Black N’ Gold Hockey Podcast #79 1-8-18

By: Mark Allred           Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Welcome back to episode 79 of the Black N’ Gold Hockey Podcast in partnership with Grandstand Sports Network the best view in sports. This week we welcomed to the show CBSBoston.com, NHL.com Bruins writer and author of the book 100 Things Bruins Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die, Matt Kalman to the show for a fun discussion of interesting Bruins topics in kind of a Q&A session.

Also, added a great discussion with Heroes Cup Hockey Tournament Founder and Sudbury Mass. FireFighter Mike Matros on the show to share some information about the upcoming festivities being held at the eight-rink New England Sports Center in Marlboro, Massachusetts during the weekend of April 20th-22nd 2018. For more information on this great event, please go to heroescuphockey.com

Also joining the show for some Bruins fan interaction, I had the pleasure of talking to Ian Kelly about the state of the Bruins from a fans perspective. Thanks for the time Ian!

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My Top Five Best (And Worst) Bruins Jerseys

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By: KG                   Follow me on Twitter: @kgbngblog and on FanCred at K G

This is an article I’ve been looking forward to writing for a while now. And first of all, to let you know, HUGE thanks to the people over at NHLUniforms.com. Seriously, it’s a great website if you want to look at the history of NHL jerseys.

My Top Five may not be what everyone likes, but these are my favourites. I know one pick will have a lot of people up in arms, but whatever. I like it. So here we go.

#5 – 1981-1995

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This is a simple jersey, and the bears on the shoulder were pretty new, only coming out the previous year. Plain stripes, nice Spoked “B”, good font. I mainly like this one because this is the only Bruins jersey I currently own. And own is even a reach. I just asked my dad if I could wear it and he said sure. He got it when he was younger. So I guess part of the reason I like it is that there’s a little connection there. Overall, a good, solid jersey.

#4 – 1995-2006 (Also known as the ‘Pooh Bear’ jersey)

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Now before you start, yes, I know that this is one of the most controversial Bruins jerseys, and yes, I side in favour that it is good. It was the 90’s. A lot of jerseys had wacky designs. Example A will be featured below. I also like that one. But when they were designing this, they must have thought, “Let’s get bold, take a risk” and they did. I think it paid off for them because if you love it or hate it, you can’t tell me that the bear on the chest isn’t loveable.

Example A

#3 – 2010 Winter Classic (Photo from Icejerseys.com)

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The main reason why I like this jersey is the cursive-typed Spoked “B”. It’s very comforting to look at. The arm/waist stripes are also a good size. The colours also remind me of the 1925-1934 jerseys with the honey-ish tone. Definitely one of my favourite outdoor jerseys.

#2 – 2008-2016 (The Return of the Alternates)

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This is one of the main jerseys I remember using in all the NHL games when I was younger. I just loved the full bear on the front. The solid black with just hints of gold took a lot from the jersey, and just made the shoulders black and added different logos in spots. I really think this is the best jersey since my first pick.

#1 – 1969-1974 (Number 4, Bobby Orr)

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The main reason why I like this one so much is the history behind it. The great Bobby Orr won the Cup while wearing this version. To me, it’s one of the best because it’s so elegantly simple. One logo, three colours and some lace. Perfect.

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Boston Bruins Season Still Has Lots Of Potential

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By: KG                   Follow me on Twitter: @kgbngblog and on FanCred at K G

From recent history, we have seen many Bruins teams struggle out of the gate of the season, even with a full lineup. They have ended up in the playoffs or at least right in the mix of contention. And the way that the standings are starting to shape up there might be a lot of opportunities for the Bruins to surpass some teams that found a way to win early but not be able to continue winning with their style of play. Let’s take a look back to see what has happened in the recent seasons and how they have turned out.

In the 2011-2012 season, they started off at 3-4-0, with no one player scoring over 30 goals that whole season. That team would end up in first place in the Northeast division, only to lose in the first round after seven games. In that season, the Bruins had the best total goal differential in the whole league and seventh most points in the NHL. Coming off of a Stanley Cup winning season they started worse than they have this year, and still managed to put together a pretty good season, even if they didn’t go far in the playoffs.

In 2014-15, the team also went 3-4-0 in their first seven games and ended up missing the playoffs by two points. They lost out on a playoff appearance by losing their final three games, and the last two were against division opponents Florida and Tampa Bay. They also had losing streaks during the season consisting of not one, but TWO 0-4-2 streaks at separate times in the season. That’s only four points of a potential 24 over those 12 total games, with a combined -22 goal differential over that time. Boston missed the playoffs by two points, during a season where they missed out on a whole bunch of points during those two losing streaks. Even if they had gotten 50% of those points during that time, they would have ended up tied for the third place in the Eastern Conference. But that’s the difference between playoff teams and non-playoff teams.

In 2015-16, the Bruins started 3-3-1, just like this year, and finished the season tied in points with Detroit for third place in the Atlantic division, but lost the tiebreaker and had an early start to the offseason. This was a tough way to end a season. To have the same amount of points as the team that makes it but you don’t is disappointing, especially since in game #81 they played Detroit and beat them, only to lose to the Senators two days later by a 5-goal difference. And this game was at home. And the Bruins had also started to sell playoff tickets. It definitely stung.

With all of these examples, there is still a lot to be optimistic about for the rest of the season. With the record that the Bruins currently have, there are endless possibilities of what could happen. They could go on a winning streak when everyone is healthy and secure a top playoff spot early. They could look like they are out of contention, sneak into the playoffs and go a couple rounds deep. Or they could be a top-5 lottery draft pick and get a great player in the summer. No one knows. That’s why we love hockey. Who would have guessed that the Penguins would go Back-To-Back in this era? And who knew that Auston Matthews would score FOUR goals in his first ever NHL game? The NHL is interesting and exciting because of the hope that it gives. We are seven games into the season. That’s 9% into the season. So let’s all just relax, take a deep breath, and wait until at least the All-Star break before we sentence the Bruins season as a failure/disappointment.

 

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Outside the Spoked B #1 — Hello, Mr. Stanley

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By:  Karen Still           Follow Me @bluinsfan2017

Welcome to Outside the Spoked B:  Eastern Conference thoughts from a Western Conference mindset!  This will be a series of articles about how my first year following the Bruins coming from a strictly Western Conference background (namely the St. Louis Blues) went and what I’ve learned so far in the process.  I don’t have a set number of articles for this, but it is my sincerest hope that all who read will enjoy the rather bumpy adventures of a new fan to the Eastern Conference.

Now, instead of the beginning of the 2017-18 season two weeks ago, I figured the best place to start would be to talk about what it’s all about–the Stanley Cup.

Lord Stanley’s coveted cup has the distinction of being the oldest trophy in pro sports.  As such, it has many interesting tales to tell, including what it’s like to be used as a cereal bowl by our very own Ball of Hate.

What does it feel like Bruins fans?  No seriously what does it feel like to win that coveted trophy, to watch your boys hoist it high over their heads, screaming in celebration?  We here in St. Louis want to know.

The Blues themselves had only made it to the Stanley Cup Finals 3 times since their founding back in 1967; and it was in those first 3 seasons, one of which was against your Boston Bruins.  Where the great Bobby Orr was immortalized:

I remember watching this particular highlight in a VHS on Blues history growing up.  It was the first time I had ever heard of Bobby Orr (in fact, the only Bruins I really knew about growing up in the 80s/90s were him, Cam Neely, Ray Bourque, and Andy Moog that I can remember right now).

Since then, the Blues only made it to the 3rd round twice: in the 2000-01 and 2015-16 seasons.  I had been keeping token tabs on the former, but it is the latter that I really want to talk about.  That is where I think I might have felt a small smidgen of what it’s like to win or come close to.

