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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Jan 14--Fred Boimistruck

Fred Boimstruck

Selected by Toronto Maple Leafs round 3 #43 overall 1980 NHL Entry Draft.

Despite having one year of junior eligibility remaining, Boimistruck earned a roster spot with the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs. In retrospect many of the young players such as Jim Benning and Gary Nylund were thrown into a similar situation as Boimistruck where they were expected to immediately improve a disastrous Maple Leafs team. Instead it ruined their careers, with far too much pressure placed on their young shoulders. Although Boimistruck played 57 games that first year, he was limited to just 26 the following season and was relegated to the minors for the rest of the year. He never again reached the NHL, his confidence totally gone. By their own admission many young players from that early 1980's Leafs' team later admitted they were too young to handle the unrealistic expectations placed upon them by team management.

Received this black sharpie signed card IP. I don't recall off hand but I believe it was at the NHL SloPitch tourney.

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