Captain Bouchard passes away

Posted on 14th April 2012 by hockeymedia in The Want List,Tribute | Tags:

NHLStanley Cup champion and Hockey Hall of Fame honoured member Émile Bouchard has passed away. The former Montréal Canadiens captain passed away on 14 April 2012 at age 92.

Bouchard was a four-time Stanley Cup champion, winning NHL playoff titles with the Canadiens in 1944, 1946, 1955 and 1956. He served as Canadiens captain from 1948-49 to 1955-56, at the time one of the longest serving captains in franchise history.

Bouchard was also a three-time NHL First Team All-Star in the 1940s (as well as a NHL Second Team All-Star once. He became an honoured member of The Hockey Hall of Fame in 1966. In 2009 during the Canadiens Centennial Celebrations, he was named the franchise’s all-time toughest defenceman.

Born on Sep. 4, 1919, Bouchard joined the NHL ranks in 1941-42. The first Bouchard collectible photos were issued shortly thereafter, such as Bee Hive, Parade Sportive and Quaker. His collectible “rookie card” was only issued 10 years later in the inaugural 1951-52 Parkies hockey card set. The last Bouchard (player) card was issued in the 1955-56 Parkies set.

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