Johnny Boychuk

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Johnny Boychuk
Johnny Boychuk - New York Islanders.jpg
Boychuk with the New York Islanders in January 2015
Born (1984-01-19) January 19, 1984 (age 31)
Edmonton, AB, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
New York Islanders
Colorado Avalanche
Boston Bruins
NHL Draft 61st overall, 2002
Colorado Avalanche
Playing career 2004–present

John Paul "Johnny" Boychuk (born January 19, 1984) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL). Drafted 61st overall in 2002 by the Colorado Avalanche, he has previously played for the Avalanche and the Boston Bruins. In 2011, he was a part of the Bruins' Stanley Cup Championship team.

Playing career[edit]

Boychuk was drafted 61st overall in the National Hockey League's (NHL) 2002 Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche. Prior to being drafted, he played with the Western Hockey League's (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 American Hockey League (AHL) affiliates. He made his NHL debut in the 2007–08 season on January 5, 2008, against the New York Islanders. Boychuk made his debut as a forward playing on the wing rather than his usual defenseman position.[1]

Boychuk with the Boston Bruins in 2010

On June 24, 2008, Boychuk was traded to the Boston Bruins in exchange for Matt Hendricks.[2] He was assigned to their AHL affiliate, 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 played a breakout season,[6] capturing the Eddie Shore Award by leading the league with 20 goals and 45 assists among defenceman and being named to 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]

Boychuk with the Boston Bruins during the 2013 playoffs

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, Boychuk was rewarded with a three-year contract extension to remain a fixture on the Stanley Cup-winning Bruins blueline on February 14, 2012.[15] Despite an inability to successfully defend the Stanley Cup, Boychuk produced 15 points in 77 games.

During the 2012–13 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][17] He scored two goals and posted eight points in 15 games before he returned to the Bruins for the shortened 2012–13 season.

On October 4, 2014, due to salary cap constraints, Boychuk was traded to the New York Islanders in exchange for two second-round draft picks in the 2015 and 2016 NHL Entry Drafts, as well as a conditional third-rounder in the 2015 Draft.[18] In his Islanders debut, Boychuk scored a goal and two assists against the Carolina Hurricanes. On March 12, 2015, he signed a seven-year, $42 million contract extension with the Islanders, lasting through the 2021–22 season.[19]

Personal life[edit]

In the summer of 2011, Boychuk married his wife Sheena Burletoff.[20] The couple have twin daughters, Kenzie and Zoey.[21][22] John Quenneville, who was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, is his nephew by marriage.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999–00 Calgary Hitmen WHL 1 0 0 0 0
2000–01 Calgary Hitmen WHL 66 4 8 12 61 12 1 1 2 17
2001–02 Calgary Hitmen WHL 70 8 32 40 85 7 1 1 2 6
2002–03 Calgary Hitmen WHL 40 8 18 26 58
2002–03 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 27 5 17 22 32 13 2 6 8 29
2003–04 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 62 13 20 33 71 10 1 9 10 9
2004–05 Hershey Bears AHL 80 3 12 15 69
2005–06 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 74 6 26 32 73
2006–07 Albany River Rats AHL 80 10 18 28 125 5 1 1 2 4
2007–08 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 60 8 18 26 63
2007–08 Colorado Avalanche NHL 4 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Providence Bruins AHL 78 20 45 65 61 16 3 5 8 19
2008–09 Boston Bruins NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Boston Bruins NHL 51 5 10 15 43 13 2 4 6 6
2009–10 Providence Bruins AHL 2 1 0 1 0
2010–11 Boston Bruins NHL 69 3 13 16 45 25 3 6 9 12
2011–12 Boston Bruins NHL 77 5 10 15 53 7 1 2 3 4
2012–13 EC Red Bull Salzburg EBEL 15 2 6 8 2
2012–13 Boston Bruins NHL 44 1 5 6 12 22 6 1 7 10
2013–14 Boston Bruins NHL 75 5 18 23 45 12 1 1 2 2
2014–15 New York Islanders NHL 72 9 26 35 14 7 0 2 2 2
NHL totals 393 28 82 110 212 86 13 16 29 36

