Twenty-two years ago today, center Zach Boychuk was born in Airdrie, AB. #11 boasts a decorative career, including two gold medals from his efforts with Team Canada in the 2008 and 2009 World Juniors. Prior to playing with the NHL Hurricanes, Boychuk played for the WHL Lethbridge Hurricanes. During his 2006-07 season, he claimed 31 goals and 60 assists in 69 games. The following season was also a success with 33 goals and 39 helpers in 61 contests. Boychuk is the 7th all-time point leader for Lethbridge with 110 goals and 161 assists in just 237 games. The young forward was quickly drafted by the Canes in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft in the first round (14th overall).
Zach snagged his first NHL goal on February 13th, 2010 against the New Jersey Devils. In total the forward has performed in 56 games with Carolina (7g, 9a), but fans really enjoy watching him shine in Charlotte. In 2010-11, Boychuk saw 60 regular season games in Charlotte and earned 22 goals and 43 assists. He also acquired 9 points in 16 playoff contests. Finally, everyone loves a hat trick and Boychuk nailed his first pro trio on January 23rd at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Usually, at this point of Icing on the Cake, I bestow fictitious (but very sincere) gifts upon the player. In the past, I have waved my magic Caniac wand and pimped out a kitchen for Michal Jordan, provided Jeff Skinner with a bat mobile to escape the screaming teens, and a rescue Labrador Retriever to Jacob MicFlikier.
However, Zach Boychuk proved to be extremely difficult to (fake) shop for. I watched interviews, asked fans, and even a couple peers…but I got noth’in. So, my apologies for these generic gifts, I’m sure you will get something real and kickass from your friends and family.
- Up first, a completely decked out RV that would be too cool for even the most arrogant rock star. This gift will come in handy for the trips to Raleigh. Caniacs count on seeing you a lot!
- So you never sleep in, an alarm clock that has Tim Brent’s voice saying, “Wakey, wakey!” (Thanks Renee!)
- Unlimited bar tab anywhere in the EpiCentre. Salute!
- Most importantly, a season blessed with health, success, and laughs.
Happy Birthday Mr. Chuk!
Up next are birthday boys Justin Krueger on the 6th, followed by Jon Matsumoto (Oct. 13th), Matt Pistilli (Oct. 17th), and Eric Staal (October 29th…Wooo!).
*Statistics and player information source: nhl.com and ahl.com