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Philippe Boucher retires from the NHL

Per TSN:

The veteran of 17 NHL seasons announced his retirement on Thursday, and ended a career that began when he was a first-round pick of the Buffalo Sabres (13th overall) in 1991.

"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."

"I would also like to recognize the best fans in all of sports.  I never took for granted what a privilege it is to play this game and how important the fans are," added Boucher.

After 17 seasons and one Stanley Cup Championship, Boucher is hanging up his skates. He spent six seasons in Dallas, helping solidify a solid defensive group for many years and his veteran leadership was crucial in the development of the Stars' young defensemen. He was dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins last fall in the deal that brought Darryl Sydor back to the Stars, after injuries sidelined him several times to start the season.

The best season of his career came with the Stars, when he scored 19 goals and 32 assists in 2006-07.

While he didn't get to do it with a Stars jersey on his back, it was great to see the big man finally raise the Stanley Cup over his head a few months ago. Of all the former Stars that are scattered throughout the NHL, there was none that I rooted for harder than Boucher.