Philippe Bozon
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Position Right winger
Shot left
Nickname(s) Boz, Pipo
Height
Weight
5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
192 lb (87 kg)
Team
F. Teams
retired
QMJHL
Saint-Jean Castors
IHL
Peoria Rivermen
Ligue Magnus
Mont-Blanc
Grenoble
Chamonix
NHL
St. Louis Blues
NLB
HC La Chaux-de-Fonds
Lausanne HC
Genève-Servette HC
DEL
Adler Mannheim
NLA
HC Lugano
Genève-Servette HC
Teams France
Olympics 1988, 1992, 1998, 2002
World Championships 1989 B, 1990 B, 1991 B, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 I, 2019
Coaching 2004-2007 Genève-Servette HC U15
2006-2009 Genève-Servette HC U20
2006-2009 Genève-Servette HC U17
2010 HC Lugano
2010 France U20
2011-2012 HC Sierre
2014 France U20
2014-2015 Épinal
2016-2019 Bordeaux
2019-present France
Nationality Flag of France French
Born November 30, 1966,
Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Pro Career 1982-1983
1984 – 2006

Philippe Bozon (born on November 30, 1966 in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc) is a French retired right winger and currently the head coach of the French National Team. In the 2007-08 season, he was introduced in the French Hockey Hall of Fame and IIHF Hall of Fame[1].

His son Tim Bozon also plays hockey.

Club career[edit | edit source]

Bozon began playing hockey in his native France. In the 1982-83 season won Bozon the Jean-Pierre Graff Trophy for the best French young player.

In 1984, Bozon moved to North America. In the 1984-85 season played Bozon with the Saint-Jean Castors of the QMJHL.

After the completion of the 1985-86 season with the Saint-Jean Castors of the QMJHL in which he played 65 regular season games and 10 play-off games, Bozon finished this season with the Peoria Rivermen of the IHL where he played 5 play-off games in this season. In this season, Bozon was also selected into the QMJHL Second All-Star Team.

In the 1986-87 season, Bozon played 28 games with the Peoria Rivermen of the IHL and finished the season with the Saint-Jean Castors of the QMJHL where he played 25 regular season games and 8 play-off games.

After that, Bozon returned to France and spent two seasons with the Mont-Blanc of the Ligue Magnus. In the 1987-88 season, he became the French champion.

Next three seasons played Bozon with the Grenoble of the Ligue Magnus. In the 1989-90 season won Bozon the Albert Hassler Trophy for the best French player. In the 1990-91 season, Bozon became the French champion for the second time.

After 22 regular season games and 12 play-off games played with the Grenoble in the 1991-92, Bozon made history when he became the first French player to reach and play in the NHL. He played there 9 regular season games and 6 play-off games with the St. Louis Blues. He scored one goal and three assists in the regular season and one goal in the play-offs.

Bozon continued with the St. Louis Blues of the NHL in the 1993-94 season.

He also began the 1994-95 season with the St. Louis Blues of the NHL but he played there only 1 game before his return to Europe. He finished the season with the Grenoble of the Ligue Magnus. He played there 14 regular season games and 7 play-off games in this season.

In the 1995-96 season played Bozon with the HC La Chaux-de-Fonds of the NLB. He became the NLB champion and helped his team gain the promotion to the NLA as he was the player who scored most goals (8) in the play-offs and most points (13) in the play-offs.

Bozon then began the 1996-97 season with the Lausanne HC of the NLB but after 23 games played, he moved to the Adler Mannheim of the DEL. He finished there the season with 22 regular season games and 9 play-off games played and became the DEL champion.

Bozon continued with the Adler Mannheim of the DEL in the next two seasons and in both became the DEL champion.

Then spent Bozon two seasons with the HC Lugano of the NLA. In the 1999-00 season, Bozon was the player who scored most goals (9) in the NLA play-offs and also the player who recorded most assists (6) in the EHL play-offs.

In the 2001-02 season, Bozon played with the Genève-Servette HC of the NLB. Bozon became the NLB champion and the team gained the promotion to the NLA. Bozon then continued with the Genève-Servette HC of the NLA for next four seasons. Then Bozon retired.

International career[edit | edit source]

Bozon played with the French National Team at the 1983 European U18 Championship, 1988, 1992, 1998 and 2002 Olympics, 1989, 1990 and 1991 World Championships "Pool B" (being selected into the tournament's all-star team in 1989 and 1991, being the best goal-scorer with 8 goals at the 1989 tournament and being named the tournament's best forward in 1991), 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 World Championships and at the 2001 World Championship Division I (winning there silver as he was the best goal-scorer of the tournament with 8 goals scored).

As the head coach, Bozon represented France at the 2010 World Junior Championship Division I[2], 2014 World Junior Championship Division IB (winning there bronze) and at the 2019 World Championship.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. IIHF Top 100 Hockey Stories of All Time, Szymon Szemberg and Andrew Podnieks, p.145, Fenn Publishing, Bolton, Ontario, Canada, 2008, ISBN 978-1-55168-358-4
  2. Merk, Martin (2009-07-14). "Bozon to lead French U20s". IIHF. Retrieved on 2009-07-14.

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