A little (okay, long) exchange on Twitter today enlightened me to the fact that the Bruins’ hard-working 7th defenseman, Johnny Boychuk, is not a commonly recognized name around the league. My ultimate dream would be to change that; although I know that probably won’t happen, here, at the very least, is a little primer and picture dump about the B’s extra man.
Johnny Boychuk was born January 19, 1984 in Edmonton, Alberta; his junior club was the Calgary Hitmen, where he played from 2000-2003, including for the 4th place Canadian Under-18 team in 2002. He was drafted 61st overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2002 entry draft; for comparison, teammate Daniel Paille was drafted 20th overall that year, Dennis Wideman was drafted 241st in round 8, and the Bruins’ first round draft pick was Hannu Toivonen. 3rd from last to go in the 2002 draft? Adam Burish. Essentially: drafts are weird.