January 14, 1979 |
Nobleton, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||218 lb (99 kg; 15 st 8 lb)|
|Played for||Boston Bruins
Nottingham Panthers (EIHL)
|NHL Draft||9th overall, 1997
21st overall, 1999
Nicholas Carl Boynton (born January 14, 1979) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman who played 11 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Boston Bruins, Phoenix Coyotes, Florida Panthers, Anaheim Ducks, Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers.
Boynton grew up playing minor hockey in his hometown of Nobleton, Ontario with the NobleKing Knights before moving to AAA with the Richmond Hill-Vaughan Kings of the OMHA. He played bantam AAA with the Kings before signing as a 15-year-old with the Caledon Canadians Jr.A. club of the Metro Junior Hockey League in 1994–95. He was a standout for four seasons with the OHL's Ottawa 67's, finishing his junior career in 1998-99 with 59 points in 51 games.
Boynton was originally drafted by the Washington Capitals in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. After failing to come to terms on a contract with the Capitals, Boynton was eligible to return to the draft, and he was subsequently selected in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins. Boynton played for the Bruins until 2005-06.
His best season was 2003–04 when he registered 30 points. During the NHL lockout season of 2004–05, Boynton played for the Nottingham Panthers in the British Elite Ice Hockey League, memorably scoring the equalizing goal in the British Championship Grand Final. On June 26, 2006, he was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for fellow defenceman Paul Mara.
After two seasons with the Coyotes Boynton was traded at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft along with Keith Ballard and a second round pick to the Florida Panthers for Olli Jokinen on June 20, 2008. In the 2008-09 season, Boynton regained his scoring touch and posted 21 points in 68 games for the Panthers. During the season on February 27, 2009, Boynton was sent home from a Panthers road trip and missed three games for disciplinary reasons, later revealed to be after an argument with coach Peter DeBoer.
On July 9, 2009, he signed a one-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks for the 2009-10 season. After playing in 42 games with the Ducks. Boynton was placed on waivers on February 1, 2010. He was then assigned to the Manitoba Moose of the AHL.
On March 2, 2010, he was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks, he was then assigned to AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs. Boynton was later recalled to the Blackhawks and made his debut in a 4-2 loss to the Ducks on March 17, 2010. On June 9, 2010, he won his first Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Boynton married for the first time August 3, 2012 to former Chicago media personality Jen Patterson.  Boynton and his wife had their first child together In June 2013, Harland Grace. Boynton also has two daughters, Emmerson & Bryar, from a previous relationship.
On Wednesday, March 25, 2015, Boynton was arrested for allegedly causing a disturbance at the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino in Buffalo, New York. When officers tried to arrest him, he allegedly fought them and bit one of them in the finger. Boynton was formally charged with assault, criminal mischief and harassment. Following the incident, the Arizona Coyotes placed Boynton on a formal "Leave of Absence"; he was reinstated on May 25. Boynton has been providing radio color commentary for the Coyotes since the start of the 2014-15 season. 
Awards and achievements
- 1996 — OHL All-Rookie Team
- 1999 — Memorial Cup All-Star Team
- 1999 — Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy (Memorial Cup MVP)
- 2002 — NHL All-Rookie Team
- 2002 — Played in NHL YoungStars Game
- 2004 — Played in NHL All-Star Game
- 2010 — Stanley Cup
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- Meltzer, Bill (2002-03-20). "Diabetes no barrier for Boynton". NHL. Retrieved 2008-11-10.[dead link]
- "Coyotes radio analyst pleads not guilty in casino fracas". The Buffalo News. March 27, 2015. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
- "Former Ottawa 67's star Nick Boynton arrested for allegedly biting a Buffalo police officer". Ottawa Citizen. 2015-03-26. Retrieved 2015-03-26.
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|Washington Capitals first round draft pick
|Boston Bruins first round draft pick