Thursday, April 19, 2012

Passing: Butch Bouchard (Globe and Mail-Canadian Press/Montreal Gazette)

From The Globe and Mail: Emile (Butch) Bouchard, a long time Montreal Canadiens captain and four-time Stanley Cup winner, died on April 14, 2012. He was 92. Friend and sports analyst Ron Fournier says Bouchard was surrounded by his family when he died. The defenceman scored 49 goals in 785 games during his 15-year NHL career, captaining the Habs for eight seasons before retiring in 1956. The Canadiens won the Stanley Cup four times while Bouchard was with the team, twice while he was captain. “He was one of the great captains in the history of the Canadiens,” Rejean Houle, the Habs alumni president, who played with the Canadiens in the 1970s and 80s, said in an interview Saturday. “It was a period where the team really became a dynasty.” Dave Stubbs on Butch Bouchard: Red Fisher remembers Butch Bouchard: