BNG Hockey Talk Ep. 5 With Black N’ Gold Hockey Podcast YouTuber Cameron Young

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By Cameron Young | Follow me on Twitter @cmoney008

In my latest video uploaded to my YouTube channel, I conclude my two-part series where I build an All-Time Boston Bruins lineup. In this upload, I discuss the defensemen and goalies in addition to 4 honorable mentions that just miss out on roster spots. Check it out below and please subscribe to my YouTube Channel and turn notifications on to be updated when a new video is published. 

  • Honorable Mentions: 2:00
  • D6: 6:04
  • D5: 7:36
  • D4: 9:45
  • D3: 11:06
  • D2: 13:53
  • D1: 15:54
  • G2: 17:44
  • G1: 18:46

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The Best Bruins Moments: Decade by Decade

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By Josh Houreas|follow me on Twitter @JHoureas

Ever since 1924, the Boston Bruins have entertained the fans of New England on the ice and around the country. Since then, the pioneers of professional American Hockey have dazzled fans on the ice. So decade by Decade lets take a look at the best moments in Bruins history.

The 1920s: Birth of a team soon to be Champions

While the opening season in Boston Bruins history was easily the worst, (with Boston finishing with a 6-24 record) It wouldn’t take long for Boston to experience a winning tradition in a city where winning means everything. As the Western Hockey League (not to be confused with today’s junior tier league of the same name) folded in 1926, the Boston Bruins were successful in their pursuit of the first cornerstone player in franchise history. That Player was Eddie Shore, and he would help Boston to their first Stanley Cup only three seasons later in 1929.

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The 1930s: Shore steps down, the Krauts step up.

Today, some teams have a line combination that just… Clicks. For Boston, Pastrnak, Marchand and Bergeron would be that combination today, but back in the 1930s, the Kraut Line, consisting of Mildt Schmidt, Bobby Bauer, and Woody Dumart was the almost unstoppable combination in Beantown. While the Bruins maintained a winning tradition throughout the 1930s, it wouldn’t be until 1939 when the Kraut Line helped Boston capture the Stanley Cup, right before heading off to fight in World War II, and in their last game against the hated Montreal Canadiens, all three players of the Kraut Line were lifted up on the shoulders of Montreal players, and were carried off the ice.

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The 1940s: Boston captures another title in the War Stricken world.

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It wouldn’t take the Boston Bruins long to reclaim the Stanley Cup. Bostonians would only have to wait two seasons to see Lord Stanley’s hardware return to the Boston Garden. During the War, Boston would continue to play, but with the eventual retirement of the renowned Kraut Line, the Bruins would struggle to capture another championship. For the next 3 decades.

The 1950s: O’ree breaks the NHL’s color barrier.

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Just like Jackie Robinson stepping on a Major League field before him, Willie O’Ree became an icon the minute he stepped out onto the ice. On January 18,1958 against the Montreal Canadiens of all teams, O’Ree became the first African Canadian player to dress in an NHL game. He would also hide the fact that he was blind in one eye, after being hit with a puck two years prior to his debut.

The 1960s: The birth of the Big Bad Bruins

There’s no better feeling in the game of hockey than to kick the crap out of the guy who just slammed you into the boards. The Bruins would make a habit of doing the same even though the on ice struggles were clearly visible. Throughout a country struggling with Civil Rights movements and marches, the Bruins would struggle to march into the win column for a majority of the decade. But along came a kid… who had the speed of Connor McDavid , and the defensive skills of Ray Bourque.

And he would change the course of Bruins history forever.

The 1970s: Orr soars, Bruins build a new dynasty.

Mother’s day. 1970. 13,909 fans packed the Boston Garden to watch the Bruins battle the St. Louis Blues in game four of the Stanley Cup Final, and in arguably the most memorable play in Bruins history, Bobby Orr would score the clinching goal, and would be frozen in time, flying through the air. Two years later, Boston captured their fifth Stanley Cup in team history, and it would be a swan song for the Big Bad Bruins.

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The 1980s: Lunch Pail A.C. opens a new era at the Garden

Cheevers, Doak, Cashman. These were the players who would give fans fond memories of the Big Bad Bruins, while players like Terry O’Reilly, Rick Middleton, and Brad Park introduced Bostonians to a new style of Bruins hockey. The Bruins would make it to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1988, but were defeated at the hands of Wayne Gretzky and the Edmonton Oilers, who were in the middle of building a dynasty of their own.

The 1990s: Bruins Bid Farewell to Boston Garden

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For 67 years, Boston Garden showcased Boston Bruins hockey and while the product on the ice was spectacular for a majority of years, it is the quirkiness of the layout of the famed building we take a look at. The rink dimensions were smaller than National Hockey League Standards, and the fans always seemed to be right on top of you, and when it got loud, the building shook. Literally. One of my biggest regrets (even though it was completely out of my control being born in 1998) was not being able to see the Boston Garden.

The 2000s: Chiarelli transforms losing traditions into winning traditions

At the turn of the Millennium, the Boston Bruins had finished with a record of 24-33-19-6. Something had to be done to help Boston become a contender for their 6th Stanley Cup. Over the next five seasons, General Manager Peter Chiarelli (hired in 2006) would transform the Bruins into a powerhouse.

The 2010s: Monumental Heartbreak leads to a Memorable Championship.

On May 14, 2010 the Boston Bruins sent their fanbase into horrifying shock. The team had succeeded in performing a monumental collapse at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers. Up 3-0 in the series, and not to mention 3-0 in Game 7, Boston had a lot of questions to answer, and a lot of criticism to face. Personally, I couldn’t even believe what I had seen. I kept mumbling “all they had to do was win one more game, how could they blow it?”

The team would repay us in the Summer of 2011, as the team won the Stanley Cup after winning 3 game sevens in route to their first Championship in nearly 4 decades. Going to the parade is a memory im never going to forget. Three hours of waiting for 30 seconds of cheering. Totally worth it, also PSA. If your local sports team wins a championship, don’t go to the parade. Enjoy watching it in the comfort of your own home.

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Honorable Mention. 2013. That entire season was a rollercoaster of emotions. Well, what we were able to get of it. A similar situation to 2005 was arising, and the NHL lost about half the year to lockout. With the tragedy at the Boston Marathon in April of that year, the Bruins became Boston’s team more than ever. And the fans were certainly with them on April 20, 2013. Let’s go Bruins chants were replaced with We are Boston chants. A 617 jersey was custom made by the equipment staff, and it gave us a tearful reminder that there was only one outlook on what had happened in the days prior, and that was to remain Boston Strong. The following month, Boston completed one of the most historic comebacks in Stanley Cup Playoffs history, defeating Toronto after scoring 3 goals in less than 12 minutes in the final period of game 7.

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Today, the Boston Bruins continue a winning tradition going into their 97th season in the National Hockey League.

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Boston Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers – An Underrated Rivalry

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Boston Bruins’ Charlie Coyle shields the puck from Philadelphia Flyers’ Connor Bunnaman. PHOTO CREDITS: (nbcsports.com)

By: Max Mainville | Check me out on Twitter @tkdmaxbjj

As one of the first franchises in the National Hockey League, the Boston Bruins have had their fair share of time to stir the pot with essentially every other team. Typically, when the word “rivalry” combines with the name “Boston Bruins”, the other five Original Six teams come to mind. The rivalry with the Montreal Canadiens, as fellow Black n’ Gold Hockey Podcast writer Joe Chrzanowski wrote about in a recent article, is widely regarded as the greatest rivalry in the history of the NHL.

As well, rivalries with the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks, and even the Detroit Red Wings are fairly well-known. These teams are rivals with the Bruins more-so because of the fact they were the only teams in the league at the time and played each other in high-stakes games often, thus creating hatred for one another on the ice.

However, in the 1967-68 season, the National Hockey League introduced six new organizations to the league – the California Seals, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota North Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins, St. Louis Blues, and the Philadelphia Flyers, bringing the size of the league to twelve teams instead of six. With more competition and more opponents, winning a Stanley Cup became even more challenging and opened the door for more rivalries.

As an expansion team, the Philadelphia Flyers had losing records in each of their first five seasons, making the postseason three times and losing in the quarter-finals each time – twice to the St. Louis Blues and once to the Chicago Blackhawks. It wasn’t until the 1972-73 season where the Flyers, led by captain Bobby Clarke, finished with a winning record of 37-30-11. Philly knocked out the Minnesota North Stars in six games but fell short in five games to the Montreal Canadiens in the next round.

In the very next season, the Bobby Clarke scored a team-leading 87 points to help lead the Flyers to a 50-16-12 record and the 1st place position in the NHL West Division. After sweeping the Atlanta Flames in the opening round and bouncing the New York Rangers in seven games, the Flyers were in the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in franchise history – against the powerhouse Boston Bruins.

The Start of a Rivalry: 1974 – 1978

Led by Bobby Orr and company, the Boston Bruins were one of the strongest teams in the National Hockey League. The Bruins won the Stanley Cup in the 1969-70 season, won 57 games before losing in the first round in the ’70/’71 season, won a second Stanley Cup in 71-72, won another 51 games in 72-73, and were coming off a 52-17-9 record in the 1973-74 campaign.

Boston eliminated both the Toronto Maple Leafs (4-0) and Chicago Blackhawks (4-2) in the previous two rounds which led to the Finals against Philadelphia. During the regular season, the B’s won the season series 3-1-1, out-scoring Philly 20-to-16 in those five games. Boston was arguably the favorites to win their third Stanley Cup in five seasons.

The 1974 Stanley Cup Finals was also a series between two of the scariest NHL teams at the time and quite possibly of all-time. The Bruins were known as the ‘Big Bad Bruins’ with the likes of Terry O’Reilly and Wayne Cashman and truly paved the way for the physical, hard-hitting teams like the Broad Street Bullies to even exist. Now, with the likes of Dave Schultz and Don Saleski, these two tough teams were going toe-to-toe with Lord Stanley on the line.

Boston took the first game, but the Flyers won Game Two in overtime followed by wins in Games Three and Four to take a commanding 3-1 series lead. In Game Five, the Bruins scored more than three goals for the first (and only) time in the series, winning the game 5-1. However, Hall-of-Fame goaltender Bernie Parent stopped every shot in Game Six as the Philadelphia Flyers won their first franchise Stanley Cup with a 1-0 victory. Parent was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy.

The Broad Street Bullies did not stop there. In the very next season, they dominated once again all the way to their second-consecutive Stanley Cup, defeating the Buffalo Sabres in six games. The Bruins, on the other hand, lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in the best-of-three preliminary round.

In 1975-76, both the Bruins and Flyers were top-three in the final league standings and found success early on in the postseason. Thus led to a semi-finals matchup between the two, a rematch from the Finals two years prior. The Flyers dominated the Bruins, winning four-straight games after losing Game One, sending them to the Stanley Cup Finals again. However, the Montreal Canadiens proved to be too good and swept Philly in four games.

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Boston Bruins’ Bobby Orr (right) passes the puck as Philadelphia Flyers Rick MacLeish looks on in Boston on February 9, 1974. PHOTO CREDITS: (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP)

For the next two seasons, these hard-hitting franchises played against one another in the semi-finals with Boston winning both matchups before going on to lose to the Montreal Canadiens – as most teams did back in this era of the NHL. During those five years, the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers played in four playoff series with each team winning twice. Although, only the Broad Street Bullies managed to go on and win the Stanley Cup (1974) after their series.

The 1970s went down as arguably the most entertaining decades for each of these teams. Philadelphia and Boston had seemingly the perfect blend of scoring talent, solid goaltending, and the willingness to drop the gloves and pound your body into the glass. Ruthless, intense, physically-demanding are the best ways to describe the Big Bad Bruins and the Broad Street Bullies back in the day.

A Recent Resurgence: 2007 – Present

This rivalry appeared to die down a little during the 1980s, 1990s, and beginning stages to the 2000s. We did not see another playoff series between the two organizations and neither team won another Stanley Cup in that period. While they played each other in the scheduled regular-season games, there just was not as much intensity as a best-of-seven elimination series.

However, the bad blood between Boston and Philadelphia started to amp up more recently. On October 27th, 2007, defenceman Randy Jones brutally hit 22-year-old Patrice Bergeron on the numbers into the glass. Bergeron laid unconscious on the ice before being stretchered out of the arena. He was later diagnosed with a broken nose and a concussion and was forced to miss the remainder of the 2007-08 season. Jones received a two-game suspension for his hit.

Two seasons later, in 2009-2010, the Bruins and the Flyers each made it to the Stanley Cup Playoffs after finishing third in their respective Eastern Conference divisions. Boston dispatched of the Buffalo Sabres in six games while Philadelphia knocked out the New Jersey Devils in five games. This subsequently led to a Bruins-Flyers playoff series for the first time since 1977-78 – 32 years prior.

Following a 5-4 overtime win in Game One, the B’s would win the next two meetings to have a dominating 3-0 series lead over the Black and Orange. Most hockey fans expected Boston to come out victorious, but the Flyers were not done yet. Simon Gagne, who missed the first three games due to injury, scored the game-winning goal in overtime to avoid the four-game sweep.

Philly shutout the Bruins 4-0 in Game Five and stole Game Six by a final score of 2-1 to somehow, someway force a pivotal Game Seven in Boston, Massachusetts. With goals from Michael Ryder and Milan Lucic (2), the Bruins exploded to a 3-0 lead in the first period of play. However, James van Riemsdyk buried one with less than three minutes to go in the opening frame to cut the lead down to two.

Scott Hartnell and Danny Briere each potted one of their own to equal the score after forty minutes. Then, the Boston Bruins took a too-many-men penalty (a Déjà vu moment from the 1979 Semi-Finals against Montreal) which lead to a power-play goal by Simon Gagne with just around seven minutes remaining in the final regulation period.

Philadelphia held on to win Game Seven, 4-3, and became just the third team in NHL history to come back from a 3-0 series deficit and win the series (Maple Leafs over Red Wings in 1942, Islanders over Penguins in 1975). This series loss remains to be one of the most heartbreaking moments for many Boston Bruins fans as an almost certain series win came crashing down. The Flyers would go on to win the Conference Finals but lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Finals.

During the 2010-2011 campaign, both Boston and Philadelphia finished with 100-plus-point records and were considered to be two of the favorites to make it to the Finals coming out of the East. The Bruins defeated the Canadiens in seven at the same time the Flyers eliminated the Sabres in seven – setting up an immediate rematch of the year prior.

Once again, Boston came out strong, winning Game One 7-3, Game Two 3-2 in overtime, and Game Three 5-1. With another 3-0 series lead over Philly, the Black and Gold were looking to finish the job successfully this time. In a masterful game of offensive and defensive success, the Bruins won Game Four by a score of 5-to-1 and eliminated Philadelphia to move onto the Eastern Conference Finals.

As we know, the Boston Bruins beat the Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games and the Vancouver Canucks in seven games to win their sixth Stanley Cup and first since 1972. The 2011 Bruins went down as one of the toughest teams in NHL history as their defense and hard-hitting style helped lead them to victory. It was shades of the old-school 1970s Big Bad Bruins – the team that as we discussed, started the rivalry with the Philadelphia Flyers.

In 201 regular-season games dating back to 1967-68, the Boston Bruins have a combined 107-61-21-12 record over the Philadelphia Flyers, outscoring them 659-to-583. In addition to that, these two teams have played six playoff series against one another with each winning three times. The Bruins have outscored the Flyers in the postseason 100-to-86.

Now, in 2019-20, this rivalry has the potential to gain new ground. On March 10th, 2020, the Bruins defeated the Flyers 2-0 in what ended up being the final game of the regular season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the NHL’s Return-to-Play format, the Bruins and Flyers will each play in a Round Robin to determine seeding for the remainder of the playoffs.  This means that there is the potential for another high-stakes game between the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers and to be quite frank, I am ready for it.

To a lot of Bruins and Flyers fans alike, this rivalry is heated, intense, and quite historic. However, with other more high-profile rivals for each respective franchise, this one often goes unnoticed. For that reason, the rivalry between the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers is one of the most underrated ones in NHL history.

Information and statistics are courtesy of hockeyreference.com, nhl.com, records.nhl.com, thehockeywriters.com, and bleacherreport.com.

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Top Ten Greatest Canadian Boston Bruins of All-Time: #5 – #1

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By: Max Mainville | Check me out on Twitter @tkdmaxbjj

While Americans have the Fourth of July, us Canadians celebrate Canada Day today, July 1st. In honour of Canada’s 153rd birthday, I decided to rank the greatest Boston Bruins players that were born in the Great White North. If you missed players ten through six, I highly suggest you click HERE. If you’ve already read the previous installment, we can officially move on to the remainder of the Top Ten Greatest Canadian Boston Bruins of All-Time. So without further ado, let’s dive right into this!

5 – Patrice Bergeron (2003 – Present)

The only current player on this list, Patrice Bergeron is one of the greatest players to ever play for the Boston Bruins franchise. At 34-years-old, Bergeron has the 5th-most goals in Bruins history with 352, the 5th-most assists with 517 and is 6th in Boston Bruins history for most points with 869. Bergeron is also one of only six players to play 1000 games for the franchise, joining Ray Bourque, Johnny Bucyk, Don Sweeney, Wayne Cashman, and Zdeno Chara.

While Bergeron is near the top of most of the statistical leaderboards within the organization, it is not the only reason Bergeron will go down in the history books and will likely have a place in the Hockey Hall-of-Fame when his career is all said and done. Patrice Bergeron is one of, if not the greatest defensive forwards of all-time. The Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec, Canada native has won four Frank J. Selke Trophies – tying him with Bob Gainey for the most in NHL history.

In addition, Patrice Bergeron is apart of the illustrious Triple Gold Club – having won an Olympic Gold (2010, 2014), a World Championship Gold (2004), and a Stanley Cup (2011). Bergeron also continues to be one of the most well-respected players in the National Hockey League – putting respect, class, and sportsmanship before anything else and he is a perfect representative of the Boston Bruins organization.

4 – Johnny Bucyk (1955 – 1978)

Quite possibly the embodiment of the Boston Bruins organization – Johnny “Chief” Bucyk, born in Edmonton, Alberta on May 12th, 1935, played 21 seasons for the Boston Bruins from 1957-58 all the way to 1977-78. During that span, Bucyk scored 556 goals (1st in Bruins history), 794 assists (2nd in Bruins history), and 1339 points (2nd in Bruins history) all in 1436 career regular-season games (2nd in Bruins history).

From the 1967-68 season to the 1976-77 season, Bucyk scored at least 20 goals including a 51-65-110 campaign in 1970-71 at the age of 35. A two-time Stanley Cup winner, Bucyk goes down as one of the best Boston Bruins simply for the time spent in the organization. Even after his retirement at the end of the ’77/’78 season, Bucyk worked with the Bruins’ public relations team as well as doing some colour commentary. Today, The Chief is still an ambassador for the team and just concluded his 62nd season as apart of the Boston Bruins.

John Bucyk’s #9 was retired immediately in 1978 and he was inducted into the Hockey Hall-of-Fame not long after in 1981. Bucyk finished his NHL career with 556-813-1369 numbers, two Stanley Cups, two Lady Byng trophies, and was named to two All-Star teams.

3 – Phil Esposito (1963 – 1981)

Phil Esposito, born in Sault St. Marie, Ontario, was one of the greatest scorers in not only Boston Bruins history, but NHL history at the time of his playing career. Esposito’s tenure with the Bruins took place for nine seasons, playing in 625 games while scoring an incredible 459-553-1012 numbers during that short time.

Esposito once held the NHL record for most goals scored in a single season with 76 goals in the 1970-71 campaign and while that record would later be passed by Wayne Gretzky, it’s just a small sample size of how talented Esposito was in Boston and how he was a massive piece to Boston’s two Stanley Cup victories in 1970 and 1972. Esposito was a ten-time All-Star, two-time Hart Trophy winner, five-time Art Ross winner, two-time Pearson winner, and was apart of the Hockey Hall-of-Fame Class of 1984.  As a member of the Bruins, Esposito scored 40 or more goals in seven consecutive seasons and 50 or more goals in five straight seasons.

At the international level, Esposito was a big piece to Team Canada in the infamous 1972 Summit Series, finishing the eight-game series against the Soviet Union with the most points with thirteen and tied for most goals with seven. Phil also helped Canada win the 1976 Canada Cup and represented his country in the 1977 IIHF World Championships where Canada finished 4th.

Phil Esposito ranks 2nd in franchise history for goals, 4th in franchise history for assists and 3rd in franchise history in points while not even hitting the 700-game mark as a Boston Bruin. Throughout his entire NHL career combined, Phil Esposito scored 717-873-1590 numbers in 1282 games played putting him 10th in the NHL for points and 6th in the league’s history for goals. The Bruins retired his #7 in 1987, creating one of the most infamous moments in Bruins history with the player who is next on this list.

2 – Raymond Bourque (1979 – 2001)

Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Ray Bourque is one of the greatest defensemen to ever play the sport of hockey. Throughout 21 incredible seasons as a member of the Boston Bruins, Bourque amassed 395 goals and 1111 assists for 1506 points. As of the current day, Bourque is the franchise leader in games played (1518), assists, and points.

As mentioned above, Bourque was involved in one of the best moments in Boston Bruins history. As the Bruins were set to raise Phil Esposito’s #7 up into the rafters, Ray Bourque (who took the #7 after Espo’s retirement), skated over to Esposito, took off his #7 sweater and handed it to Esposito. Under the original sweater was Bourque’s new #77 which would later be retired by the Bruins after Bourque’s own career ended.

Out of the 21 seasons in Boston, he was named an All-Star eighteen times and won the James Norris Trophy as the league’s best defensemen five times. He also won the team’s scoring title on five occasions which included four 90-plus-point performances. Bourque was also well-known around the NHL for his blistering accurate shot, winning eight Accuracy Shooting competitions at the NHL All-Star festivities.

While Bourque never won a Stanley Cup in Boston, he did win a Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001, further cementing himself as one of the greatest ever at his position. He is still the NHL leader for points as a defenceman and was inducted into the Hockey Hall-of-Fame in 2004.

1 – Bobby Orr (1966 – 1979)

If you ask anyone to name one legend of the Boston Bruins, 99% of the time they will respond with “Bobby Orr”. Born in Parry Sound, Ontario, Bobby Orr is the greatest Boston Bruin player ever – let alone players born in Canada. While his career was unfortunately cut short due to injuries, his time with the Boston Bruins proved him to be one of the best players the NHL has ever seen.

In 631 regular-season games for the Boston Bruins, Bobby Orr scored 264 goals and 624 assists for 888 points. In only those ten seasons, he won eight straight James Norris trophies as the league’s best defenceman, three Hart trophies, two Art Ross trophies making him the only blueliner to ever win a scoring title, two Conn Smythe trophies as the Most Valuable Player of the playoffs in Boston’s 1970 and 1972 Stanley Cup wins. In addition, Orr was named as an All-Star nine times and was the first NHL player to not only reach 100 assists in a single season but was also the first NHL player to record six-consecutive 100-point campaigns – a feat he accomplished between 1969-70 and 1974-75.

Bobby Orr is also extremely well-known for his infamous “Flying Goal” in Game Four of the Stanley Cup Finals against the St. Louis Blues. The photo of Bobby flying through the air after scoring the game-winning goal that won the Bruins the Stanley Cup in 1970 is synonymous with Boston Bruins culture and every Bruin fan around the globe is proud he was a member of the Boston Bruins.

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Bobby Orr changed the game of hockey forever. The way he controlled the game with such finesse, skill, and talent as a defenceman was never seen before and has never been replicated to that degree even now. A true athlete that altered the sport of hockey for the better and is truly in the conversation as one of the best hockey players in the history of the National Hockey League.

And with that, the Top Ten Greatest Canadian Boston Bruins of All-Time is now complete. Do you agree with my list? I’d love to hear your thoughts via my Twitter (@tkdmaxbjj). On behalf of the Black n Gold Hockey Podcast crew, Happy Canada Day to all my fellow Canadians!

Information and Statistics courtesy of hockey-reference.com, hhof.com, eliteprospects.com, quanthockey.com, and nhl.com.

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Broadcasting Bobby: Bruins Celebrate Orr’s Cup-Winning Goal 50 Years Later!

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By: Evan Michael | Follow me on Twitter @00EvanMichael

“Cleared, but not out. Bobby Orr… behind the net to Sanderson — ORR! BOBBY ORR! SCORES! And the Boston Bruins have won the Stanley Cup!”

When heralded hockey broadcaster Dan Kelly made that famous call on May 10th, 1970 (not to take anything away from the brilliant voice of B’s broadcast legend Fred Cusick), little did Kelly or anyone else know just how memorable or iconic it would become.

Now, fifty years to the day later, the Boston Bruins organization is celebrating it — and the team’s epic Stanley Cup-winning ’69-’70 season altogether — by asking fans to recreate how they would’ve voiced “The Goal.”

The clever and creative social media campaign began on the B’s Instagram page but has quickly flown (just like Bobby after scoring that unforgettable OT winner) over to Twitter, Facebook and beyond.

In case you’d like to hear “The Call” in its entirety… look no further than another great online resource: Youtube!

 

As for this lifelong Bruins fan and former sports broadcaster, This Date in Bruins History will always be a special one for me… even if I didn’t get to experience it live and in person. It was the moment my dad and grandfather chose to introduce me to B’s fandom. It was how I learned to bleed BLACK N’ GOLD for the first time — by watching Orr score over and over and over.

And with so many fellow fans and Boston buddies doing the same thing right now, it’s as if Orr’s moment in history has once again becoming living history

… As lifelike as the stunning statue soaring high above the ground outside TD Garden itself!

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Ranking Every Alternate/Special Bruins Jersey In Team History

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By: Josh Houreas  |  Follow Me On Twitter @JHoureas

A hockey jersey is the identity of the team. When you put it on, whether as a fan or a player, you represent the team on the front with pride and passion. Throughout the 96 year history of the Boston Bruins, the team has steered away from the spoked B more than a handful of times. Eight times as a matter of fact. From worst to best, here’s the countdown (and everyone is entitled to their own opinions about this list).

8) 2019-Present Alternate

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I’m putting this one at the bottom of the list because as clean and classic as this jersey looks, it’s extremely basic. There is just a giant B on the chest and almost no standout design on the jersey. I thought seeing this jersey in person would change my opinion, but it didn’t. The Bruins missed their opportunity to make a new alternate jersey that is crisp, clean, and classic. If anything, Boston should have just made their 2019 Winter Classic jersey their alternate, even if they had to only wear it as a road sweater.

7) 2008-2016 Alternate

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When the Bruins had to ditch their CCM/Koho brand jerseys in the 2007-2008 season, they also had the task of coming up with an alternate jersey. Boston took the design of their home jersey, which has basically gone untouched in design (apart from a revamping of the famous Spoked B.) Switched the shoulder patch and main Crest around, and knocked out the bottom three stripes. I actually LOVED this jersey when it came out because I had been dying for a new Bruins jersey to hit the scene. I’m only putting it so low on the countdown because when you think about it, did they really try? I mean, all they did was switch a few logos around and knock out some stripes.

6) 1995-2006 Alternate

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Well, we’ve reached the part of the countdown that’s going to cause the most controversy. They’re yellow, they scream the decade 1990s, and they have a not so fierce-looking bear smack dab right on the front of them. I’m talking about none other than the Pooh Bear alternate jerseys. I have so many mixed emotions about this uniform. The more I look at it, the more I think of god what the hell were we thinking? Put this image in your head. Ray Bourque wearing a yellow jersey, with a bear basically representing the cuteness of Winnie the Pooh. (that’s where the name comes from). My only question is What if the bear had been more fierce-looking, would the Bruins have kept it as their alternate? I’m going to say no because Boston has had plenty of golden opportunities to make a better alternate jersey.

5) 2016-2019 Alternate

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When I had figured out that the Bruins were going with a 1920s look for the 2016 Winter Classic.  Which was a 5-1 defeat to Montreal (and a game that I’d rather forget). I crossed my fingers and prayed they would just bring back a spitting image of their Brown and yellow 1929 Stanley Cup-winning jerseys. Well, I got about 10 percent of what I was hoping for. The logo is probably the most unique of any Bruins logo. The brown bear in the middle is made of a material that pays homage to the hockey jerseys of the 1920s. Felt. Even though the only thing I like about this jersey is the logo, I’m putting it at number 5 because of the historic significance of the uniform.

4) 1991-92 75th Anniversary

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The Bruins, along with the other five original six teams, introduced an alternate jersey that paid tribute to the Bruins sweaters of the late 30s and early 40s. People may or may not remember this jersey as it was only worn for one season. The National Hockey League was celebrating its 75th anniversary and what better way to do it then to have the original six pay homage to their original roots. I love historical significance when it comes to hockey jerseys. If you can design a jersey that tells the history of your team, it’s a winner in my book, and I would love to have this jersey in my collection one day.

3) 2006-07 Alternate

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After the infamous Pooh Bear jersey found itself in the scrap pile, Boston went back to a familiar look of success. From 1967-1974, the Bruins would wear some of the most recognizable sweaters in NHL history. 40 years later, the Bruins would bring back memories of the days of Bobby Orr flying through the air, Gerry Cheevers and his stitched mask, and Phil Esposito breaking records some of which still stand to this day. Even though the Bruins only wore this jersey for one season, it was nice to see them embrace a successful part of team history, and who knows, maybe they’ll bring it back for their 100th anniversary in the 2024-2025 season.

2) 2010 Winter Classic

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Unlike their opponents in this game, the Philadelphia Flyers, Boston went above and beyond with these jerseys. In 1948, as a part of the team’s 25th anniversary at the time, the Bruins introduced their world-famous Spoked B logo. This logo looked absolutely amazing and the Brown shoulder yolks and stripes gave that historical significance of the original colors of our beloved hockey team. Even though these jerseys weren’t a personal favorite when they first came out, these jerseys have gained my respect and take the number 2 spot on our countdown.

1) 2019 Winter Classic

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This jersey has it all. A good design, classic Bruins colors, and hidden messages you probably didn’t notice. The six four-leaf clovers on the inside collar, representing the six Stanley Cup Championships Boston has won is my personal favorite. I’ll give you this time to look at the picture closely and say, “oh, I see it now.” I immediately fell in love with these jerseys the day they unveiled them. If Boston were to ever change their jerseys, I would love to see these in the mix.

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My Favorite Bruins Player of All-Time and Why

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By: Tim A. Richardson | Follow Me On Twitter @TimARichardson

When talking about your favorite player in Boston Bruins history, there are many players to choose from. You could go old-school and pick a player like Bobby Orr, who’s one of the best to ever play the game. You could also choose a player from the current roster like Patrice Bergeron, who’s one of the best defensive forwards to ever play the game. The Boston Bruins have 11 retired numbers, including Orr’s number four. You could pick any of those players. The current roster is loaded with talent to choose from as well.

Despite all of the talented players that have come through Boston, my favorite Bruins player of all-time won’t be found hanging amongst the retired numbers. He also won’t be found on the current loaded roster. Instead, he’s a player that played for eight different teams in 17 seasons spanning from 1988-89 to 2005-06. He’s someone who only played 22 games for the Boston Bruins after being a deadline acquisition during the 2000-01 season. In those 22 games, he scored one goal while dishing out five assists for six total points. That player’s name? Eric Weinrich, a defenseman from the University of Maine.

You may be wondering why this seemingly random player is my favorite Bruin of all-time. People who follow me on Twitter may know that I am from Maine, and I love any player from my home state’s major University. Amazingly, this isn’t the reason why Eric Weinrich is my favorite Boston Bruin of all-time. The real reason is much deeper than that. As a kid growing up, I loved sports. My passion for sport came from my Dad. Friends used to call my Dad a walking sports almanac, and I was the pocket version.

Around second grade, I started paying more attention to players, statistics, and standings. Being in Maine, I paid attention to mostly the Boston sports teams. However, one of my favorite teachers was able to open up my eyes to some other players and teams. That wonderful lady was my second-grade teacher, Mrs. Weinrich. That’s right, Eric’s mother taught me second-grade. At the time, he was playing for the Chicago Blackhawks, which was his third team since coming into the league. I still remember the Blackhawks pennant Mrs. Weinrich had hanging behind her desk.

Naturally, knowing someone who had a connection to Eric caused me to gravitate towards him. I am sure I bothered Mrs. Weinrich way too often about how well he was doing. I also began reading boxscores with my Dad in the newspaper to check-up on how he was doing. Not only did this bring my father and me together, but it also helped my passion and love for sports grow. My parents saw this and asked Mrs. Weinrich if Eric would be able to sign something for me. My Mom bought me a Blackhawks hat that Christmas and gave it to my teacher to have signed. I was the happiest kid on Earth Christmas morning getting that autographed hat. I still have it too.

Eric would also be kind enough to sign other items for me. I still have them all. Reading all of this, you can see why I was so excited when he was traded from Montreal to Boston in 2000-01. It was one of the coolest things ever. This is why Eric Weinrich is my favorite Bruin of all-time. Following his career helped strengthen the bond my father and I have, while also aiding my love for sports. I’ll be forever grateful for that. Feel free to send me any questions or comments on Twitter. I hope everyone is staying safe.

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Bruins Alumni: Happy Birthday Don Marcotte

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By: Mark Allred  |  Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Happy 73rd Birthday To Former Boston Bruins Forward Don Marcotte!

Marcotte was born on April 15th, 1947, at the Arthabaska County Hospital. His family was longtime residents of nearby Asbestos, Quebec which is located in the southeast area of the province, north of Sherbrooke and south of Victoriaville. At the age of three, Don first laced up his first pair of skates and by the age of six was enrolled in youth hockey in his community. At the age of 16, Marcotte left the local youth programs for the Victoriaville Bruins of the QPJHL.

After one season in Victoriaville playing for the Bruins, the National Hockey League Boston Bruins came calling for his services and signed him to continue his development with the B’s Junior “A” affiliate the Niagara Falls Flyers in Ontario, Canada. In his rookie season in the Ontario Hockey Association with the Flyers, Marcotte posted 28-23-51 numbers which were career highs for the 5′-11″ 183-pound forward. Don would go onto finish his OHA career appearing in 137 games contributing 77-66-143 numbers from 1964-65 to 1966-67. During the 1965-66 campaign, the developing left winger got the call to play for Boston in one regular-season game and even went as far as Oklahoma City to play in two contests for the CPHL Blazers posting scoring one goal.

Marcotte would leave the OHA for good after the 1966-67 season to join the Boston Bruins American Hockey League team in Hershey, Pennsylvania and excelled at the higher level posting 31-22-53 totals in 72 games played in his rookie year. In his time with the Bruins top minor-pro affiliate, Don who was in his early 20’s would go onto have a solid AHL career with the Hershey Bears contributing 94-58-152 numbers in 174 games from 1967-68 to 1969-70. He would get another series of recalls to the NHL level playing in seven games for Boston contributing one goal in those appearances.

In the 1969-70 campaign, Don would earn an increasing amount of trust from Boston Bruins General Manager and NHL Hockey Hall of Famer Milt Schmidt after starting the first 35 games that year in Hershey posting 28-15-43 numbers. With his stellar play in his final games with the Hershey Bears, Marcotte would be inserted into Hall of Fame Head Coach Harry Sinden’s lineup for the second half of the season which would be the highlight of his career. After finishing the 1969-70 regular season as the second-best club in the East, the Bruins would enter the postseason beating the New York Rangers in a best-of-seven series 4-2, then go onto sweep the Chicago Blackhawks 4-0. Marcotte and the Bruins would meet the St. Louis Blues in the Stanley Cup Finals and after the iconic Bobby Orr overtime goal, the B’s would go onto sweep the Blues 4-0 to win the franchises fourth NHL Championship ending a 29-year drought. Marcotte appeared in 14 games during the 1970 Stanley Cup run contributing two goals winning his first championship as a rookie. He would win his second Stanley Cup during his second full NHL season in the spring of 1972 beating the New York Rangers.

Marcotte would play his entire NHL career with the Boston Bruins organization posting 230-254-484 numbers in 868 games. He was a defensive forward that was able to play multiple forward positions and was a fierce forechecker for many years alongside Ed Westfall and Derek Sanderson who were the B’s checking line. During the Bruins training camp in the fall of 1982, Boston released the then 34-year-old forward ultimately retiring from the game. Per the HockeyReference.com website, Marcotte had four career hat tricks in his career which all came in significant Bruins victories. His first three-goal effort came on February 8th, 1970, in a 7-1 win over the St. Louis Blues, his second on December 31st, 1975, in a 6-1 win over the Minnesota North Stars, his third on March 2nd,1977, in a 5-3 win over the New York Islanders, and finally on December 26th, 1981, in a 9-6 win over the Hartford Whalers.

When looking at Marcotte’s contributions t the Boston Bruins organization in the team’s all-time stats he ranks 10th in games played (868), ranked 12th in goals (230), ranked 24th in assists (254), ranked 17th in points (484), ranked 4th in shorthanded goals (21). With these offensive rankings throughout Marcotte’s NHL career along with his two Stanley Cup rings, the now 73-year-old should get consideration for a call to the Hall of Fame in my opinion.

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Bruins Alumni: Happy Birthday Flash Hollett

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By: Andrew Lindroth | Follow me on Twitter @andrewlindrothh

Flash Hollett was born on April 13th, 1911, in North Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. He began playing in the International Hockey League (IHL) for the Syracuse Stars (IHL) as a 21-year-old defenceman from 1932-1933. During the time, though, he was playing both lacrosse and hockey and was first noticed by the Toronto Maple Leafs Owner after watching him play lacrosse with Lionel Conacher. After that season, the Toronto Maple Leafs claimed Hollett. After just 13 games playing with their minor-pro affiliate, the Buffalo Bisons (IHL), Hollett was called up for his first National Hockey League action with Toronto.

Hollett only played five games for Toronto before being loaned to the Ottawa Senators for the remainder of the 1933-1934 season. The following season, he returned to Toronto and played 48 games, recording 10-16-26 numbers, and helped lead Toronto to a Stanley Cup Finals appearance. During the 1935-1936 season, the defenceman played only 11 games with Toronto before being traded to the Boston Bruins in exchange for $16,000. He only played five games with the Bruins that season, before being reassigned to the Boston Cubs (Can-Am) for the remainder of the season. In 1936-1937, Hollett solidified his position in the Boston Bruins lineup with his speed, puck handling ability, and gritty style, playing in all 48 games that season while producing three goals and ten points. He quickly emerged as one of the top offensive-defensemen in the NHL.

Hollett went on to play for the Bruins for the majority of his career from 1936-1944, suiting up for a total of 353 games with the Bruins and posting 84-115-199 numbers. In 1942, he broke the NHL record for goals by a defenceman in a single season with 19 goals and tied his record again the following season. He also led the Bruins to win two Stanley Cup Championships in 1939 and 1941, and brought them to the Stanley Cup Finals one more time in 1943 but was defeated by the Detroit Red Wings. Hollett played his final 25 games as a Bruin before being shipped to Detroit in exchange for Pat Egan in January of 1944.

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Hollett finished the season with Detroit, appearing in 27 games and posting 6-12-18 numbers. The next season in 1944-1945, he broke the NHL record for most goals by a defenceman in a single season again, this time he scored 20 goals and his record would go on to last about 25 years before being surpassed by Bobby Orr. After his record-breaking season, his offensive numbers began to dwindle the following season quickly, contributing just 13 points in 38 games played. During the 1946 off-season, Hollett was traded to the New York Rangers in exchange for Ab DeMarco and Hank Goldup. But, the transaction was voided after Hollett decided to retire in June of 1946 officially.

Flash Hollett passed away on April 20th, 1990, at the age of 88. Throughout his 13-year career in the NHL, Hollett suited up for a total of 560 games and recorded 132-181-313 numbers. After retiring from the NHL, the two-time Stanley Cup champion moved on to play for the Kitchener Dutchmen (OHA-Sr.) and Toronto Marlboros (OHA-Sr.) from 1947-1950, playing in a total of 88 games and recording 19-53-72 numbers before officially retiring from the hockey world in 1950. Happy birthday, Flash Hollett!

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On This Day In Bruins History: Birthday Boy Bernie Parent!

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By: Evan Michael  |  Follow Me On Twitter @00EvanMichael

“It’s been a beautiful ride. It’s just awesome. You have to remember to be grateful.”

That’s how Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender (class of ’84) Bernie Parent described his award-winning — and Cup-winning — career during the NHL Awards ceremony in 2017 — a career that began in Boston when he debuted for the Bruins way back during the 1965-66 season.

And on April 3rd, 1966, during the last game of his rookie season, Parent led the B’s to victory over the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2. In doing so, Parent became the first EVER Bruins goaltender to win a game –as a rookie– on his birthday.

And with today being April 3rd, members of the Parent family have been celebrating Bernie’s B-day week with some wonderful posts and pictures online from his B-spoked and storied playing past, making this both a momentous and celebratory OTDIBH feature!

Of course, Parent would go on to celebrate an even bigger milestone years later as one of the best goaltenders in Philadelphia Flyers history (not to mention NHL history where he’s ranked No. 63 on the “All-Time” list according to the Hockey News): winning the Stanley Cup.

And he did it against his former club in Black N’ Gold. From an article written for Philadelphia Magazine in 2008:

It’s May 19, 1974, game six of his first Stanley Cup finals, and he’s nine seconds away from shutting out the Boston Bruins at the Spectrum. Nine seconds away from Philadelphia’s first hockey championship and his own immortality. There’s a face-off at the opposite end of the ice from Parent’s net, leaving Boston almost no hope of breaking the 1-0 shutout and forcing overtime — until the puck ends up on the stick of Bobby Orr, the Bruins’ fearsome sniper. Parent didn’t see Orr blast a shot the length of the rink, just wide of the Flyers goal, because Parent was staring up at the clock, watching time run out (SEE BELOW).

“I didn’t know where the puck was, man!” he says. “If his shot is on net, it’s a goal. Who knows what happens then. Maybe we don’t win a championship. It just shows you how the universe works — you believe, you believe, you believe! The question is, is there a power that takes over? My answer is, absolutely yes!”

                                         Philadelphia Magazine – “Legends: Bernie Parent Has A Secret”

How’s this for a powerful takeaway: all great careers have to start somewhere. And the Bruins can be quite historically happy and proud that hockey legend Bernie Parent’s began in Boston!

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