Template:Infobox Ice Hockey Player Francis Bouillon (born October 17, 1975 in New York City, New York) is an American professional hockey defenseman for the Nashville Predators in the National Hockey League. Nicknames in English for Francis include "Cube" or "Soupy" (as a reference to bouillon cubes), "Frank the Tank", and "Franky B". In French, people call him "le petit guerrier" which means "the little warrior", due to his physical intensity and his small stature.[1]

Early lifeEdit

Bouillon was born in New York City to a French-Canadian mother and a Haitian father. Bouillon moved to Quebec with his mother when he was only 3 years old. He played Junior hockey in the Quebec Junior Hockey League with the Laval Titans and the Granby Predateurs.

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.

He 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,[1] Bouillon 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, just prior to the 2009–10 season, Bouillon 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.[2] In returning to the Predators after an initial four game stint in 2002, Bouillon established himself within the Predators defense as a stay-at-home d-man to appear in 81 games, missing only a single game, for 3 goals and 11 points. On June 18, 2010, he signed a two-year extension to remain with the Predators.[3]

Personal LifeEdit

Francis is married to Ginette and has 2 sons; Michael and Anthony[4].

Career statistics Edit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    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
NHL totals 566 24 89 113 421 31 2 4 6 27


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

See alsoEdit



External linksEdit

Template:Persondatade:Francis Bouillon fr:Francis Bouillon ru:Бульон, Франсис sk:Francis Bouillon

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