Nick Boynton is a Canadian defenseman on the Chicago Blackhawks.
Boynton was drafted in 1999 by Boston. He had been drafted in 1997 by Washington, but elected to stay in the OHL for a few more seasons. He broke into the league with Boston in 1999, playing in 5 games. He developed into one of the top defensemen on the team, making the All-Star team in 2004. He was traded to Phoenix in 2006, where he developed into a much more physical defenseman, finishing both seasons with his highest penalty minute totals (138 and 125). He was traded to Florida for superstar Olli Jokinen in the 2008 offseason. Boynton played 68 games with the Panthers, recording 5 goals and 21 points, as well as 91 penalty minutes. Boynton signed with Anaheim about a week into the free agent signing period of the 2009 offseason. He played 42 games with the Ducks, scoring 7 points, before being placed on waivers and relegated to the AHL. He was traded to the Blackhawks at the trade deadline in 2010, and won his first Stanley Cup with the club that spring. He’ll be expected to help provide veteran presence on a roster that includes many strong defensemen.