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|1971 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Selected in second round
No. 16 overall
by Detroit Red Wings
Born June 1, 1951
Center / L. Wing / Defense|
Height: 6-0 Weight: 185
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Birthplace: Warroad, Minnesota (USA)
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
World Championships: 1971 (sixth
Miscellaneous: Served in U.S. Army during his years with Team
USA. ... Played high school hockey in Warroad, Minn., before entering WCHL
with Winnipeg. ... Paired on defense at Warroad with future NHL player Al
Hangsleben. ... Played on Warroad team that lost to Edina in 1969 Minnesota
high school state finals.
| Debut: February 22,
1972 (Toronto at Detroit)|
Numbers: 12, 16 (Detroit); 9
(Minnesota); 16 (Kansas City/Colorado)
Stanley Cup: Never won.
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
Detroit, Minn., KC/Colorado||247||
AWARDS AND HONORS
Detroit Rookie of Year: 1972-73
Miscellaneous: Was first member of 1972 U.S. Olympic team to sign NHL
contract. ... Scored goal in first NHL game. ... Set NHL record (since broken)
by scoring goal six seconds into game on Jan. 28, 1973, at Montreal. ... Was
first NHL player to wear headband, which became his trademark. ... Missed part
of 1974-75 season after suffering eye injury that required surgery. The eye
injury, caused by a high stick from Boston's Dave Forbes on Jan. 4, 1975,
eventually forced him to retire. Forbes was criminally charged in the
incident, in which he also banged Boucha's head into the ice. Forbes' trial
resulted in a hung jury.
|Post-Draft Teams: Team USA; Virginia (AHL);
Olympics: 1972 (silver medal)
AWARDS AND HONORS
U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame: Inducted 1995
WHA Draft Pick: 1972 (No.
1 overall, by Minnesota)
Education: Attended University of Detroit.
Miscellaneous: Nicknamed "The
Chief." ... Played senior amateur hockey with Warroad
Lakers for part of 1971-72 season before 1972 Olympics. ... Was first amateur player picked in 1972 WHA Draft. ... Played on Minnesota (WHA)
team that folded on Feb. 27, 1976. ... Went into real
estate business after retirement, joining Warroad's Pahlen Realty in 1987. ...
Active supporter of Native American causes and charities. .... Named the 47th
most important sports figure in Minnesota history by Minneapolis Star
Tribune. ... Subject of biography called Henry
Boucha: Star of the North
Personal: Full name is Henry Charles Boucha. ... Last name pronounced Boo-shay. ... Full-blooded Ojibwa
(Chippewa) Indian. ...
Cousin of former NHL player Gary Sargent and former minor-leaguer Earl Sargent. ... Father of minor-leaguer Henry
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
|TRADE: Detroit traded Boucha to Minnesota in
exchange for Danny Grant on August 27, 1974.||
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