|John Martin Van Boxmmer
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 190 pounds
Born: 11.20.52 Petrolia, Ontario
|How he arrived: Traded by the Montreal Canadiens for Rockies' 3rd round pick in the 1979 E.D. and
How he left: Traded to the Buffalo Sabres for Rene Robert, 10.5.79
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
With the Canadiens, it was a constant fight for Van Boxmeer to get playing time. He had made plenty of requests to
Scotty Bowman to be traded, and finally, that would happen when the Rockies acquired him.
That first season in Denver was a tough one, having to deal with a knee injury that required surgery. However, he would
come to form the season after, becoming one of the Rockies' go-to guys on the backline behind Barry Beck.
By what would prove to be the end of his time with the Rockies, the Buffalo Sabres took notice. No surprise; Bowman
moved on to their head coaching job at that point. So they made the move to bring Van Boxmeer to the Sabres. He
would play 4 excellent seasons there, including a selection to the 1982 Wales Conference All-Star team, even though
he couldn't play due to injury.
He would be claimed by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1983 waiver draft when it was clear that Phil Housley would be
making the Sabres' team that year. Van Boxmeer would play 18 games with the Nordiques before retiring.
He returned to the Sabres' organization in a coaching fashion, almost all of those years being with the Rochester
Americans. He started off as the Amerks' assistant, but became the interim coach in the middle of the 84-85 season
when Jim Schoenfeld left the team. For the following season, "interim" was dropped from his title and served as the
head coach until 1990, then had another term from 92 to 95. In between, he had two years as an assistant with the
He joined the Los Angeles/Long Beach Ice Dogs of the IHL as their coach and GM for 95-96 and stayed with them
until 2001. He had a couple jobs in the WCHL (which is actually where the Ice Dogs shifted to after the 2000 season)
until the Los Angeles Kings hired him as an assistant in 2002.
The last team he coached was SC Bern in the Swiss League. He had been there a few seasons, but left them in March
of 2009. Probably for health reasons; I noticed that he suffered a heart attack just prior to the start of the 08-09 season.
He went back to the Sabres (Not sure what year.) and currently works as a pro scout.
|Entry Draft: 1972 First Round Pick (14th overall) by the
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise