Thursday, September 24, 2009
Know Your Bruin - Johnny Boychuk
With the season 1 week away we here at Something's Bruin are looking at the casual fan and hoping they are ready to follow the black and gold bandwagon through the ups and downs (but more than likely, you bandwagoners wont be here for the downs) of the regular season.

More than likely, these bandwagon followers haven't been paying much attention to the Bruins off season because they have been wearing their pink baseball hats, J.D. Drew baseball t-shirt or thier obligatory Tom Brady t-shirt. For all of you who haven't been paying attention to the Bruins, we came up with a segment called:


Every day until the season begins, we will take a player who is relatively unknown in the eyes of "Mr. Casual Fan" and give you a little background about him, where we think he'll end up on the roster and some more other tidbits.

So let's get at it shall we?

Johnny Boychuk

D.O.B: 1/19/1984 (25)
Position: Defense
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 225lbs
Number: 55
How he came to Boston: Traded from Colorado Avalanche for Matt Hendricks.
Playing Experience with Boston: Played 1st (and only) game for the Bruins on 12/4/2008 vs. Tampa Bay.

Quick Biography: Boychuk was drafted 61st by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Boychuk played in the Avalanche organization for four years and spent most of his time in the AHL. Boychuk made his NHL debut against the New York Islanders on January 5, 2008 for the Avs, playing the wing position.

In the off season leading up to the 2008-2009 season, Boychuk was traded to the Boston Bruins for C Matt Hendricks. Boychuk was assigned to play for the Providence Bruins where he shined on defense, acquiring the Eddie Shore Award (which is an award presented to the AHL's best defenseman). Boychuk made his first and only appearance in a Bruins sweater on December 4, 2008 against the Tampa Bay Lightning, a game Boston won 3-1.

During the off season, Boychuk signed a 1-way deal with the Bruins.

Projected Roster: Boston Bruins NHL roster
Projected Slot: 6th defenseman, paired with Mark Stuart

Here are a couple of videos:

Boychuk vs Mike Moore 5/8/09 - AHL Playoffs

Boychuk vs. Aaron Rome 2/18/08

I hope you enjoyed the first segment of KNOW YOUR BRUIN. Tomorrow we'll look at Vladimir Sobotka.

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