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Brock Boeser
Brock Boeser 2016.jpg
Boeser with North Dakota in 2016
Born (1997-02-25) February 25, 1997 (age 21)
Burnsville, Minnesota, U.S.
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 208 lb (94 kg; 14 st 12 lb)
Position Right wing
Shoots Right
NHL team Vancouver Canucks
NHL Draft 23rd overall, 2015
Vancouver Canucks
Playing career 2017–present

Brock Boeser (/ˈbɛsər/; German pronunciation: [ˈbœsɐ];[1] born February 25, 1997) is an American ice hockey player currently playing for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL). A top prospect with the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League (USHL), Boeser was selected 23rd overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the Canucks, and spent the following two seasons with the University of North Dakota. He made his NHL debut in 2017 with Vancouver. Internationally Boeser has played for the United States national junior team at the 2016 World Junior Championships, where he helped the team win a bronze medal.

Playing career

Amateur

During the 2014–15 season, Boeser led the league with 35 goals and was named to both the 2014–15 USHL All-Rookie Team and First All-Star Team. In 2015–16 Boeser represented Team USA in the IIHF under-20 championships, as the team took bronze overall. During the 2015–16 season playing for the University of North Dakota he was fourth, sixth, and third in goals (27), assists (33) and points (60) respectively in division I hockey, the same season he helped the team win the NCAA Division 1 National Championship.[2] He missed two months of the 2016–17 season due to a wrist injury.

Professional

Boeser at the 2017 NHLPA Rookie Showcase

Boeser was selected 23rd overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Canucks on March 25, 2017.[3] Later that same day, he made his NHL debut in his home state of Minnesota and scored his first NHL goal in the 4–2 win.[4]

On November 4, 2017, Boeser scored a hat trick, the first Canucks player age 20 or younger to do so since Trevor Linden on December 20, 1990 as well as the third youngest behind Trevor Linden and Tony Tanti.[5][6][7] All three goals came against Matt Murray of the Pittsburgh Penguins, allowing the Canucks to win 4–2.[8]

Boeser was named the league's Rookie of the Month for November after leading all skaters (not just rookies) with 11 goals in 15 games.[5] He was again named Rookie of the Month for the month of December after scoring 8 goals and 13 points in 13 games.[9] On January 10, 2018, Boeser was named to his first career NHL All-Star Game as a member of the Pacific Division roster.[10] With two goals and an assist in two games, Boeser was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2018 NHL All-Star Game becoming the first rookie to do so since Mario Lemieux in 1985.[11] Boeser also won the 2018 accuracy shooting contest, hitting all five targets in a time of 11.136 seconds.[12] Boeser was injured in a game against the New York Islanders on March 5, 2018, when he collided with Cal Clutterbuck and the Canucks bench.[13] It was later reported he suffered a back injury and would miss 4–6 weeks to recover.[13] At the time of his injury, he led the team in goals, points, shots on goal, and power-play points.[14] Despite missing the final 16 games of the season, Boeser was named a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy which is awarded to the league's best rookie of the year.[15]

International play

Boeser has played with the United States national junior team, first at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. His first International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF)-sanctioned tournament was the 2016 World Junior Championships, where he had three points in seven games as the United States won the bronze medal. He missed the 2017 World Junior Championships due to a wrist injury.[16]

Personal life

Boeser, who grew up in Burnsville, Minnesota, is the youngest of three children to Duke and Laurie Boeser; he has a brother, Paul, and sister, Jessica.[17] Duke was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2010; he would also have a severe brain injury from a car accident a few years later, forcing him to stop working. To help support the family Laurie worked up to three jobs, including serving in a restaurant, office administration, and preparing tax returns.[18] In early August 2014, while Boeser was in Slovakia for the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, a tragic car accident south of Minneapolis-St. Paul killed one of his closest friends and severely injured another, both fellow students and athletes at Burnsville High School. This followed the death of his grandfather prior to his first game in the USHL.[19]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2013–14 Sioux City Musketeers USHL 8 3 1 4 2 8 1 0 1 0
2014–15 Waterloo Black Hawks USHL 57 35 33 68 30
2015–16 U. of North Dakota NCHC 42 27 33 60 26
2016–17 U. of North Dakota NCHC 32 16 18 34 24
2016–17 Vancouver Canucks NHL 9 4 1 5 0
2017–18 Vancouver Canucks NHL 62 29 26 55 16
NHL totals 71 33 27 60 16

International

Medal record
Representing  United States
Men's ice hockey
World Junior Championship
Bronze medal – third place 2016 Finland
Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2014 United States IH18 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5 6 2 8 10
2016 United States WJC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 7 1 2 3 2
Junior totals 12 7 4 11 12

Awards and honors

Award Year
USHL
All-Rookie Team 2014–15 [20]
First All-Star Team 2014–15 [21]
College
NCHC Rookie of the Year 2015–16
NCHC First All-Star Team 2015–16
NCHC All Rookie Team 2015–16
NCHC Three Stars Award 2015–16 [22]
NHL
Rookie of the Month, November and December 2017–18 [5][9]
All-Star Game 2018 [23]
All-Star Game SuperSkills Accuracy Winner 2018 [24]
All-Star Game Tournament MVP 2018

References

  1. ^ 2015 National Hockey League Top Prospects Pronunciations.
  2. ^ "Boeser, Morris named to All-League team". wcfcourier.com. 2015-04-01. Retrieved 2015-06-21.
  3. ^ "Canucks sign Brock Boeser". NHL.com (in en_US). Retrieved 2017-03-25.
  4. ^ "Wild fail to clinch playoff berth again". nhl.com. 2017-03-25. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
  5. ^ a b c "Boeser named NHL's top rookie in November". NHL.com. NHL. December 1, 2017. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Brock Boeser becomes the first #Canucks player Age 20 or younger to record a Hat Trick since Trevor Linden on Dec 20, 1990". Sportsnet Stats. November 4, 2017.
  7. ^ @PR_NHL (November 4, 2017). "Per @MoreEliasSports: @BBoeser16 is the third-youngest player in @Canucks history to score a hat trick. #NHLStats #PITvsVAN" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. ^ "Brock Boeser scores first hat trick of his NHL career". Daily Hive Vancouver. November 4, 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Boeser named NHL's Rookie of Month for December". NHL.com. New York: NHL. January 2, 2018. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  10. ^ "NHL reveals All-Star Game rosters". NHL.com. New York: NHL. January 10, 2018. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  11. ^ "Oh, Boeser! Canucks rookie plays All-Starring role at NHL showcase". The Province. 2018-01-29. Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  12. ^ "Canucks rookie Brock Boeser named NHL All-Star MVP". Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  13. ^ a b "Boeser could miss remainder of season for Canucks with back injury". NHL.com. March 6, 2018. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  14. ^ Reese, Rob (March 6, 2018). "Fantasy buzz: Impact of McAvoy, Bishop, Boeser injuries". NHL.com. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  15. ^ "Calder Trophy finalists unveiled". NHL.com. April 22, 2018. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  16. ^ NHL (2016-12-14). "Canucks prospect Brock Boeser out of WJC". NHL.com. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
  17. ^ Russo, Michael (2015-06-24). "Life has tested Burnsville's Brock Boeser, a likely NHL first-round pick". Star Tribune. Minneapolis, Minnesota. Retrieved 2017-12-02.
  18. ^ MacIntyre, Iain (2017-03-30). "Sacrifice, love and uncommon maturity: Brock Boeser's NHL arrival a 'bigger-than-hockey moment'". The Province. Vancouver. Retrieved 2017-12-02.
  19. ^ Mooney, Harrison (2017-11-24). "Five things to know about Brock Boeser, Canucks superstar rookie". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 2017-12-05.
  20. ^ "Waterloo's Boeser named to USHL All-Rookie Team". National Hockey League. 2015-05-22. Retrieved 2015-06-21.
  21. ^ "Black Hawks rookies earn League Honors". wcfcourier.com. 2015-04-01. Retrieved 2014-06-21.
  22. ^ Hajdu, Jason (March 17, 2016). "Berry, Boeser honored at NCHC Awards Celebration". undsports.com. UNDSports. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  23. ^ "NHL announces 2018 All-Star rosters - Sportsnet.ca". Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
  24. ^ Mooney, Harrison (January 27, 2018). "Canucks All-Star Brock Boeser wins NHL shooting accuracy competition". The Province. Retrieved January 28, 2018.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jared McCann
Vancouver Canucks first round draft pick
2015
Succeeded by
Olli Juolevi
Preceded by
Danton Heinen
NCHC Rookie of the Year
2015–16
Succeeded by
Henrik Borgström
Preceded by
Award created
NCHC Three Stars Award
2015–16
Succeeded by
Ben Blacker