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Tyler Bozak
Tyler Bozak-0
Position Centre
Shoots Right
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
195 lb (89 kg)
NHL Team Toronto Maple Leafs
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born March 19 1986 (1986-03-19) (age 31),
Regina, SK, CAN
NHL Draft Undrafted
Pro Career 2009 – present

Tyler Bozak (born March 19, 1986) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre currently playing for and an alternate captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). Bozak has also played for the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League (AHL). Prior to being signed by the Maple Leafs as a free agent, Bozak had played two seasons with the University of Denver Pioneers of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

Playing careerEdit

AmateurEdit

Bozak started playing in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) for the Victoria Salsa (later known as the Victoria Grizzlies) in the 2004–05 season. He spent three seasons in the BCHL with the Victoria franchise. In his final season, Bozak recorded 128 points (45 goals and 83 assists), and was awarded the Brett Hull Trophy as the league's Top Scorer.

On December 11, 2006, the University of Denver Pioneers announced that Bozak had signed a letter of intent to play hockey for the school. He joined the Pioneers for the 2007–08 season. During his freshman year with the club, Bozak played in all 41 games and led the team in scoring with 34 points (18 goals and 16 assists). He was second in the country with five shorthanded goals. During the season, Bozak was named the Red Baron Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Rookie of the Week four times and was named the Hockey Commissioner's Association (HCA) Rookie of the Month for December. At the end of the season, Bozak was named to the All-WCHA third team and to the All-WCHA Rookie Team.

Heading into his sophomore season with the Pioneers, Bozak was named to the College Hockey News Preseason All-America Team On December 12, he tore the meniscus in his left knee in a game against Minnesota State, and this caused him to miss more than half of the Pioneers season. After the season, Bozak was named to the All-WCHA Academic Team.

ProfessionalEdit

Marty gets beat New Jersey Devils vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - April 6th, 11

Bozak scores a goal on New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur.

After his sophomore season, Bozak was a heavily pursued free agent in spite of never being drafted by an NHL team. He signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 3, 2009. Exact financial details of the contract were not released, but it has been rumoured to be worth close to $4 million per season if all performance bonuses were to be reached. Bozak did not suit up for the Leafs at the end of the 2008–09 season, instead taking the time to further rehabilitate his injured knee.

Bozak attended the Maple Leafs' training camp prior to the 2009–10 season. He had a strong training camp, though due to salary cap constraints, he was sent down to the Leafs' AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies Then-Maple Leafs Head Coach Ron Wilson admitted that Bozak indeed had a strong camp, stating, "He'll probably have to go down because of numbers. Based on the way he played in training camp, he's certainly worthy of playing in the NHL, but we may not have room at the beginning." Bozak was eventually recalled on October 13, 2009, and made his NHL debut the same night against the Colorado Avalanche. During the game, he recorded his first NHL point, an assist on a goal scored by defenceman Francois Beauchemin After playing one game for Toronto, Bozak was returned to the Marlies on October 15. Later in the season, on January 12, 2010, he was again called by the Maple Leafs, where two days later, on January 14, he scored his first career NHL goal in a 4–0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. Bozak had his first career two-goal game on January 1, 2011, against the Ottawa Senators as part of a 5–1 win. In the following off-season, on July 5, he then agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension with the Maple Leafs. On July 5, 2013, two years later, he signed a five-year, $21 million deal with the Maple Leafs.

On March 28, 2015, towards the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, Bozak scored his first career NHL Hat trick as well as recording one assist to cap off a four-point performance, contributing to all four Toronto goals. Bozak would finish the season with a career-high 23 goals whilst tying his career high of 49 total points.

On December 28, 2015, Bozak was named one of the NHL's three stars of the week for the period of December 21–28. Bozak had 5 points in this 3 game span, and picked up his second career hat trick along the way, in a 7–4 win over the Avalanche on December 21.

Personal lifeEdit

Bozak's parents are Mitch and Karon,, and he has one older brother, Justin. He graduated from Sheldon-Williams Collegiate in Regina, Saskatchewan. While in high school, he volunteered for the Raise a Reader program and was on the honour roll all three years. While at the University of Denver, Bozak majored in Business.

Bozak is a Ukrainian-Canadian. Bozak is currently engaged to Molly Robinson and had his first child in November 2015, Kanon Bozak.

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Regina Pat Canadians SHA 42 17 19 36 40
2004–05 Victoria Salsa BCHL 55 15 16 31 24
2005–06 Victoria Salsa BCHL 56 31 38 69 26
2006–07 Victoria Grizzlies BCHL 59 45 83 128 45
2007–08 University of Denver NCAA 41 18 16 34 22
2008–09 University of Denver NCAA 19 8 15 23 10
2009–10 Toronto Marlies AHL 32 4 16 20 6
2009–10 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 37 8 19 27 6
2010–11 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 15 17 32 14
2011-12 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 73 18 29 47 22
2012-13 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 46 12 16 28 6 5 1 1 2 4
2013-14 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 58 19 30 49 14
2014-15 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 23 26 49 44
2015-16 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 57 12 23 35 18
NHL totals 435 107 160 267 124 5 1 1 2 4

AwardsEdit

JuniorEdit

Award Date
Brett Hull Trophy as BCHL Top Scorer 2006–07 season

NCAAEdit

Award Date
Red Baron WCHA Rookie of the Week November 6, 2007
December 18, 2007
January 2, 2008
February 12, 2008
HCA Rookie of the Month December 2007
All-WCHA Third Team 2007–08
All-WCHA Rookie Team 2007–08
All-WCHA Academic Team 2008–09

External linksEdit


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