Zach has a girlfriend and spends the offseason in Western Canada… He is involved with a number of charities including KidSport and Hockey Alberta… Zach’s first youth hockey team was the Fort McLeod Panthers… His dad had the biggest influence on his career… Zach’s Twitter handle is @ZachBoychuk… His favorite movie is Billy Madison, favorite actor is Adam Sandler and favorite musical artist is Jason Aldean… Zach’s first job was selling popcorn at Calgary Stampeders games and the Canadian Football League is his favorite sport to watch outside of hockey… His favorite team outside of hockey is N.C. State… Zach’s biggest game-day habit is being the last player dressed… His favorite websites are CarolinaHurricanes.com and GoCheckers.com… Zach’s favorite former teammate is Ray Whitney and the person he would most like to meet is Big Foot… His favorite thing to do away from the rink is to play Mario Kart and his favorite restaurants are sushi locations Mura, Cowfish and Sono… His biggest talent outside of hockey is corn hole and his most memorable moment was scoring his first NHL goal against Martin Brodeur.
Completed his seventh NHL season and seventh with the Hurricanes… Played in 31 games for Carolina, recording three goals, three assists (6 points) and an (even) rating… Played in 39 games for Charlotte (AHL), totaling 24 points (12g, 12a)… Recalled from Charlotte (AHL) on Oct. 12… Made his season debut, scored a goal, notched an assist and was (+2) vs. BUF (10/14)… Earned an assist vs. LA (11/2)… Scored a goal and was (+2) at CBJ (11/4)… Scored his third goal of the season vs. CGY (11/10)… Skated a season-high 16:19 at PHI (12/13)… Reassigned to Charlotte (AHL) on Jan. 8 and remained in the AHL for the balance of the season… Became the Checkers’ all-time leading goal scorer with his goal vs. the Toronto Marlies (1/16), passing Chris Terry (103)… Was a healthy extra for: 7 games…Longest point streak: 2 games (11/2-11/4: 1g, 1a)… Multi-point games: 1 (10/14 vs. BUF: 1g, 1a).
Is in his eighth NHL season… Signed a one-year contract with Carolina on 7/7/15… 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 ADT 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 in the Western Hockey League (WHL).
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: Started the season in the NHL with the Hurricanes, playing in two games before returning to his junior team… 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… Finished his junior career with 271 points (110g, 161a) in 237 career regular-season games, good for seventh on Lethbridge’s all-time point list… Joined Albany at the end of his WHL season, earning one assist in two games… Made his AHL debut and earned his first professional point with an assist at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (4/10).
2009-10: Established NHL highs in games played (31), assists (6) and points (9)… Had 36 points (15g, 21a) in 52 games on the AHL level with Albany… Scored his first professional goal and had two assists for Albany vs. Portland (10/9)… Earned his first NHL point with an assist on Gleason’s goal at CBJ (11/7)… Beat Martin Brodeur with a backhanded shot for his first NHL goal vs. NJ (2/13)… Earned primary assists on each of Carolina’s first two goals 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)… Netted the series-clinching goal at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (4/19).
2010-11: Established his NHL career high in goals (4) and added three assists (7 points) in 23 games with the Hurricanes… Led Charlotte skaters in assists (43) and points (65) in 60 games on the AHL level… Ranked 13th in the AHL in points (65) and 17th in assists (43) despite spending significant time on the NHL level… Had a four-assist AHL game for Charlotte vs. Hershey (12/12)… Earned his first career NHL multi-goal effort with a pair of tallies – including the game-winner – at OTT (12/29)… Had his first professional 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, and ranked tied for third on the team in scoring with 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 games with Charlotte on the AHL level, leading the Checkers in goals.
2012-13: 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, earning 32 points (16g, 16a) in 37 games prior to being recalled by Carolina… Earned points in six consecutive AHL games from 12/11-12/21… 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. EDM (3/8)… Earned an assist at VAN (3/14)… 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 of the season… Led Checkers skaters in playoff goals (3) and points (6), appearing in all five of the team’s Calder Cup playoff games.
2013-14: Played in 11 games for Carolina, recording one goal, three assists and a (+2) rating… Played in 69 games for Charlotte (AHL)… Won the Willie Marshall Award as the top goal scorer in the AHL with a club-record 36 goals… Ranked second in the AHL in points (74), setting a Checkers record… Ranked second among Charlotte skaters in assists (38)… Won the AHL’s Player of the Month award for March and was selected to the AHL’s Second All-Star Team… Recorded three hat tricks for the Checkers, all after Jan. 24… Led the AHL in power-play goals (18), setting a team record.