NHL PLAYER, Tyler Bozak
Born Mar 19, 1986 -- Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Tyler Bozak spent three seasons in the BCHL with the Victoria franchise. In his final season, Bozak recorded 128 points (45 goals and 83 assists), and was awarded the Brett Hull Trophy as the league's Top Scorer.
On December 11, 2006, the University of Denver Pioneers announced that Bozak had signed a letter of intent to play hockey for the school. He joined the Pioneers for the 2007–08 season. During his freshman year with the club, Bozak played in all 41 games and led the team in scoring with 34 points (18 goals and 16 assists). He was second in the country with five shorthanded goals. During the season, Bozak was named the Red Baron Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Rookie of the Week four times and was named the Hockey Commissioner's Association (HCA) Rookie of the Month for December. At the end of the season, Bozak was named to the All-WCHA third team and to the All-WCHA Rookie Team.
Heading into his sophomore season with the Pioneers, Bozak was named to the College Hockey News Preseason All-America Team. He would later go on to be named to the All-WCHA Academic Team.
Bozak signed a two-year, entry level contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 3, 2009. He attended the Maple Leafs training camp prior to the 2009–10 season. He had a strong training camp, but because of salary cap concerns, he was sent down to the Leafs American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate Toronto Marlies. He did not stay in the AHL long, however, and was called up by the Toronto Maple Leafs on October 13, 2009. He made his NHL debut the same night against the Colorado Avalanche. During this game, he recorded his first NHL point, an assist on a goal by Francois Beauchemin. After playing one game, Bozak was returned to the AHL's Marlies on October 15, 2009. Bozak was called up by the Maple Leafs again on January 12, 2010. On January 14, 2010, Bozak scored his first NHL goal against the Philadelphia Flyers. Bozak had his first career 2 goal game on January 1, 2011 against the Ottawa Senators as part of a 5-1 win. Bozak agreed to terms on a 2 year contract extension with the Maple Leafs on July 5, 2011.
Over the last 2 season, Bozak has been a mainstay on the Leafs no.1 line playing alongside teammate and roommate Phil Kessel. The 2012-13 season has been a career year for Bozak in terms of points per game. Through 45 games he's amassed 27 points (12 goals, 15 assists).
Bozak comes up big in Leafs’ win March 10, 2017
Tyler Bozak was named the first star last night, as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 to surge closer to a playoff berth. The Regina-native tallied a goal and an assist in the contest, raising his point total for the season to 45 (16 goals, 29 assists). The veteran centerman has been one of the hottest players in the Eastern Conference of late, with 2 goals and 4 assists in his last 4 games.
For more on Bozak and last night’s game, keep reading the nhl.com story here.
Bozak stays hot in Leafs’ triumph January 16, 2017
Tyler Bozak scored a goal and added an assist on Saturday night, as the Toronto Maple Leafs won the battle of Ontario, defeating the Ottawa Senators, 4-2. The 30-year-old center has been key to the Maple Leafs’ recent excellent run of form, which has seen them climb to 3rd in the Atlantic Division. Bozak is currently on a five-game point streak, tallying three goals and five assists in that span.
For more on Saturday’s game, check out the nhl.com recap here.
Bozak leads Maple Leafs to big win November 16, 2016
Tyler Bozak tallied four assists and recorded a plus/minus rating of +4 last night, as the Toronto Maple Leafs steamrolled the Nashville Predators by a score of 6-2. He would go on to be named the 3rd star in the contest. The 30-year center is off to a flying start this season, registering 14 points (5 goals, 9 assists) in his first 16 games.
For more on last night’s game, keep reading the nhl.com recap here.
Bozak helps cue the comeback in Leafs’ win February 05, 2016
Tyler Bozak was named the first star of the game last night, in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 3-2, shootout victory over the New Jersey Devils. The 29-year-old centerman registered two points in the contest, including the game-tying goal with just 2:06 remaining in the 3rd period. In 46 games this season, the Regina, Saskatchewan-native has tallied 10 goals and 21 assists.
For more on the Leafs’ win, check out the nhl.com article here.
Bozak takes over game with big 3rd period December 22, 2015
Tyler Bozak exploded with three goals in the 3rd period last night, as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Colorado Avalanche by a score of 7-4. The 29-year-old Regina-native scored the go-ahead goal early on in the 3rd period before adding the eventual winner six minutes later. He would finish the game with an impressive plus/minus rating of +4 along with five shots on net.
For more on Bozak and the Leafs’ victory keep reading the cbc.ca article here.
