Boyd, Randy

Defense  L. 5'11" 190 lbs.
1/23/1962 Coniston, Ontario
Pittsburgh's 2nd, 51st overall, in 1980.

Defenceman Randy Boyd played a solid physical role in his own end and was proficient at moving the puck up to his forwards. He played over 250 games for four different clubs in the 80s and was a solid minor leaguer.

Boyd was a fine two-way defender for three years with the OHL's Ottawa 67s. He was claimed 51st overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1980 Entry Draft and was returned to Ottawa. In 1980-81, he scored 54 points and was placed on the league's first all-star team. The rugged defender made the jump to the NHL straight from junior late in 1981-82. Boyd was a solid player that spring when the Pens nearly upset the Stanley Cup champion New York Islanders in the first round of the playoffs.

Boyd played 56 games in 1982-83 then was relegated to the minors. He played a few games with the Chicago Black Hawks after a trade in December 1983. The high point of this period was being selected to the IHL first all-star team after scoring 73 points in 68 games for the Milwaukee Admirals in 1984-85.

After being claimed on waivers by the New York Islanders in October 1985, Boyd added depth and grit to their blueline for two years. The Vancouver Canucks picked up the veteran on waivers prior to the 1987-88 season and he went on to play a career-high 60 games. Boyd started the 1988-89 season on the West Coast but played most of the year with the Admirals. His 79 points and strong defensive play earned him the Governor's trophy as the league's top blueliner and a place on the first all-star team. Boyd took two years off then returned to Milwaukee in 1991-92. He retired as a player in 1993 then signed on to coach the Memphis River Kings of the East Coast League

Player Notes
OMJHL First All-Star Team (1981) ; IHL First All-Star Team (1985, 1989) ; Won Governor's Trophy (Top Defenseman - IHL) (1989). Traded to Chicago by Pittsburgh for Greg Fox, December 6th, 1983. Claimed by NY Islanders from Chicago in Waiver Draft, October 7th, 1985. Claimed by Vancouver from NY Islanders in Waiver Draft, October 5th, 1987. Played w/ RHI's Chicago Cheetahs in 1995 (3-2-9-11-0).