Leo Boivin
Position Defence
Shot Left
Nickname(s) Fireplug
5 ft 07 in (1.70 m)
177 lb (80 kg)
Teams Toronto Maple Leafs
Boston Bruins
Detroit Red Wings
Pittsburgh Penguins
Minnesota North Stars
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born August 2, 1932,
Prescott, ON, CAN
Pro Career 1951 – 1970
Hall of Fame, 1986

Léo Joseph Boivin (Born August 2, 1932 in Prescott, Ontario, Canada) is a retired Canadian professional defenceman who played 19 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins and Minnesota North Stars.

Playing Career[edit | edit source]

Leo Boivin began playing hockey at seven years of age on the rivers and outdoor ice surfaces of Prescott, Ontario, near Ottawa. He planned on being a defenceman since childhood, "because defencemen got to stay on the ice longer, got to play more." His junior career consisted of a year with the Inkerman Rockets and two more seasons with the Port Arthur West End Bruins. In 1951–52 he began playing for the AHL's Pittsburgh Hornets and was promoted to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Yet, Leo was most remembered for his time with the Boston Bruins as he helped lead them to two Stanley Cup finals in the late 50's. Although just 5' 7", he was considered a very tough opponent, as Tim Horton referred to him as "the toughest blueliner to beat in a one-on-one situation". He has also been called the last of the tooth-rattling body checkers.

Retirement[edit | edit source]

Following his retirement in 1970, Boivin became a scout. He became an interim coach of the St. Louis Blues during the 1975–76 and 1977–78 seasons, and coached the Ottawa 67's of the Ontario Hockey League for a brief period, tutoring young defenceman Denis Potvin. Boivin was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1986.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Video[edit | edit source]

Three minutes of highlights from Game 2 of the Bruins-Red Wings 1957 Semi-finals with French commentary. Goals by Gordie Howe, Lorne Ferguson, Fleming Mackell and Leo Boivin are shown.

Two minutes of video from the October 18, 1958 Toronto-Boston game showing Leo Boivin hitting the post and then a scrap between Bronco Horvath and Bert Olmstead who later sit in the penalty box together.

Preceded by
Don McKenney
Boston Bruins captains
Succeeded by
John Bucyk
St. Louis Blues Head Coaches
PatrickBowmanArbour • Bowman • AbelMcCreary • Arbour • TalbotAngotti • Patrick • Young • Patrick • BoivinFrancis • Boivin • Barclay PlagerBerenson • Francis • Barclay Plager • DemersMartinSutterBob PlagerBerryKeenanRobertsQuennevilleKitchenMurrayPayneHitchcockYeoBerube

Boston Bruins Captains
Cleghorn | Hitchman | Owen | Clapper | Barry | Stewart | Shore | Weiland | Clapper | Cowley | Crawford | Bauer | Schmidt | Sandford | Flaman | McKenney | Boivin | Bucyk | Cashman | O'Reilly | Middleton | Bourque | Allison | Thornton | Chára | Bergeron

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