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.
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.
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.Tags: Bolduc, Every Goal 10-11, featured