Laurie Boschman

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Laurie Boschman
Born (1960-06-04) June 4, 1960 (age 54)
Major, SK, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Toronto Maple Leafs
Edmonton Oilers
Winnipeg Jets
New Jersey Devils
Ottawa Senators
NHL Draft 9th overall, 1979
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 1979–1995

Lawrence Joseph Boschman (born June 4, 1960) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey centre who played in the NHL for 14 seasons for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, Winnipeg Jets, New Jersey Devils and Ottawa Senators, the team of which he was captain in his final NHL season. Boschman was born in Major, Saskatchewan, but grew up in Kerrobert, Saskatchewan.

He currently lives in Stittsville, Ontario, (a part of Ottawa) with his three sons, Brent, Mark and Jeff. His wife, Nancy, died early in 2006.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Boschman started his career off with two stellar seasons with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL, where he played on a line with future NHLer's Brian Propp and Ray Allison. Those two seasons with Brandon helped him to get drafted 9th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft, considered by many hockey experts to be the most productive NHL draft of all-time.

Boschman's time in Toronto was not a happy time, as he was publicly ridiculed multiple times and threatened to be sent down to the minors by Leaf's owner Harold Ballard. Ballard also did not like that Boschman became a born-again Christian, saying he became soft as a result. Boschman was traded to the Edmonton Oilers on March 9, 1982 for Walt Poddubny and Phil Drouillard. He only lasted one year in Edmonton before being traded again, this time to the team that Boschman would define his career with, the Winnipeg Jets.

In his first full season with Winnipeg, he finally lived up to the billing of a first round draft pick by scoring 74 points in 61 games, as well as garnering 234 penalty minutes. Boschman became part of an impressive nucleus in Winnipeg that included stars Dale Hawerchuk, Thomas Steen, David Ellett, Doug Smail, Paul MacLean, and Randy Carlyle. The team's balanced attack was proven during the 1984–85 season when they tied a record with 6 players (including Boschman) scoring at least 30 goals in the regular season. However, even though with the all-star cast, they had to play in the same division as the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers who were two of the best teams in the league at the time, and as a result the team rarely made it past the first round of the playoffs.

The team was broken apart after years of playoff failure, and Boschman was traded to the New Jersey Devils in September, 1990. In his last season with the Jets, he earned an 8-game suspension for high-sticking Tomas Sandstrom in retaliation. He played a few seasons in New Jersey, before being claimed in the 1992 NHL Expansion Draft by the Ottawa Senators. He was the team's first captain during the team's dreadful first season.[2] Boschman retired after that 1992–93 season when he was bought out by the Senators, although he returned to hockey for a brief period in 1994 when he played for the Fife Flyers in the United Kingdom.

Boschman is one of only sixteen players in NHL history to have recorded over 500 points and over 2,000 PIM in their career.[3]

Boschman is now part of Hockey Ministries International, a ministry that combines ice hockey with Christianity.

Awards[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1975–76 Brandon Travellers MJHL 2 1 3 4 2
1976–77 Brandon Travellers MJHL 47 17 40 57 139
1976–77 Brandon Wheat Kings WCHL 3 0 1 1 0 12 1 1 2 17
1977–78 Brandon Wheat Kings WCHL 72 42 57 99 227 6 2 5 7 45
1978–79 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 65 66 83 149 215 22 11 23 34 56
1978–79 Brandon Wheat Kings Memorial Cup 5 3 4 7 10
1979–80 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 80 16 32 48 78 3 1 1 2 18
1980–81 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 53 14 19 33 178 3 0 0 0 7
1980–81 New Brunswick Hawks AHL 4 4 1 5 47
1981–82 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 54 9 19 28 150
1981–82 Edmonton Oilers NHL 11 2 3 5 37 3 0 1 1 4
1982–83 Edmonton Oilers NHL 62 8 12 20 183
1982–83 Winnipeg Jets NHL 12 3 5 8 36 3 0 1 1 12
1983–84 Winnipeg Jets NHL 61 28 46 74 234 3 0 1 1 5
1984–85 Winnipeg Jets NHL 80 32 44 76 180 8 2 1 3 21
1985–86 Winnipeg Jets NHL 77 27 42 69 241 3 0 1 1 6
1986–87 Winnipeg Jets NHL 80 17 24 41 152 10 2 3 5 32
1987–88 Winnipeg Jets NHL 80 25 23 48 229 5 1 3 4 9
1988–89 Winnipeg Jets NHL 70 10 26 36 163
1989–90 Winnipeg Jets NHL 66 10 17 27 103 2 0 0 0 2
1990–91 New Jersey Devils NHL 78 11 9 20 79 7 1 1 2 16
1991–92 New Jersey Devils NHL 75 8 20 28 121 7 1 0 1 8
1992–93 Ottawa Senators NHL 70 9 7 16 101
1994–95 Fife Flyers BNL 7 9 9 18 6 6 5 8 13 12
NHL totals 1009 229 348 577 2265 57 8 13 21 140

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rob Weatherby (June 26, 2010). "Laurie Boschman in Hall of Faith". Sudbury Star. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Laurie Boschman". Ottawa Senators. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Rob Weatherby (June 26, 2010). "Laurie Boschman in Hall of Faith". Sudbury Star. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 

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Preceded by
Trevor Johansen
Toronto Maple Leafs first round draft pick
1979
Succeeded by
Jim Benning
Preceded by
Position created
Ottawa Senators captain
1992–93
Succeeded by
Brad Shaw
Mark Lamb