Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Cards That Never Were: Henry Boucha Topps 1972, '75 & '77

Cards That Never Were is a recurring series in which I create virtual cards for players who were missed in various sets.  It is a concept I have borrowed from too many others to list, but I thank them all for their work and inspiration.
Henry Boucha played six seasons in the NHL.  He broke in with the Detroit Red Wings in the 1971-72 season and played three seasons with them.  He played one season with the Minnesota North Stars.  Then he went to the Kansas City Scouts for a season and went with them to Colorado (as the Rockies) for one season, before retiring after the 1976-77 season.  He also had a short stint with the Minnesota Fighting Saints of the WHA.
On a couple of sidenotes, Boucha is a full-blooded Chippewa Ojibwa.  Also, in January of 1975, he was involved in an ugly stick incident which left him with broken bones around his eyes and blurred vision.  While he played two more seasons, it ultimately lead to the end of his career.
Boucha's hockey cards were a bit spotty.  He did not receive one after his first, fourth and sixth season (the last would have been a career-capper).  Of course, I had to attempt to correct this by creating a card for him from the sets of 1972-73, '75-'76 and '77-'78.

1 comment:

Mark Hoyle said...

I reneged watching the game when Forbes caved his head in.