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1984 NHL DRAFT PICK
Bob Joyce
Selected in fourth round
No. 82 overall by Boston Bruins

Born July 11, 1966
Position: Left Wing / Center
Height: 6-1   Weight: 180
BEFORE THE DRAFT
Last Team: Notre Dame (Saskatchewan AAA)    
Birthplace: Saint John, New Brunswick (Canada)
Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba
PRE-DRAFT STATISTICS
Year TeamLeague GPG ATP PIM
1981-82 Notre DameSask. AAA ---- ---- --
1982-83 Notre DameSask. AAA ---- ---- --
1983-84 Notre DameSask. AAA 3033 3770 --

PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
Miscellaneous:
Attended Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox, Saskatchewan. ... Played in 1982 Air Canada Cup tournament in Victoria, B.C., at age 15. ... Grew up in Winnipeg as next door neighbor to future NHL players James Patrick and Steve Patrick, and was inspired by James Patrick to attend both Notre Dame and the University of North Dakota. ... Son of a Canadian Air Force pilot.
NHL CAREER
Debut: March 5, 1988 (New Jersey at Boston)
Numbers:  27 (Boston); 27 (Washington); 28 (Winnipeg)
Stanley Cup: Never won.  Playing Status: Retired 2000
CAREER NHL STATISTICS
Years TeamsGP GA TPPIM
1988-1992 Boston, Wash., Winnipeg 15834 498390
CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS
YearsTeams GPG ATP PIM
1988-1990 Boston, Washington46 159 2429

NHL AWARDS AND HONORS
Stanley Cup Finals (Lost):
1988 (Boston)
1989-90: Played 23 regular-season games for Boston team that went to 1990 Stanley Cup Finals, but was traded away before postseason.
Miscellaneous: Joined Boston for balance of 1987-88 season after competing in 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. He signed his first NHL contract on March 1, 1988. ... Scored two goals in his first NHL game. His first goal, scored on his first NHL shot in his second NHL shift, beat New Jersey goaltender Sean Burke to give Boston a 2-1 lead at 10:03 of the first period. His second goal beat Burke to tie the game 5-5 at 4:52 of the third period. Ironically, Burke and Joyce had been teammates on the 1988 Canadian Olympic team. New Jersey went on to win the game 7-6 in overtime. ... Played on line with Craig Janney and Cam Neely for Boston in 1987-88. ... Led all NHL rookies with eight goals in 1988 playoffs. ... Missed part of Boston's 1988 training camp with sprained right knee, an injury suffered in September 1988. ... Missed part of 1988-89 season with slight concussion and severe cut (10 stitches) on upper lip, an injury suffered in third-period collision with linemate Keith Crowder and Toronto's Brad Marsh during Boston's Oct. 6, 1988, season-opener vs. Toronto. He did not return to action until Boston's Oct. 12, 1988, game at Los Angeles. ... Missed part of 1988-89 season with bruised groin muscle, an injury suffered during Boston's March 11, 1989, game vs. Buffalo. ... Missed part of 1989-90 season with mild concussion, an injury suffered during Boston's Oct. 21, 1989, game at Calgary. He did not return to action until Boston's Nov. 2, 1989, game vs. Los Angeles. ... Missed part of 1989-90 season with dislocated left shoulder, an injury suffered during Boston's Nov. 23, 1989, game vs. Toronto. He did not return to action until Boston's Dec. 3, 1989, game at Philadelphia. ... Missed part of 1989-90 season with sprained right knee, an injury suffered in collision with Brian Leetch during Washington's Jan. 3, 1990, game at N.Y. Rangers. The injury required arthroscopic surgery on Jan. 17, 1990, and Joyce did not return to action until Washington's Feb. 11, 1990, game vs. Minnesota. ... Missed start of 1990-91 season with sprained left ankle, an injury suffered at the end of Washington's training camp in early October 1990. By the time he was ready to play again, Washington had assigned him to Baltimore (AHL) to start the season. He was later recalled to the Capitals on Nov. 16, 1990.
NON-NHL CAREER
Post-Draft Teams: North Dakota (WCHA); Team Canada; Baltimore (AHL); Moncton (AHL); Las Vegas, Orlando (IHL); Dusseldorf, Landshut, Munich (Germany)
Olympics: 1988 (fourth place)
NON-NHL AWARDS AND HONORS
NCAA Championship:
1987 (North Dakota)
Germany Championship: 2000 (Munich)
NCAA West All-America First Team: 1986-87 (North Dakota)
NCAA Tournament All-Star First Team: 1987 (North Dakota)
WCHA All-Star First Team: 1986-87 (North Dakota)
North Dakota Purpur Award (Dedication): 1985-86, 1986-87
N. Dakota Krum Scholarship (Academics/Leadership): 1985-86
North Dakota Captain: 1986-87
WCHA Records: Most goals in one game (6 for North Dakota vs. Michigan Tech on Jan. 23, 1987), most points in one game (9 for North Dakota vs. Michigan Tech on Jan. 23, 1987)
North Dakota Records: Most goals in a season (52 in 1986-87), most games played in a season (48 in 1986-87, shares record), most points in a game (9 vs. Michigan Tech on Jan. 23, 1987, shares record)
NCAA Goals Leader: 1986-87 (North Dakota) (52 goals)
WCHA Goals Leader: 1986-87 (North Dakota) (52 goals)
1993-94: Played on IHL regular-season champion (Las Vegas).
Education: Majored in recreation administration at North Dakota.
Miscellaneous: Tied WCHA single-game record (since broken) with five goals in North Dakota's Oct. 25, 1985, game vs. Michigan Tech. ... Played for Team Canada in Pravda Cup tournament in Leningrad, USSR, in April 1985. ... Played on Hrkac Circus line with Tony Hrkac and Steve Johnson for North Dakota in 1986-87. ... Left the University of North Dakota after his junior year to join Team Canada on July 20, 1987. ... Played on Team Canada squad that won 1987 Izvestia Tournament in Moscow. He scored the game-winning goal to beat Finland in the championship game. ... Wore No. 15 for Team Canada in 1988 Olympics. ... Signed with Las Vegas (IHL) as an unrestricted free agent on July 8, 1993. ... Missed start of 1997 IHL playoffs with thumb injury, suffered while playing for Orlando on April 5, 1997. The injury required surgery. ... Won German championship with Munich Barons in his final pro game. ... Attended Comair Aviation Academy in Florida to earn a pilot's license after his retirement.
Personal: Full name is Robert Thomas Joyce. ... Also known as Bobby Joyce during his playing days.
HOW HE GOT AWAY
TRADE: Boston traded Joyce to Washington in exchange for Dave Christian on December 13, 1989.

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SNAPSHOT '84
Total Selected: 250
Forwards: 142
Defense: 88
Goaltenders: 20
Major Junior: 110
Tier II/Jr. B: 16/9
College Players: 23
High School: 47
Midget: 4
U.S. Junior B: 1
Canadian: 145
Euro-Canadian: 2
USA Citizens: 62
U.S.-Born: 63
European: 41
Reached NHL: 102
Stanley Cup: 20
Hall of Fame: 1
All-Star Game: 18
Year-end All-Star: 7
Olympians: 31
 
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