Tyler Bozak

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Tyler Bozak
Tyler Bozak 2012-03-07.JPG
With the Maple Leafs in 2012.
Born (1986-03-19) March 19, 1986 (age 28)
Regina, SK, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Right
NHL team Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2009–present

Tyler Bozak (born March 19, 1986) is a Canadian ice hockey centre currently playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). Bozak has also played for the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. Prior to being signed by the Maple Leafs as a free agent, Bozak had played two seasons with the University of Denver Pioneers of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Playing career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

Bozak started playing in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) for the Victoria Salsa in the 2004–05 season, after unsuccessful training camps at the WHL level.[1] He spent three seasons in the BCHL with the Victoria franchise. In his final season, Bozak recorded 128 points (45 goals and 83 assists), and was awarded the Brett Hull Trophy as the league's Top Scorer.[2]

On December 11, 2006, the University of Denver Pioneers announced that Bozak had signed a letter of intent to play hockey for the school.[3] He joined the Pioneers for the 2007–08 season. During his freshman year with the club, Bozak played in all 41 games and led the team in scoring with 34 points (18 goals and 16 assists).[1] He was second in the country with five shorthanded goals.[4] During the season, Bozak was named the Red Baron Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Rookie of the Week four times and was named the Hockey Commissioner's Association (HCA) Rookie of the Month for December.[4] At the end of the season, Bozak was named to the All-WCHA third team and to the All-WCHA Rookie Team.[4]

Heading into his sophomore season with the Pioneers, Bozak was named to the College Hockey News Preseason All-America Team.[4] On December 12, he tore the meniscus in his left knee in a game against Minnesota State, and this caused him to miss more than half of the Pioneers season.[4] After the season, Bozak was named to the All-WCHA Academic Team.[4]

Professional[edit]

Bozak beats Martin Brodeur to score against the New Jersey Devils.

After his sophomore season, Bozak was a heavily pursued free agent in spite of never being drafted by an NHL team. He signed a two-year, entry level contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 3, 2009.[5] Exact financial details of the contract were not released, but it has been rumoured to be worth close to $4 million per season if all performance bonuses are reached.[6] Bozak did not suit up for the Leafs at the end of the 2008–09 season, instead taking the time to further rehabilitate his injured knee.[7]

Bozak attended the Maple Leafs training camp prior to the 2009–10 season. He had a strong training camp, but because of salary cap concerns, he was sent down to the Leafs American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate Toronto Marlies. Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson admitted that Bozak had a strong camp, "He'll probably have to go down because of numbers. Based on the way he played in training camp, he's certainly worthy of playing in the NHL, but we may not have room at the beginning."[8] Bozak was called up by the Toronto Maple Leafs on October 13, 2009,[9] and made his NHL debut the same night against the Colorado Avalanche. During this game, he recorded his first NHL point, an assist on a goal by Francois Beauchemin.[10] After playing one game, Bozak was returned to the AHL's Marlies on October 15, 2009.[9] Bozak was called up by the Maple Leafs again on January 12, 2010.[9] On January 14, 2010, Bozak scored his first NHL goal against the Philadelphia Flyers.[11] Bozak had his first career 2 goal game on January 1, 2011 against the Ottawa Senators as part of a 5-1 win. Bozak agreed to terms on a 2-year contract extension with the Maple Leafs on July 5, 2011. On July 5, 2013 he signed a 5 year, $21 million deal with the Maple Leafs.

Personal life[edit]

His parents are Mitch and Karon, and he has one older brother, Justin.[4] He graduated from Sheldon-Williams Collegiate in Regina, Saskatchewan.[4] While in high school, he volunteered for the Raise A Reader program and was on the honour roll all three years.[4] While at the University of Denver, Bozak majored in Business.[4]

In Toronto during the summer, Bozak initially shared a townhouse with fellow collegians and NHL rookies Viktor Stalberg and Christian Hanson. Hanson later moved out, but Bozak still shared a place with Stalberg until Viktor was traded to Chicago for Kris Versteeg.[12]

Bozak is now roommates with fellow Maple Leaf, Phil Kessel.

He is a Ukrainian-Canadian.[nb 1]

He is currently in a relationship with University student, Molly Robinson. [14][15]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Regina Pat Canadians SHA 42 17 19 36 40
2004–05 Victoria Salsa BCHL 55 15 16 31 24
2005–06 Victoria Salsa BCHL 56 31 38 69 26
2006–07 Victoria Grizzlies BCHL 59 45 83 128 45
2007–08 University of Denver WCHA 41 18 16 34 22
2008–09 University of Denver WCHA 19 8 15 23 10
2009–10 Toronto Marlies AHL 32 4 16 20 6
2009–10 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 37 8 19 27 6
2010–11 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 15 17 32 14
2011–12 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 73 18 29 47 22
2012–13 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 46 12 16 28 6 5 1 1 2 4
2013–14 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 58 19 30 49 14
NHL totals 296 72 111 183 62 5 1 1 2 4

Awards[edit]

Junior[edit]

Award Date
Brett Hull Trophy as BCHL Top Scorer 2006–07 season[2]

NCAA[edit]

Award Date
Red Baron WCHA Rookie of the Week November 6, 2007[4]
December 18, 2007[4]
January 2, 2008[4]
February 12, 2008[4]
HCA Rookie of the Month December 2007[4]
All-WCHA Third Team 2007–08[4]
All-WCHA Rookie Team 2007–08[4]
All-WCHA Academic Team 2008–09[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In an interview with The Score, Bozak said his favorite food was perogies, and when asked, stated that he is Ukrainian (and jokingly agreed to have his birthplace set to Ukraine in his bio).[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tyler Bozak". HockeyDB.com. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  2. ^ a b "Brett Hull Trophy". British Columbia Hockey League. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  3. ^ "DU Hockey Signs Two Student Athletes". Western Collegiate Hockey Association. 2006-12-11. Retrieved 2010-01-24. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Tyler Bozak". University of Denver. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  5. ^ "Bozak decides to sign on with Leafs". Rogers SportsNet. 2009-04-03. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  6. ^ "Victoria's $4-Million Man Heads To Leafs". Victoria Grizzlies. 2009-04-04. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  7. ^ "Tyler Bozak joins Maple Leafs, looks forward to next season". The Canadian Press. 2009-04-04. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  8. ^ McGran, Kevin (2009-09-30). "Leafs' salary cap crunch clips Bozak". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  9. ^ a b c "Tyler Bozak". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  10. ^ "Regina-born Bozak picks up an assist in NHL debut". The Leader Post. 2009-10-14. Retrieved 2010-01-24. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Tyler Bozak scores first NHL goal, Maple Leafs beat Philadelphia 4-0". National Hockey League. 2010-01-14. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  12. ^ Traikos, Michael (2009-09-18). "'College line' looking smart". Canada.com. Retrieved 2010-01-24. [dead link]
  13. ^ "The Score interview". Retrieved 24 Sep 2009. 
  14. ^ http://nhlhockeywags.tumblr.com/post/95559599924
  15. ^ http://leafssnation.tumblr.com/post/92385053055/nhlhockeywags-tyler-bozak-molly-robinson

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