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Johnny Boychuk
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Born January 19, 1984 (1984-01-19) (age 33)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Boston Bruins
Colorado Avalanche
NHL Draft 61st overall, 2002
Colorado Avalanche
Playing career 2004–present

Johnny Boychuk (born John Paul Boychuk on January 19, 1984) is a Ukrainian Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Johnny was a member of the Bruins' Stanley Cup Championship team in 2011. He is an uncle-in-law of Peter Quenneville, who was drafted 195th overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing CareerEdit

Johnny was drafted 61st overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche.

Prior to being drafted, Johnny was a product of the WHL Calgary Hitmen. He made his professional debut with the Hershey Bears in the 2004–05 season. He spent the next four years in the Avalanche organization playing primarily for their AHL affiliations.

Johnny made his NHL debut in the 2007–08 season on January 5, 2008 against the New York Islanders. He made his debut as a forward playing on the wing.

On June 24, 2008, Johnny was traded to the Boston Bruins in exchange for Matt Hendricks. He was assigned to the Providence Bruins to start the 2008–09 season and in his first week was named "AHL Player of the Week."

On December 1, 2008, Boychuk was recalled to Boston and made his Bruins debut in a 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on December 4, 2008.

Johnny was then returned to Providence for the rest of the season where he enjoyed a breakout season, capturing the Eddie Shore Award by leading the league with 20 goals and 45 assists among defenceman and being named in the AHL's First All-Star Team.

On July 1, 2009, Boychuk secured his first one-way contract when he re-signed with the Bruins for the 2009–10 season.

After initially making the Bruins opening night roster, Johnny was primarily a healthy scratch in the first months of the season. After returning from a conditioning assignment in Providence, Johnny established himself within the Bruins as a two-way defenseman to finish with 15 points in 51 games to earn a two-year contract extension on June 24, 2010.

As a member of the Bruins when they defeated the Vancouver Canucks to win the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, Johnny was involved in a controversial play that resulted in Mason Raymond sustaining a vertebrae compression fracture twenty seconds into Game 6 on June 13, 2011. Raymond had been shoved backwards into the boards by Boychuk with his stick caught between Raymond's legs.

The injury forced Raymond to miss the remainder of the series and the start of the following season. Johnny was neither penalized on the play nor punished with a fine or suspension.

Critical of the lack of any action taken against Johnny, Canucks president Mike Gillis said, "I didn't see the puck around him. I thought the Boston player used a can opener and drove him with enough force into the board to break his back."

Mike Murphy, the NHL's senior vice president of hockey operations, defended the league's decision by explaining, "We felt it was a battle for the puck. Boychuk tried to eliminate Raymond by pushing him towards the boards as the puck went by."

In the following 2011–12 season, Johnny was rewarded with a three-year contract extension to remain a fixture on the Championship winning Bruins Blueline on February 14, 2012. Despite an inability to defend the Stanley Cup, he produced 15 points in 77 games.

During the 2012 NHL lockout, Johnny ventured to Europe and signed a temporary contract in Austria with EC Red Bull Salzburg of the EBEL on November 16, 2012.

Johnny scored 2 goals and posted 8 points in 15 games before he returned to the Bruins for the shortened 2012–13 season.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999–00 Calgary Hitmen WHL 1 0 0 0 0
2000–01 Calgary Hitmen WHL 66 4 8 12 61 12 1 1 2 17
2001–02 Calgary Hitmen WHL 70 8 32 40 85 7 1 1 2 6
2002–03 Calgary Hitmen WHL 40 8 18 26 58
2002–03 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 27 5 17 22 32 13 2 6 8 29
2003–04 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 62 13 20 33 71 10 1 9 10 9
2004–05 Hershey Bears AHL 80 3 12 15 69
2005–06 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 74 6 26 32 73
2006–07 Albany River Rats AHL 80 10 18 28 125 5 1 1 2 4
2007–08 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 60 8 18 26 63
2007–08 Colorado Avalanche NHL 4 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Providence Bruins AHL 78 20 45 65 61 16 3 5 8 19
2008–09 Boston Bruins NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Boston Bruins NHL 51 5 10 15 43 13 2 4 6 6
2009–10 Providence Bruins AHL 2 1 0 1 0
2010–11 Boston Bruins NHL 69 3 13 16 45 25 3 6 9 12
2011–12 Boston Bruins NHL 77 5 10 15 53 7 1 2 3 4
2012–13 EC Red Bull Salzburg EBEL 15 2 6 8 2
2012–13 Boston Bruins NHL 44 1 5 6 12 22 6 1 7 10
NHL totals 246 14 38 52 153 67 12 13 25 32

International StatisticsEdit

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
2002 Canada WJC18 5 1 0 1 8
Junior int'l totals 5 1 0 1 8

Awards & AchievementsEdit

Award Year
American Hockey League
First All-Star Team 2009
Eddie Shore Award 2009 [1]
National Hockey League
Stanley Cup 2011

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