Leo Boivin

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Leo Boivin
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1986
Topps 1962 Leo Boivin.png
Born (1932-08-02) August 2, 1932 (age 82)
Prescott, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 07 in (170 cm)
Weight 177 lb (80 kg; 12 st 9 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Toronto Maple Leafs
Boston Bruins
Detroit Red Wings
Pittsburgh Penguins
Minnesota North Stars
Playing career 1951–1970

Léo Joseph Boivin (born August 2, 1932 in Prescott, Ontario) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who played 19 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins and Minnesota North Stars.

Playing Career[edit]

Leo Boivin began playing hockey at seven years of age on the rivers and outdoor ice surfaces of Prescott, Ontario, near Ottawa. His junior career consisted of a year with the Inkerman Rockets and two more seasons with the Port Arthur Bruins. In 1951–52 he began playing for the AHL's Pittsburgh Hornets and was promoted to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Boivin was most remembered for his time with the Boston Bruins as he helped lead them to two Stanley Cup finals in the late 1950s. Boivin starred with other Boston defensive stalwarts Allan Stanley, Fern Flaman, Doug Mohns and Bob Armstrong. He remained the anchor of a youthful Bruins defensive corps during the difficult reconstructive period of the early 1960s. Boivin became Captain of the Boston Bruins in 1963.

Retirement[edit]

Following his retirement in 1970, Boivin became a scout. He became an interim coach of the St. Louis Blues during the 1975–76 and 1977–78 seasons, and coached the Ottawa 67's of the Ontario Hockey League for a brief period, tutoring young defenceman Denis Potvin. Boivin was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1986.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1951–52 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 2 0 1 1 0
1951–52 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 30 2 3 5 32 10 0 1 1 16
1952–53 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 2 13 15 97
1953–54 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 58 1 6 7 81 5 0 0 0 2
1954–55 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 7 0 0 0 8
1954–55 Boston Bruins NHL 59 6 11 17 105 5 0 1 1 4
1955–56 Boston Bruins NHL 68 4 16 20 80
1956–57 Boston Bruins NHL 55 2 8 10 55 10 2 3 5 12
1957–58 Boston Bruins NHL 33 0 4 4 54 12 0 3 3 21
1958–59 Boston Bruins NHL 70 5 16 21 94 7 1 2 3 4
1959–60 Boston Bruins NHL 70 4 21 25 66
1960–61 Boston Bruins NHL 57 6 17 23 50
1961–62 Boston Bruins NHL 65 5 18 23 70
1962–63 Boston Bruins NHL 62 2 24 26 48
1963–64 Boston Bruins NHL 65 10 14 24 42
1964–65 Boston Bruins NHL 67 3 10 13 68
1965–66 Boston Bruins NHL 46 0 5 5 34
1965–66 Detroit Red Wings NHL 16 0 5 5 16 12 0 1 1 16
1966–67 Detroit Red Wings NHL 69 4 17 21 78
1967–68 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 73 9 13 22 74
1968–69 Minnesota North Stars NHL 28 1 6 7 16
1968–69 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 41 5 13 18 26
1969–70 Minnesota North Stars NHL 69 3 12 15 30 3 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 1150 72 250 322 1192 54 3 10 13 59

Coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Division rank Result
St. Louis Blues 1975-76 43 17 17 9 (43) 3rd in Smythe Lost in Preliminary Rd
St. Louis Blues 1977-78 54 11 36 7 (29) 4th in Smythe (fired)
Total 97 28 53 16

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Boivin's Biography at Legends of Hockey.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Don McKenney
Boston Bruins captain
196366
Succeeded by
John Bucyk
Preceded by
Lynn Patrick
Emile Francis
Head coach of the St. Louis Blues
1976
1977-78
Succeeded by
Emile Francis
Barclay Plager