By: Michael Mandarino, Follow South Jersey Managing Editor
HADDONFIELD, N.J. — Tyler Boucher, the son of former Philadelphia Flyers goalie Brian Boucher, was a top-10 pick in last Friday’s NHL Draft. The right winger was selected No. 10 overall by the Ottawa Senators.
Although Boucher was born in Scottsdale, AZ, he and his family lived in Haddonfield while his father spent parts of his NHL career on the Flyers. Brian Boucher, who now works for ESPN as a hockey analyst after retiring in November 2013, spent 16 years in the NHL and six with the Flyers. Tyler was born while his father played for the Arizona Coyotes in 2003.
“I think it’s a great spot,” Tyler said of his new NHL team. “They have great fans, and playing hockey in Canada is something that is really cool and really special. That’s something I haven’t got to experience and is something I am really looking forward to.”
Last year, the younger Boucher played for the United States’ under-18 national team. He only played in 12 games as he battled a knee injury and a bout with COVID-19, but his struggles didn’t stop him from becoming a top-10 selection in the NHL Draft. His father was drafted No. 22 overall by the Flyers in 1995.
Before he gets started in the NHL, Tyler will begin his college hockey career at Boston University next season. Hockey’s rules regarding college eligibility are different from other sports, as NHL teams have four years to sign their draft picks to a contract before giving up their rights. College hockey players are eligible to play under NCAA rules as long as they don’t sign a professional contract with an NHL team.
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