Oct. 19, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio- Hugo Boisvert, a letterwinner on the Ohio State men's hockey team from 1997-99, was officially inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame Sept. 28. Boisvert, along with 13 other inductees, was honored during a dinner at the Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom in the Ohio Union. Boisvert, who currently plays professionally in Germany, was represented by his brother-in-law, Kurt MacDonald, during Hall of Fame weekend.
Boisvert, a three-year letterwinner for the Ohio State men's hockey team, is the first two-time All-American in program history. A two-time First Team All-CCHA selection, he was a First Team All-American in 1998, earning Second Team All-America accolades in 1999 when he was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award. Boisvert was the Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year in 1998 after leading the Central Collegiate Hockey Association in scoring with 47 points. A member of the 1997 CCHA All-Rookie Team, Boisvert ended his three-year Buckeye career with 147 points, with 58 goals and 89 assists.
Boisvert, from St. Eustache, Quebec, helped Ohio State reach both the NCAA tournament and NCAA Frozen Four for the first time in 1998 and was a part of the squad that returned to the national tournament the next year. The 1998 team, which won 18 of its last 21 games, advanced to the CCHA championship game before falling to No. 1-ranked Michigan State in double overtime, but then beat the Spartans in overtime in the NCAA West Regional to earn a spot in the Frozen Four.
He was a two-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten selection. Boisvert left Ohio State after his junior year to sign a contract with the NHL Atlanta Thrashers. He spent the 1999-00 season with the Canadian National Team before competing in the IHL and AHL the next three campaigns. Boisvert then moved to Germany, where he continues to play. He skated for the Dresden Ice Lions the last three years.
Because Boisvert was unable to attend Hall of Fame weekend, he answered a few questions for OhioStateBuckeyes.com:
OhioStateBuckeyes.com: Describe how you felt when you were told you were being inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame:
Hugo Boivsvert: I was very shocked and honored. I could have never imagined this adventure to Ohio State going this far. It still really hasn't soaked in.
OSB.com: What is your best memory of your time at Ohio State? From hockey?
HB: My best memory at Ohio State is the atmosphere on campus. There is that vibe that just makes Ohio State what it is. When I was on my recruiting trip it didn't take me long to realize I had to be a part of this.
On the ice I would without hesitation say going to the Frozen Four, my sophomore year, is my best memory. We had lost in double OT for the CCHA championship to Michigan State a few weeks prior. When the NCAA draw came out, we were a bit surprised we could avenge our loss, only if we would first beat Yale. We were ready for MSU in the second round (Elite 8). This time around we got the bounces and beat them in OT. What a feeling that was!
OSB.com: What have you been doing since leaving Columbus?
HB: After my junior year I signed as a free-agent with the Atlanta Thrashers (now the Winnipeg Jets). My first professional season was spent in Calgary. I played for the Canadian National team. Then I played one year for Atlanta's farm team in Orlando before moving up north to Grand Rapids, Michigan. My three years there were really enjoyable but I sure got teased a lot about being a Buckeye! For the past 10 years I have been playing in Germany. It has been a pleasant adventure my family and I have enjoyed very much.
OSB.com: How was being a student-athlete impactful on your future (personally and/or professionally)?
HB: Being a student-athlete has taught me that discipline is very important in anything you do. Being organized is key to success.
OSB.com: What are your future goals after you retire?
HB: When my playing days are done I would like to stay involved in the sport I am so passionate about. Therefore, I would like to coach at the professional level. As of now the plan is to stick around here in Germany but you never know ...