Born: October 29, 1954
Birthplace: London, Ontario, Canada
Height: 6'0" Weight: 180 lbs. Shoots: Right
Drafted by: Kansas City Scouts, 7th Round, 110th
Overall, 1974 NHL Amatuer Draft; San Diego
Mariners, 7th Round, 94th Overall 1974 WHA
Season with Buffalo: 1978-79
Uniform Number: 15
|Mike Boland began his junior hockey career in his hometown of London, Ontario in 1971, when he was drafted by the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. His stay there was short, as he was traded after only 14 games with the Knights to the Sault-Ste.-Marie Gryehounds. Boland finished out his junior career with the Greyhounds, spending both the 1972-73 and 1973-74 seasons there. Boland posted respectable offensive numbers as a defenseman for the Greyhounds, racking up 69 points in 122 games played over the course of his two seasons there.
He became eligible for the NHL Amatuer Draft in 1974, and was selected by the expansion Kansas City Scouts in the 7th Round. Boland was the 110th player to be selected overall that year. He was also selected in the WHA Amatuer draft, going 94th overall, also in the 7th Round, to the San Diego Mariners. While he might have had a better chance gaining a roster spot in the WHA, Boland chose to persue his NHL dreams, and joined the Scouts for training camp in the fall of 1974.
In camp, Boland failed to impress the coaches enough to earn a roster spot. He was
|Mike Boland as a member of the Buffalo Sabres Alumni Association team, circa 2001.|
|assigned to the Scouts' minor league affiliate, the Port-Huron Flags of the International Hockey League. While he spent the majority of the season with the Flags, Boland did manage to make his NHL debut during the 1974-75 season, playing one game with the Scouts.
Boland was reassigned to Port-Huron for the 1975-76 season, and spent the next two years there before being traded two games into the 1977-78 season. Boland was shipped to the Fort-Wayne Komets of the IHL in the fall of 1977. After finishing out the 1977-78 season in Fort-Wayne, Boland was a free agent. Invited to training camp with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League in the fall of 1978, Boland was offered a contract to join the Bears for the 1978-79 season.
The move to Hershey was a beneficial one for Boland. The Bears were the top minor league affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres. After playing 46 games with the Bears, Boland was called up to Buffalo. Called upon to replace the injured Jocelyn Guevremont in the Sabres lineup, Boland appeared in 22 NHL games that season. Boland scored one goal and two assists, and finished with a +6, fourth highest amongst Sabres defensemen that year. He also played in all three of the Sabres' playoff games that year, as the Sabres lost their best-of-three opening round series to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
In the summer of 1979, the Sabres organization went through some major changes. The team changed it's minor league affiliate from Hershey to the Rochester Americans, and new Head Coach and General Manager Scotty Bowman took over that off season. Bowman, looking to put his mark on his new team, filled out his defensive corps with young stars such as Larry Playfair and Lindy Ruff and veteran John Van Boxmeer. Boland didn't fit into Bowman's plans, so he was shipped off to Rochester, where he played out the 1979-80 season.
|The demotion to Rochester effectively ended Mike Boland's NHL career. He would spend the remainder of his professional career bouncing around the minor leagues.
Early in the 1980-81 season, Boland was traded from Rochester to the Salt-Lake Golden Eagles of the CHL. Boland played the rest of the 1980-81 season and the entire 1981-82 season in Salt-Lake City before returning to the Hershey Bears for the 1982-83 season. Boland would find himself back in Fort-Wayne with the Komets.
Boland retired from professional hockey after the 1983-84 season with the Fort-Wayne Komets.
Following his retirement, Mike Boland joined the Buffalo Sabres Alumni Association. He remains active as a member of the Buffalo Sabres Alumni Association, playing several games a year with the team at varoius benefits and charity functions.
|Mike Boland has a brother-in-law that is also a Sabres alum. Boland's sister Diane is married to Sabre great Don Luce.|