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Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Editor’s Note: This story features testimony and details of acts of sexual assault and harassment. This content may be triggering to some. 

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Lokomotiv Yaroslavl has terminated the contract of forward Reid Boucher on Friday morning, ending the former Vancouver Canuck and New Jersey Devils’ tenure with the club after less than one season. 

Prior to his release, Boucher had become Lokomotiv’s leading scorer, with 27 points in 46 games to that point in the year, and based on performance alone, would have likely been a leading candidate to earn a spot on Team USA at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. 

On Dec. 13, Boucher pled guilty to third-degree criminal sexual conduct against a minor in a Washtenaw County Trial Court. Boucher was originally charged in the first degree, which would have carried a sentence of 25 years in prison, before the overseeing judge allowed his lawyers to enter a plea deal that reduced the charges due to “unusual circumstances”. 

These charges stem from two incidents that occurred in 2011 when Boucher, then with the United States National Development Program, forced his then-“billet sister” to perform sexual acts on him. Boucher was 17 at the time, while his “billet sister” was only 12. 

Boucher was sentenced to four years probation and one year of suspended jail time on Feb. 1. 

In the months since Boucher’s conduct went public, two more women have come forward with testimonies of their own. 

According to The Athletic’s Katie Strang, a then-21-year-old Boucher, who was a prospect of the New Jersey Devils at the time, allegedly attempted to solicit explicit photos from a 15-year-old Canadian girl in October of 2014. The girl reportedly first met Boucher at a hockey banquet when she was 12 and Boucher was 18. 

Strang also reports that, in January of 2014, Boucher allegedly sent messages to a then-17-year-old girl over Facebook asking for her to send him explicit photos, as well. The girl, now 22, declined Boucher’s request, and, according to Strang, put her male cousin on the phone when the conversation moved to Skype due to feeling uncomfortable. 

Representatives for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl did not respond to Strang’s request to comment at the time. 

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