Born December 16, 1989 (age 22) in Brøndby, Denmark
Right wing for the Phoenix Coyotes
December people are good people and I noticed Boedker during the NYR/Phoenix game recently. Let’s go deeper! Boedker (please note that his name is spelled with the Danish o that has a slash through it, but replacing it with an oe is the English version) honed his skills on the Danish Roedovre Mighty Bulls before heading over to Sweden to play on their Frolunda team at the tender age of 15. The OHL’s Kitchener Rangers came calling and he came to North America for 2007-08. The Rangers won the championship that year and quite nearly took the Memorial Cup, but lost in the finals to the Spokane Chiefs. Drafted eighth overall by the Coyotes in 2008, he joined the team right out of the gate and got his first goal in October 2008 against the Ducks. He went to the YoungStars game as part of the All-Star Game in Montreal 2009.
After his big first year, though, Boedker split time between Phoenix and San Antonio, spending most of his days in Texas. He had a more even split between the two last year, contributing points wherever he was and participating in Phoenix’s playoff run. 2010-11 also saw him having a career-high assist streak and playing his 100th NHL game! Fun fact: Hockey runs in the Boedker family. Mikkel’s older brother Mads plays defense in Sweden and often makes appearances on Danish national teams. Both Boedkers played in the 2007 World Juniors. Mikkel also made an appearance for Denmark in this year’s Worlds. This season, he’s played in 43 Coyotes games and gotten 7 goals and 8 assists so far with 6 penalty minutes. Not bad, Boedker!