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Leo Boivin

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Height  1.70 m
Position  Defenseman
Role  Ice hockey player
Career end  1970
Name  Leo Boivin
Career start  1951
Playing career  1951–1970
Weight  80 kg

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Born  August 2, 1932 (age 83) Prescott, ON, CAN (1932-08-02)
Played for  Toronto Maple Leafs Boston Bruins Detroit Red Wings Pittsburgh Penguins Minnesota North Stars
Similar People  Dean Prentice, Don McKenney, Doug Mohns, Fernie Flaman, Murray Oliver

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Léo Joseph Boivin (born August 2, 1932) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey 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.


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Playing career

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Leo Boivin began playing hockey at seven years of age on the rivers and outdoor ice surfaces of Prescott, Ontario, near Ottawa. His junior career consisted of a year with the Inkerman Rockets and two more seasons with the Port Arthur Bruins. In 1951–52 he began playing for the American Hockey League (AHL) Pittsburgh Hornets and was promoted to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Boivin was most remembered for his time with the Boston Bruins as he helped lead them to two Stanley Cup finals in the late 1950s. Boivin starred with other Boston defensive stalwarts Allan Stanley, Fern Flaman, Doug Mohns and Bob Armstrong. He remained the anchor of a youthful Bruins defensive corps during the difficult reconstructive period of the early 1960s. Boivin became captain of the Boston Bruins in 1963.


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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.

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