Nick Boynton is a Type I diabetic who hasn’t let diabetes stop him from being a successful athlete. Nick was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes at the age of 19 and has managed to have a successful NHL career including being nominated to the 2004 NHL All-Star Game, and winning a Stanley Cup Championship in 2010.
Nick grew up playing minor hockey in his hometown of Nobleton, ON with the NobleKing Knights before moving to AAA with the Richmond Hill-Vaughan Kings of the OMHA. He played bantam AAA with the Kings before signing as a 15-year old with the Caledon Canadians Jr..A. club of the Metro Junior Hockey League in 1994-95. He was a standout for four seasons with the OHL’s Ottawa 67’s, finishing his junior career in 1998-99 as with 59 points in 51 games along with a Memorial Cup Championship and MVP. Boynton was originally drafted by the Washington Capitals in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. Boynton returned to the draft, in 1999 and was again drafted in the first round but this time by the Boston Bruins. He was named to the NHL’s All- Rookie Team that year. Boynton played for the Bruins until 2005-06
One of his most successful seasons was 2003-04 when he registered 30 points and played in the NHL All-star game. During the NHL lockout season of 2004-05, Boynton played for the Nottingham Panthers in the British Elite Ice Hockey League, memorably scoring the equalizing goal in the British Championship Grand Final.
On June 26, 2006, Boynton was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes, he then moved on to the Florida Panthers along with his good friend Keith Ballard in 2008. In the 2008-09 season, Boynton posted 21 points in 68 games for the Panthers.
In 2009 Boynton became a free agent and signed a one-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks. On March 2, 2010, he was traded from the Anaheim Ducks to the Chicago Blackhawks and just a few months later Boynton was on the ice for the game winning goal of the Stanley Cup Championship Final. Nick concluded his NHL career with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2011.
He now spends time with his daughters, Emmerson and Bryar in Arizona and volunteers with Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation on a regular basis. Nick was on the board with the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston when he played for the Bruins, and continues to help others out who are managing Type I diabetes.
Written October 2012
Recognizing outstanding KCSS alumni