Joel Bouchard (D)
DRAFTED: Originally selected by the Calgary Flames in the 6th round, 129th overall, in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. ACQUIRED: Signed to a 25-game Professional Tryout Contract (P.T.O.) by the Hamilton Bulldogs on October 24, 2007. 2006-2007 HIGHLIGHTS: Missed the majority of the season due to injury, collecting three assists in only four games with Bridgeport in the AHL. CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: In 2005-06, led New York (Islanders) with a plus-5 rating and was second on the team with an average ice time of 21:56 per game. In that same season, was a nominee for the NHL’s Bill Masterton Trophy ... With New York (Rangers) and Pittsburgh in 2002-03, recorded NHL career-highs in goals (5) and plus/minus (+6) ... Posted AHL career-highs in goals (9) and led all defencemen on Albany in goals, assists (22), points (31) and games played (70) in 2001-02 ... In 1998-99 with Nashville, recorded NHL career-highs in assists (11), points (15) and penalty minutes (60) ... Registered an assist and two penalty minutes in 11 games and won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 1997 World Championships ... Appeared in an NHL career-high 76 games with Calgary in 1996-97 ... Posted first-career NHL assist with Calgary on Dec. 5/96 vs. New Jersey ... Tallied first-career NHL goal and point with Calgary on Oct. 14/96 vs. New York (Rangers) against goaltender Mike Richter ... Recorded AHL career-highs in points (33) and penalty minutes (104) and led all Saint John Flames defencemen in assists (25), points, and games played (74) in 1994-95 ... Represented the Saint John Flames at the 1996 AHL All-Star game in Hershey ... Played in first-career NHL game with Calgary on Feb. 13/95 vs. St Louis ... Represented the Saint John Flames at the 1995 AHL All-Star game in Providence ... In 1994-95, tied for 4th among AHL rookies with 31 points and appeared in an AHL career-high 77 games played with the Saint John Flames ... Won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 1993-94 World Junior Championships, collecting one assist and 10 penalty minutes in seven games ... In 1993-94, named a CHL Third Team All-Star and a QMJHL First Team All-Star with Verdun College-Francais ... Led all Verdun College-Francais defencemen in goals (15), assists (55) and points (70) in 1993-94 ... Appeared in seven games and won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 1992-93 World Junior Championships ... Won the QMJHL Championship (Presidents Cup) in 1991-92 with Verdun College-Francais.