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2002 Canada WJC18 6th 5 1 0 1 8
Junior totals 5 1 0 1 8

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
American Hockey League
First All-Star Team 2009 [8]
Eddie Shore Award 2009 [7]
National Hockey League
Stanley Cup 2011

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Boston acquires Johnny Boychuk". National Hockey League. June 24, 2008. Archived from the original on October 22, 2014. Retrieved October 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Bruins defenseman Boychuk named Player of the Week". American Hockey League. October 20, 2008. Archived from the original on October 22, 2014. Retrieved October 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Bruins recall Boychuk and Lashoff from AHL". National Hockey League. December 2, 2008. Archived from the original on October 22, 2014. Retrieved October 22, 2014. 
  5. ^ Dupont, Kevin Paul (December 6, 2008). "The kids were all right against Lightning". Boston.com. Archived from the original on December 7, 2008. Retrieved December 6, 2008. 
  6. ^ Kalman, Matt (April 4, 2009). "Boychuk’s manly performance has powered Providence". thebruinsblog.net. Archived from the original on October 22, 2014. Retrieved May 31, 2009. 
  7. ^ a b "Bruins' Boychuk captures Eddie Shore Award". American Hockey League. April 3, 2009. Archived from the original on October 21, 2014. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "First and Second AHL All-Star Teams unveiled". American Hockey League. April 2, 2009. Archived from the original on October 22, 2014. Retrieved October 22, 2014. 
  9. ^ Shinzawa, Fluto (2009-09-04). "Boychuk is next in line on Bruins’ blue line". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on 2009-09-10. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  10. ^ "Boston inks D Boychuk to two-year contract". The Sports Network. The Associated Press. 2010-06-24. Archived from the original on 2014-01-16. Retrieved 2014-10-22. 
  11. ^ Curle, Brad (2011-06-16). "Johnny Boychuk and the Boston Bruins win the Stanley Cup". Calgary Hitmen. Archived from the original on 2014-10-22. Retrieved 2014-10-22. 
  12. ^ "Mason Raymond to miss 3–4 months with fractured vertebrae". sports.nationalpost.com. The Province. 2011-06-14. Archived from the original on 2014-01-16. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  13. ^ "Canucks' Mason Raymond out 3–4 months after check". "USA Today". 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. Archived from the original on 2014-01-24. Retrieved 2011-06-14. 
  15. ^ "B's Sign Boychuk to Extension". Boston Bruins. 2012-02-14. Archived from the original on 2012-04-19. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  16. ^ Blanchard, Chris (November 16, 2012). "Johnny Boychuk: Boston Bruins Defenseman Signs in Austrian League". Bleacher Report. Archived from the original on 2014-10-22. Retrieved October 22, 2014. 
  17. ^ "EC Red Bulls sign Stanley Cup winner Boychuk" (in German). Facebook. 2012-11-16. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  18. ^ "Islanders acquire defencemen Boychuk, Leddy". The Sports Network. 2014-10-04. Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2014-10-22. 
  19. ^ "Boychuk Agrees to Seven-Year Deal". National Hockey League. March 12, 2015. Retrieved March 12, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Johnny Boychuk’s Wedding Made Offseason Even More Exciting, But Bruins Defenseman Ready to Have Fun Going for Stanley Cup Repeat". nesn.com. 2011-09-14. Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2014-10-22. 
  21. ^ Haggerty, Joe (January 17, 2014). "NHL Notes: Canucks flap a wakeup for Marchand?". Comcast SportsNet New England. Archived from the original on 2014-10-22. Retrieved 2014-10-22. 
  22. ^ "Bruins defenseman welcomes twin package". Boston Bruins. 2014-01-13. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 

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