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By: Steve McClure | Follow me on Twitter / X @stmcclure1993

Left-winger Wayne Cashman was born on this date in 1945. He is a Kingston, Ontario native and a veteran of 1027 regular season NHL games.

 Cashman embodied the Bruins’ style of grit and determination. The former Bruins captain was known for his ability to get to the dirty areas and dig hard along the boards. Often his work ethic would result in goals for his early-years line-mate Phil Esposito. ‘Cash’, as he was known to teammates and fans alike, was an integral part of Boston’s Stanley Cup titles of 1970 and 1972.

Cashman was an eight-time 20-goal scorer for Boston. His most productive season was in 1973-74, scoring 30 goals, assisting on 59 others, and garnering 89 total points. He was named the NHL’s Second Team All-Star that season. 

He was a valuable power play contributor as a net front presence. Twenty percent of the left-wing’s career goals came from power play strikes. Cashman’s percentage increased to 23 percent during playoff competition.

Playing exclusively for Boston over seventeen seasons, his career stat line stands at 277-516-793, good for eighth place on the Bruins’ all-time points leader standings. Though a goal scorer, Cashman was a tough customer and was not afraid to go toe to toe with the NHL’s heavyweights. His left hand became a dangerous weapon in many bouts.

Following his playing career, Cashman was an assistant coach for five NHL organizations, including the Bruins from 2001-2006. He spent part of one season as the head coach of Philadelphia in 1997.

Wayne Cashman is at two-time Stanley Cup winner and a member of the Boston Bruins ‘All-Centennial Team’. Happy 79th birthday, Cash!