Minnesota Hockey Legend Henry Boucha Sadly Passed Away
Warroad state hockey tournament legend Henry Boucha passed away on September 18, 2023, at the age of 72. His cause of death has not been disclosed yet.
The Rink Live and the Star Tribune reported that family members confirmed Boucha passed away Monday.
Henry Charles Boucha was born on June 1, 1951, in Warroad, Minnesota, U.S. He was a professional ice hockey center.
He played in both the National Hockey League and World Hockey Association between 1971 and 1977.
In the NHL Boucha played for the Detroit Red Wings, Kansas City Scouts, Minnesota North Stars, and Colorado Rockies, while he played for the Minnesota Fighting Saints of the WHA.
Boucha’s career was cut short by an eye injury by Dave Forbes. Internationally he played for the American national team at two World Championships and at the 1972 Winter Olympics, where he won a silver medal.
Jess Myers, hockey writer for The Rink Live and the Forum Communications family of publications and Warroad native, talked about Boucha’s lasting impact on Minnesota.
“When I was a kid growing up in the 80s, and playing youth hockey, I remember that the number 16 — nobody ever wore that on any of Warroad’s teams,” he said.
“And that was because that was Henry’s number. Long before they officially had retired his number it was just done out of honor that he was that important to that community.”
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Henry Boucha Passed Away at 72
Family members confirmed Henry Boucha passed away on Monday afternoon but they didn’t immediately release any details but confirmed his passing, and asked for privacy.
Boucha played high school hockey for Warroad High School in Warroad, Minnesota. He is one of the best players to ever play Minnesota high school hockey.
While serving in the U.S. Army, he joined the United States national ice hockey team in 1970 as the U.S. won the “Pool B” qualification tournament.
Boucha participated in the 1971 Ice Hockey World Championships in Bern, Switzerland. He was one of the biggest stars of the 1972 United States Olympic hockey team which received the silver medal.
After his retirement, he fell on hard times due to his unexpectedly early retirement from hockey. Boucha went through a period of divorce and drug and alcohol abuse before straightening out his life in the 1980s.
Boucha re-established himself in his native community and became active in various Native American causes.
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