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Aug. 2: Hall of Fame defenseman Boivin born

Plus: Foote signs with Blue Jackets after 13 seasons with Avalanche franchise

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1932: Leo Boivin, a defenseman who's a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, is born in Prescott, Ontario.

Boivin plays 19 seasons in the NHL, 12 of them with the Boston Bruins. Though he's listed at 5-foot-8, 183 pounds (his nickname was "Fireplug"), Boivin excels as a stay-at-home defenseman.

He becomes known as one of the NHL's hardest hitters in the 1950s and '60s, earning respect from opponents with his devastating hip checks. Boivin retires in 1970 with 322 points (72 goals, 250 assists) in 1,150 NHL games and is voted into the Hall of Fame in 1986.



1970: Tony Amonte, an eight-time 30-goal scorer, is born in Hingham, Massachusetts. After two seasons at Boston University, Amonte steps right into the NHL with the New York Rangers and scores 35 goals in 1991-92, finishing second in voting for the Calder Trophy to Pavel Bure of the Vancouver Canucks. He's traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in March 1994 and becomes one of the NHL's most consistent scorers, with at least 30 goals in six consecutive seasons, including three 40-goal seasons. Amonte plays for the Phoenix Coyotes and Philadelphia Flyers before finishing his career by playing two seasons with the Calgary Flames. He retires in 2007 with 900 points (416 goals, 484 assists) in 1,174 NHL games.


2005: Adam Foote signs with the Columbus Blue Jackets after the defenseman spends the first 13 seasons of his NHL career with the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche franchise. Foote spends most of three seasons with Columbus before being traded back to Colorado on Feb. 26, 2008. He plays three more seasons with the Avalanche before ending his career, and Colorado retires his No. 52 on Nov. 2, 2013.


2018: The Buffalo Sabres acquire forward Jeff Skinner, a three-time 30-goal scorer, from the Carolina Hurricanes for forward prospect Cliff Pu and three draft picks. Skinner becomes a 40-goal scorer for the first time in his NHL career in his first season with the Sabres, then signs an eight-year contract with Buffalo on June 7, 2019.

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