The Hockey Community Experiences a Tragic Passing of a Legend
BY SKY SEPTEMBER 19, 2023 (1:13 PM)
Minnesota lost a beloved figure in the world of hockey with the recent passing of Henry Boucha, a former NHL and WHA forward at the age of 72. The Minnesota Wild and the Detroit Red Wings confirmed the sad news.
Boucha had a notable career in the NHL, playing for teams such as the Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota North Stars, Kansas City Scouts, and Colorado Rockies. However, his most standout season occurred during the 1974-75 WHA season when he impressed with 15 goals and 35 points in just 36 games with the Minnesota Fighting Saints.
Beyond his hockey prowess, Boucha was a versatile high school athlete, excelling in ice hockey, football, and baseball. His on-ice signature was the headband he wore, a unique feature during a time when helmets were not mandatory.
Tragically, Boucha's promising hockey journey was curtailed by an eye injury when he was just 24 years old. Nevertheless, he left an enduring legacy both in the sport and through his dedicated support for Native American causes. His contributions earned him a well-deserved spot in the US Hockey Hall of Fame.
Henry Boucha's impact extends far beyond the rink, making him a cherished figure in the hearts of sports enthusiasts and his community alike.