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Philippe Bozon

Born: November 30, 1966 in Chamonix, France The name Bozon is synonymous with French hockey. Father Alain was the first family member to represent the French national team on the ice. Son Philippe followed in his fathers footsteps and soon became the best-known hockey player in French history. During his long and illustrious career with the French national team, Philippe participated in four Olympic tournaments and another 12 IIHF World Championships, where he averaged just over one point per game. Focused on a professional career, Bozon left France at a young age and played for three seasons for the St. Jean Beavers in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and in the 90s, Bozon broke down a major barrier, when he became the first Frenchman to play in the NHL. He played 163 games with St. Louis from 1992-95. In the French League, Bozon was named the best player in 1989 and the rookie of the year in 1984. He won three French Championships in 1984, 1988 and 1991 and then moved onto Germany, where he won another three titles in one of Europes premiere leagues with Adler Mannheim from 1996-99. Bozon ended his 22-year career in 2006 and is now a youth hockey coach with Switzerlands Geneva Servette.

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