Wild’s Matt Boldy scores first career goal in NHL debut vs. hometown Bruins in front of family

Matt Boldy is returning to Minnesota with a memory that’s even more special than getting a win in his NHL debut.

During the second period of Wild’s 3-2 win over the Bruins on Thursday night, Boldy scored the first goal of his career as his family cheered for him from the stands at TD Garden. He scored on a pass from Marcus Foligno in front of the Boston net. The goal turned out to be the winner of the game.

Boldy, 20, was at home playing in Boston. He is from Milford, Mass., And played collegiate for Boston College. The forward led the Eagles with 23 points and 15 assists during the 2020-21 season and tied for the team lead with eight goals.

“Really exciting. Everything I could have dreamed of for sure,” Boldy said after the game.

The Wild’s social media accounts had a blast celebrating Boldy’s achievement and “special trip,” sharing a photo of the rookie smiling and holding the goal puck.

The Wild selected Boldy with the 12th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. He was the last top-20 pick to make his league debut.

Minnesota called Boldy and Marco Rossi of Iowa Wild, the Minnesota AHL affiliate in Des Moines, Iowa, on Tuesday. During the past two seasons with Iowa, Boldy had 28 points (10 goals, 18 assists) in 24 games.

Boldy also played for Team USA at the 2021 World Junior Championship. He had seven points from seven games (five goals, two assists).