Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Nick Boynton
Defenseman Nick Boynton was a first round draft pick of the Washington Capitals in 1997 but failed to come to terms with the team and returned to his Junior club, the OHL's Ottawa 67's. Back in Ottawa Boynton continued to develop into a top flite blue liner and capped his time there with a Memorial Cup title and the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy as the tournament's MVP. With his beefed up Junior resume Boynton re-entered the draft and was again a first round selection, this time going to the Boston Bruins.

The Bruins came to terms with the big defenseman and he began his professional career with their farm club, the Providence Bruins of the AHL. During his first two years in the organization Boynton played just five games in the NHL with the rest of his time spent apprenticing in the minors and overcoming minor setbacks like learning he had diabetes. The 2001-02 season saw Boynton become a full time NHLer.

With veteran Eric Weinrich lost to free agency, a void was created on the Boston blue line and Boynton stepped in and made rapid progress. The Bruins as a team improved substantially in the standings and placed first in the Eastern Conference, helped in part by Boynton's steady play through 80 games. Boynton was able to contribute 4 goals and 18 points and by season's end was earning special teams ice time and at seasons end was named to the NHL's All-Rookie Team.

Boynton earned rave reviews for his physical presence and offensive capabilities in his first full season with the club and over the course of the next two seasons saw his offensive totals increase and took part in his first NHL All-Star Game in 2004.

The season after the NHL lockout, the Bruins failed to make the playoffs. The following summer saw the organization send Boynton and a fourth-round draft pick to the Phoenix Coyotes for Paul Mara and a third-round draft pick.

In the summer of 2009, as an unrestricted free agent, Boynton would be on the move again. This time signing with the Ducks of Anaheim, though he would fail to finish the season with the Ducks. On March 2, 2010, one day prior to the NHL trade deadline, Boynton was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks.

The trade would prove to be a fortuitous one for Boynton in the 2010 playoffs when the Blackhawks defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in six games to capture the club's first Stanley Cup championship since 1961.

On February 26, 2011, Boynton's time in Chicago would come to an end. He was claimed off waivers by a familiar foe, the Philadelphia Flyers.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1993-94 Caledon Canadians ON-Jr.A 4 0 1 1 0
1994-95 Caledon Canadians ON-Jr.A 44 10 35 45 139
1995-96 Ottawa 67's OHL 64 10 14 24 90 4 0 3 3 10
1995-96 Canada U-18 5 0 1 1 14
1996-97 Ottawa 67's OHL 63 13 51 64 143 24 4 24 28 38
1997-98 Ottawa 67's OHL 40 7 31 38 94 +34 13 0 4 4 24
1998-99 Ottawa 67's OHL 51 11 48 59 83 +53 9 1 9 10 18
1998-99 Ottawa 67's M-Cup 5 1 6 7 4
1999-00 Boston Bruins NHL 5 0 0 0 0 -5
1999-00 Providence Bruins AHL 53 5 14 19 66 -12 12 1 0 1 6
2000-01 Boston Bruins NHL 1 0 0 0 0 -1
2000-01 Providence Bruins AHL 78 6 27 33 105 +16 17 0 2 2 35
2001-02 Boston Bruins NHL 80 4 14 18 107 +18 6 1 2 3 8
2002-03 Boston Bruins NHL 78 7 17 24 99 +8 5 0 1 1 4
2003-04 Boston Bruins NHL 81 6 24 30 98 +17 7 0 2 2 2
2004-05 Nottingham Panthers Britain 9 1 3 4 4 6 1 2 3 22
2005-06 Boston Bruins NHL 54 5 7 12 93 -7
2006-07 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 59 2 9 11 138 -13
2007-08 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 79 3 9 12 125 -9
2008-09 Florida Panthers NHL 68 5 16 21 91 +7
2009-10 Anaheim Ducks NHL 42 1 6 7 59 +1
2009-10 Manitoba Moose AHL 9 0 4 4 4 -2
2009-10 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 7 0 1 1 12 +4 3 0 0 0 2
2009-10 Rockford IceHogs AHL 6 0 1 1 18 +2
2010-11 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 41 1 7 8 36 +2
2010-11 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 10 0 0 0 4 -3
NHL Totals 605 34 110 144 862 21 1 5 6 16


OHL All-Rookie Team (1996)
Memorial Cup All-Star Team (1999)
Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy (Memorial Cup - MVP) (1999)
NHL All-Rookie Team (2002) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2004) Signed as a free agent by Nottingham (Britain), January 26, 2005. Traded to Phoenix by Boston with Boston's 4th round pick (later traded to Toronto - Toronto selected Matt Frattin) in 2007 NHL Draft for Paul Mara and Phoenix's 3rd round pick (later traded to Anaheim - Anaheim selected Maxime Macenauer) in 2007 NHL Draft, June 26, 2006. Traded to Florida by Phoenix with Keith Ballard and Ottawa's 2nd round pick (previously acquired, later traded back to Phoenix - Phoenix selected Jared Staal) in 2008 NHL Draft for Olli Jokinen, June 20, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Anaheim, July 9, 2009. Traded to Chicago by Anaheim for future considerations, March 2, 2010. Claimed on waivers by Philadelphia from Chicago, February 26, 2011.
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