Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Philippe Boucher has announced his retirement. Boucher released a statement this afternoon via his agent.
Boucher, 36, played 17 NHL seasons after being a 1st round pick by the Buffalo Sabres in 1991.
Boucher did not receive much interest this off-season but did consider a return to Pittsburgh. The Penguins offered Boucher a one year deal that was significantly less than his $2.5 million salary from 2008-2009.
Pittsburgh wanted Boucher back to play the role of a 7th defenseman and to be a mentor to the Penguins young defensemen. Boucher became a close mentor to Kris Letang last season and was well liked in the locker room.
Boucher recorded 94 goals, 206 assists for 300 points in his NHL career.
Boucher on going out on top
“I have always admired athletes that have retired as champions and I am humbled to have the chance to count myself among them,” said Boucher. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank my teammates, my coaches and the organizations I played with over the years. I am going to miss being with the boys.”