|Henry Charles Boucha
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 185 pounds
Born: 6.1.51 Warroad, Minnesota
|How he arrived: Rights traded by the Minnesota North Stars for Scouts' 2nd round pick in the 1978
How he left: Retired after the 76-77 season
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Wait... seriously, a headband in hockey?
Well, that's how you can spot Boucha on the ice. Although I wonder if his heritage as an Ojibwa Indian had something to
do with it. (I don't say that to sound racist, either.)
At the time the Scouts/Rockies had him, he was definitely on the downside of his career. From all accounts, it was
actually a comeback that began in the WHA with the Minnesota Fighting Saints.
At his best, he was a reliable third line center and penalty killer. The common story of injury changed that; in his case, it
was a Dave Forbes high stick that caught him in the eye in 1975. Forbes had also banged Boucha's head onto the ice,
which lead to criminal charges being brought up and ultimately a hung jury decision.
He had gotten into real estate in his hometown after hockey. He was also active in various Native American causes and
charities over the years.
He had also played for the US a few times, especially on the 72 Olympic team in Sapporo, which won silver. It was part
for him to be elected into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 1995.
|Entry Draft: 1971 Second Round Pick (16th overall) by the
Detroit Red Wings