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1971 NHL DRAFT PICK
Henry Boucha
Selected in second round
No. 16 overall by Detroit Red Wings

Born June 1, 1951
Position: Center / L. Wing / Defense
Height: 6-0   Weight: 185
BEFORE THE DRAFT
Last Team: Team USA                                      
Birthplace: Warroad, Minnesota (USA)
Hometown: Warroad, Minnesota
PRE-DRAFT STATISTICS
Year TeamLeague GPG ATP PIM
1969-70 WinnipegWCHL51 2726 5337
1970-71 USAInt'l ---- ---- --
  USAWC-A 107 18 2

PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
World Championships:
1971 (sixth place)
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.
NHL CAREER
Debut: February 22, 1972 (Toronto at Detroit)
Numbers:  12, 16 (Detroit); 9 (Minnesota); 16 (Kansas City/Colorado)
Stanley Cup: Never won.  Playing Status: Retired 1977
CAREER NHL STATISTICS
YearsTeamsGPGATPPIM
1972-1976 Detroit, Minn., KC/Colorado247 5349102 157

NHL 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.
NON-NHL CAREER
Post-Draft Teams: Team USA; Virginia (AHL); Minnesota (WHA)
Olympics: 1972 (silver medal)
NON-NHL 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 Boucha Jr.
HOW HE GOT AWAY
TRADE: Detroit traded Boucha to Minnesota in exchange for Danny Grant on August 27, 1974.

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SNAPSHOT '71
Total Selected: 117
Forwards: 63
Defense: 45
Goaltenders: 9
Major Junior: 84
College Players: 19
Canadian: 107
Euro-Canadian: 2
USA Citizens: 8
U.S.-Born: 8
European: 0
Reached NHL: 50
Won Stanley Cup: 3
Hall of Fame: 3
All-Star Game: 10
Year-end All-Star: 5
Olympians: 4
Picks Traded: 18
 
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