On March 3rd Johhny Boychuk was cut by the skate of Montreal Canadiens forward Atturi Lehkonen, which required plastic surgery and stitches. Boychuk returned to the ice this season, but it didn’t seem right and got some tests done and unfortunately received bad news. He made a “life choice” if he were to play, it would not be with full vision, a risk the grizzled veteran wasn’t willing to take.
Tremendous career, JB. You were loved by all your teammates, highly respected by your opponents and peers and truly appreciated for the good dude you are by the media. My favorite Bruin to cover over the last 20 years. All the best, Johnny 🚀 @joboych pic.twitter.com/xpK0iNfrMd
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) November 25, 2020
Hockey will miss the man we call “Johnny Rocket,” and he will be remembered as the ultimate teammate and gentleman. The 36-year-old defenseman laced up for a whopping 725 games, mostly for the Boston Bruins and New York Islanders. Boychuk was a tough warrior with a booming slapshot that helped the 2011 Bruins capture a Stanley Cup. Joe Haggerty, a longtime Bruins reporter, called Boychuk his favorite player to cover because of his classy attitude. Boychuk is an inspiration to all Bruins and Islanders fans for his physical game and never give up spirit.
Hockey will miss Johnny Boychuk, and we need a lot more guys like him the entire Tarps Off family wishes Johnny the best of luck in retirement and thank him for his dedication to the game in his amazing career. Hockey is better because of Johnny Rocket.