Alex Bolduc was drafted 127th overall by the St. Louis Blues in the 2003 entry draft, but never earned a contract. Instead, when his junior career ended, he took a similar path to Alex Burrows, joining the ECHL’s Bakersfield Condors, garnering the attention of the Manitoba Moose for his grit and defensive acumen and, within one season, signing a contract with the Vancouver Canucks. Unfortunately, Bolduc couldn’t manage to find a permanent NHL home in Vancouver. He earned numerous callups, and even made the Canucks out of training camp last season, but injuries and inconsistent play limited him to only 47 NHL games in three years with the organization.

Also, Bolduc didn’t quite have the hands for the NHL, although the two NHL goals he has to his name might lead you to believe otherwise. Both came on beautiful shots, and both came last season. With that in mind, here’s every goal Alex Bolduc scored in 2010-11.

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1 Jan. 2 vs the Colorado Avalanche

Alex Bolduc’s first goal of the season, and of his NHL career comes on a 2-on-1 with Tanner Glass. He streaks down the wing, keeps, and snipes a wrister past Craig Anderson. He would later admit to a bit of tunnel vision: even though Glass feeds him as they break out of the zone, Bolduc effectively forgot he had anybody with him. Needless to say, Alex Bolduc’s hockey sense was never particularly high, which may be why Joe Sacco looks so annoyed that his team just ceded a goal to him.

2 Mar. 25 vs the Atlanta Thrashers

That said, Alex Bolduc’s backhand looks somewhat formidable, doesn’t it? This goal is scored when Keith Ballard makes a beautiful pass through the neutral zone to catch Atlanta on a sloppy change and spring the 4th line. But don’t give Keith Ballard too much credit. It’s a fine pass, but the seam through which he’s threading it is about ten feet wide. Seriously, he could have passed Oreskovich a chesterfield and the Thrashers wouldn’t have gotten a stick on it.

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9 comments

  1. Rituro
    July 20, 2011

    “…he could have passed Oreskovich a chesterfield and the Thrashers wouldn’t have gotten a stick on it.”

    Love it.

    Hey, maybe what this off-season needs is a Canucks vs. living room furniture Photoshop contest. It would certainly help ease the pain of no more bear fights with Tanner Glass.

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    • johnny
      July 20, 2011

      Yes, is it possible to photoshop that?

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      • Harrison Mooney
        July 21, 2011

        Very. Do I wanna? Maybe.

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  2. Daniel Wagner
    July 20, 2011

    My favorite part of his second goal is the way Garrett keeps talking about Bolduc’s backhand: his tone of voice sounds more and more aroused. Wow…ooh, I like that…yeah…

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  3. Tom
    July 21, 2011

    A hockey question, in the second goal video Garrett comments on how the thrasher player ‘lolly-gags his way to the bench.

    I’ve never played hockey but it always annoys me to see when players are changing how so many times they just saunter off the ice, why dont they get their butts in gear and change? This was especially annoying in the playoffs when the Canucks took too many men penalties.

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    • Daniel Wagner
      July 21, 2011

      It’s mainly because the players heading off on a change are usually dead-tired. That’s why they’re heading off the ice. It’s easy for us to get upset about this from our couches while stuffing our faces full of pop and potato chips, but the players have just been skating as hard as they can for an entire shift.

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      • Tom
        July 21, 2011

        Man I love chips.

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        • Daniel Wagner
          July 22, 2011

          Me too. They’re delicious.

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  4. BECanucks
    July 21, 2011

    *waits for Alex Burrows*

    *Salivate*
    Did I say I love your “Every goals” recaps?
    If not, I am: I just LOVE them
    Thank you!
    (and stick tap to CanucksHD for the archives)

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