Lifetime of Hockey

Nick grew up playing minor hockey in his hometown of Nobleton, Ontario with the NobleKing Knights before moving to AAA with the Richmond Hill-Vaughan Kings of the OMHA. He played bantam AAA with the Kings before signing as a 15-year old with the Caledon Canadians Jr.A. club of the Metro Junior Hockey League in 1994–95. He was a standout for four seasons with the OHL‘s Ottawa 67′s, finishing his junior career in 1998-99 as MVP with 59 points in 51 games and a Memorial Cup Championship.

T he 6’2” Defenseman was originally drafted by the Washington Capitals in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. Boynton returned to the draft, in 1999 and was again drafted in the first round but this time by the Boston Bruins.  Boynton is the only NHL player to be drafted twice in the first round.

Boynton played for the Bruins until 2005-06. One of his most successful seasons was 2003-04 when he registered 30 points and played in the NHL All-star game.

During the NHL lockout season of 2004–05, Boynton played for the Nottingham Panthers in the British Elite Ice Hockey League, memorably scoring the equalizing goal in the British Championship Grand Final. 

On June 26, 2006, Boynton was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes, he then moved on to the Florida Panthers along with his good friend Keith Ballard in 2008. In the 2008-09 season, Boynton posted 21 points in 68 games for the Panthers. 

In 2009 Boynton became a free agent and signed a one-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks.[3] 

On March 2, 2010, he was traded from the Anaheim Ducks to the Chicago Blackhawks and just a few months later Boynton was on the ice for the game-winning goal of the Stanley Cup Championship Final.

Boynton concluded his NHL  playing career with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2011.

Boynton now is the Arizona Coyotes Radio Analyst.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

 1996 — OHL All-Rookie Team
 1999 — Memorial Cup All-Star Team
 1999 — Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy (Memorial Cup MVP)
 2002 — NHL All-Rookie Team
2002 — Played in NHL YoungStars Game
 2004 — Played in NHL All-Star Game
 2010 — Stanley Cup with Chicago Blackhawks
Boynton in All Star Game

Boynton in All Star Game

Living with Type 1 Diabetes

Nick is a Type I diabetic who hasn’t let diabetes stop him from being a successful athlete. Nick was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes at the age of 19 and has managed to have a successful NHL career including being nominated to the 2004 NHL All-Star Game, and winning a Stanley Cup Championship in 2010. Nick volunteers with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and was also on the board with the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

 

Joslin Diabetes Center

CAREER STATS

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995–96 Ottawa 67′s OHL 64 10 14 24 90 4 0 3 3 10
1996–97 Ottawa 67′s OHL 63 13 51 64 143 24 4 24 28 38
1997–98 Ottawa 67′s OHL 40 7 31 38 94 13 0 4 4 24
1998–99 Ottawa 67′s OHL 51 11 48 59 83 9 1 9 10 18
1999–00 Providence Bruins AHL 53 5 14 19 66 12 1 0 1 6
1999–00 Boston Bruins NHL 5 0 0 0 0
2000–01 Providence Bruins AHL 78 6 27 33 105 17 0 2 2 35
2000–01 Boston Bruins NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Boston Bruins NHL 80 4 14 18 107 6 1 2 3 8
2002–03 Boston Bruins NHL 78 7 17 24 99 5 0 1 1 4
2003–04 Boston Bruins NHL 81 6 24 30 98 7 0 2 2 2
2004–05 Nottingham Panthers EIHL 9 1 3 4 4 6 1 2 3 22
2005–06 Boston Bruins NHL 54 5 7 12 93
2006–07 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 59 2 9 11 138
2007–08 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 79 3 9 12 125
2008–09 Florida Panthers NHL 68 5 16 21 91
2009–10 Anaheim Ducks NHL 42 1 6 7 59
2009–10 Manitoba Moose AHL 9 0 4 4 4
2009–10 Rockford IceHogs AHL 6 0 1 1 18
2009–10 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 7 0 1 1 12 3 0 0 0 2
2010–11 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 41 1 7 8 36
2010–11 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 10 0 0 0 4
NHL totals 605 34 110 144 862 21 1 5 6 16