OHL Mourns the Loss of Leo Boivin

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The Ontario Hockey League is saddened by the loss of former Ottawa 67’s head coach, long-time NHL defenceman and Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Leo Boivin who passed away at the age of 90 on Saturday.

A Prescott, Ont. native, Boivin was best-known as captain of the Boston Bruins where he played for 12 seasons from 1954-66. His 19-year NHL career also included stops in Toronto, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Minnesota.

A rugged, hard-hitting defenceman at just 5-foot-8 and 183Ibs., Boivin helped lead the Bruins to back-to-back Stanley Cup Final appearances in 1957 and ’58 and also played in three NHL All-Star Games in 1961, 1962 and 1964. His career consisted of 1,150 regular season games where he produced 72 goals, 250 assists and 322 points.

Following retirement in 1970, Boivin briefly stepped into the scouting world before following Bill Long to become the second head coach in Ottawa 67’s franchise history in 1972. Boivin oversaw the development of Denis Potvin, Peter Lee and Blake Dunlop during his two-year stint in Ottawa before Brian Kilrea took over the club’s coaching responsibilities in 1974. Boivin would later serve as interim head coach of the NHL’s St. Louis Blues in both 1975-76 and 1977-78 and was a scout for both the Blues and Hartford Whalers until settling back in his hometown of Prescott in 1993.

Boivin was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1986. The 67’s held a moment of silence for their former head coach prior to puck drop on Sunday afternoon.

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