March 19, 1986 |
Regina, SK, CAN
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||186 lb (84 kg; 13 st 4 lb)|
|NHL team||Toronto Maple Leafs|
Tyler Bozak (born March 19, 1986) is a Canadian professional 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 (AHL). 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).
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 Western Hockey League (WHL) level. 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 BCHL's top scorer.
On December 11, 2006, the University of Denver Pioneers announced that Bozak had signed a letter of intent to play hockey for the school. He joined the Pioneers for the 2007–08 season. During his freshman year with the team, Bozak played in all 41 games and led the team in scoring with 34 points (18 goals and 16 assists). He was second in the country with five shorthanded goals. 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. At the end of the season, Bozak was named to the All-WCHA third team and to the All-WCHA Rookie Team.
Heading into his sophomore season with the Pioneers, Bozak was named to the College Hockey News Preseason All-America Team. On December 12, he tore the meniscus in his left knee in a game against Minnesota State, causing him to miss more than half of the Pioneers' season. After the season, Bozak was named to the All-WCHA Academic Team.
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. 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. 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.
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, the 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." Bozak was called up by the Maple Leafs on October 13, 2009, 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 François Beauchemin. After playing one game, Bozak was returned to the AHL's Marlies on October 15, 2009. He was called up by the Maple Leafs again on January 12, 2010. Two days later, on January 14, Bozak scored his first NHL goal against the Philadelphia Flyers. Bozak had his first career two-goal game on January 1, 2011, against the Ottawa Senators as part of a 5–1 win. He agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension with the Maple Leafs on July 5, 2011. On July 5, 2013, he signed a five-year, $21 million deal with the Maple Leafs.
On March 28, 2015, Bozak scored his first career hat trick, and added an assist to cap off a 4 point performance. He scored a point in everyone of the Leafs' goals. He did so on the night the Leafs had honoured Garret Gamble, a young fan from Saskatchewan. Gamble had stated that Bozak was his favourite player prior to the game. Bozak would finish the season with a career best 23 goals, while tying his career high of 49 points.
Bozak's parents are Mitch and Karon, and he has one older brother, Justin. He graduated from Sheldon-Williams Collegiate in Regina, Saskatchewan. While in high school, he volunteered for the Raise a Reader program and was on the honour roll all three years. While at the University of Denver, Bozak majored in Business.
In Toronto during the summer, Bozak initially shared a townhouse with fellow collegians and NHL rookies Viktor Stålberg and Christian Hanson. Hanson later moved out, but Bozak still shared a place with Stålberg until he was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Kris Versteeg.
Bozak is now roommates with fellow Maple Leaf, Phil Kessel.
|2004–05||Regina Pat Canadians||SHA||42||17||19||36||40||—||—||—||—||—|
|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 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||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014–15||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||82||23||26||49||44||—||—||—||—||—|
|Brett Hull Trophy as BCHL Top Scorer||2006–07 season|
|Red Baron WCHA Rookie of the Week||November 6, 2007
December 18, 2007
January 2, 2008
February 12, 2008
|HCA Rookie of the Month||December 2007|
|All-WCHA Third Team||2007–08|
|All-WCHA Rookie Team||2007–08|
|All-WCHA Academic Team||2008–09|
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