Today in Boston Bruins History: March 6
1900: George Redding was born in Peterborough, Ontario. He was normally a defenseman, but during one game against the old Toronto St. Pats in the Bruins’ inaugural season, the regular goalie Norman Fowler had already allowed nine goals and got injured, so it was time to make a change. Redding decided to put on the pads and get between the pipes. He received a round of applause when he stopped his first shot and ended up allowing only one goal in ten minutes of play. (This happened recently to the junior-level Erie Otters team when their goalie got hurt and they had no backup. A center played instead. The Otters lost 13-4, but everyone clapped for Connor Crisp and he was named first star of the game.) This was his only time playing netminder. He played two seasons total for Boston. He died in 1974.
1923: Bill Shill (full name William Shill) was born in Toronto, Ontario. A right-winger, he played the entirety of his three-year career with the Bruins in the 1940s, though he took two years to go serve in the military. He scored 34 points total over his three years. He died in 1998.
1934: Ace Bailey, of the Toronto Maple Leafs, returns to Boston for the first time since he suffered a career-ending fractured skull during a game on Dec. 12, 1933. He drops the puck before this game. The second-largest crowd of the season gives him a standing ovation when Eddie Shore, who fractured his skull, went over to Bailey before the game and shook hands. (Fun fact: The first All-Star Game was held a month previously in Toronto as a fundraiser for Bailey and his family.)
2000: Ray Bourque is traded to the Colorado Avalanche. This ends his 21-year tenure as a Bruin, which was the longest single-team tenure of anyone in the four major sports leagues.
2003: Marty McInnis registers a hat trick in a 4-1 win over the New York Islanders.
A year ago today: Was a quiet day between games for the Bruins.
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