Zach Boychuk

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Zach Boychuk
Zach Boychuk 2013-02-02.JPG
First game with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Born (1989-10-04) October 4, 1989 (age 25)
Airdrie, AB, CAN
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 176 lb (80 kg; 12 st 8 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
Carolina Hurricanes
Charlotte Checkers (AHL)
Pittsburgh Penguins
Nashville Predators
NHL Draft 14th overall, 2008
Carolina Hurricanes
Playing career 2008–present

Zachary Boychuk (born October 4, 1989)[1] is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre currently playing for the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League. He was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round, 14th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He played junior with the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Western Hockey League (WHL).

Playing career[edit]

Boychuk began his major junior career in 2005–06 with the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the WHL. After recording 51 points in 64 games in his rookie season, he improved to 31 goals and 91 points in 69 games the next season, third overall in the WHL.

In Boychuk's draft year, he finished with 33 goals and 72 points, good for WHL East Second All-Star honours.[2] Leading the Hurricanes to the 2008 WHL Finals – he had 21 points in 18 playoff games – Lethbridge was, however, swept by eventual Memorial Cup winners, the Spokane Chiefs. Heading into the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Boychuk was ranked eighth by the Central Scouting Service among North American skaters.[3] He was chosen fourteenth overall by the Carolina Hurricanes.

After attending the Hurricanes' prospect camp in July, he went into surgery for his left wrist, which he had injured during the 2008 WHL playoffs.[4] He was cleared to play during the 2008–09 NHL preseason and on October 4, 2008, the Hurricanes signed him to a three-year, entry level contract.[5]

He made his NHL debut against the Los Angeles Kings on October 17, 2008 becoming the first Hurricanes player since Eric Staal in 2003 to make his NHL debut in his draft year. He was returned to Lethbridge after appearing in two NHL games.[6] Upon being sent down, Boychuk completed his fourth season of WHL hockey by registering 57 points (28g, 29a) in 43 regular-season games and leading the team with 13 points (7g, 6a) in 11 playoff contests.

He shared the Harry Ingarfield Memorial Award as Lethbridge’s team MVP and won the team’s plus/minus award.

He was an assistant captain for Team Canada in the 2009 U-20 World Junior Championship in Ottawa, his second WJC, and helped Canada win the gold medal for the second straight year.

He was reassigned by Carolina from Lethbridge (WHL) to the Albany River Rats on 4/10/09. At the beginning of the 2009–10 he attended the Carolina Hurricanes training camp. He made his AHL debut with Albany and recorded one assist for his first career professional point at WBS on April 10, 2009.

He registered his first NHL goal Saturday February 13, 2010 against the New Jersey Devils. It was the opening goal of the game and scored against goaltender Martin Brodeur at the 16:47 mark of the first period. Assisted by Brandon Sutter, and Brett Carson. On December 29, 2010 he had his first multi-goal NHL game, with two goals, against the Ottawa Senators.[7]

During the shortened 2012–13 season, on January 31, 2013 he was claimed off waivers from the Hurricanes by the Pittsburgh Penguins.[8] In going scoreless in seven games with the Penguins, he was again placed on waivers and subsequently claimed by the Nashville Predators on March 5, 2013.[9] On March 21, 2013 he was re-claimed by the Hurricanes on waivers. On December 6, 2013, after starting the season in the AHL, Boychuk was recalled by the Hurricanes after an injury to veteran defenseman Mike Komisarek.[10]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for Canada Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold 2008 Czech Republic
Gold 2009 Canada

Prior to Boychuk's draft year in 2007–08, he competed in the 2007 Super Series, an under-20 eight-game series between Russia and Team Canada. The series marked the 35th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union. Boychuk contributed 4 goals and 2 assists in 7 games as Canada dominated and eventually won the series 7-0-1.

Boychuk would also compete for Team Canada in the 2008 World Junior Championships and 2009 World Junior Championships, helping Canada to a fourth and fifth straight gold medal in the Czech Republic and Canada.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 UFA Bisons AMHL 36 13 14 27 18 16 10 5 15 0
2005–06 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 64 18 33 51 30 6 0 5 5 2
2006–07 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 69 31 60 91 52
2007–08 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 61 33 39 72 80 18 13 8 21 6
2008–09 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 43 28 29 57 22 11 7 6 13 12
2008–09 Albany River Rats AHL 2 0 1 1 2
2009–10 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 31 3 6 9 2
2009–10 Albany River Rats AHL 52 15 21 36 24 8 3 2 5 4
2010–11 Charlotte Checkers AHL 60 22 43 65 48 16 3 6 9 14
2010–11 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 23 4 3 7 4
2011–12 Charlotte Checkers AHL 64 21 23 44 46
2011–12 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 16 0 2 2 0
2012–13 Charlotte Checkers AHL 49 23 20 43 16 5 3 3 6 4
2012–13 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 7 0 0 0 2
2012–13 Nashville Predators NHL 5 1 1 2 4
2013–14 Charlotte Checkers AHL 69 36 38 74 55
2013–14 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 11 1 3 4 0
NHL totals 96 9 15 24 12

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
World Junior gold medal with Team Canada 2008
WHL East Second All-Star Team 2007–08 [11]
World Junior gold medal with Team Canada 2009
AHL Second All-Star Team 2013–14 [12]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Brandon Sutter
Carolina Hurricanes first round draft pick
2008
Succeeded by
Philippe Paradis