Carolina Hurricanes
Carolina Hurricanes
Zach Boychuk
HEIGHT: 5' 10"
BIRTHDATE: 10/04/1989
AGE: 25
DRAFTED: CAR: 2008-14 overall
WHL East Second All-Star Team (2007, 2008) AHL Second All-Star Team (2014) Willie Marshall Award (AHL Top Goal-scorer) (2014) Claimed on waivers by Pittsburgh from Carolina, January 29, 2013. Claimed on waivers by Nashville from Pittsburgh, March 5, 2013. Signed as a free agent by Carolina, August 20, 2013.
2012-13 SEASON
Split the year between Carolina, Pittsburgh and Nashville on the NHL level and Charlotte in the AHL… Totaled two points (1g, 1a) in 13 NHL games… Ranked second among Charlotte skaters in goals (23) and third in points (43)… Began the season with Charlotte, playing 37 games prior to being recalled… Made his NHL season debut for Carolina at FLA (1/19)…Was a healthy extra for four NHL games prior to being claimed on waivers by Pittsburgh on 1/31… Skated in seven games for the Penguins without earning a point… Claimed on waivers by Nashville on 3/5… Scored a goal in his Predators debut vs. ED M (3/8)… Claimed on waivers by Carolina on 3/21 and reassigned to Charlotte on 3/23… Had points in six of Charlotte’s final seven regular-season games… Led Checkers skaters in playoff goals (3) and points (6), appearing in all five of the team’s Calder Cup playoff games.

Is in his sixth NHL season… Signed a one-year contract with Carolina on 8/20/13… Has totaled eight goals and 12 assists in 85 career NHL games with Carolina, Pittsburgh and Nashville… Has 81 goals and 108 assists (189 points) in 227 career AHL regular-season games… Earned 271 points (110g, 161a) in 237 career regular-season Western Hockey League (WHL) games with the Lethbridge Hurricanes, good for seventh on Lethbridge’s all-time point list… Was ranked eighth among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting heading into the 2008 NHL Entry Draft… Has represented Canada in a number of international competitions, debuting at the 2006 Under-18 Junior World Cup, when Canada won gold… Represented Canada at the 2007 Under-18 World Junior Championship and the eight-game Canada-Russia Super Series in 2007… Captured gold with Canada at the 2008 and 2009 World Junior Championships, serving as the team’s alternate captain at the 2009 World Juniors… Was the youngest player on Team WHL at the 2006 AD T Canada-Russia Challenge, and played for Team WHL again at that event in 2007 and 2008.

2005-06: Won the Carl Trentini Memorial Award as Lethbridge’s Rookie of the Year after totaling 51 points (18g, 33a) in 64 games as a 16-year-old.

2006-07: Ranked tied for second in the WHL in scoring with 91 points (31g, 60a) in 69 games as a 17-year-old for Lethbridge… Was named Lethbridge’s team MVP and Most Popular Player as voted by the fans.

2007-08: Ranked second among Lethbridge skaters in scoring with 72 points (33g, 39a), despite playing in just 61 of 72 games… Led the team with a plus-26 plus/minus rating… Ranked 15th in the WHL in goals with 33… Played in the 2008 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, netting two goals and earning Team White Player of the Game honors… Also placed second at that event’s fastest skater competition… Led all WHL skaters in 2008 with 13 playoff goals as Lethbridge won three postseason series and the WHL’s Eastern Conference title before falling to the Spokane Chiefs in the WHL final.

2008-09: Began the season in the NHL with the Hurricanes, playing two games before returning to his juniors… Made his NHL debut at LA (10/17), becoming the first Hurricanes player since Eric Staal in 2003 to make his NHL debut in his draft year….Had 57 points (28g, 29a) in 43 regular-season games with Lethbridge, and led the team with 13 points (7g, 6a) in 11 playoff contests… Shared the Harry Ingarfield Memorial Award as Lethbridge’s team MVP and won the team’s plus/minus award… Joined Albany at the end of his WHL season, earning one assist in two games… Made his AHL debut and earned his first pro point with an assist at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (4/10).

2009-10: Set NHL highs in games played (31), assists (6) and points (9)… Had 36 points (15g, 21a) in 52 AHL games with Albany… Scored his first pro goal and had two assists for Albany vs. Portland (10/9)… Earned his first NHL point with an assist at CBJ (11/7)… Beat Martin Brodeur with a backhanded shot for his first NHL goal vs. NJ (2/13)… Earned two assists vs. OTT (3/4) for his first NHL multi-point game… Skated in all eight of Albany’s Calder Cup Playoff games, earning five points (2g, 3a)… Scored his first playoff points with a pair of assists at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (4/18).

2010-11: Established a NHL career high in goals (4) and added three assists (7 points) in 23 games with Carolina… Led Charlotte in assists (43) and points (65) in 60 AHL games… Ranked 13th in the AHL in points (65) and 17th in assists (43)… Had a four-assist AHL game for Charlotte vs. Hershey (12/12)… Made his NHL season debut vs. ANA (12/18)… Earned his first career NHL multigoal effort with a pair of tallies – including the game-winner – at OTT (12/29)… Had his first pro hat trick with three goals for Charlotte at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (1/23)… Was named the AHL’s Player of the Week for 3/21-3/27, with five goals and five assists (10 points) in four games… Played in all 16 of Charlotte’s Calder Cup Playoff games, totaling nine points (3g, 6a).

2011-12: Skated in 16 games during two recalls to Carolina, totaling two assists… Had 44 points (21g, 23a) in 64 AHL games with Charlotte, leading the Checkers in goals.