Georges Boucher aka Buck Boucher was among the very best defencemen of the NHL’s first decade and a half. Where does he rank all time?
- NHL: 1917-32; 15 seasons, 14 quality (by DPS)
- 117G (13th All Time at his retirement), 87A (9th) for 204P (10th) in 449 games (2nd); 77.4 PS (3rd)
- Of the 16 players to play in at least 300 games by 1932, Boucher was
- 11th All Time in GPG,
- 9th in APG and
- 10th in PPG at his retirement
- At his retirement, Boucher was 1st All Time in Defensive Point Shares
- 82-game average: 21G, 16A for 37P
- 3-year peak (1925-28): 44-game average of 9G, 5A for 13P
- No possession stats
- Playoffs: 5G, 3A for 8P in 28 games
- Adjusted: 188G, 434A for 622P
- Adjusted 82-game average: 34G, 79A for 114P
- Traded near the end of his career for Joe Lamb.
- Waived in his final season.
- 2 seasons, both quality by PPG
- 19G, 6A (possibly as high as 25th All Time) for 25P in 37 games [part of this was as a forward]
- Boucher is possibly as high ast 21st All Time in APG
- 20-game average: 10G, 3A for 14P.
- Best Player (by PS) twice (’23, ’24), Top 5 four times (’20, ’21), Top 10 eight times (’19, ’22, ’25, ’26)
- Best Defensive Player (by DPS) three times (’20, ’26, ‘28), Top 5 eight times (’19, ’21, ’22, ’23, ’24), Top 10 ten times (’25, ’27)
- Set the single season record for DPS in 1919-20 and again in 1925-26
- Top 5 Offensive Player (by OPS) once (’24), Top 10 three times (’22, ’23)
- Scored 15 goals once (1 of only 7 D to do so at his retirement)
- Top 10 in Goals twice
- Top 10 in GPG twice
- Led the league in Assists once, Top 5 twice, Top 10 seven times
- Led the league in APG once, Top 10 three times
- Top 5 in Points once, Top 10 thrice
- Led the league in PPG once, Top 10 three times.
- NHA: No offensive accomplishments.
Great Teams (For most of Boucher’s career, the Cup was contended by varying leagues)
- Best D (by points -possibly best skater) on one NHL Stanley Cup Champion (‘21 Senators)
- Best D (by points) on one NHL Runner Up (’24 Senators),
- Best D? (by points) on one NHL Stanley Cup Champion (’23 Senators) – led D in scoring in the NHL playoffs but didn’t score a goal in the Stanley Cup finals and there is no information about assists
- Top 2? D on one NHL Runner Up (’22 Senators) – no scoring by D in NHL playoffs
- Top 2 D (by points) on one NHL Stanley Cup Champion (‘27 Senators) – King Clancy had points, Boucher didn’t
- Top 2 D (by points) on one NHL Runner Up (’26 Senators) – only one player scored a point for Ottawa and it was King Clancy
- Top 4 D (by points) on one NHL Runner Up (’19 Senators) and one Final Four (’30 Maroons)
- Unknown role on one NHA Runner Up (‘17 Senators)