Small Town Hockey Heroes: Ron Boehm

Play episode
Hosted by
CraigBaird
You can listen to this episode on my podcast on iTunes here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/canadian-history-ehx/id1437838013
It is also available on all other podcast platforms.

Born on Aug. 14, 1943 in Allan, Saskatchewan, Ron Boehm would attend high school in the community of his birth before leaving to pursue his career in hockey. The first stop on that hockey journey would be the Estevan Bruins, where he played Junior Hockey.

From 1960 to 1965, he would play for the team recording his best season in 1963-64, with 35 goals and 53 assists in 61 games. He played so well, that the Bruins loaned him to the Edmonton Oil Kings to play in the Memorial Cup tournament of that year. Unfortunately, the Oil Kings would fall to the Toronto Marlboros in four straight games in the tournament.
In 1965-66, Boehm would join the Minnesota Rangers where he recorded 28 points. This was followed with 42 points with the Vancouver Canucks of the WHL in 1966-67. His excellent offensive numbers helped to earn him the Rookie of the Year award for that season. It was also enough to get him noticed by the newly-expanded NHL.
In 1967-68, the first year of the expansion of the NHL from six to 12 teams, Boehm would play in 16 games with the Oakland Seals, registering two goals and one assist. He would return to the WHL and play for the Canucks for the remainder of the season, picking up 16 points in 43 games.
Those 16 games with the Seals would be his only taste of the big time.
Over the course of the next seven years, he would play for Omaha, Seattle, Boston and Broome County. His best season during those years would be a 55 point effort in 74 games with the Boston Braves of the AHL in 1971-72.
Following a 32 point season in 1975 with the Broome County Dusters of the NAHL, he would retire from hockey.
He would become a manager of Commercial Fisheries in Port Alberni and work the parks and recreation department of the city for 23 years before retiring in 2003.
Boehm had a passion for music his entire life and could play both the guitar and accordion. He also enjoyed camping and fishing with his wife Gloria, and children Lee, Rondi and Jody.
He would pass away on Dec. 8, 2017 in Port Alberni.
Information courtesy of HockeyDB, Legends of Hockey, Times past To Present, Wikipedia and Yates Memorial Services
Liked it? Take a second to support CraigBaird on Patreon!

Leave a Reply

More from this show

Canadian History Ehx

Recent posts

%d bloggers like this: