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Former Bruins D Nick Boynton details mental health struggles in Players Tribune

Cameron Kerry
June 13, 2018 - 12:16 pm

Former NHL player Nick Boynton penned a piece for The Players Tribune, calling for increased mental health initiatives from the league. He detailed his personal struggle with substance abuse and mental health issues as both a player and a parent.

Boynton played in the NHL for 11 seasons, four of which came in Boston. He also spent the better part of two years with the Providence Bruins. In 299 career games with the Bruins, Boynton accumulated 22 goals, 62 assists, and 397 penalty minutes.

Known as an enforcer, Boynton excelled at protecting his teammates through physical play and fighting. As his concussion total rose, Boynton noted: “My last few seasons, I was out there basically just flat-out killing myself for a paycheck.”

Boynton’s message supports that of fellow former enforcer Daniel Carcillo, who has called upon the league to take measure to make the game safer and publish concussion and CTE related findings. Boynton’s overall quality of life has deteriorated tremendously since his playing days and has helped to fracture relations with his friends and family.

“They can scratch my name off that cup, and I’d hand my ring back in right now if I could go back and make it so that I wouldn’t have had to experience all this pain and sorrow and anger and sadness,” wrote Boynton.

Here’s hoping that Boynton can continue getting help and eventually overcome his mental struggles.

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