Posted by: kristagolden | December 30, 2011

Man of the Day 12/30: Tyler Bozak

Tyler Bozak

Born March 19, 1986 (age 25) in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Center for the Toronto Maple Leafs

This guy has a connection to three MotD alumni, so let’s learn about him. Tyler played with the Victoria Salsa (later the Victoria Grizzlies) in the BCHL and spent three years with the team before committing to the University of Denver Pioneers for the 2007-08 season. In his freshman year (FYI he majored in Business), he played in all 41 games and topped the team with his 34 points, and he was second in the country in shorthanded goals. He earned a lot of kudos in that rookie season, with four WHCA Rookie of the Week honors and a Hockey Commissioner’s Association Rookie of the Month honor. He was doing well in his sophomore year till he tore his meniscus and sat out half the season, but he still managed to make the WHCA All-Academic team.

In the Battle of Ontario, only one can possess the puck.

He wasn’t drafted, but he was a wanted man in terms of free agency after his sophomore season. It was the Toronto Maple Leafs who signed him to a two-year entry level contract at the end of the Pioneers’ season, but he opted not to play with them because of his knee. That fall he had a great training camp but was sent to the Toronto Marlies because of salary cap concerns. He was called up for roughly half the season, though, and he debuted on October 13, 2009, when he also got his first NHL point, an assist. On January 12, 2010 he got his first NHL goal against the Philadelphia Flyers. The 2010-11 season was his first full season with the Leafs, and he earned 32 points. He just signed a two-year extension this past summer, and so far this season he’s dazzled everyone with his 7 goals and 18 assists, including this beauty of a goal against Vancouver:

Apparently, Bozie used to share a condo with MotD alum and former Leaf Viktor Stalberg till he was traded to Chicago. Now he rooms with another MotD, Luca Caputi! And he recently tweeted about his grandmother hooking him up with some pierogies that he’s planning to share with Joffrey Lupul. Hey boys, would you share some with us?

Bozie, what is your face.

– Krista

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