2008-09: R.J. Boyd played in 35 games at Cushing Academy. He scored 2 goals with 13 assists and 35 PIM.
2009-10: Boyd scored 4 points with 18 assists for Cushing. He committed to attending Sacred Heart University in 2010-11.
2010-11: Boyd began the season as a freshman at Sacred Heart (Atlantic Hockey) but left school after fifteen games to play junior hockey in the USHL. Boyd had 1 goal with 3 assists and was -5 with 16 PMs while playing for Sacred Heart. Boyd finished the season with the Chicago Steel and scored 2 goals and was -26 with 42 PMs in 33 games. He was traded to the Indiana Ice for the 2011-12 season and is committed to playing college hockey at Michigan State in 2012-13.
2011-12: Acquired by the Indiana Ice from the Steel in a May 2011 USHL trade, Boyd joined Indiana as a 20-year-old. He skated in 50 games and led all Ice defensemen with 93 penalty minutes; finishing plus-nine with 1 goal and 13 assists. Indiana finished second in the Eastern Conference and reached the conference finals against eventual Clark Cup champion Green Bay. Boyd had 2 assists and was plus-one with 10 penalty minutes in six playoff games. He committed to playing college hockey at Michigan State in 2012-13.
Boyd skates well with the puck and likes to jump into the attack. He is a project player whose most compelling asset is that he is a Florida-born player in the Panthers system.
Boyd has come to yet another crossroad in his career as he looks to go back to the NCAA and assume a role on the Michigan State blue line. If Boyd can prosper with the Spartans, he may be able to continue his career reclamation project that he began in the USHL. He still has a long way to go to make it to the NHL and at this point must be considered a marginal prospect at best.