Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Wally Boyer
Centre Wally Boyer was a creative playmaker and diligent penalty killer during an NHL career that lasted nearly 400 games. He was also a top performer in the minors for many years and sampled the WHA for one season.

The native of Cowan, Manitoba was a solid player for three years with the Toronto Marlboros of the OHA. He then spent seven years in the minors, the most productive of which came in the AHL with the Rochester Americans and Springfield Indians. In 1965 he was one of the leaders on the Rochester club that captured the Calder Cup.

Boyer played 46 games as a rookie with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1965-66 and 42 contests with the Chicago Black Hawks the following year. Boyer's checking was a useful component as the Hawks finished at the top of the regular season standings for the first time in franchise history.

In 1967-68 he joined the expansion Oakland Seals and was given a full range of responsibilities playing on a line with George Swarbrick and Gerry Ehman. This was followed by three years as a versatile forward with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He registered a career-high 41 points in 1970-71 with Andy Bathgate and Greg Polis on the wings. Boyer spent most of the 1971-72 season with the AHL's Hershey Bears then jumped to the Winnipeg Jets of the newly-founded WHA in 1972-73. The veteran pivot retired after helping the Jets reach the Avco Cup finals that year.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1955-56 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 48 14 19 33 51 11 2 2 4 4
1955-56 Toronto Marlboros M-Cup 13 3 7 10 2
1956-57 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 40 17 17 34 21 8 2 6 8 19
1957-58 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 27 11 11 22 17 12 6 14 20 17
1957-58 Toronto Marlboros M-Cup 5 0 2 2 2
1958-59 Hershey Bears AHL 4 0 1 1 2
1958-59 New Westminster Royals WHL 27 5 5 10 0
1958-59 Chicoutimi<196>Montreal QHL 28 3 7 10 8 4 0 0 0 0
1959-60 Sudbury Wolves EPHL 70 23 42 65 36 11 2 4 6 4
1960-61 Rochester Americans AHL 70 24 33 57 31
1961-62 Rochester Americans AHL 67 20 21 41 67 2 0 0 0 0
1962-63 Springfield Indians AHL 66 28 45 73 59
1963-64 Rochester Americans AHL 52 20 19 39 35 2 1 0 1 2
1964-65 Rochester Americans AHL 70 20 41 61 28 10 2 4 6 4
1965-66 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 46 4 17 21 23 4 0 1 1 0
1965-66 Rochester Americans AHL 19 3 10 13 13
1966-67 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 42 5 6 11 15 1 0 0 0 0
1966-67 Portland Buckaroos WHL 17 7 6 13 10
1967-68 Oakland Seals NHL 74 13 20 33 44 0
1968-69 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 62 10 19 29 17 -21
1969-70 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 72 11 12 23 34 -5 10 1 2 3 0
1970-71 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 68 11 30 41 30 +10
1971-72 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 1 0 1 1 0 -1
1971-72 Hershey Bears AHL 64 18 30 48 43 3 1 0 1 2
1972-73 Winnipeg Jets WHA 69 6 28 34 27 14 4 2 6 4
NHL Totals 365 54 105 159 163 15 1 3 4 0


Loaned to Hershey (AHL) by Toronto for the 1958-59 and 1959-60 seasons with the trade of Mike Nykolyk and Ron Hurst for Willie Marshall, April 29, 1958. Toronto retains right of recall. Loaned to Springfield (AHL) by Toronto (Rochester-AHL) with the trade of Jim Wilcox, Roger Cote, Bill White and Dick Mattiussi for Kent Douglas, June 7, 1962. Claimed by Montreal from Toronto in Intra-League Draft, June 15, 1966. Claimed by Chicago from Montreal in Intra-League Draft, June 15, 1966. Claimed by California (Oakland) from Chicago in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1967. Traded to Montreal by Oakland with Alain Caron, Oakland's 1st round picks in 1968 (Jim Pritchard) and 1970 (Ray Martynuik) Amateur Drafts and future considerations (Lyle Bradley, June, 1968) for Norm Ferguson, Stan Fuller and future considerations (Francois Lacombe and Michel Jacques, June, 1968), May 21, 1968. Traded to Pittsburgh by Montreal for Al MacNeil, June 12, 1968. Selected by Winnipeg (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Traded to Toronto (WHA) by Winnipeg (WHA) with Steve Cuddie for Ken Stephenson, June, 1973.
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