There wasn’t much for Vancouver Canucks fans to cheer for in 2017-18. The struggling team finished in the bottom 10 of the NHL for the third season in a row and really didn’t even come close to pushing for a playoff spot. Still, Canucks fans still got to witness a coming out party for rookie Brock Boeser, the 21 year old electric goal scorer who terrorized goalies like no other Canucks forward since Markus Naslund or Pavel Bure.
Boeser burst onto the scene in 2017-18, earning himself a Calder Trophy nomination as the NHL’s top rookie after scoring 29 goals and 55 points in just 62 games. In total, the former 23rd overall selection from the 2015 NHL Entry Draft has 33 career goals and 60 career points in 71 career games. Not bad. Not bad at all. He was named MVP of the 2018 NHL All Star Game and took home over half a million dollars for his part in the annual All Star festivities.
Aside from lighting lamps across the NHL though, Boeser is quickly becoming known for his humanitarian outreach. In fact, those close to Boeser know that this is nothing new. The youngster has embraced the spotlight since his college days with North Dakota and has done plenty to help lift those up around him. In particular, Boeser has struck up a friendship with Baylee Bjorge, a young woman with developmental disabilities. The 21 year old Bjorge reached out to Boeser via Instagram two years ago to invite him to her high school prom. Boeser graciously accepted the invite and showed up on Bjorge’s arm for the entire evening.
“She’s a great girl,” he said in a phone interview with CBC News after the prom. “Guess the whole town pretty much knows her. From what I get, she’s miss popular!”
This past week Boeser and Bjorge caught up again over lunch. Bjorge shared the moment over social media, but it some nasty Twitter trolls swooped in to spoil her day. Thankfully, Boeser was there to defend her himself.
Check out this exchange courtesy of Boeser’s own Twitter account:
Baylee has a heart of gold and is loved by everyone that knows her. People like this guy make me sick.
C’mon man… you’re going around Twitter and insulting people with Down Syndrome? Get a life…
Kudos to Boeser once again for stepping up and doing the right thing. It’s clear that the kid has a real place in his heart for his friend and he’s setting a great example for all other young hockey players. Treat people with respect or you’ll get roasted on Twitter for the whole world to see.