Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Fred Boimistruck
Defenseman Fred Boimistruck played two years of major junior hockey with the Cornwall Royals when the club was enjoying the greatest successes in team history. In his rookie year in 1980-81 Boimistruck quickly established himself as one of the top offensive defensemen in the QMJHL on a powerhouse team that included such other notable players such as Dale Hawerchuk and Dan Daoust. The Royals won the Memorial Cup that year and with the majority of the players returning in 1981-82, it looked as if a repeat was a sure thing. In his second year Boimistruck notched 22 goals and 70 points in 68 games as the Royals dominated the QMJHL regular season. They advanced to the Memorial Cup as expected and defeated the OMJHL's Kitchener Rangers in the finals.

Despite having one year of junior eligibility remaining, Boimistruck earned a roster spot with the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs, who had selected him in the third round of the 1980 NHL Entry Draft, 43rd overall. In retrospect many of the young players such as Jim Benning and Gary Nylund were thrown into a similar situation as Boimistruck where they were expected to immediately improve a disastrous Maple Leafs team. Instead it ruined their careers, with far too much pressure placed on their young shoulders. Although Boimistruck played 57 games that first year, he was limited to just 26 the following season and was relegated to the minors for the rest of the year. He never again reached the NHL, his confidence totally gone. By their own admission many young players from that early 1980's Leafs' team later admitted they were too young to handle the unrealistic expectations placed upon them by team management.

Boimistruck toiled in the minors for several years but was out of competitive hockey by the age of 25.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1978-79 Streetsville Derbys ON-Jr.B
1979-80 Cornwall Royals QMJHL 70 12 34 46 99 11 0 8 8 6
1979-80 Cornwall Royals M-Cup 5 3 2 5 2
1980-81 Cornwall Royals QMJHL 68 22 48 70 158 18 4 11 15 61
1980-81 Canada WJC-A 5 3 0 3 8
1980-81 Cornwall Royals M-Cup 5 0 3 3 6
1981-82 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 57 2 11 13 32 +9
1982-83 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 26 2 3 5 13 -3
1982-83 St. Catharines Saints AHL 50 6 23 29 32
1983-84 St. Catharines Saints AHL 80 2 28 30 68 7 1 0 1 19
1984-85 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 2 0 1 1 5
1984-85 SC Langnau Swiss 6 1 2 3
1985-86 Flint Spirits IHL 17 3 6 9 15
1986-87 Brantford Mott's Clamatos OHA-Sr. 32 1 8 9 51
NHL Totals 83 4 14 18 45


QMJHL First All-Star Team (1981)
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