Boucher returning to Phantoms

The Philadelphia Phantoms have signed goaltender Brian Boucher to an American Hockey League contract.

“Brian is a good goalie who will add depth to the organization and solidify our goaltending situation,” said Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren in making the announcement.

Boucher spent his first two professional seasons (1997-99) with the Phantoms, and was a member of their 1998 Calder Cup championship team. In 77 career AHL games with Philadelphia and San Antonio, Boucher has compiled a record of 38-23-9 with a 2.76 goals-against average and two shutouts. He also played in the AHL All-Star Classic in 1998.

Last season, the native of Woonsocket, R.I., appeared in 18 NHL games for Chicago and Columbus, going 2-11-3 with a 3.34 GAA. Over seven NHL seasons, Boucher has a record of 77-96-33 with 13 shutouts in 220 appearances. He was named to the 2000 NHL All-Rookie Team after leading the league with a 1.91 GAA, and in 2003-04 he set an NHL record by posting five consecutive shutouts.

Boucher was originally drafted by the Flyers in the first round (22nd overall) of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.