Brian Boucher is the type of person who fits into the Philadelphia Flyers‘ plans. As a matter of fact, he’s been the right guy four different times in his career. The affable veteran joked about that earlier this season when he signed with the team as an unrestricted free agent shortly before the start of the new season.
After appearing in six games for the American Hockey League’s Adirondack Phantoms, “Boosh” is back.
This 36-year-old was the Flyers’ first round draft choice in 1995. Boucher first joined the National Hockey League in 1999-00. He enjoyed a terrific rookie season, appeared in 35 games and led his team to the Eastern Conference Finals against the New Jersey Devils.
One highlight in that series involved his fabulous spin-o-rama save to stop a puck. However, a happy ending eluded the young netminder and his ice mates, as they surrendered a 3-1 series lead to their divisional foe. Oh yeah, the Devils also defeated the Dallas Stars to win the Stanley Cup as well.
The Rhode Island native was later traded to the Phoenix Coyotes in June 2002. He played for a variety of teams, including the Flyers’ organization on two other occasions (which included their Stanley Cup year in 2010) and spent last season with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Fast-forwarding to the present, an upper body injury to Michael Leighton (who has his own reunion story that could be told in another digital space) has opened the orange curtain for Boucher to wear that familiar crest one more time.
Due to Philadelphia’s approaching six-game road trip, it’s nearly certain that number 33 will be seen between the pipes early this week. It’s fitting that a loyal team guy should get one more chance to play for his iced alma matter again. A home start, at some point, would also be nice.