|Date of birth||23rd January 1973|
|place of birth||Montréal , Québec , Canada|
|NHL Entry Draft||
1992 , 6th lap, 129th position
|1990-1991||Collège Français de Longueuil|
|1991-1994||Collège Français de Verdun|
|1994-1996||Saint John Flames|
|2001-2002||Albany River Rats|
|2002-2003||New York Rangers|
|2003-2004||New York Rangers|
|2005||Hartford Wolf Pack|
|2005-2006||New York Islanders|
|2006-2007||Bridgeport Sound Tigers|
|2008-2009||Hudson Valley Bears|
Joël Bouchard (born January 23, 1973 in Montréal , Québec ) is a former Canadian ice hockey player and current coach and official who played 364 games for the Calgary Flames , Nashville Predators , Dallas Stars , Phoenix Coyotes , New Jersey Devils , New York Rangers , Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders played in the National Hockey League on the position of defender . In the course of his playing career, Bouchard became world champion with the Canadian national team in 1997 . In addition, he won the age group world title twice with the Canadian U20 selection . Bouchard has been head coach of the Rocket de Laval from the American Hockey League since May 2018 .
Bouchard played during his junior years between 1990 and 1994 for the Collège Français de Longueuil and after the resettlement in the summer of 1991, the Collège Français de Verdun in the Ligue de hockey junior majeur du Québec . With the team he won the Coupe du Président in 1992 and was selected in the same year in the sixth round of the 1992 NHL Entry Draft in 129th place by the Calgary Flames .
With the beginning of the 1994/95 season , the French-Canadian was mainly active for the Flames' farm team , the Saint John Flames from the American Hockey League , for the following two seasons . During this time he also came scantily to appearances in the National Hockey League . It was only with the start of the 1996/97 game year that Bouchard gained a regular place in the NHL squad. Due to the NHL expansion draft in 1998 , where he founded the new franchise of the Nashville Predators is selected, the defender left Calgary and stood up to March 2000, the team from the state of Tennessee on the ice. Via the waiver list, he got to the Dallas Stars for the remainder of the 1999/2000 season . He played two games for the stars before finally joining the Phoenix Coyotes as a free agent - his expiring contract had not been extended by the stars . There he spent the season in both the NHL and the Grand Rapids Griffins in the International Hockey League .
After a year in the organization of the Coyotes, Bouchard ended up with the New Jersey Devils , who, with the exception of one game, used him exclusively in the AHL at the Albany River Rats . In August 2002 he moved to the other side of the Hudson River and ran for the New York Rangers and their farm team, the Hartford Wolf Pack . In one of the largest transfer deals of the new millennium, he moved to the Pittsburgh Penguins in February 2003 together with Richard Lintner , Rico Fata and Mikael Samuelsson , who received Mike Wilson , Alexei Kowaljow , Janne Laukkanen and Dan LaCouture in return . With the Penguins, Bouchard brought the season to an end, then joined the Buffalo Sabers as a free agent and was brought back by the New York Rangers via the Waiver Draft without playing a game for the team before the start of the season. However, it was only used sporadically there.
For much of the 2004/05 season - also due to the lockout in the NHL - the defender paused and only signed a contract with Hartford Wolf Pack in the AHL in March 2005. For the 2005/06 season he moved to the New York Islanders . Due to injuries, he was mainly active for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers farm team until the summer of 2007 . As a result, he played another season for the Hamilton Bulldogs in the AHL and the Hudson Valley Bears in the Eastern Professional Hockey League before he ended his active career.
After the end of his active career, Bouchard pursued a career as a coach and functionary. From summer 2008 he worked for three years as an assistant coach at the Club de hockey junior de Montréal in LHJMQ. Under his leadership, Bouchard bought the franchise with former NHL players Daniel Brière , Ian Laperrière and Jean-Sébastien Giguère and relocated it to Boisbriand . From then on it plays there as Armada de Blainville-Boisbriand . Bouchard has since served as the team's president and general manager . Since summer 2014, he has also held the post of head coach. For his work, at the end of the 2011/12 and 2016/17 seasons he was awarded the Trophée Maurice Filion as the best general manager of the league and in the 2014/15 and 2017/18 season with the Trophée Ron Lapointe as the league's best coach.
After seven years in Boisbriand, Bouchard was introduced in May 2018 as the new head coach of the Rocket de Laval from the American Hockey League.
Bouchard represented his home country at the Junior World Championships in 1993 and 1994 , where he won the gold medal. For the men's selection , he completed his only international tournament - the 1997 World Cup in Finland - also by winning the world championship.
Achievements and Awards
- 1993 gold medal at the Junior World Championship
- 1994 gold medal at the Junior World Championship
- 1997 gold medal at the world championship
|1990/91||Collège Français de Longueuil||LHJMQ||53||3||19th||22nd||34||8th||1||0||1||11|
|1991/92||Collège Français de Verdun||LHJMQ||70||9||37||46||55||19th||1||7th||8th||20th|
|1992||Collège Français de Verdun||Memorial Cup||2||0||0||0||0|
|1992/93||Collège Français de Verdun||LHJMQ||60||10||49||59||126||4th||0||2||2||4th|
|1993/94||Collège Français de Verdun||LHJMQ||60||15th||55||70||62||4th||1||0||1||6th|
|1993/94||Saint John Flames||AHL||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||0|
|1994/95||Saint John Flames||AHL||77||6th||25th||31||63||5||1||0||1||4th|
|1995/96||Saint John Flames||AHL||74||8th||25th||33||104||16||1||4th||5||10|
|1997/98||Saint John Flames||AHL||3||2||1||3||6th||-||-||-||-||-|
|2000/01||Grand Rapids Griffins||IHL||19th||3||9||12||8th||-||-||-||-||-|
|2001/02||Albany River Rats||AHL||70||9||22nd||31||28||-||-||-||-||-|
|2001/02||New Jersey Devils||NHL||1||0||1||1||0||-||-||-||-||-|
|2002/03||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||22nd||6th||14th||20th||22nd||-||-||-||-||-|
|2002/03||New York Rangers||NHL||27||5||7th||12||14th||-||-||-||-||-|
|2003/04||New York Rangers||NHL||28||1||7th||8th||10||-||-||-||-||-|
|2004/05||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||7th||1||3||4th||6th||6th||0||2||2||20th|
|2005/06||Bridgeport Sound Tigers||AHL||15th||4th||9||13||10||-||-||-||-||-|
|2005/06||New York Islanders||NHL||25th||1||8th||9||23||-||-||-||-||-|
|2006/07||Bridgeport Sound Tigers||AHL||4th||0||3||3||0||-||-||-||-||-|
|2008/09||Hudson Valley Bears||EPHL||7th||1||0||1||21st||-||-||-||-||-|
Represented Canada to:
|1993||Canada||June World Cup||7th||0||0||0||0|
|1994||Canada||June World Cup||7th||0||1||1||10|
( Legend for player statistics: Sp or GP = games played; T or G = goals scored; V or A = assists scored ; Pkt or Pts = scorer points scored ; SM or PIM = penalty minutes received ; +/− = plus / minus balance; PP = overpaid goals scored ; SH = underpaid goals scored ; GW = winning goals scored; 1 play-downs / relegation )
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Bouchard, Joel|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Canadian ice hockey player, coach and official|
|DATE OF BIRTH||23rd January 1973|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Montréal , Québec, Canada|