#35: Emile Bouchard
Emile (Butch) Bouchard was a defenceman who helped turn the Montreal Canadiens around from a team on the brink of folding to a powerhouse Stanley Cup team.
In 1940, the Habs were one of the worst teams in the league. Attendance was down, and the team was in danger of folding. However, thanks to the contributions of players like Bouchard, Montreal’s problems would soon turn around
Bouchard started with the Habs in the 1941-42 season. Despite playing in 44 games, Bouchard didn’t score his first NHL goal until the playoffs that year. In total, he played 785 games with the Habs, scoring 49 goals in his career.
But it was for his defensive play that Bouchard was most well-known. In 1944, the Canadiens won their first Stanley Cup in 13 years, thanks in large part to the defensive contributions of Bouchard.
In 1948, Bouchard became captain of the Canadiens, a role he held until he retired from the team in 1956.
He was elected to the hall of fame in 1966.
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