Tuesday, October 7, 2014


Henry Boucha was one of the greatest hockey talents the state of Minnesota has ever produced.  The Warroad native and full-blooded Ojibwa is widely regarded as one of the finest high school players in state history.  After a Silver Medal winning performance with the 1972 US Olympic Team, he quickly established himself as a star for the Detroit Red Wings.  Boucha was traded home to Minnesota in 1974, but less than a year into his North Stars career, tragedy struck.  During a game against the Boston Bruins, Boucha took Dave Forbes' stick in his eye.  He missed the rest of the season, and never fully recovered.  He did briefly play with the WHA's Minnesota Fighting Saints in 1975-76 (and averaged a point per game).  He returned to the NHL later that year with the Kansas City Scouts/Colorado Rockies franchise, but by the age of 25, Boucha was out of pro hockey.

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