Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dan Bouchard
A member of the Sorel Black Hawks in 1968-69, Dan Bouchard guided his team to the 1969 Memorial Cup tournament before playing one season with the London Knights of the OHA-Jr league. After a two-year stint in the AHL where he was an AHL First Team All-Star with the Boston Braves and a one game stint in the CHL with the Oklahoma City Blazers, Bouchard was claimed by the fledgling Atlanta Flames where, after enduring the growth pains of expansion, he consistently won more games than he lost, year in and year out.

Bouchard credits his longevity, which consisted of 14 NHL seasons, to some useful advice given by Frank Mahovlich. In Bouchard's first-ever NHL start, the Big M popped a slapper past the rookie netminder and while cruising past the net said, "One of many, kid. One of many!" Thanks to Big Frank, Bouchard learned to live with conceding goals while coveting victories.

By 1981, Bouchard was traded to the Quebec Nordiques where he savoured many more wins in the company of a talent-laden squad that set new battle lines across the province of Quebec. The Montreal Canadiens had a serious rival on their hands and Dan Bouchard was there to glove most of the bullets.

Bouchard concluded his NHL career in 1986 with the Winnipeg Jets. From there, he played for three weeks in Switzerland before a serious knee injury put him on the shelf for good. After packing away his pads, Bouchard served as a goaltending coach for the Nordiques.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1968-69 Sorel Black Hawks MMJHL
1968-69 Sorel Black Hawks M-Cup 19 14 5 0 1 3.42
1969-70 London Knights OHA-Jr. 41 2 3.89 12 4 5 3 0 4.05
1970-71 Hershey Bears AHL 36 12 16 2 1 3.13
1971-72 Boston Braves AHL 50 27 13 7 4 2.51 6 2 3 0 0 2.70
1971-72 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 1 1 0 0 0 3.00
1972-73 Atlanta Flames NHL 34 9 15 10 2 3.09
1973-74 Atlanta Flames NHL 46 19 18 8 5 2.77 1 0 1 0 4.00
1974-75 Atlanta Flames NHL 40 20 15 5 3 2.78
1975-76 Atlanta Flames NHL 47 19 17 8 2 2.54 2 0 2 0 1.50
1976-77 Atlanta Flames NHL 42 17 17 5 1 3.51 1 0 1 0 5.00
1977-78 Atlanta Flames NHL 58 25 12 19 2 2.75 2 0 2 0 3.50
1977-78 Canada WEC-A 6 2 4 0 0 4.19
1978-79 Atlanta Flames NHL 64 32 21 7 3 3.33 2 0 2 0 5.40
1979-80 Atlanta Flames NHL 53 23 19 10 2 3.18 4 1 3 0 3.49
1980-81 Calgary Flames NHL 14 4 5 3 0 4.03
1980-81 Quebec Nordiques NHL 29 19 5 5 2 3.17 5 2 3 1 3.99
1981-82 Quebec Nordiques NHL 60 27 22 11 1 3.86 11 4 7 0 3.37
1982-83 Quebec Nordiques NHL 50 20 21 8 1 4.01 4 1 3 0 2.73
1983-84 Quebec Nordiques NHL 57 29 18 8 1 3.20 9 5 4 0 2.76
1984-85 Quebec Nordiques NHL 29 12 13 4 0 3.49 1 0 1 0 7.00
1985-86 Winnipeg Jets NHL 32 11 14 2 2 3.79 1 0 1 0 7.50
1986-87 HC Fribourg-Gotteron Swiss 7 0 2.78
NHL Totals 655 286 232 113 27 3.26 43 13 30 1 3.46


AHL First All-Star Team (1972)
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award (AHL - fewest goals against) (1972) (shared with Ross Brooks)
Claimed by Atlanta from Boston in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1972. Transferred to Calgary after Atlanta franchise relocated, June 24, 1980. Traded to Quebec by Calgary for Jamie Hislop, January 30, 1981. Traded to Winnipeg by Quebec for Winnipeg's 7th round choice (Mark Vermette) in 1986 Entry Draft, October 14, 1985.