July 1, 2010
Men's Ice Hockey Incoming Freshman RJ Boyd Drafted By Florida Panthers
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Future Pioneer defenseman RJ Boyd was taken in the seventh round
of the 2010 NHL Draft this weekend by the Florida Panthers.
The Punta Gorda, FL native becomes the second player to be drafted
in Atlantic Hockey history alongside fellow Pioneer Jason Smith, a
sixth round selection in 2003. Boyd also becomes just the second
draft pick in Panthers history from the state of Florida.
“We are very excited for RJ, he has worked very hard on
his game,” said Sacred Heart head coach C.J. Marottolo.
“Getting drafted is a special honor, it’s great for RJ,
our league, and Sacred Heart University. We look forward to
having RJ become a part of our hockey program.”
Boyd also tallied four goals and 18 assists in 31 games last
season at Cushing Academy. "He's a 6-foot-3 defender, very
good skater, very natural athlete," Panthers director of scouting
Scott Luce said in a press release. "And he's a guy when you look
at it, he brings that size, speed, skill and he has a lot of
Boyd will join the Pioneers as the program enters the 2010-11
season in search of its first Atlantic Hockey Championship after
tying the school record for wins in a season with 21 in