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Francis Bouillon
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Born October 17, 1975 (1975-10-17) (age 41)
New York City, New York
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Montreal Canadiens
Nashville Predators
National team Flag of the United States.svg United States
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1996–present

Francis Bouillon (born Francis J. Bouillon on October 17, 1975) is an American professional hockey defenseman for the Montreal Canadiens in the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing CareerEdit

Francis made his professional debut the 1996–97 season in the ECHL with the Wheeling Nailers and played the following season in the IHL with the Quebec Rafales before he was signed as a free agent to an NHL contract by the Montreal Canadiens in 1998.

Francis played the next 11 seasons, the majority of his career (except for a short stint with the Predators in 2002–03) within the Canadiens organization.

At 5'8" and 201 lbs, he is considered small for an NHL defencemen but is never one to shy away from physical play. According to Pierre Houde, he is one of the strongest players in the NHL, according to official physical tests.

On September 30, 2009 (prior to the 2009–10 season), Francis was signed to a one-year contract as a late inclusion to the Nashville Predators after joining the team on a try-out for training camp.

In returning to the Predators after an initial four game stint in 2002, Francis established himself within the Predators defense as a stay-at-home defenceman to appear in 81 games, missing only a single game for 3 goals and 11 points.

On June 18, 2010, Francis signed a two-year extension to remain with the Predators.

On July 1, 2012, Francis signed a one-year deal worth 1.5 million with the Montreal Canadiens. He re-signed to a one-year contract extension on March 20, 2013.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1992–93Laval TitanQMJHL4607745
1993–94Laval TitanQMJHL6831518129
1994–95Laval Titan Collège FrançaisQMJHL7282533115203111421
1995–96Granby PredateursQMJHL68113546156212121430
1996–97Wheeling NailersECHL6910324277302210
1997–98Quebec RafalesIHL718273576
1998–99Fredericton CanadiensAHL7919355417452130
1999–00Montreal CanadiensNHL743131638
2000–01Quebec CitadellesAHL40000
2000–01Montreal CanadiensNHL2906626
2001–02Quebec CitadellesAHL388142230
2001–02Montreal CanadiensNHL2805533
2002–03Nashville PredatorsNHL40002
2002–03Hamilton BulldogsAHL291121331
2002–03Montreal CanadiensNHL203142
2003–04Montreal CanadiensNHL732161870110007
2004–05Leksands IFSwe-1216121834
2005–06Montreal CanadiensNHL673192234612310
2006–07Montreal CanadiensNHL623111452
2007–08Montreal CanadiensNHL742686171234
2008–09Montreal CanadiensNHL545495310000
2009–10Nashville PredatorsNHL8138115060006
2010–11Nashville PredatorsNHL44191027
2011–12Nashville PredatorsNHL66471133100332
2012–13Montreal CanadiensNHL4818921500017
NHL totals 724 30 113 143 502 46 2 7 9 46

International StatisticsEdit

Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
2003 United States WC 6 0 1 1 0
Senior int'l totals 6 0 1 1 0

Personal LifeEdit

Francis was born to a Haitian father and a French Canadian mother. He moved to Quebec City, Quebec with his mother when he was three years old.

He played junior hockey in the Quebec Junior Hockey League with the Laval Titans and the Granby Predateurs where he was the captain when they won the 1996 Memorial Cup.

Francis is married to his wife Ginette and they have two sons named Michael and Anthony. He & his family reside in Montreal and he also retains his United States citizenship.

Francis' nicknames in English are "Cube" or "Soupy" (as a reference to bouillon cubes), "Frank the Tank," "Franky B" and "Bou."

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