Today in Boston Bruins History: February 26

1946: Gary Doak (full name Gary Walter Doak) is born in Goderich, Ontario. Doak, a defenseman, played two stints with Boston (1965 to 1970 and then 1972 to 1980) as well as time with Detroit, Vancouver and New York. It was as a Bruin, though, that Doak got his name engraved on the Stanley Cup in 1970. In 789 regular-season games overall, he scored 23 goals and 107 assists. After he retired, he served as the Bruins assistant coach from 1981 to 1985 and coached at the University of Massachusetts-Boston for two years.

1951: Joe Mullen (full name Joseph Patrick Mullen) is born in New York City, New York. Though he played just one season in Boston, his story is so interesting. He grew up in Hell’s Kitchen playing roller hockey with a roll of electrical tape for a puck. For college he went to Boston College on a partial scholarship that converted to a full one when he showed his talents in his first year. He could’ve played for the 1980 Olympic team, but instead signed with St. Louis because his family needed the money that the contract could provide. He spent time in St. Louis, some standout seasons in Calgary (including one Cup win) and Pittsburgh (including two Cup wins) and spent 1995-96 in Boston as a free agent. He retired in 1997, briefly un-retired to play in the 1999 World Championships and then retired for good. Now he is an assistant coach in Philadelphia and is in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

1975: P.J. Axelsson (full name Anders Per-Johan Axelsson) is born in Kungalv, Sweden. A left winger drafted by the Bruins in 1995, he also played for hometown team Frolunda HC before the NHL, during the lockout year and is back with them currently. However, his time in Boston is legendary–when he left the team, he was the longest-tenured Bruin (1997-2009). He played almost 800 regular season games in Boston and scored nearly 300 points to show for it. Right now he serves as one of Frolunda’s alternate captains.

1981: The Bruins and Minnesota North Stars set an NHL record for penalty minutes in a single game. The total combined amount is 406 minutes: 195 for Boston, 211 for Minnesota. 406 minutes? That’s around seven hours. Boston’s Keith Crowder sets a team record for most penalty minutes in this game, earning four minors, a major, two misconducts and one game misconduct–43 minutes total. In the end, the Bruins win 5-1.

1981: Kevin Dallman (full name Kevin Jonathan Dallman) is born in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Dallman, a defenseman, went undrafted and signed with the Bruins in 2002, spending three seasons in Providence before stepping up to Boston in 2005-06. He played 21 games as a Bruin and was claimed off waivers by St. Louis. After time spent in Los Angeles, he went over to play in the Russian KHL to play for Barys Astana. He’s really gotten his second wind with the KHL–he now captains the Barys Astana team and has become a Kazakhstani citizen, which gives him the eligibility to play for them in international competition.

1987: Another game notable for its PIM (and for being played against a defunct team)–the Bruins and Quebec Nordiques notch 231 combined penalty minutes. Boston gets 129, Quebec 102. 167 of those minutes alone come from a bench-clearing fight at 8:42 of the second period. By the way, Boston wins it 6-2.

A year ago today: The Bruins defeat the Vancouver Canucks in their one game of the regular season, 3-1. Nathan Horton, Milan Lucic and Patrice Bergeron each score against the team that the Bruins would of course meet again a few months later–with a lot more on the line than just two points.

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