It’s always electric, highly-charged atmosphere whenever the Blues play the Blackhawks, regardless if it’s the playoffs or not.  This 1st round matchup was no different;  there was a lot of back and forth, dirty plays, great goals, god-awful (and some would say biased) officiating and as per usual just an outright bloodbath:  all those things that we as Blues fans have come to expect out of this classic rivalry.  There was also a lot of ‘rivalry’ among the fans of both clubs, especially with the advent of social media.  I did my best to stay out of these, mostly because of my superstition that if you trash talk/troll your opponents too much, it’ll jinx your team.  This is especially true during the playoffs (but believe me the burning hatred I have for Chicago was very much alive and well).

The best memory of that series I have was in Game 7 (4-25-16).  It was a Saturday night, and I get out of work late.  I listened to the game the entire way home, zoning in on that like a hawk.  Once I was there, I kept all the lights off and paced about my living room, the only sound being my own overactive, racing heart.  Game 7s, in general, are notorious for raising one’s blood pressure and shortening fingernails.  It’s the ‘do-or-die’ aspect of it, the ‘win-or-go-home.’  Then when Troy Brouwer scored with 08:31 left to go in the game, I think I screamed so loud that I was really and genuinely surprised that I didn’t have the cops called on me.  The amount of that energy kept me going for the rest of the game, keeping on the Blues to hold on.

And hold on they did, eliminating the Blackhawks and heading to the 2nd round to face Dallas.  It’s always a great feeling to not only defeat but eliminate your team’s most hated rivals–that’s something all teams and their fanbases can relate to.

The Dallas series I don’t have any memories of, although a lot of people thought of it was boring.  I’m rather indifferent about the Stars, but nonetheless, that series likewise went 7 games in which we took, heading to the 3rd round for the first time since 2000-01.

The Sharks weren’t a team I knew much about but again, the Blues were pushing, and pushing hard.  The atmosphere around St. Louis, was like a subtle, crackling electricity;  you Bruins fans know the kind–that ‘silent but ready to explode’ sensation having come so far already but with still a long way to go.  It was amazing to see the city so alive and pulling for this Blues team and beautiful too.  The thoughts I had was like ‘we’re so close, we can do this.’ It was…unreal and near indescribable.

It appeared as if this series was likewise going to go a full 7 games.  It all came to a head at Game 6 (5-25-16).  This was one of those times I was glad that the game didn’t start until 9pm my time, so I headed to one of my favorite restaurants to watch it after work.

The more the Sharks took the lead, the more energy I could feel being drained from the room and my own heart was sinking.  I was near tears when they couldn’t pull it through but I wasn’t ticked off–in fact, I was proud of them for having fought and overcome some near impossible obstacles to get as far as they did.  No-one ever expects the Blues to get that far and yet they did.  Was I let down?  Sure, but I think I was sadder and felt for them more than anything.

I think the main thing with that season is that the Blues were tired:  they had fought two adamant opponents to 7 games each to reach the 3rd round, and it sucked the life out of them.  They tried, they pushed, and they just ran out of gas.  If anything, it’s this interview right here that I think sums it up 100%:

This moment still stays with me and brings me to tears every single time.  The amount of pure, genuine emotion from then-Captain Backes just tears me up.  This also reminds me of just how very human all of these players are. It’s one of those moments in which you realize for a short moment just how much these men sacrifice for the ultimate prize in their sport.

So there you have it Bruins fans–that is my story of the quest for the Cup as I can best remember it.  Now please tell me, is any of this what it feels like to watch your team win it all or come close to?  Is it what it’s like to drink from the proverbial Cup?  Am I close or like my original team, still so very far away?  If you wish, please feel free to let me know in the comments.

Thank you for reading and stay tuned:  there’s a lot more to come!

Boston Bruins Post Game Recap: Game 3

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By: KG                   Follow me on Twitter: @kgbngblog

PREGAME NOTES

Danton Heinen is playing in his 9th NHL game with the Bruins with David Backes still out with due to illness. Bergeron is still day-to-day, and Riley Nash replaces him. The lineup will look a lot like the one on Monday, which may not be the best thing for the Bruins coming off of a 4-0 against the same team (Av’s) that they play tonight. We may see the emergence of the DeBrusk-Krejci-Bjork line as the #1 line, while Marchand-Nash-Pastrnak takes on the #2 role. This could help the Bruins since this will be a more balanced lineup.

