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Johnny Boychuk

Johnny Boychuk  #55

New York Islanders  Defenseman
NUMBER: 55 BIRTHDATE: January 19, 1984  (AGE 31)
HEIGHT: 6' 2" BIRTHPLACE: Edmonton, AB, Canada
WEIGHT: 225 DRAFTED: COL / 2002 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 2nd   (61st overall)
Established career highs in goals (9), assists (26), points (35) and power-play goals (5) in 72 games during his first season with the Islanders...Finished second on the team in average time on ice (21:40)...Led the Islanders and placed 20th in the NHL with 149 blocked shots...Ranked second amongst Islander defensemen in points, goals and plus-minus rating (+15)...Tied for fourth on the Islanders in power-play points (5g/10a)...Had a career-high, three-point game in his Islanders debut on Oct. 10 at Carolina...Opened the season with a three-game point streak (2g/4a) from Oct. 10-14...Suffered a lower-body injury on Nov. 6 at Los Angeles and missed one game...Suffered an upper-body injury on Nov. 26 and missed nine games...Scored his first career OT goal on Dec. 29 vs. Washington...Had two assists and matched his career high with a plus-4 rating on Jan. 19 vs. Philadelphia...Recorded his 100th career point (assist) on Jan. 29 vs. Boston...Agreed to a seven-year deal on Mar. 12.
AHL First All-Star Team (2009) Eddie Shore Award (AHL Outstanding Defenseman) (2009) Traded to Boston by Colorado for Matt Hendricks, June 24, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Salzburg (Austria), November 16, 2012.
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