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.
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 HIGHLIGHTS1996 — 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