What I Am Looking Forward To

The 4th line of Schaller-Kuraly-Heinen could be a sparkplug for the B’s with some younger players looking to make it hard for Cassidy to take them out of the lineup in the future.

PERIOD ONE

The first ten minutes of the game weren’t the best. Heinen took a penalty early, the Bruins got away with a disallowed goal that looked pretty suspicious and McQuaid then put one in his own net. Not how you draw it up in the pregame. But after that, the Bruins picked it back up and started to get things done. They actually had a few shots compared to the two that were recorded in the first 12:30 of the game. Then the powerplay unit got out there. They were BUZZING (For the first minute). Krug was out there throwing passes like he was Tom Brady and Pastrnak was putting the Av’s D in a game of Twister with his cycle game. Shortly after time expired, Brad Marchand popped his second of the year on a great snapshot while flying down the wing. Overall, my feeling was that this period wasn’t the worst one yet, so I guess that’s a positive.

Scoring

BOS – Marchand (Spooner)

NSH – Kerfoot (Barrie, Duchene)

PERIOD TWO

It is with a heavy heart I say that there isn’t really any hope for the Bruins for the rest of the game. The shots are 26-9 at the end of two for Colorado. The Bruins just haven’t been able to set up and get chances what so ever. Credit to Colorado. They have been playing really well. Getting shots off quick, keeping offensive attacks to the outside, you know, all the stuff that the Bruins usually do well. Scary moment for all watching in the 2nd when Tyson Jost was pushed into the boards’ feet first by McQuaid. It didn’t look as if McQuaid had the intent to injure, but it was enough to cause Nikita Zadorov to demand a fight. Decent scrap, mutual draw. Hopefully, Bruce Cassidy gets some sense into the B’s during the break.

Scoring

BOS – N/A

NSH – Yakupov (MacKinnon), PPG Andrighetto (MacKinnon, Landeskog), Duchene (Yakupov)

PERIOD THREE

Khudobin started the third. Not a huge surprise considering how Rask had given up eight goals in his past five periods. But in the third, the Bruins actually started to look normal again. They were getting some more chances than usual and actually started to get momentum on their side. Then they converted. Twice. Scrappy goals, but it doesn’t matter how pretty they are, as long as they go in. But it was too little too late as the B’s gave up two empty-netters while trying to score the tying goal. Not a great effort and fans/players shouldn’t let the two-goal burst late in the third change their view of the game as a whole. The Bruins played flat out bad. Nine shots in 40 minutes. Against Colorado, who was dead last in the standings last year and really didn’t make many offseason moves. It was a bad game, but there are positives to take from it. Krug looked good. McAvoy made some plays and was physical. Bjork/Debrusk got another game of experience. As long as the Bruins learn from games like these, they will have less and less of them. And let’s not forget that Patrice Bergeron was out and has been out for the past two games. He is an impact player and his presence is missed. Hopefully, they can still salvage this Western road trip from the Rockies to the desert.

Scoring

BOS – Schaller (Heinen, Kuraly), PPG Krug (Marchand, Nash)

NSH – ENG Andrighetto (Rantanen, Nemeth), ENG Jost (N/A)

POSTGAME

I thought this was an issue as well. We know the offense will be weird with two top-six guys out. But no excuse for the defense.

KG’s Three Stars Of The Game

1st: Brad Marchand – He was the Boston player with the best stats, and no one else really had as big an impact as him out there. He scored the first goal on a wicked shot and assisted on the third. He was also a great asset on the power play, as per usual. A decent game for him

2nd: Torey Krug – Krug played an ok two periods, but really brought it in the third. He scored a goal on a rebound which was weird for a defenceman who usually stays at the point to run the operation.

