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Brock Boeser is an American ice hockey player who went professional after he was selected 23rd overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. He, however, did not make his National Hockey League (NHL) debut until 2017. Before then, he played with the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League (USHL) and also played for the United States national junior team at the 2016 World Junior Championships where he helped his team win the bronze medal.
In his life, the athlete has been through a lot of tragic experiences. From his father’s daily struggle with Parkinson’s disease and a near-death experience due to a car accident that left him with a severe brain injury, to him having to play his first USHL game just a few hours after his grandfather, G-pa Bob, passed away. But despite all this, Boeser has gone on to carve a niche for himself as a professional ice hockey player.
Brock Boeser Biography
Brock Boeser was born in Burnsville, Minnesota, on February 25th, 1997, to Duke and Laurie Boeser. He has two older siblings; Paul and Jessica Boeser. Just like him, his sister Jessica also plays hockey, although special hockey, which is a program for players of all ages with developmental disabilities. She plays for the Burnsville Rams of Minnesota Special Hockey.
In 2013, Boeser began his junior hockey playing career with the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League (USHL). During this time, he also got the opportunity to represent the United States internationally, playing for the national junior team. His first appearance for his country was at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in Breclav, Czech Republic and Piestany, Slovakia. Two years later, he featured in the 2016 World Junior championship in Helsinki, Finland, which happened to be his first International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) sanctioned tournament.
Before his foray in the World Junior Championships, the right-wing position player was selected by the Vancouver Canucks as the 23rd overall pick in the 2015 National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft. He subsequently spent the next two seasons with the University of North Dakota before getting to feature for the Canucks after signing a three-year entry-level contract.
Brock Boeser made his NHL debut on March 25, 2017, a feat he marked by scoring his first professional career goal which helped his team to victory. His major career achievements since that time include him winning a bronze medal at the 2016 World Junior championship, managing a finalist spot for the Calder Memorial Trophy, which is usually awarded to the NHL best rookie of the year, and getting the MVP honors at the All-Star Game Tournament in 2018.
Who Is His Girlfriend?
Brock Boeser has managed excellently well to keep his love life private and out of public eyes for quite some time now. However, in 2015, he let the world know he was dating Vanessa Persephone after he tagged her on an Instagram post.
Persephone, a native of Minnesota, is a CPY Instructor, Health Enthusiast, Nutrition specialist, and Vikings cheerleader. She is also an avid dancer, a passion she reportedly picked up as a child.
Picking up injuries, whether permanently or temporarily, is largely common with all known sports, and ice hockey is not an exception, as Brock Boeser has had quite a number of injuries in his career.
On March 5th, 2018, he sustained a back injury that could have ended his career after he hit his back against an open bench door that led to him fracturing a transverse process. In February 2018, he was sidelined for four weeks after having sustained a wrist injury that required immobilization and platelet-rich plasma injections treatment. As a result of this, he missed out on attending the 2017 World Junior Championships.
The most recent of his injuries is the groin injury he suffered in a match against the Los Angeles Kings on October 18, 2018. As a result of this, he missed two games in November of that year and was later sent to Vancouver to have the injury properly examined by a medical specialist. Consequently, he was assigned to the injured reserve team but was subsequently assigned back to the active roster after eleven games.