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Leo Boivin

Born:Aug 2, 1931Draft: Undrafted
Hometown:Brockville, OntarioPosition:Defense
Known For:Hockey Hall of Fame (1987)Shoots:Left
National Team:Canada

Leo Boivin (August 2, 1931 – October 16, 2021) was a Canadian ice hockey player, having played his final year in the NHL with the Minnesota North Stars during the 1969-70 season. Boivin was discovered by the Boston Bruins and signed with the team in 1949, but his rights were traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1950. While only playing in two games during the 1951-52 season, Boivin became a prominent player in the following two seasons with Toronto, playing in 128 games combined across the two years. During the 1954-55 season, Boivin was traded back to the Bruins, and dressed for the team that signed him to his first contract for 11 seasons. Ahead of the 1963-64 season, Boivin was named the team’s captain, which he served as for three seasons before ultimately being traded to the Detroit Red Wings in the 1965-66 season.

Boivin’s final four seasons were spent playing for the Red Wings, North Stars, and Pittsburgh Penguins, and he was one point shy of matching his career-high in points during the 1968-69 season when he combined for 25 points with the North Stars and Penguins. His final season with the North Stars ended in a quarterfinals loss, and Boivin subsequently retired. He was offered a contract to play for the Buffalo Sabres in their inaugural season, but Boivin declined the deal.

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Bruins’ captain Leo Boivin with coach Milt Schmidt (THW Media Archives)

Having spent the majority of the 1970s in a scouting and coaching role with the North Stars and St. Louis Blues, and a stint in the late 1980s with the Hartford Whalers, Boivin was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1986. Two months after his 90th birthday, Boivin sadly passed away on October 21, 2021.

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Staff History

  • Minnesota North Stars (Scout) 1970-1972
  • Ottawa 67’s, OHA-Jr. (Head Coach) 1972-1974
  • St. Louis Blues (Scout) 1974-1976
  • St. Louis Blues (Assistant Coach) 1975-1976
  • St. Louis Blues (Head Coach) 1975-1978
  • Hartford Whalers (Scout) 1986-1993

Achievements

  • AHL Calder Cup Champion (1952)
  • NHL Playoffs Most Goals by Defenseman (2) (1957)
  • Hockey Hall of Fame (1987)

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