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Flyers goalie Boucher signs in Switzerland

Jul 13, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

Brian Boucher AP

Brian Boucher’s professional career will continue, just not in North America.

Nicola Berger of Neue Luzerner Zeitung in Switzerland reports the 36 year-old goalie has signed with EV Zug in the Swiss National League. Boucher reportedly got the nod over former Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro for the job.

Last season, Boucher played four games with the Philadelphia Flyers but also played 16 more with the AHL’s Adirondack Phantoms.

A 13-year NHL veteran, Boucher has had his share of ups and downs after starting his career in Philly back in the 1999-2000 season.

He saw his ability to play threatened two seasons ago with Carolina when he suffered a serious groin injury. Now he’ll join fellow Americans and former NHLers Rob Schremp and Andrew Hutchinson in Switzerland.

  1. chazxcore - Jul 13, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Wow, Switzerland doesn’t even want DiPietro…

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 13, 2013 at 5:30 PM

      Well, I heard RDP was insisting on a 24 year contract.

  2. President Charles Logan - Jul 13, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    this guy has more lives then a cat!

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 13, 2013 at 5:39 PM

      And he’ll probably have his modern NHL record of 5 straight shutouts long after he hangs up his skates.

  3. hockeyflow33 - Jul 13, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    First Kovalchuk, now Boucher. When will this European exodus end?

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 13, 2013 at 11:13 PM

      When the KHL TV channel hires Don Cherry as an analyst. They definitely will never want anyone else who has even visited N.America. :-)

      • hockeyflow33 - Jul 14, 2013 at 1:29 AM

        Maybe I’m in the minority but I love watching Don Cherry’s segments. I try and watch them all online during the season

  4. jimw81 - Jul 13, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Boosh is a nice guy, good for him. it’s amazing how he went from tv studio anaylast for flyers to playing hockey in Europe in two weeks.

  5. icelovinbrotha215 - Jul 13, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSSSHHHHH!!!!!

  6. matthewmacisaac - Jul 14, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    Nice guy, but too streaky as a goalie, most of the streaks being bad. Good-bye and good luck.

  7. jkaflagg - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    I don’t care where he is or what he’s doing….sometime next season we will see the headline, “Flyers Bring Back Boucher”……

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