Minnesota prep hockey legend Henry Boucha dies at 72

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WARROAD, Minn. — When Warroad’s boys hockey team hosts arch-rival Roseau for the main event of Hockey Day Minnesota 2024 in January, the home team will wear special sweaters bearing the likeness of one of Minnesota hockey’s most legendary players. Henry Boucha almost singlehandedly willed the Warriors to the 1969 state title, then went on to play in the Olympics, in the NHL and in the WHA.

Before the game, there will likely be a moment of silence in his memory, as well. Boucha, who was 72, died on Monday. Family members did not immediately release any details but confirmed his passing, and asked for privacy at this time.

An Indigenous man and a lifelong advocate for Native American education programs in Minnesota, Boucha was the driving force behind a Warroad team that advanced to the ‘69 state tournament, then held at Met Center in Bloomington, where the Warriors dispatched South St. Paul and Roseau to reach the state title game.

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