Henry Boucha: Star of the North

Nov 15th, 2000 | By | Category: 12-2: Land is Life, Media Reviews

By Mary Halverson Schofield
Snowshoe Press, P.O. Box 24334, Edina MN 55424
1999, 146 pages

Review by Marjane Ambler

Henry Boucha has been an inspiration for American Indian youth for the past 30 years. In 1972, the charismatic Anishinaabe hockey player was named to the U.S. Olympic Hockey Team. The team that played in Japan that year was the youngest Olympic hockey team ever assembled, but they won a silver medal.

By then Boucha had won the admiration of hockey fans throughout the state of Minnesota, both Indian and non-Indian. Then in 1975, at 24 years of age, his career was ended by a vicious and brutal act on the ice. The book delves into all the minutiae of his upbringing in a tiny northern Minnesota town, his career as a pro-hockey player, and his family life. Although some readers might think the book could be shorter, fans will delight in the details and the intimate photographs of their hero. He is one of only 10 American Indian athletes who competed in the Olympics. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College has a scholarship in his name.

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