Kessel and Bozak team up in Leafs’ romp November 13, 2014
Linemates Phil Kessel and Tyler Bozak carried the load for the Toronto Maple Leafs last night, each contributing goals in the 6-1 defeat of the Boston Bruins. Kessel was named the first star of the match after firing home a pair of goals – including the game winner – while Bozak scored one and assisted on two others. Both players have had hot starts to the season. Kessel sits 3rd in the league in scoring with 21 points (10 goals and 11 assists), while Bozak ranks second on the Leafs with 15 points (6 goals, 9 assists).
For more on last night’s game, keep reading the nhl.com story here.
Bozak and Kessel shine in Leafs’ win October 29, 2014
Phil Kessel and Tyler Bozak were front and center in the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres last night, both registering a goal and an assist in the contest. Despite being split up, the longtime linemates excelled on their new lines, each garnering stars in the victory. Through nine games, the pair lead the Maple Leafs with ten points apiece.
For more on last night’s game, check out the nhl.com story here.
Bozak leads the charge in Leafs win January 15, 2014
Tyler Bozak was named first star in the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins last night, a game in which he collected two goals and an assist in an impressive 23:36 minutes of ice-time. The product of Regina, Saskatchewan carried the load for the Leafs in all facets of the game, taking three shots while blocking three on the defensive end. The 27-year-old center has been in fantastic form since returning from injury on November 25th, putting up 16 points in his last 13 games.
For more on Bozak and last night’s win, check out the NHL.com recap here.
Free Agency: Clarkson, Weiss, and Ribeiro headline big signings of the day July 05, 2013
With Day 1 of free agency now in full swing, here is a quick recap of some of the highlights thus far:
David Clarkson signed a long-term deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs, averaging $5.25 million a year over seven years. The Maple Leafs also re-signed center Tyler Bozak, inking him to a five year, $21 million contract extension. For more on this story, keep reading the CBC.ca piece here.
Stephen Weiss is now a member of the Detroit Red Wings. After 10 seasons with the Florida Panthers, the 30-year-old centerman signed a deal worth $24.5 million over 5 years. For more on the Weiss signing, check out the Sports.Yahoo.com article here.
Mike Ribeiro is heading back south, this time as a member of the Phoenix Coyotes. The Montreal native signed a four-year, $22 million deal, rejoining his old coach with Dallas, Dave Tippett. For more on Ribeiro’s move to the desert, check out the ESPN.com article here.
On the trade front, the biggest news of the day was the transaction involving the Ottawa Senators and the Anaheim Ducks. The Senators acquired the services of Bobby Ryan in return for Stefan Noesen, Jacob Silfverberg, and a 1st round pick in 2014. Keep reading the CBC.ca story here.
Phaneuf, Kessel, help force game 7 in Boston May 13, 2013
Toronto’s long awaited return to the playoffs may not be short lived after all. Once down 3-1 in the series, the Maple Leafs have made a valiant comeback to force a final and decisive game 7 against their bitter rivals, the Boston Bruins.
Last night’s 2-1 victory was a classic case of star players stepping up for their team. With the game tied 0-0 going into the 3rd, Dion Phaneuf scored early in the period to break the deadlock. Phil Kessel scored what would be the winning goal seven minutes later, and James Reimer held off the Bruins the rest of the way.
Kessel was the most dangerous forward on the ice all night long. Besides scoring the winner, he led all skaters in shots on net, and also participated in the Leafs first goal.
Phaneuf was equally effective, leading his squad in ice time (25:16) while blocking 3 shots and adding 2 hits.
Kessel and Phaneuf were named the game’s 2nd and 3rd stars, respectively.
Game 7 goes tonight in Boston. For more on last night’s affair, keep reading the TSN story here.
For an insight into Dion Phaneuf’s rollercoaster playoff series, check out the Globe and Mail’s article here.
Welcome Back! Leafs, Wild, Islanders and Habs return to the playoffs April 29, 2013
In a shortened season with storylines a plenty, the playoffs begin with a decidedly “old school vibe”, as a number of teams with legendary pasts return to the fold. Most notable of all are the Toronto Maple Leafs, coming back after a dry spell kept them out since the 2003-04 season. They will take on their old rivals the Boston Bruins, a classic original six matchup that should prove to be a hard-hitting, action-packed affair.
For more on the Leafs/Bruins series, keep reading The Globe and Mail article here.
The Islanders and Wild return after not making the playoffs since 07’ and 08’, respectively. Both teams will look to do better this time around. Neither has made it out of the first round since the Wild advanced all the way to the conference finals in 02-03.
For what makes the Islanders a fun team to watch in these playoffs, click on the SB Nation write-up here.
To find out about the Wild’s chances, keep reading the Star Tribune story here.
As for the Canadiens, It has only been a year since they last qualified, but it was the turnaround from last year that was so impressive. After finishing 15th in the east in the 2011-12 season, few could have imagined a 2nd place finish this year.
For a peek into how the Habs could win it all, read the NHL.com post here.