Born less than 40 miles from TD Garden in Milford, Mass., Minnesota Wild forward Matthew Boldy made his NHL debut Thursday against his hometown Boston Bruins.
Boldy, who played even closer to the Garden collegiately at Boston College, left quite the first impression in a game that doubled as a homecoming by scoring a goal in the second period for the Wild at the Garden.
The goal came at 12:26 of the second period, increasing Minnesota's lead to 3-1. Marcus Foligno, younger brother of Bruins forward Nick Foligno, had the primary assist.
Boldy, 20, was selected 12th overall by Minnesota in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. After two years for the Eagles, where he tallied 20 goals and 37 assists for 57 points, he turned pro and joined the Wild's AHL affiliate in Iowa in 2021.
The Bruins, who picked 30th in the first round in 2019 after losing in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, didn't have a chance to draft Boldy. Instead, they selected John Beecher, who is currently a junior at the University of Michigan. Beecher has 15 goals and 13 assists for 28 points over 60 games to date for the Wolverines.
Unsurprisingly, Boldy looked to have a strong contingent of fans present for the game.