Former NHL forward passes away at 72-years-old

Published September 19, 2023 at 7:33
BY COOPER GODIN

We have some sad news to report on in the hockey world on Monday evening as former National Hockey League forward Henry Boucha has passed away at the age of 72.

Boucha was selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the second round of the 1971 NHL Amateur Draft and went on to make his NHL debut that season. Along with the Red Wings, he also suited up for the Minnesota North Stars, Kansas City Scouts and Colorado Rockies, before retiring in the 1976-77 season.

During a game in January 1975, Boucha was attacked by Boston Bruins forward Dave Forbes which left him with a cracked bone around his eye and blurred vision, which affected the remainder of his hockey career as he never fully recovered.

In 247 games with the Red Wings, North Stars, Scouts and Rockies, Boucha had 102 points (53 goals, 49 assists), 157 penalty minutes and was a minus-53.


Boucha is a second-cousin of current National Hockey League forward and Stanley Cup Champion T.J. Oshie.

Our thoughts are with Boucha's family and friends at this extremely difficult time.

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