CJHL: Thomas Boucher named first star in the country

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick – Edmundston Blizzard goaltender Thomas Boucher achieved a feat that no player on the team had done before: being named the country’s star player of the month.

The Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) announced its three stars of the month for November and Boucher’s name is the one that caught the most attention among more than 2,500 players in the country.

Joining Edmundston early last month, the 20-year-old Lévis, Que., made an immediate impact with his new club by winning each of his eight starts in November for the Blizzard. Along with the solid 8-0-0-0 record, Boucher boasted a 1.99 goals-against average, along with a save percentage of .934.

In all, he only allowed two, or fewer, pucks to get past him six times during the period, including posting his first Maritime Hockey League shutout back on Nov. Nov. 17, with a sharp 39-save road performance versus the Fredericton Red Wings.

To date, Boucher is now 9-0-0-0 in MHL play and tops all league goaltenders there in average and save mark at 1.88 and .935 respectively.

The other two CJHL Stars of the Month for November went to defenseman Romain Rodzinski (2nd), of the Terrebonne Cobras of the Quebec Junior AAA Hockey League, who had six goals and 13 assists in seven games during the month and forward Nicolas Pigeon (3rd) of the Timmins Rock of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League, who had five goals and 15 assists in 10 games.

Forward Olivier Coulombe, who had 16 goals and 7 assists in 11 games for the Blizzard, would certainly have deserved a star during this Canadian selection.

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Thomas Boucher is perfect in nine starts for the Blizzard this season. (Photo archives Percy Picard)

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Contact: Hugues Chiasson, vice-president communications – The Edmundston Blizzard; (506) 740-0623 – cell phone, with excerpts from the Canadian Junior Hockey League