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Pierre-Marc Bouchard
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Born April 27, 1984 (1984-04-27) (age 35)
Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 173 lb (78 kg; 12 st 5 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NLA team
Former teams
EV Zug
Minnesota Wild
New York Islanders
National team Flag of Canada.svg Canada
NHL Draft 8th overall, 2002
Minnesota Wild
Playing career 2002–present

Pierre-Marc Bouchard (born on April 27, 1984) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player who last played for EV Zug of the National League A (NLA).

He played his junior hockey with the Chicoutimi Saguenéens in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Pierre was selected eighth overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing CareerEdit

Pierre-Marc appeared in professional play for the first time in the 2002–03 NHL season in which he posted 7 goals and 13 assists for a total of 20 points in 50 games for the Minnesota Wild, which has been regarded as decent by NHL standards.

During the 2004-05 NHL lockout, he played for the Wild's minor league team, the Houston Aeros.

Within this time period, Pierre-Marc vastly improved his game. This was proved in the 2005–2006 season while he posted 17 goals and 42 assists for a total of 59 points in 80 games.

On July 25, 2008, he signed a five-year, $20.4 million deal with the Minnesota Wild.

After suffering a hit to the head late in the 2008-09 season, Pierre-Marc missed the rest of that season and all but the season opener of the 2009-10 season with post-concussion syndrome.

On December 1, 2010, he resumed play in a game against the Phoenix Coyotes after a 13-month absence, having missed 112 games.

He scored a goal in his second game back, a loss to the Calgary Flames by a score of 3-2 in a shootout.

On July 5, 2013, Pierre-Marc signed a one-year, $2.0 million deal with the New York Islanders.

On February 6, 2014, he was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks along with Peter Regin in exchange for a 2014 fourth-round draft pick and assigned to the Blackhawks' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate team, the Rockford IceHogs.

On July 8, 2014, Pierre-Marc signed a one-year contract with Swiss club, EV Zug of the Swiss NLA. The contract also included an NHL out clause if he could reach a deal with a club prior to July 15th.

In his debut season with Zug in 2014–15, his transition was seamless in producing as their top line centre with 51 points in 49 games.

On December 23, 2014, Pierre-Marc was signed to a two-year contract extension with Zug. Team captains and coaches of the NLA teams voted him MVP of the 2015-16 regular season.

On March 18, 2016, he announced his retirement from professional hockey after having played 2 years in the NLA and missed more than a year with concussions during his career. According to Marc-Pierre, he said that he did not want to risk any further health issues.

Playing StyleEdit

Pierre-Marc is regarded as a creative playmaker and strong team player who often attempts unorthodox techniques during play.

An example of one of these techniques was performed during an overtime shootout attempt in which he converted by utilizing a variation of a spin-o-rama against Chicago Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin.

Pierre-Marc repeated this move several years later, again against Khabibulin, though he did so during regulation play on a breakaway, rather than during an overtime shootout attempt.

He later credited the move to his younger brother Francois.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Chicoutimi Saguenéens QMJHL 67 38 57 95 20 6 5 8 13 0
2001–02 Chicoutimi Saguenéens QMJHL 69 46 94 140 54 4 2 3 5 4
2002–03 Minnesota Wild NHL 50 7 13 20 18 5 0 1 1 2
2003–04 Minnesota Wild NHL 61 4 18 22 22
2004–05 Houston Aeros AHL 67 12 42 54 46 5 0 1 1 0
2005–06 Minnesota Wild NHL 80 17 42 59 28
2006–07 Minnesota Wild NHL 82 20 37 57 14 5 1 1 2 0
2007–08 Minnesota Wild NHL 81 13 50 63 34 6 2 2 4 2
2008–09 Minnesota Wild NHL 71 16 30 46 20
2009–10 Minnesota Wild NHL 1 0 0 0 2
2010–11 Minnesota Wild NHL 59 12 26 38 14
2011–12 Minnesota Wild NHL 37 9 13 22 18
2012–13 Minnesota Wild NHL 43 8 12 20 8 5 1 1 2 0
2013–14 New York Islanders NHL 28 4 5 9 12
2013–14 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 20 6 11 17 4
2013–14 Rockford IceHogs AHL 24 3 17 20 10
2014–15 EV Zug NLA 49 17 34 51 16 6 3 2 5 0
NHL totals 593 110 246 356 190 21 4 5 9 4

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2001 Canada Quebec U17 5th 4 0 1 1 2
2002 Canada U18 6th 8 4 8 12 16
2003 Canada WJC Template:Sica 6 2 3 5 2
Junior totals 18 6 12 18 20

Awards & AchievementsEdit

  • 2001–02 CHL Player of the Year
  • 2003–04 NHL YoungStars Game
  • 2015-16 NLA MVP of the regular season
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