Today in Boston Bruins History: April 16

1925: Don Gallinger (full name Donald Calvin Gallinger) was born in Port Colborne, Ontario. He made his NHL debut at age 17 with the Boston Bruins during a time when the team was depleted by World War II and the team was accepting younger talent. Together with Bill Shill and Bep Guidolin, they were the Sprout Line. Gallinger himself, though, missed much of 1943-44 and 1944-45 by serving in the military. Discharged in 1945, he returned to the Bruins. He was offered tryouts with the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies, but didn’t take a baseball job because there wasn’t enough money in it. Gallinger had a problem with money, though–he frequently bet on the outcome of his own games. His betting was revealed in 1948 after a wiretapping investigation into the Detroit-based gambler who taught him and another teammate how to gamble. He received a lifetime ban from the NHL. Fifteen years later, an attempt to have the ban reversed was at first unsuccessful, but finally in 1970 the ban was lifted. Gallinger never got back into the NHL, but his son said that the reversal gave his dad peace of mind. Gallinger died in 2000.

1939: The Bruins capture the second Stanley Cup in team history by defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs. This is Cooney Weiland’s final game.

A year ago today: The Bruins lose 3-1 to the Montreal Canadiens. Patrice Bergeron has the lone goal for the home team.

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