He liked the team so much during a short stay in 2012-13, OHL grad Darryl Boyce is heading back to play for JYP in Finland’s Liiga for the 2014-15 season. In fact, he has signed a two year contract with the club through the 2015-16 Liiga season. Boyce is a four year veteran of the OHL, playing with the Toronto Majors and also has 84 National Hockey League games under his belt.
Boyce played four years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2001-02 to 2004-05, all with the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors. From Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Darryl was a sixth round pick by the Majors at the 2001 OHL Priority Selection, 116th overall.
Over his four years, Boyce totalled 54 goals and 91 assists for 145 points over 262 regular season games. His 62 playoff games and amazing, considering the Majors did not reach the Robertson Cup finals over Darryl’s time with the club. In his first three years, Toronto reached the Eastern Conference finals but could go no further. In 2001-02, the Majors were swept by the Barrie Colts. In 2002-03, Toronto took the Ottawa 67’s to the seven game limit before falling. In 2003-04, it was a six game set at the hands of the Mississauga IceDogs.
Undrafted to the NHL, Darryl spent two years in the AUS with the University of New Brunswick. In 2005-06, he was honoured with the A.J. MacAdam Trophy as the AUS’s rookie of the year.
Boyce has been a full-time pro since 2007-08, appearing in the NHL, AHL and Finland’s Liiga. Between 2007-08 and 2011-12, Darryl played 84 regular season games in the National Hockey League with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Columbus Blue Jackets. Over that time, he scored six and added 12 assists for 18 points.
In 2013-14, Boyce played exclusively with the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League, appearing in 63 games, scoring 15 and assisting on 17. After starting the year before with the Hamilton Bulldogs in the AHL, Darryl moved over to Finland to end the season with 14 regular season games for JYP and eleven more in the playoffs.
Darryl Boyce is signed with JYP of Finland’s Liiga for two years, through 2015-16.
Founded in 1977, the team operated out of Jyvaskyla, Finland. Home games are played at Synergia-Areena, a 4,618 seat venue that opened in 1982. JYP were Liiga playoff champions in 2008-09 and 2011-12. In 2013-14, the team placed fifth in the 14 team league over the 60 game schedule. JYP then lost in the quarter-finals to the fourth seed SaiPa.
Jyvaskyla is a landlocked city in Central Finland with a population of around 135,000. The total number of inhabitants has nearly doubled since 1997 and the city is the seventh largest in Finland. Jyvaskyla is located 270 kilometres north of Helsinki.
The city is the birthplace of OHL grad Olli Maatta. Maatta played two years in the Ontario Hockey League with the London Knights in 2011-12 and 2012-13. Taken in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins, 22nd overall, Olli will enter his second year with the NHL club in 2014-15.