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Today in Boston Bruins History: May 15

1964: Dave Reid (full name David William Reid) is born in Etobicoke, Ontario. Reid was drafted by the Boston Bruins in 1982, spending one more year with the junior Peterborough Petes club before going to the NHL. He then spent much of the ’80s bouncing around between Boston and their minor-league clubs. In 1988 he went to the Toronto Maple Leafs as a free agent, but after three seasons in Toronto, he returned to Boston for five more years before heading to the Dallas Stars. While in Dallas, he was part of the 1999 Stanley Cup Champion team. Two years later, he added another Cup ring to his collection with the Colorado Avalanche before retiring. These days he dabbles in analyst roles and is the general manager of the Petes.

1970: Wes Walz (full name Wesley Walz) is born in Calgary, Alberta. Drafted by the Bruins in 1989, he spent two years with the Bruins before going off to the Philadelphia Flyers. After that, even as part of the Calgary Flames and Detroit Red Wings organizations, he spent much of his time in the minors, never really cracking the NHL so much. In 1996 he quit the NHL altogether for Switzerland’s hockey league. But when the Minnesota Wild were setting up shop at the end of the ’90s, he returned to America and got in with them for their inaugural season. It was with the Wild that he had a career resurgence and he stayed with them until he retired in 2007. After retiring, he took a job as assistant coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning, mentoring Steven Stamkos, and though he was offered the gig as head coach of the Norfolk Admirals, he declined for family reasons.

1990: Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Bruins and Edmonton Oilers goes to triple overtime. Finally, near the end of the third extra period, the Oilers score to end it, but at 115 minutes, this is the longest game in Final history and among the longest games in Boston Bruins history too.