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BOOOSH! Former Flyers Goalie Plays GM in ‘The Goldbergs’



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Brian Boucher shown in 2010, when he led the Flyers into the playoffs with a shootout win in the season's last game.. Photo: AP.

Move over, Danny Briere. There’s a new Philadelphia Flyers general manager in town: Brian Boucher.

Well, in a TV episode, anyway.

And we’re talking about the 1980s, not present day, during which Briere was recently named the Flyers’ interim general manager.

The Philadelphia Flyers are frequently featured in the ABC hit comedy The Goldbergs, and they will take center ice in the upcoming episode entitled “A Flyer’s Path to Victory.”

It airs Wednesday, at 8:30 p.m., and former Flyers goalie Boucher, who is now a hockey broadcaster for ESPN, will be a guest star.

In the episode, the Flyers have made it to the Stanley Cup Finals, and Barry (Troy Gentile), nervous about a win, implements some superstitious protocols that the family must follow.

Boucher, 46, loved making an appearance, one in which he plays the Flyers’ general manager. (And, no, he’s not going to throw his hat in the ring to become the real GM of the Flyers.)

“Being a big fan of The Goldbergs, it was a thrill to be asked to be on the show,” he said. “The cast is amazing and I had a great time on the set. I had a totally awesome time and can’t wait to see the episode.”

‘New-found appreciation’

Boucher said he had a “new-found appreciation for the amount of work and prep that is put in by everyone on set. It was a great experience.”

In many episodes during The Goldbergs’ 10-year run, Gentile, as Barry, dons a Flyers T-shirt. The family’s house also features Flyers posters and pennants. Several episodes have featured famous Philadelphia Flyers’ moments.

The Goldbergs is a sitcom about a suburban family from the Philadelphia area living in the 1980s.

As for Boucher, he spent 13 seasons in the NHL, including six with the Flyers. He set an NHL record in 2003-04 by registering a consecutive scoreless streak of 332:01 while with Phoenix.

Boucher, a Rhode Island native who lives in Haddonfield, also played with San Jose, Calgary, Columbus, Chicago, and Carolina.

And, now, he’s a TV star.

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