Goalie Patrick Boivin is on the move in a Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League trade that has been confirmed by Hockey News North.
Boivin, who has a 2003 birth date, has had his NOJHL rights traded from the Blind River Beavers to the Timmins Rock in a cash exchange.
Boivin, who is a local Blind River product, heads to Timmins after he and Beavers general manager and coach Kyle Brick had agreed to a mutual parting of ways.
Timmins general manager and coach Brandon Perry was quick to act on the opportunity to trade for the 5-foot-10, 178-pound Boivin. Perry knew of Boivin from a couple of years back when both were in the Great North Under 18 Hockey League; Perry as coach of the Timmins Majors and Boivin as a goalie with the arch-rival Kapuskasing Flyers.
“We are excited to bring in a goalie of Boivin’s caliber, I have loved the way he plays since the Great North days, seeing him a lot of him when he was in Kap,” Perry relayed to Hockey News North. “And now, we are fully confident in Patrick’s abilities to make the Timmins Rock a contender again next season in the NOJHL.”
To be sure, Boivin is coming off of a 2021-2022 NOJHL season in which he did good work for both the Espanola Express and Blind River. Between the Express and the Beavers, Boivin posted a 14-17-4 regular season record with a 3.38 goals against average, .902 save percentage and three shutouts. He also used his puck-moving abilities to record four assists from his goalie position.