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Francis Bouillon

Francis Bouillon

American ice hockey player
Francis Bouillon
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro American ice hockey player
Is Athlete Ice hockey player
From United States of America
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 17 October 1975, New York City, USA
Age 45 years
Star sign Libra
Stats
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 200 lbs
Sports Teams
Nashville Predators
Montreal Canadiens
Leksands IF
HC Ambrì-Piotta
The details (from wikipedia)

Biography

Francis Joseph Bouillon (born October 17, 1975) is an American-Canadian former professional ice hockey defenseman who played 14 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Montreal Canadiens and Nashville Predators. He also played a season for HC Ambrì-Piotta in the National League A (NLA), the top-tier league in Switzerland. He is currently a Development Coach for the Montreal Canadiens.

Early life

Bouillon was born in New York City to a Haitian father and a French Canadian mother. Bouillon moved to Quebec City, Quebec with his mother when he was only 3 years old. He played Junior hockey in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with the Laval Titans and the Granby Predateurs. He was Granby's captain when they won the 1996 Memorial Cup.

Playing career

Francis made his professional debut the 1996–97 season in the ECHL with the Wheeling Nailers and played the following season in the IHL with the Quebec Rafales before he was signed as a free agent to an NHL contract by the Montreal Canadiens in 1998.

He played the next 11 seasons, the majority of his career (except for a short stint with the Predators in 2002–03) within the Canadiens organization. At 5'8" and 194 lbs, Bouillon is considered small for an NHL defenseman but is never one to shy away from physical play. According to Pierre Houde, he is one of the strongest players in the NHL, according to official physical tests.

On September 30, 2009, just prior to the 2009–10 season, Bouillon was signed to a one-year contract as a late inclusion to the Nashville Predators after joining the team on a tryout for training camp. In returning to the Predators after an initial four-game stint in 2002, Bouillon established himself within the Predators defense as a stay-at-home defenseman to appear in 81 games, missing only a single game, for 3 goals and 11 points. On June 18, 2010, he signed a two-year extension to remain with the Predators.

On July 1, 2012, Bouillon signed a one-year deal worth $1.5 million with the Montreal Canadiens. His play during that season earned him a one-year extension with the team. Following the 2013–14 season, the Canadiens declined to offer Bouillon a contract and on July 1, 2014, he became an unrestricted free agent. Bouillon attended the Canadiens' training camp for the 2014–15 season on a tryout, but was released by the team on October 6, 2014. On October 14, 2014, he signed with HC Ambrì-Piotta in the Swiss National League A.

He announced his retirement on September 25, 2015.

Personal life

Francis is separated from his wife Ginette with whom he has two sons, Michael and Anthony. Bouillon resides in Montreal with his girlfriend.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1992–93 Laval Titan QMJHL 46 0 7 7 45
1993–94 Laval Titan QMJHL 68 3 15 18 129
1994–95 Laval Titan Collège Français QMJHL 72 8 25 33 115 20 3 11 14 21
1995–96 Granby Predateurs QMJHL 68 11 35 46 156 21 2 12 14 30
1996–97 Wheeling Nailers ECHL 69 10 32 42 77 3 0 2 2 10
1997–98 Quebec Rafales IHL 71 8 27 35 76
1998–99 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 79 19 35 54 174 5 2 1 3 0
1999–00 Montreal Canadiens NHL 74 3 13 16 38
2000–01 Quebec Citadelles AHL 4 0 0 0 0
2000–01 Montreal Canadiens NHL 29 0 6 6 26
2001–02 Quebec Citadelles AHL 38 8 14 22 30
2001–02 Montreal Canadiens NHL 28 0 5 5 33
2002–03 Nashville Predators NHL 4 0 0 0 2
2002–03 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 29 1 12 13 31
2002–03 Montreal Canadiens NHL 20 3 1 4 2
2003–04 Montreal Canadiens NHL 73 2 16 18 70 11 0 0 0 7
2004–05 Leksands IF Allsv 21 6 12 18 34
2005–06 Montreal Canadiens NHL 67 3 19 22 34 6 1 2 3 10
2006–07 Montreal Canadiens NHL 62 3 11 14 52
2007–08 Montreal Canadiens NHL 74 2 6 8 61 7 1 2 3 4
2008–09 Montreal Canadiens NHL 54 5 4 9 53 1 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Nashville Predators NHL 81 3 8 11 50 6 0 0 0 6
2010–11 Nashville Predators NHL 44 1 9 10 27
2011–12 Nashville Predators NHL 66 4 7 11 33 10 0 3 3 2
2012–13 Montreal Canadiens NHL 48 1 8 9 21 5 0 0 0 17
2013–14 Montreal Canadiens NHL 52 2 4 6 34 9 2 0 2 4
2014–15 HC Ambrì-Piotta NLA 31 0 11 11 30
NHL totals 776 32 117 149 536 55 4 7 11 50

International

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2003 United States WC 13th 6 0 1 1 0
Senior totals 6 0 1 1 0
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 08 Apr 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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