Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Laurie Boschman
As a junior with the Brandon Wheat Kings, Laurie Boschman centered a line featuring future NHLers Brian Propp and Ray Allison. The trio clicked in a big way with Boschman potting 149 points in 65 games in his final year with the club. He also collected 215 penalty minutes just to serve notice that he could play a mean game as well as an offensively prolific one.

The Toronto Maple Leafs picked him up in 1979 Entry Draft with high expectations. In his rookie campaign, he showed signs that his promise was in the process of delivery. He skated well between John Anderson and Rocky Saganiuk. But in year two, he was felled with mononucleosis. To add to his woes, he was rushed back too soon after the illness had struck. As such, he skated like a tired hound dog at the end of a long hunt. His situation was further exacerbated when the club's owner, Harold Ballard, suggested that Boschman's Christian beliefs were at the root of his poor play.

Needless to say, his days as a Leaf were numbered. In 1982, he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers for Walt Poddubny and Phil Drouillard. With the Oilers, Boschman needed only one thing to get back on track -- plenty of ice time. But that was the one commodity that was hard to come by amidst a lineup so deep in talent. As a result, he was passed along to the Winnipeg Jets in 1983.

In Winnipeg, Boschman finally found a stable environment where he could establish his game. He developed a relentlessly determined style of play that brought him plenty of opportunities to scrap and to score points. Over the seven years that followed, he became a mainstay as a solid, two-way performer who consistently put points on the board and covered his own end of the rink with tenacity.

In 1990, Boschman was traded to the New Jersey Devils. By then, his productivity was beginning to wane. He continued on as a defensive-minded forward for two more seasons before finishing his NHL career with the Ottawa Senators in 1993. After a year of retirement, he played one final campaign for the Fife Flyers in England.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1975-76 Brandon Bobcats MJHL 2 1 3 4 2
1976-77 Brandon Bobcats MJHL 47 17 40 57 139
1976-77 Brandon Wheat Kings WCJHL 3 0 1 1 0 12 1 1 2 17
1977-78 Brandon Wheat Kings WCJHL 72 42 57 99 227 6 2 5 7 45
1978-79 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 65 66 83 149 215 22 11 23 34 56
1978-79 Brandon Wheat Kings M-Cup 5 3 4 7 10
1979-80 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 80 16 32 48 78 +2 3 1 1 2 18
1980-81 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 53 14 19 33 178 -10 3 0 0 0 7
1980-81 New Brunswick Hawks AHL 4 4 1 5 47
1981-82 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 54 9 19 28 150 -3
1981-82 Edmonton Oilers NHL 11 2 3 5 37 +2 3 0 1 1 4
1982-83 Edmonton Oilers NHL 62 8 12 20 183 +3
1982-83 Winnipeg Jets NHL 12 3 5 8 36 +3 3 0 1 1 12
1983-84 Winnipeg Jets NHL 61 28 46 74 234 -4 3 0 1 1 5
1984-85 Winnipeg Jets NHL 80 32 44 76 180 -8 8 2 1 3 21
1985-86 Winnipeg Jets NHL 77 27 42 69 241 -29 3 0 1 1 6
1986-87 Winnipeg Jets NHL 80 17 24 41 152 -17 10 2 3 5 32
1987-88 Winnipeg Jets NHL 80 25 23 48 229 -24 5 1 3 4 9
1988-89 Winnipeg Jets NHL 70 10 26 36 163 -17
1989-90 Winnipeg Jets NHL 66 10 17 27 103 -11 2 0 0 0 2
1990-91 New Jersey Devils NHL 78 11 9 20 79 -1 7 1 1 2 16
1991-92 New Jersey Devils NHL 75 8 20 28 121 +9 7 1 0 1 8
1992-93 Ottawa Senators NHL 70 9 7 16 101 -26
1993-94
1994-95 Fife Flyers Britain 7 9 9 18 6 6 5 8 13 12
NHL Totals 1009 229 348 577 2265 57 8 13 21 140


WHL First All-Star Team (1979)
Memorial Cup All-Star Team (1979)
Traded to Edmonton by Toronto for Walt Poddubny and Phil Drouillard, March 9, 1982. Traded to Winnipeg by Edmonton for Willy Lindstrom, March 7, 1983. Traded to New Jersey by Winnipeg for Bob Brooke, September 6, 1990.
Brooke retired and Winnipeg received New Jersey's 5th round pick (Yan Kaminsky) in 1991 NHL Draft as compensation. Claimed by Ottawa from New Jersey in Expansion Draft, June 18, 1992.
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