Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Eric Boguniecki
Center Eric Boguniecki was drafted by the St. Louis Blues but choose to play hockey while attending school instead of turning professional. After four years at the University of New Hampshire Boguniecki signed his first pro contract with the Dayton Bombers of the ECHL in 1997.

It didn't take long for Boguniecki to show that his skill set required him to play at higher level of competition. He posted 19 goals and 37 points in just 26 games with the Bombers before jumping to the Fort Wayne Comets of the IHL.

Though he initially struggled in the IHL, scoring just 12 points in the 35 games he spent there to finish out the 1997-98 campaign, Boguniecki found his groove the following season and was able to register 66 points in 77 games. His production, and development, caught the attention of the Florida Panthers who offered him an NHL contract.

In 1999 he inked his deal with the Panthers and was a dominant offensive force with their AHL farm club posting 75 points in just 57 games. His impressive production earned him a call from Florida who inserted him into their line up for four games, though he was unable to cash in on the opportunity. Two months into his second season with the Panthers organization Boguniecki was traded back to the club that had originally drafted him, the St. Louis Blues.

Boguniecki reported to the Blues farm club in Worcester and produced at a point-a-game pace for them. He also suited up for a single game with St. Louis, though he was held pointless. In 2001-02, his first full season in the organization, Boguniecki was pointless in seven NHL games, but he flashed his offensive capabilities in the minors by scoring 38 goals and 84 points in just 63 games. Boguniecki's goal output was good enough to lead the entire league and he captured the Les Cunningham Award as the league's Most Valuable Player. Boguniecki, who was born in New Haven, Connecticut native became just the second American-born player to capture the honour.

Following his MVP performance with Worcester in 2001-02, Boguniecki joined the Blues a permanent basis in 2002-03 establishing career highs in all three offensive categories. In 2003-04, Boguniecki was limited to a mere 27 games with the Blues after suffering shoulder and head injuries. After splitting the 2004-05 season between Worcester and SC Langenthal of Switzerland, Boguniecki returned to Worcester in the early goings of the 2005-06 season before being acquired by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Boguniecki would appear in 38 games with the Penguins before being dealt by the club to St. Louis in exchange for Steve Poapst. Boguniecki spent the end of his 2005-06 season with the Blues prior to signing on as an unrestricted free agent with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Boguniecki would be sent to the Blue Jackets' AHL affiliate in Syracuse early into the 2006-07 season, however he wouldn't stay long as the right winger was dealt from the Jackets to the New York Islanders in exchange for Ryan Caldwell. He would split the remainder of the 2006-07 season between the Islanders and their AHL affiliate in Bridgeport and sign as a free agent in the off-season with Ingolstadt (Germany).

Boguniecki competed in 16 games in Germany before he re-joined the NHL in the summer of 2008, signing a one-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks.

On the international stage, Boguniecki represented the U.S. at the 2000 World Championships.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1992-93 Westminster School High-CT 24 30 24 54 55
1993-94 U. of New Hampshire H-East 40 17 16 33 66
1994-95 U. of New Hampshire H-East 34 12 16 28 62
1995-96 U. of New Hampshire H-East 32 23 28 51 46
1996-97 U. of New Hampshire H-East 36 26 31 57 58
1997-98 Dayton Bombers ECHL 26 19 18 37 36 -9
1997-98 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 35 4 8 12 29 -4 4 1 2 3 10
1998-99 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 72 32 34 66 100 +2 2 0 1 1 2
1999-00 Florida Panthers NHL 4 0 0 0 2 -1
1999-00 Louisville Panthers AHL 57 33 42 75 148 +19 4 3 2 5 20
1999-00 United States WC-A 7 0 1 1 2 +2
2000-01 Louisville Panthers AHL 28 13 12 25 56 -14
2000-01 St. Louis Blues NHL 1 0 0 0 0 -1
2000-01 Worcester IceCats AHL 45 17 28 45 100 +5 9 3 2 5 10
2001-02 St. Louis Blues NHL 8 0 1 1 4 -2 1 0 1 1 0
2001-02 Worcester IceCats AHL 63 38 46 84 181 +22 3 2 0 2 4
2002-03 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 22 27 49 38 +22 7 1 2 3 2
2003-04 St. Louis Blues NHL 27 6 4 10 20 -1 1 0 0 0 0
2003-04 Worcester IceCats AHL 3 0 1 1 0 -2
2004-05 Worcester IceCats AHL 30 14 11 25 46 -3
2004-05 SC Langenthal Swiss-2 10 5 3 8 47
2005-06 St. Louis Blues NHL 9 1 4 5 4 -1
2005-06 Peoria Rivermen AHL 2 0 0 0 4 0
2005-06 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 38 5 6 11 29 -2
2006-07 Syracuse Crunch AHL 6 0 0 0 8 -8
2006-07 New York Islanders NHL 11 0 0 0 8 0
2006-07 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 48 22 32 54 48 -9
2007-08 ERC Ingolstadt Germany 16 4 14 18 24 3 1 3 4 2
2008-09 Iowa Chops AHL 69 18 16 34 52 -19
2009-10 Alaska Aces ECHL 51 19 28 47 52 +1 4 0 2 2 2
NHL Totals 178 34 42 76 105 9 1 3 4 2


Hockey East Second All-Star Team (1997)
AHL First All-Star Team (2002)
Les Cunningham Award (AHL - MVP) (2002)
Signed as a free agent by Florida, July 7, 1999. Traded to St. Louis by Florida for Andrei Podkonicky, December 17, 2000.
Missed majority of 2003-04 due to shoulder (September 23, 2003 in training camp) and head (February 28, 2004 vs. Vancouver) injuries. Signed as a free agent by Langenthal (Swiss-2), October 4, 2004. Traded to Pittsburgh by St. Louis for Steve Poapst, December 9, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Columbus, August 22, 2006. Traded to NY Islanders by Columbus for Ryan Caldwell, October 25, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Ingolstadt (Germany), June 29, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Anaheim, July 22, 2008.
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