Johnny Boychuk

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Johnny Boychuk
Jboychuk.jpg
Born(1984-01-19) January 19, 1984 (age 30)
Edmonton, AB, CAN
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)
PositionDefence
ShootsRight
NHL team
Former teams
Boston Bruins
Colorado Avalanche
NHL Draft61st overall, 2002
Colorado Avalanche
Playing career2004–present
 
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Johnny Boychuk
Jboychuk.jpg
Born(1984-01-19) January 19, 1984 (age 30)
Edmonton, AB, CAN
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)
PositionDefence
ShootsRight
NHL team
Former teams
Boston Bruins
Colorado Avalanche
NHL Draft61st overall, 2002
Colorado Avalanche
Playing career2004–present
During the 2013 playoffs.

John Paul Boychuk (born January 19, 1984) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was a member of the Bruins' Stanley Cup Championship team in 2011.

Playing career[edit]

Boychuk was drafted 61st overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche. Prior to being drafted Boychuk was a product of the WHL Calgary Hitmen. Boychuk made his professional debut with the Hershey Bears in the 2004–05 season.

Boychuk spent the next four years in the Avalanche organization playing primarily for their AHL affiliations. Boychuk made his NHL debut in the 2007–08 season on the January 5, 2008 against the New York Islanders. Boychuk, a defenceman, made his debut as a forward playing on the wing.[1]

On June 24, 2008, Boychuk was traded to the Boston Bruins in exchange for Matt Hendricks.[2] Boychuk was assigned to the Providence Bruins to start the 2008–09 season and in his first week was named "AHL Player of the Week".[3] On December 1, 2008, Boychuk was recalled to Boston[4] and made his Bruins debut in a 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on December 4, 2008.[5] Boychuk was then returned to Providence for the rest of the season where he enjoyed a breakout season,[6] capturing the Eddie Shore Award by leading the league with 20 goals and 45 assists among defenceman and being named in the AHL's First All-Star Team.[7][8]

On July 1, 2009, Boychuk secured his first one-way contract when he re-signed with the Bruins for the 2009–10 season.[9] After initially making the Bruins opening night roster, Boychuk was primarily a Healthy Scratch in the first months of the season. After returning from a conditioning assignment in Providence, he established himself within the Bruins as a two-way defenseman to finish with 15 points in 51 games to earn a two-year contract extension on June 24, 2010.[10]

As a member of the Bruins when they defeated the Vancouver Canucks to win the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals,[11] he was involved in a controversial play that resulted in Mason Raymond sustaining a vertebrae compression fracture twenty seconds into Game 6 on June 13. Raymond had been shoved backwards into the boards by Boychuk with his stick caught between Raymond's legs.[12] The injury forced Raymond to miss the remainder of the series and the start of the following season. Boychuk was neither penalized on the play nor punished with a fine or suspension. Critical of the lack of any action taken against Boychuk, Canucks president Mike Gillis said, "I didn't see the puck around him. I thought the Boston player used a can opener and drove him with enough force into the board to break his back."[13] Mike Murphy, the NHL's senior vice president of hockey operations, defended the league's decision by explaining, "We felt it was a battle for the puck. Boychuk tried to eliminate Raymond by pushing him towards the boards as the puck went by."[14]

In the following 2011–12 season, he was rewarded with a three-year contract extension to remain a fixture on the Championship winning Bruins Blueline on February 14, 2012.[15] Despite an inability to defend the Stanley Cup, Boychuk produced 15 points in 77 games.

During the 2012 NHL lockout, Boychuk ventured to Europe and signed a temporary contract in Austria with EC Red Bull Salzburg of the EBEL on November 16, 2012.[16] He scored 2 goals and posted 8 points in 15 games before he returned to the Bruins for the shortened 2012–13 season.

Personal life[edit]

In the summer of 2011, Boychuk married his wife Sheena Burletoff.[17] On Monday, January 13, 2014, the Boychuks welcomed their twin girls, Kenzie and Zoey.[18]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular seasonPlayoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
1999–00Calgary HitmenWHL10000
2000–01Calgary HitmenWHL664812611211217
2001–02Calgary HitmenWHL70832408571126
2002–03Calgary HitmenWHL408182658
2002–03Moose Jaw WarriorsWHL2751722321326829
2003–04Moose Jaw WarriorsWHL62132033711019109
2004–05Hershey BearsAHL803121569
2005–06Lowell Lock MonstersAHL746263273
2006–07Albany River RatsAHL8010182812551124
2007–08Lake Erie MonstersAHL608182663
2007–08Colorado AvalancheNHL40000
2008–09Providence BruinsAHL78204565611635819
2008–09Boston BruinsNHL10000
2009–10Boston BruinsNHL515101543132466
2009–10Providence BruinsAHL21010
2010–11Boston BruinsNHL6931316452536912
2011–12Boston BruinsNHL77510155371234
2012–13EC Red Bull SalzburgEBEL152682
2012–13Boston BruinsNHL44156122261710
NHL totals2461438521536712132532

International[edit]

YearTeamEventResultGPGAPtsPIM
2002CanadaWJC186th51018
Junior totals51018

Awards and honours[edit]

AwardYear
American Hockey League
First All-Star Team2009
Eddie Shore Award2009[7]
National Hockey League
Stanley Cup2011

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Boychuk debut". Denver Post. 2008-01-05. Retrieved 2008-10-22. 
  2. ^ "Boston acquires Johnny Boychuk". NHL.com. 2008-06-24. Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  3. ^ "Boychuk named Reebock AHL Player of the Week". MLN Sports. 2008-10-21. Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  4. ^ "B's recall Boychuk and Lashoff". bruins.nhl.com. 2008-12-01. Retrieved 2008-12-06. 
  5. ^ "Newest Bruins all right against Lightning". boston.com. 2008-12-06. Retrieved 2008-12-06. 
  6. ^ "Boychuks manly performance has powered Providence". thebruinsblog.net. 2009-04-07. Retrieved 2009-05-31. 
  7. ^ a b "Bruins' Boychuk captures Eddie Shore Award". theahl.com. 2009-04-03. Retrieved 2009-05-31. [dead link]
  8. ^ "First and Second AHL All-Star Teams unveiled". theahl.com. 2009-04-02. Retrieved 2009-05-31. [dead link]
  9. ^ Shinzawa, Fluto (2009-09-04). "Boychuk is next in line on the Bruins' blueline". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  10. ^ "Bruins ink Boychuk to two-year contract". The Sports Network. 2010-06-24. Retrieved 2011-04-05. 
  11. ^ "Johnny Boychuk and the Boston Bruins win the Stanley Cup". Calgary Hitmen. 2011-06-16. Retrieved 2011-06-16. 
  12. ^ "Mason Raymond to miss 3–4 months with fractured vertebrae". The Province. 2011-06-15. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  13. ^ "Canucks' Mason Raymond out 3–4 months after check". The Associated Press. 2011-06-14. Retrieved 2011-06-14. 
  14. ^ Elliott, Helene (2011-06-14). "Canucks' Mason Raymond suffers vertebrae compression fracture; no suspension for Bruins' Johnny Boychuk". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-06-14. 
  15. ^ "B's sign Boychuk to extension". Boston Bruins. 2012-02-14. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  16. ^ "EC Red Bulls sign Stanley Cup winner Boychuk" (in German). Facebook. 2012-11-16. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  17. ^ "Boychuk's wedding made off-season even more exciting but bruins defensman ready to go". nesn.com. 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  18. ^ "Bruins defenseman welcomes twin package". Boston Bruins. 2014-01-13. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 

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