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Gerry Cheevers One of hockey's most identifiable goalie masks belonged to Gerry Cheevers of the Boston Bruins. His make-believe 'stitches' were a statement: They represented the real stitches that would have scarred Cheevers' face had he not worn the mask. Every time a puck struck Cheevers' mask, Boston's trainer Frosty Forrestall would add another row of stitches to it.
Tags: Gerry  Cheevers  hockey  goalie  mask 
Added: 3rd March 2010
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Posted By: Lava1964
The Kraut Line During the 1930s and 1940s, the Boston Bruins' offense was geared around its famous 'Kraut Line' of Bobby Bauer, Milt Schmidt and Woody Dumart. All three hailed from Kitchener, Ontario which had (and still has) a large German population. The line helped Boston win Stanley Cups in both 1939 and 1941. During the Second World War, the threesome's moniker was changed to 'the Kitchener Kids' because, as hockey historian Brian McFarlane noted with understatement, 'Things German weren't too popular.'
Tags: hockey  Kraut  Line  Boston  Bruins 
Added: 19th May 2010
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Posted By: Lava1964
Wayne Maki-Ted Green Incident On September 21, 1969, the Boston Bruins were playing the St. Louis Blues in an NHL pre-season game in Ottawa. Things got very nasty between Boston's Ted Green and St. Louis' Wayne Maki. This photo shows Maki clubbing Green over the head with his stick. Green dropped to the ice and laid in a grotesque position as if he had been poleaxed--which he basically had been. Green needed three brain operations and a steel plate inserted into his skull to save his life. Maki was suspended for most of the 1969-70 season. Green, to no one's surprise, did not return that season. Nevertheless, after Boston won the Stanley Cup, his Bruin teammates voted him a full share of the team's playoff money. Green's name also was inscribed on the Cup. Green returned the following year and played pro hockey until retiring at age 39 in 1979. He always wore a helmet afterward, a rarity at the time for NHLers. Maki became something of a pariah and was dealt to the expansion Vancouver Canucks before the 1970-71 season. Somewhat ironically, Maki was forced to retire in 1972 after being diagnosed with brain cancer. He died in May 1974 at age 29.
Tags: hockey  violence  NHL  Maki  Green 
Added: 15th April 2011
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Posted By: Lava1964
Phil Esposito Bobby Orr SI Cover Phil Espositio and Bobby Orr, the two kingpins of the great Boston Bruins 1971-72 team, graced the cover of Sports Illustrated during the 1972 Stanley Cup finals, won by the Bruins in six games over the New York Rangers.
Tags: Boston  Bruins  NHL  hockey  Esposito  Orr 
Added: 31st May 2011
Views: 2044
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Posted By: Lava1964
Boston Bruins - 1972 Stanley Cup Champs I posted this on the CBC News website in Canada following the Boston Bruins' Stanley Cup championship on June 15, 2011. It got such a wonderful response that I thought I'd share it here too: It had been 14,279 days since captain Johnny Bucyk hoisted the Boston Bruins' last Stanley Cup on May 11, 1972. To put things in perspective... Richard Nixon was in the White House. America still had combat troops in Vietnam. If you bought a quarter's worth of candy, you could get sick eating it all. Pitchers still batted in the American League. There was no such thing as rap music or punk rock. Nobody considered the possibility of terrorist attacks at the Olympics. The NHL had 14 teams. Few players wore helmets. Some goalies didn't wear masks. Nobody seriously thought hockey players from the USSR were good. There were hardly any McDonald's Restaurants in Canada. There were very few Tim Hortons either. Archie Bunker was in his heyday. Television sets had rabbit ears. Nobody thought the world was in peril from global warming or climate change or whatever they're calling it this week. Lotteries were illegal in Canada. Arthur Godfrey Time had still been on the radio two weeks earlier. Calculators could perform four functions and cost $179. Most people had rotary telephones. Forget about DVD players--VCRs didn't exist. The idea of bottled water would have been laughable. Computers were enormous things that occupied entire rooms and did simple calculations using punch cards. Hardware meant hammers and wrenches. Software didn't mean anything. People still sent telegrams. Life Magazine was still around. Canada still had the death penalty. O.J. Simpson was a hero. The Lord's Prayer was recited in public schools. Nobody thought it was wrong. A new car cost $2500. Hockey cards were a dime a pack--and they came with pink bubble gum covered in powdered sugar. Bobby Orr was the greatest player in the NHL. (Thirty-nine years later he's still the greatest of all time.).
Tags: hockey  Boston  Bruins  1972  Stanley  Cup 
Added: 16th June 2011
Views: 3267
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Posted By: Lava1964
Bobby Orr Tribute Hockey great Bobby Orr turned 65 on March 20, 2013. (Bobby Orr is 65? How can that be?) Here's a video montage, mostly of Orr's spectacular goals, called by Bruins' announcer Fred Cusick.
Tags: Bobby  Orr  NHL  hockey  tribute 
Added: 20th March 2013
Views: 1219
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Posted By: Lava1964
2011 Stanley Cup Riot Commentary One of the most embarrassing episodes in Canadian history: On June 15, 2011, the Boston Bruins soundly defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 to win the Stanley Cup in the seventh game of the finals in Vancouver. Disappointed Canucks fans and mindless hooligans (those two terms may be interchangeable) did not accept the defeat well. They laid waste to Vancouver's downtown--much as they did in 1994 when the Canucks lost in the finals to the New York Rangers! The following night on CBC's National News, commentator Rex Murphy bluntly expressed his disgust with the rioters.
Tags: Stanley  Cup  riot  Vancouver  2011 
Added: 31st March 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
Boston Bruins Amazing Comeback On May 13, 2013, one of the most stunning and improbable comebacks in sports history occurred. With under 11 minutes left in regulation time, the Boston Bruins rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the seventh game of their opening round NHL playoff series versus the Toronto Maple Leafs. Boston had only scored three goals in the previous eight periods of the series before rallying. It was wild euphoria for Boston's fans--but utter disbelief for Toronto's fans. This condensed highlight clip shows the Leafs taking a 4-1 lead in the third period, the three Boston goals that tied the game, and the overtime winner by Patrice Bergeron.
Tags: Boston  Bruins  NHL  comeback  Toronto  Maple  Leafs  Stanley  Cup  playoffs 
Added: 16th May 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
1978 Stanley Cup Final - Game 4 OT Today's NHL is faster, more diverse, and probably more skilled, but some hockey fans argue that the passion of the 1970s NHL has not been surpassed. Here is the overtime period of Game #4 of the 1978 Stanley Cup finals at Boston Garden between the hometown Bruins and their longtime rivals the Montreal Canadiens. The excitement in the building is palpable! Dan Kelly--perhaps hockey's greatest announcer--calls the action.
Tags: NHL  Stanley  Cup  1978  Boston  Montreal 
Added: 21st May 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
1970 Stanley Cup Semifinal - Bruins vs Hawks Before 2013, the most important NHL playoff series ever contested between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins was the 1970 Eastern Division final. Many people considered it to be the "real Stanley Cup final" because the Eastern teams were comprised of the stronger Original Six clubs while the Western Divison was comprised of the expansion teams from 1967. Chicago and Boston had both finished the 1969-70 season with 99 points. Chicago was credited with the top spot on the basis of most wins. Chicago was the slight favorite to win the series--but Boston won the series in surprising four-game sweep. (They would also sweep the overmatched St. Louis Blues in the Cup final.) Here are some highlights of the first three games from the Bruins-Blackhawks series.
Tags: NHL  Boston  Chicago  1970  playoffs 
Added: 12th June 2013
Views: 1458
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Posted By: Lava1964

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