1966: Doug Houda is born in Blairmore, Alberta. Though Houda serves as assistant coach of the Boston Bruins today, he didn’t ever play for the Bruins. He did, however, play for the Detroit Red Wings, Hartford Whalers, Los Angeles Kings, Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders and Anaheim Ducks–he was a bit of a journeyman–before retiring in 2003 and immediately going into coaching. He became part of the Bruins in 2006.
1975: The NHL holds the 1975 Amateur Draft at the league offices in Montreal. Here’s a list of the Bruins who were drafted and some information about each of them.
Doug Halward (14th overall): Halward played for three seasons in Boston, followed by time in Los Angeles, Vancouver, Detroit and Edmonton. All told, he played 663 NHL games before he retired.
Barry Smith (32nd overall): Smith debuted in the NHL with Boston, although he tended to spend time in the minors. He also played for two years with the Colorado Rockies and coached the ECHL Knoxville Cherokees for a time after retiring. In 1975, he was also drafted by the WHA Edmonton Oilers, but he didn’t play any WHA games.
Rick Adduono (60th overall): Like Smith, Adduono debuted with Boston but also spent time in the minors. He too was selected by a WHA team in 1975, San Diego, and in 1978-79, he spent a season with the WHA Birmingham Bulls. Then he jumped back to the NHL for a year with the Atlanta Flames and spent the rest of his career bouncing around various minor teams.
Denis Daigle (68th overall): Not much information is known about Daigle.
Stan Jonathan (86th overall): Jonathan spent seven full seasons and part of an eighth with the Bruins. He was also drafted by the WHA, but never played there. In 1977-78, he put together a 52-point season that had fans selecting him as the Seventh Player Award winner, awarded to the Bruin who exceeds expectations. He was also known for his pugilistic ability, which must only have served him well among fans of the Big Bad Bruins. After a short stint in Pittsburgh and a little more time in the minors, Jonathan retired.
Matti Hagman (104th overall): Hagman has the distinction of being the first Finnish-born and trained player to play in the NHL as well as the first to appear in a Stanley Cup Final. He played with Boston for two seasons after being drafted, had a time with the Quebec Nordiques, briefly returned home to Finland, represented his home country in the 1976 Olympics and joined Edmonton as they moved from WHA to NHL. An injury ended his playing career, but then he went into coaching Finnish and Swiss teams. His son is Niklas Hagman.
Gary Carr (122nd overall): Carr may be more well-known for what he did after hanging up the skates. He spent his playing time with the farm teams of the Bruins and Nordiques, but in 1990 he was elected to the Ontario provincial legislature. In 1999 he was selected as speaker of the legislature and continued to serve until 2003, when he felt alienated by the direction his party had taken and decided not to stand for another election. He went over to Britain and coached the London Racers for a time after leaving politics. But then he returned to the legislative arena in 2004, though he was defeated in 2006. Today he is the Regional Chair of Halton, which sounds like a mayoral position to me.
Bo Berglund (140th overall): Two years prior, Berglund had been drafted by the WHA Nordiques, but he spent much of the 1970s playing in his home country of Sweden before coming to North America. By that time, the Nordiques were in the NHL, but they welcomed him in for 1983 and 1984. He also played for the Minnesota North Stars and Philadelphia Flyers, then returned to Sweden to close out his playing career. He did color commentary for Swedish TV and is a scout for the Buffalo Sabres.
Joe Rando (156th overall): Not much information is known about Rando.
Kevin Nugent (171st overall): Nugent ended up playing just one professional season, with the WHA Indianapolis Racers, although he did have a pretty storied high school and college career. In high school, he captained Edina, Minnesota’s team to the state championship for the first time ever–when he was 14. Also at Notre Dame, he played all four years and scored 129 total points.
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