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By: Mark Allred Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277
Marco Sturm 9-8-78
No doubt one of the better players coming back from the Boston Bruins trading Joe Thornton to the San Jose Sharks. The 6′-0″ 196-pound winger hailing from West Germany had his best years in my opinion while playing in a Bruins jersey. Before the infamous trade, Sturm started his career in the German DEL Elite League before transitioning his game to the National Hockey Leagues San Jose Sharks who drafted him in the first round in 1996. In 553 games on the West Coast, he posted 128-135-263 numbers but came to the B’s adding some speed and skill with an aggressive mentality to a big bad Bruins type of style.
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It’s too bad players like Sturm who was a part of the building process even tho he missed a full season from having his name inscribed on the Famed Stanley Cup when the B’s beat Vancouver in 2011 to bring the cup back after a 39-year absence. Marco would struggle to stay in the league after battling injury and made stops with the Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, Washington Capitals and the last 42 games of his NHL career with the Florida Panthers, he headed back to his German country to keep playing but ended up in the coaching ranks with most recent German National Team.
There are many great memories during Sturm’s time with the Black and Gold but one of my two favorites to honor his time in Boston can be seen below:
And who can forget about this moment in New England History as the Boston Bruins pay homage of those thousands of city/town club teams that played their games many years ago outside and live moments that will last a generation like this: