the Senators to four Stanley Cups between 1920 and 1927. He played in the NHL from 1917 to 1932, scoring 117 goals and 87 recorded assists in 449 games. An extremely tough customer, he also had 838 penalty minutes, including 115 in just 44 games in 1926–27. At his retirement in 1932 he ranked 11th among NHL career points leaders.
He would go on to coach in the NHL in Ottawa, Boston, St. Louis and Chicago. He would coach the Ottawa Senators of the Quebec Hockey League to the Allan Cup in 1949.
He suffered from throat cancer for six years and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1960, just three weeks before he died.
|1914–15||Ottawa New Edinburghs||OCHL||15||12||0||12|
|1914–15||Ottawa Royal Canadians||OCHL||4||6||0||6|
|1931–32||Chicago Black Hawks||NHL||43||1||5||6||50||2||0||1||1||0|
- *Stanley Cup championship season
OCHL refers to Ottawa City Hockey League.
- Globe and Mail. Toronto. October 16, 1960.
- Georges Boucher's biography at Legends of Hockey
- Georges Boucher's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Georges Boucher at Find a Grave
|Head Coach of the Ottawa Senators (Original Era)
Franchise relocates to become St. Louis Eagles
|Ottawa Senators captain
|Head coach of the Montreal Maroons
|Head coach of the Boston Bruins