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Leo Boivin
Leo Boivin
Defenseman
Number: 24
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 183
Shoots: Left
Born: Aug 2, 1932
Birthplace: Prescott, ON, Canada
Acquired: Traded to Detroit by Boston with Dean Prentice for Gary Doak, Ron Murphy, Bill Lesuk and future considerations on February 16, 1966.
Leo Boivin began playing hockey at the age of seven on the rivers and outdoor ice surfaces of Prescott, Ontario, near Ottawa. As a youngster he knew that he wanted to be a defenceman "because defensemen got to stay on the ice longer, got to play more."

Boivin's junior career began in 1948-49 as a member of the Inkerman Rockets and lasted two more seasons as a member of the Port Arthur Bruins. Boivin's teams competed in the Memorial Cup playdowns in all three of his years in junior. While Boivin was still a teenager, his playing rights were traded by the Boston Bruins to the Toronto Maple Leafs. He began his professional career as a member of the 1951-52 American Hockey League champion Pittsburgh Hornets but was called up to the Leafs for a two-game tryout late in the 1951-52 season, making his National Hockey League debut on March 8, 1952.

Boivin landed a starting job with the Leafs in 1952-53 and played with Toronto until being traded back to the Bruins early in the 1954-55 season. It was with the Bruins that Boivin's reputation as a hard-hitting, stay-at-home defenseman grew. Tim Horton considered him to be the toughest blueliner to beat in a one-on-one situation and some Bruin historians refer to him as the link between Eddie Shore and Bobby Orr. Boivin was captain of the Bruins during four of his 12 years with the club and he played in the NHL All-Star game during the 1961, 1962 and 1964 seasons. His Bruin teammates called him "Billy Boy Boivin" for no other reason than the alliteration had a nice ring to it.

A trade to Detroit mid-way through the 1965-66 season provided Boivin with his last chance at a Stanley Cup, but it was not to be. Detroit lost the finals to the defending champion Canadiens in a six-game series.

Boivin was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1967 expansion draft, returning to the city where he began his professional hockey career 16 years earlier. The Penguins traded him to the Minnesota North Stars mid-way through the 1968-69 season and Boivin played one more year for the North Stars before retiring at the end of the 1969-70 campaign.

After retiring, Boivin stayed in the game as a scout. He went behind the bench as the interim coach of the St. Louis Blues during the 1975-76 and 1977-78 seasons, and coached the Ottawa 67's of the Ontario Hockey League for a time but ultimately he preferred scouting to coaching.

Also nicknamed "Fireplug" for his compact stature and devastating body checks, Leo Boivin was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1986.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 54 40 10 4 178 124 84
2 FLA 56 32 18 6 153 132 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 NYI 54 29 19 6 153 137 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 CAR 56 25 21 10 137 146 60
11 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 57 25 26 6 159 177 56
14 CBJ 57 23 28 6 144 175 52
15 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
16 TOR 54 20 25 9 127 151 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 54 18 20 25 38
H. Zetterberg 55 10 28 5 38
T. Tatar 54 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 55 14 16 -1 30
P. Datsyuk 40 9 21 14 30
J. Abdelkader 55 14 15 -2 29
M. Green 47 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 41 5 11 6 16
D. DeKeyser 51 7 8 12 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 5 .933 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89