Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ivan Boldirev
Centre Ivan Boldirev was a superior puck handler with a natural touch around the net. He spent 15 years in the league with six different clubs and recorded nine 20-goal seasons.

Boldirev came to Canada in his youth. After starring with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the NOHA in 1966-67, he spent two years with the Oshawa Generals under the sponsorship of the Boston Bruins. When he was ready to turn pro, Boston sent Boldirev to the CHL to work on his overall game. In the end, the Bruins had too many good forwards and traded the youngster to the California Seals in November 1971.

The talented pivot toiled for nearly three years on one of the NHL's all time sad sack franchises. In May 1974, his career took a turn for the better when he was acquired by the Chicago Black Hawks. Boldirev spent nearly five years in the Windy City where he worked the power play and teamed effectively with Grant Mulvey and Darcy Rota.

Late in the 1978-79 season, the clever centre was part of major trade between the Hawks and the Atlanta Flames which involved star forward Tom Lysiak. Boldirev averaged over a point per game for his new club but the Flames were knocked out in the first round of the post-season. The next February he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks to add playmaking savvy and experience to the club. His best season came in 1981-82 when he scored 33 goals playing on a line with Dave "Tiger" Williams and Tony Currie notched eight playoff markers as the club reach the Stanley Cup finals for the first time.

Midway through the 1982-83 season he was traded to the Detroit Red Wings for Mark Kirton. Boldirev set a career-high in 1983-84 with 35 goals and helped Detroit qualify for the playoffs for only the second time in twelve years. He slipped to 19 goals the next season but did reach the 1,000 game milestone before retiring.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1966-67 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds NOJHA 40 26 42 68 35
1967-68 Oshawa Generals OHA-Jr. 50 18 26 44 76
1968-69 Oshawa Generals OHA-Jr. 54 25 34 59 101
1969-70 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 65 18 49 67 114
1969-70 Boston Bruins NHL
1970-71 Boston Bruins NHL 2 0 0 0 0 0
1970-71 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 68 19 52 71 98 5 1 4 5 9
1971-72 Boston Bruins NHL 11 0 2 2 6 +2
1971-72 California Golden Seals NHL 57 16 23 39 54 -14
1972-73 California Golden Seals NHL 56 11 23 34 58 -23
1973-74 California Golden Seals NHL 78 25 31 56 22 -51
1974-75 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 80 24 43 67 54 -3 8 4 2 6 2
1975-76 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 78 28 34 62 33 -23 4 0 1 1 0
1976-77 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 80 24 38 62 40 -15 2 0 1 1 0
1977-78 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 80 35 45 80 34 -3 4 0 2 2 2
1978-79 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 66 29 35 64 25 +7
1978-79 Atlanta Flames NHL 13 6 8 14 6 +1 2 0 2 2 2
1979-80 Atlanta Flames NHL 52 16 24 40 20 -1
1979-80 Vancouver Canucks NHL 27 16 11 27 14 -1 4 0 2 2 0
1980-81 Vancouver Canucks NHL 72 26 33 59 34 -12 1 1 1 2 0
1981-82 Vancouver Canucks NHL 78 33 40 73 45 -17 17 8 3 11 4
1982-83 Vancouver Canucks NHL 39 5 20 25 12 -9
1982-83 Detroit Red Wings NHL 33 13 17 30 14 -6
1983-84 Detroit Red Wings NHL 75 35 48 83 20 +3 4 0 5 5 4
1984-85 Detroit Red Wings NHL 75 19 30 49 16 -25 2 0 1 1 0
NHL Totals 1052 361 505 866 507 48 13 20 33 14


CHL Second All-Star Team (1971) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1978) Traded to California by Boston for Rich Leduc and Chris Oddleifson, November 17, 1971. Traded to Chicago by California for Len Frig and Mike Christie, May 24, 1974. Traded to Atlanta by Chicago with Phil Russell and Darcy Rota for Tom Lysiak, Pat Ribble, Greg Fox, Harold Phillipoff and Miles Zaharko, March 13, 1979. Traded to Vancouver by Atlanta with Darcy Rota for Don Lever and Brad Smith, February 8, 1980. Traded to Detroit by Vancouver for Mark Kirton, January 17, 1983.