Brian Boucher was an average goaltender at best, but he provided some of the most exciting moments in Flyers history.
Boucher had three separate stints with the Flyers. During the first two, he cemented himself in Flyers and NHL history.
What sets Boucher apart from most Flyers, other than his big moments in 2000 and 2010, is own last name.
Similar to when Michal Handzus would handle the puck, the Philadelphia fans would raise their voices and yell “Booooooooooooosh” every time Boucher made a save.
Brian Boucher came into the spotlight during the 2000 playoffs. He had taken the reins from veteran John Vanbiesbrouck and led the Flyers to within one win of the Stanley Cup Final. Boucher’s sprawling glove save raise eyebrows and dropped jaws across the league.
Two years after the 2000 playoff run, Boucher was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes for Handzus and Robert Esche. Roman Cechmanek had a stranglehold on the starting goaltender job, which forced Boucher to the backup role. Boucher would set the modern NHL record for longest shutout streak – 332 minutes and one second – with the Coyotes, a record he continues to hold.
Boucher bounced around with several teams until he returned to Philadelphia in 2009 to backup Ray Emery.
The 2009-10 goalie carousel began after Emery went down with a hip injury. Boucher gained the starting job, but a hand injury forced him off the ice and Michael Leighton stepped between the pipes. When Leighton went down with an injury, Boucher was thrusted back into the starting role during the thick of a playoff race. After 13 games, the Flyers last chance for a playoff berth came down to a shootout in the final game of the season against the New York Rangers.
Boucher would split time with future Vezina Trophy-winner Sergei Bobrovsky the next season, but the Flyers decided to not renew Boucher’s contract.
Boucher spent six years with the Flyers, posting a 73-68-19 record with a .904 save percentage and a 2.50 goals against average in 174 games. Boucher’s statistics may do not jump off the page, but he is responsible for several big moments in Flyers history. Boucher attended Game 6 of the 2010 Eastern Conference Semifinal against the Boston Bruins and fans gave him the respect he deserved.