Boston Bruins Celebrating Birthdays On December 5th

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By: Amy Tolman | Follow me on Twitter @amy7594

Happy Birthday To Former Bruins Left-Wing Percy Galbraith!

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Percy Galbraith was born on December 5, 1898, in Toronto, Ontario. He played for the Bruins for eight years from the 1926 -1927 season until 1932-1933 season. Known as Percival Walter “Perk” Galbraith, he was a left-wing that won the Stanley Cup with the Bruins in 1929.

During his time with Boston, he played in 346 games and scored 33 goals. He had on a hat trick on March 31, 1927, against the Chicago Blackhawks. During that eight-year stretch with the Bruins, six of those years he appeared in the Stanley Cup Playoffs where he played in 31 games, scoring four goals and helping out with seven assists.

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Galbraith was traded to the Ottawa Senators in October of 1933. On November 17, 1933, he was released by Ottowa, and four days later, on November 21st, he was signed as a free agent by Boston. After that season, he retired from the National Hockey League. He played for the American Hockey Association for the Wichita Skyhawks and the St Paul Saints from 1935 to 1940.

He died June 19, 1961, at age 62. He is buried in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Happy 25th Birthday To Bruins Left-Wing Nick Ritchie!

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On December 5, 1995, Nick Ritchie was born in Orangeville, Ontario. Nick was a former first-round selection of the Anaheim Ducks (10th Overall) in 2014 after a successful junior career playing in the Ontario Hockey League starting with the Peterborough Petes and finishing with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. After playing in the Ducks organization for almost five seasons, the 6′-2″ 234-pound left shooting forward was traded to the Boston Bruins on February 24, 2020, for Danton Heinen at the NHL trade deadline.

Ritchie played in seven games regular-season games with Boston posting 1-1-2 numbers before the Covid Pandemic shutdown the remaining games of the NHL campaign. In the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoff bubble, Nick played in eight post-season games posting 1-0-1 numbers. Below is his first goal and assist as a Bruin.

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I hope Ritchie stays in as a Boston Bruin and will improve his numbers with the team in the upcoming season because his numbers as a Duck were impressive.

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