Tyler Bozak: Is He the Real Deal?

March 27th, 2010 by Mike Burse Leave a reply »
Tyler Bozak, a 6'1", 195-pound, 24-year-old rookie from Regina, Saskatchewan, has shown glimpses of what he can do in the National Hockey League since his permanent call up from the Toronto Marlies on January 12.

In the American Hockey League, he scored four goals, adding 16 assists and six penalty minutes in 32 games.

The question Brian Burke and Leafs management faces: Is he the real deal?

In my opinion, he is a great candidate to become a solid top-six player in the NHL.


Off the Ice

First, let's look at Bozak away from the ice rink.

During his time at the University of Denver, he majored in business and was named to the All-WCHA Academic Team for the 2008-09 season.

He also excelled in golf, volleyball and badminton. As listed on the University of Denver Pioneers' website, he enjoys golf, fishing and water activities in his spare time.

His favorite athletes were Alexander Ovechkin (NHL), Rafael Nadal (pro tennis player and thorn in the side of Roger Federer) and Sergio Garcia (PGA Tour).


Path to the Pros

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