New York Islanders D Johnny Boychuk retires due to injury

Johnny Boychuk

The Islanders announced Wednesday that defenseman Johnny Boychuk's playing career is over due to an eye injury suffered during the recently completed season. Back in June, Boychuk indicated that recovery was going well and he did return for three games during the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"I noticed it when I was playing, but you try to go through it and try to do whatever it takes to win".

The New York Islanders are losing a long-time veteran on the blueline as Johnny Boychuk makes the hard decision to retire after suffering a nasty eye injury.

Boychuk spent the last six seasons with the Islanders, who acquired him in a 2014 trade with the Boston Bruins. I realized that something was off, and then having a concussion in the bubble, then you start thinking about things.

Things progressed for the worst after Boychuk returned home following the Islanders' elimination in the Eastern Conference finals. "Then when I got the tests done, it was an eye opener, I guess".

After doctors discovered irreversible damage in his eyes, Boychuk reached out to general manager Lou Lamoriello. "I went and did all these tests".

A standout with the P-Bruins in 2008-09, Boychuk made his full-time jump to the National Hockey League the following season, and was part of the team's Stanley Cup team in 2011 and on the 2013 team that came up short in the 2013 Cup Final.

Overall, the Edmonton-born defender appeared in 79 playoff games during his Bruins career, which ranks as the eighth-most among defenders in franchise history, his 27 playoff points are ninth-most among all Boston defensemen, and his plus-20 rating over that 79-game run is the sixth-best among that group.

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