1963: The NHL holds its very first Amateur Draft, consisting only of 16-year-old players. Teams weren’t allowed to talk to the draftees about going pro until they turned 18, so this was a chance to get guys sponsored and on the path to the pros. There were six teams in the league at the time, so the draft was really small, but here are the first ever draft picks in Boston Bruins history.
Orest Romashyna (3rd overall): Born in West Germany, but raised in Canada, Romashyna never played an NHL game.
Terrance Lane (9th overall): Not much information is known about Lane.
Roger Bamburak (14th overall): Not much information is known about Bamburak.
Jim Blair (18th overall): Not much is known about Blair.
In fact, none of these draft picks ever suited up for Boston.
1980: Greg Zanon is born in Burnaby, British Columbia. Zanon was drafted by the Ottawa Senators in 2000 while he was playing college hockey at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, which he did for all four years. But the Senators never signed him, so after college, he played with the Milwaukee Admirals and eventually their parent club the Nashville Predators. It was there that he started gaining a reputation for blocking shots and blocking lots of them. That reputation followed him to the Minnesota Wild in 2009 on a three-year deal. For example, in 2010-11, he had 212 blocked shots. He became part of the Bruins in February 2012 in a trade that sent Steven Kampfer up to Minneapolis-St. Paul and kept up his blocking, fending off 32 shots in 17 games with Boston.
2011: The Bruins take a long plane ride home after Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. Once back in Massachusetts, they’re available for interviews to discuss how the series has gone so far.
Zdeno Chara talks about losing both games in a matter of seconds and trying to get out of the hole they’re in, plus how to get through long flights.
Milan Lucic discusses avoiding self-pity, team chemistry and not giving up 102 games into the season.
Nathan Horton also mentions the close-knit feel of the team and, in an eerie bit of foreshadowing, calls Game 3 a must-win.
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