Thursday, July 13, 2006

Bouchard inks two-year pact with Fury

Muskegon Fury right wing Robin Bouchard has signed a two-year deal to stay in Muskegon through the 2007-2008 season.

The UHL's all-time leading goal scorer, Bouchard scored 59 goals last year among 116 points. This fall will start his 11th season with the Fury. The 32-year-old ranks at or near the top in virtually every major offensive category in UHL history. His 490 goals, 202 power-play goals and 70 game-winners all rank No. 1. His 483 assists, 973 points and 732 games all rank him as third best in those three categories while his 1,730 penalty minutes are fourth-best.

A year-round resident of the Lakeshore community, Bouchard is both excited and determined as he eagerly gets ready for the new Fury season.

"I'm very excited to be coming back for two more years," he said. "Last season ended with a somewhat bitter taste in my mouth from not having the opportunity to win another championship for Muskegon and all of our tremendous fans. The goal this year is to get back on that winning track and bring the championship home, again.

"The records are fine, but they are over and done with. We have more important matters at hand and that’s the championship. In the past season, our team did amazingly well, especially considering the many injuries that we suffered through. Now we are getting set for the new season and it’s great to be a part of it again. It sure would be nice to finish my career with more championships attached to the Fury name."

Muskegon head coach Todd Nelson is also thrilled to have his top sniper back.

"We’re really excited to have Robin back in the fold for the next two years," said Nelson. "He's a player who is a proven winner and the type of player that you just cannot find everyday. Great goal-scorers are quite hard to find and we feel fortunate to have one of the best ones ever. It goes without saying that Robin is a most important part of our team and of our great community. He is an essential member of our top core players who we want to bring back in our bid to win another championship."

As far as his complete 12-year pro career is concerned, Bouchard will broach the next new season needing only four more points for career 1,100. His all-time pro career numbers read 547 goals, 549 points and 1,096 points in 837 games.

Bouchard also absolutely dominates the UHL’s Colonial Cup playoffs’ record book, holding seven career marks. He is No. 1 all-time in most playoff games played (128), most goals (71), most GWG (15), most PPG (28), most shots on goal (471), most playoffs participated in (11) and most Colonial Cups (5 - four with Muskegon, one with the Flint Generals). His Fury career playoff numbers stand at 63-63--126 in 113 games, 287 PIMs, 25 PPG and 15 GWG.


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