3rd: Anton Khudobin – Khudobin made nine saves in the third period when he was on the ice, including some sort of flailing and flopping that kept the puck out of the net in one series. He was the one who kept the Bruins in the game and bailed them out. He played a really solid 18 minutes-ish.

MUP (Most Under-Appreciated Player): Zdeno Chara – Chara wasn’t great. He really wasn’t. I saw him turn the puck over multiple times. But somehow he scrapped out a plus two +/- rating, so I have to give him credit for that.

BIRDHOUSE – Round-up of the best Tweets during the game

NEXT GAME

Saturday, October 14th, 2017 at Arizona Coyotes

 

Sources: Tsn.ca, Twitter.com, NHL.com, Hockey-db.com

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Join The Black N’ Gold Writers Team

By: Mark Allred         Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Hello and thanks for your interest in joining our team as we look to expand our crew to increase the news and opinions of everything Boston Bruins related. As mentioned above, my name is Mark Allred, and I’m the Editor In Chief and Founder of Black N’ Gold Productions, and we are seeking passionate Bruins fans with some writing experience especially with the popular media program WordPress.

The service we provide to our readers is news and opinions from a fans point of view in a non-negative manner. Now I’m not saying you can’t write about something that frustrates you about this team but please do it in a way that’s not bashing the franchise as we seek to get future credentials and a media relationship with our beloved National Hockey League organization.

As a website member, we’d like to leave article topics up to the individual writers and what’s on their minds. Articles that we’d like to see from team members is anything Bruins related such as breaking news, Bruins history, and game recaps. We also like to cover the developmental levels of the organization with news from the prospects with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League and with the East Coast Hockey League Atlanta Gladiators. We’ve also been well known for our coverage of the Bruins prospects in the Canadian Junior League’s and throughout the NCAA collegiate levels of development.

When it comes to the number of posts required, I’d like to see at least one per week as we strive to provide content on a daily basis but the number of posts is up to you and how committed you are and time availability.  Publishing one to two articles a month will keep you in good standing with the website as an active member of the team.

We offer compensation to team players that post more often than others with advertising generated funds. The more you post you’ll be considered for higher shares when available funds are ready for distribution. Being a team player is not only based on how frequent you publish articles, but it’s also heavily considered on the aggressive approach you take when it comes to paid advertising. We have affiliated advertising partners with Amazon.com and the sports mega website Fanatics.com and the more commission we get from telling friends and family about using our websites affiliated banners before shopping on these two fantastic shopping outlets will create more revenue at no extra charge to the shoppers and will increase the funds for team player distribution.

Not only do we ask “team players” to post often and drive attention to potential shoppers to our website but we also ask that you not only share your content on the various social media outlets that you currently use but also share the content of other team members as we look to increase reader traffic. We do ask that you please have a Twitter account and if you don’t have one please consider registering for one as Twitter is a fantastic tool for posting and gathering important information from the members of hockey media deep in the trenches and close to team events on a daily basis.

If this is something that you’d be interested in doing, we’d love to hear what you could offer our team as we look to expand operations in the attempt to be a better-known website for everything Boston Bruins from a fans perspective.

All interested applicants should send previous experience and writing samples to blackngoldhockeyblog@gmail.com and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible after we’ve reviewed all things provided. Again we thank you for your interest and hope to see you as a valued member of the Black N’ Gold Productions writers team in the near future.

Honorable Bruins Birthday Mention – Marco Sturm

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By: Mark Allred              Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

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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:

 

Honorable Bruins Birthday Mention – Orland Kurtenbach

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By: Mark Allred              Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

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The 6′-2″ Cudworth, Saskatchewan Canada, native started his road to the National Hockey League in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League with the Prince Albert Mintos team making a few appearances in higher level the Western Hockey League during his Canadian Junior years from 1953-51 to 1956-57. Riding the bus of the minor-pro leagues in the WHL and American Hockey League ranks, the rangy center with good vision and speed debut in the NHL during the 1960-21 season with the New Your Rangers. After 10 games with the NHL Club, he was sent back to his junior club the Vancouver Canucks where he posted 47 points in 55 games which caught the eye of the Providence Reds who were the Boston Bruins AHL affiliate at the time. In 64 games with the Reds the big forward was a point-a-game player in the minor depth system producing 64 points in 64 games but failed to gather a point in his eight games he got called up to the NHL B’s in the same 1961-62 season.

Kurtenbach would play in two-full seasons with the Boston team from 1963-64 to 1964-65 contributing 18-45-63 numbers in 134 career games with the Black and Gold. He would leave the Bruins organization and continue his professional hockey career making stops back in New York with the Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, and NHL Vancouver Canucks. His NHL career numbers are 119-213-332 in 639 games played.

 

Honorable Bruins Birthday Mention – Ivan Huml

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By: Mark Allred               Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Ivan Huml  9-6-81

The 6′-2″ 198-pound winger showed some tremendous promise as the Kladno, Czech Republic native was drafted in the second round (59th Overall) of the 2000 National Hockey League Entry Draft. After increased year-to-year progression in his development overseas, the crafty skilled forward was heavily advised to take his talents per say to North America for the opportunity of pre colligate hockey in the British Columbia Hockey League to showcase his talent before NHL Draft eligibility. He spent the first two seasons in North America playing with the Langley Hornets contributing a decent season of 40 points in 33 games but what definitely caught the eye of Bruins scouts was his second and last season before he got drafted he posted  53-51-104 numbers.

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After the Bruins organization took a gamble with the second rounder, his game quite didn’t adjust to the higher level in the American Hockey League with the Providence Bruins posting 122 points in 237 games which ultimately had him struggle to get to the NHL in time of need. In 49 career NHL games, he posted 6-12-18 numbers and left the Bruins organization for Europe after playing his final season with Providence in 2003-04 when he played in 62 games accruing 31 points.

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Playing the last 14 seasons in Elite Leagues such as the Czech, SM-Liiga, and the SEL, Huml played 51 games last season for the Chomutov Pirati Czech team where he produced 18-22-40 numbers and showing he can still play with some of the world’s best. He’s under contract to play for the Pirati Hockey Club for the 2017-18 season.

 

Honorable Bruins Birthday Mention – Murray Henderson

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By: Mark Allred             Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Murray Henderson  9-5-21

The big defenseman joined the Boston Bruins organization at the tail end of the 1944-45 season as he was close to the Boston area playing for the Boston Olympics. The Olympics played in the Eastern Hockey League and was one of the Bruins minor-pro affiliates that played close to Boston for an immediate call up due to injury or other circumstances.

After only playing in five games to close the 1944-45 season, the 6′-0″ 180-pound Toronto, Ontario, Canada native spent the next seven seasons with the Bruins appearing in 405 career National Hockey League games posting 24-62-86 number in hiss time in Beantown.  He would end his career at the top level after the 1951-52 season but would remain on the ice playing professionally as a player/coach of the American Hockey Leagues Hershey Bears from the  1952-53 year to his final 1955-56 campaign. The Hershey Bears were also an AHL affiliate of the Bruins from the years of 1938-1942, 1946-57, 1957-58, 1964-71, 1983-85.

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Murray had the honor of playing alongside historic names in the hockey community such as goaltender Frank Brimsek, fellow blueliner Aubrey “Dit” Clapper, and the famous “Kraut Line” in front of them which consisted of talents such as Bobby Bauer, Woody Dumart, and the class act of a strong mind and a weak back Milt Schmidt. Murray, a nephew of the legendary Charlie Conacher was a member of the Canadian Royal Air Force during World War II and by the war stricken National Hockey League rosters, he quickly added value to the Bruins defense according to The Official Site Of The Hockey Hall Of Fame website.

Moe, as many called Henderson, refused a scouting position as mentioned in the link provided above, stating family issues hindered any work that would keep him away for family, later moving back to his hometown Toronto, Ontario. After returning to his roots he found work and would remain in the metro area until his death in January of 2013.