| 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
185 lb (84 kg)
|Teams|| Toronto Maple Leafs|
New Jersey Devils
|Born|| June 4 1960,|
Major, SK, CAN
|NHL Draft|| 9th overall, 1979|
Toronto Maple Leafs
|Pro Career||1979 – 1995|
Laurie Joseph Boschman (born June 4, 1960) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey centre who played in the NHL for 14 seasons for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, Winnipeg Jets, New Jersey Devils and Ottawa Senators, a team in which he was captain of in his final NHL season.
Boschman started his career off with two stellar seasons with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL, where he played on a line with future NHLer's Brian Propp and Ray Allison. Those two seasons with Brandon helped him to get drafted 9th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft, considered by many hockey experts to be the most productive NHL draft of all-time.
Boschman's time in Toronto was not a happy time, as he was publicly ridiculed multiple times and threatened to be sent down to the minors by Leaf's owner Harold Ballard. Ballard also did not like that Boschman became a born-again Christian, saying he became soft as a result. Boschman was traded to the Edmonton Oilers on March 9, 1982 for Walt Poddubny and Phil Drouillard. He only lasted one year in Edmonton before being traded again, this time to the team that Boschman would define his career with, the Winnipeg Jets.
In his first full season with Winnipeg, he finally lived up to the billing of a first round draft pick by scoring 74 points in 61 games, as well as garnering 234 penalty minutes. Boschman became part of an impressive nucleus in Winnipeg that included stars Dale Hawerchuk, Thomas Steen, David Ellett, Doug Smail, Paul MacLean, and Randy Carlyle. The team's balanced attack was proven during the 1984–85 season when they tied a record with 6 players (including Boschman) scoring at least 30 goals in the regular season. However, even though with the all-star cast, they had to play in the same division as the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers who were two of the best teams in the league at the time, and as a result the team rarely made it past the first round of the playoffs.
The team was broken apart after years of playoff failure, and Boschman was traded to the New Jersey Devils in September, 1990. In his last season with the Jets, he earned an 8-game suspension for high-sticking Tomas Sandstrom in retaliation. He played a few seasons in New Jersey, before being claimed in the 1992 NHL Expansion Draft by the Ottawa Senators. He was the team's first captain during the team's dreadful first season. Boschman retired after that 1992–93 season when he was bought out by the Senators, although he returned to hockey for a brief period in 1994 when he played for the Fife Flyers in Britain.
Boschman is one of only sixteen players in NHL history to have recorded 500+ points and 2,000+PIM in their career.
|1976-77||Brandon Wheat Kings||WCHL||3||0||1||1||0||12||1||1||2||17|
|1977-78||Brandon Wheat Kings||WCHL||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|
|1979-80||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||80||16||32||48||78||3||1||1||2||18|
|1980-81||New Brunswick Hawks||AHL||4||4||1||5||47||--||--||--||--||--|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||53||14||19||33||178||3||0||0||0||7|
|1981-82||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||54||9||19||28||150||--||--||--||--||--|
|1990-91||New Jersey Devils||NHL||78||11||9||20||79||7||1||1||2||16|
|1991-92||New Jersey Devils||NHL||75||8||20||28||121||7||1||0||1||8|
Awards & Achievements Edit
- Western Hockey League All-Star Team (1979)
- President's Cup Western Hockey League Championship (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.
- Claimed by Ottawa from New Jersey in Expansion Draft, June 18, 1992.
|Toronto Maple Leafs first-round draft picks|
|McKechnie • Martin • Wright • Selwood • Moser • Sittler • Ferguson • McDonald • Neely • Turnbull • Valiquette • Ashby • Anderson • Johansen • Boschman • Benning • Nylund • Courtnall • Iafrate • Clark • Damphousse • Richardson • S. Pearson • Thornton • R. Pearson • Bancroft • Berehowsky • Convery • Marshall • Jonsson • Wilson • Fichaud • Ware • Antropov • Cereda • Boyes • Colaiacovo • Steen • Rask • Tlusty • Schenn • Kadri|
|Ottawa Senators captains|
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