Former ECHL All-Star Maxime Boisclair has joined the Stockton Thunder in a move designed to provide the team with some added scoring punch.
The Thunder announced the signing of Boisclair on Thursday (Jan. 24) and he is expected to be available to play Friday night, when the Utah Grizzlies visit Stockton Arena.
Boisclair, 27, played in the ECHL All-Star Game during the 2006-’07 season, in which he produced 51 points (17 goals, 34 assists) in 59 games with the Johnstown Chiefs in his debut as a professional. The 6-foot-2, 209-pound forward has recorded 87 points (27 goals, 60 assists) in 100 career ECHL games while playing with Johnstown, Elmira, Charlotte and Ontario.
Boisclair was playing this season in Kazakhstan, where he collected 49 points (19 goals, 30 assists) in 35 games to lead his team in scoring. He spent last season playing in France and in the Central Hockey League. He also has appeared in 19 games in the American Hockey League.
”Maxime is a proven offensive threat (who) is a welcomed addition to our lineup,” Thunder Coach Matt Thomas said in a team-issued media release. “His experience across the board in professional hockey is a valuable element (and) we’re expecting it to complement our philosophy and group of forwards. We’re expecting him to be a solid contributor, night-in and night-out.”
Before turning pro, Boisclair amassed 343 points in 334 career games in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He closed out his career in the QMJHL by posting 130 points (70 goals, 60 assists) in 70 games during the 2005-‘06 season.
The game Friday is the first of three in a row between the Thunder and Grizzlies. The teams will meet again Saturday and Sunday at Stockton Arena.
Boisclair’s career statistics can be viewed here: