Today in Boston Bruins History: February 23

1963: Doug Kostynski (full name Douglas Kostynski) is born in Castlegar, British Columbia. A center, he was drafted by the Bruins in 1982 and wore the black and gold for 1983-84 and 1984-85. Though he only played 15 games as a Bruin, he also spent time in the AHL and the Finnish league before retiring in 1990.

1969: The Bruins suffer one of their most decisive defeats in team history, a 9-0 loss to the New York Rangers. (The Rangers seem like a very common Feb. 23 foe; they also played the Bruins on this date in many different years, including 1930, 1932, 1936, 1949, the aforementioned 1969 and 1994. I didn’t count Feb. 23 games against the old New York Americans in this metric.)

A year ago today: Shane Hnidy re-joins the Bruins on a tryout basis. He had previously been a Bruin from 2008 to 2009 and then spent a season in Minnesota. Three days later, he signed a contract for the rest of the season. His name is not engraved on the Stanley Cup, but the team did give him a ring and a day with the Cup. He retired at the end of August and became part of the Winnipeg Jets radio team.

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