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Tyler Bozak
Position Centre
Shoots Right
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 30),
Regina, SK, CAN
NHL Draft Undrafted
Pro Career 2009 – present

Tyler Bozak (born March 19, 1986) is a Canadian ice hockey centre currently playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). Bozak has also played for the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. 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


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.[1] 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.[2]

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).[1] He was second in the country with five shorthanded goals.[3] 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.[3] At the end of the season, Bozak was named to the All-WCHA third team and to the All-WCHA Rookie Team.[3]

Heading into his sophomore season with the Pioneers, Bozak was named to the College Hockey News Preseason All-America Team.[3] 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.[3] After the season, Bozak was named to the All-WCHA Academic Team.[3]


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

Bozak beat Martin Brodeur from New Jersey Devils

After his sophomore season, Bozak was a heavily pursued free agent. He signed a two-year, entry level contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 3, 2009.[4] 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 are reached.[5] 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.[6]

Bozak attended the Maple Leafs training camp prior to the 2009–10 season. He had a strong training camp, but because of salary cap concerns, he was sent down to the Leafs American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate Toronto Marlies. Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson admitted that Bozak had a strong camp, "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."[7] Bozak was called up by the Toronto Maple Leafs on October 13, 2009,[8] and made his NHL debut the same night against the Colorado Avalanche. During this game, he recorded his first NHL point, an assist on a goal by Francois Beauchemin. After playing one game, Bozak was returned to the AHL's Marlies on October 15, 2009.[8] Bozak was called up by the Maple Leafs again on January 12, 2010.[8] On January 14, 2010, Bozak scored his first NHL goal against the Philadelphia Flyers.[9] Bozak had his first career 2 goal game on January 1st 2011 against the Ottawa Senators as part of a 5-1 win. Bozak along with team mate Clarke MacArthur agreed to terms on a 2 year contract extension with the Maple Leafs on July 5 2011.

Personal lifeEdit

His parents are Mitch and Karon, and he has one older brother, Justin.[3] He graduated from Sheldon-Williams Collegiate in Regina, Saskatchewan.[3] While in high school, he volunteered for the Raise A Reader program and was on the honor roll all three years.[3] While at the University of Denver, Bozak majored in Business.[3]

In Toronto during the summer, Bozak initially shared a townhouse with fellow collegians and NHL rookies Viktor Stalberg and Christian Hanson. Hanson later moved out, but Bozak still shared a place with Stalberg until Viktor was traded to Chicago for Kris Versteeg.

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
NHL totals 119 23 36 59 20



Award Date
Brett Hull Trophy as BCHL Top Scorer 2006–07 season[2]


Award Date
Red Baron WCHA Rookie of the Week November 6, 2007[3]
December 18, 2007[3]
January 2, 2008[3]
February 12, 2008[3]
HCA Rookie of the Month December 2007[3]
All-WCHA Third Team 2007–08[3]
All-WCHA Rookie Team 2007–08[3]
All-WCHA Academic Team 2008–09[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Tyler Bozak. Retrieved on 2010-01-24.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Brett Hull Trophy. British Columbia Hockey League. Retrieved on 2010-01-24.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 Tyler Bozak. University of Denver. Retrieved on 2010-01-24.
  4. "Bozak decides to sign on with Leafs", Rogers SportsNet, 2009-04-03. Retrieved on 2010-01-24. 
  5. Victoria's $4-Million Man Heads To Leafs. Victoria Grizzlies (2009-04-04). Retrieved on 2010-01-24.
  6. Tyler Bozak joins Maple Leafs, looks forward to next season. The Canadian Press (2009-04-04). Retrieved on 2010-01-24.
  7. McGran, Kevin (2009-09-30). Leafs' salary cap crunch clips Bozak. Toronto Star. Retrieved on 2010-01-24.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Tyler Bozak. The Sports Network. Retrieved on 2010-01-24.
  9. Tyler Bozak scores first NHL goal, Maple Leafs beat Philadelphia 4-0. National Hockey League (2010-01-14). Retrieved on 2010-01-24.

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