Today in Boston Bruins History: June 11
1964: The NHL holds the second annual Amateur Draft at Montreal’s Queen Elizabeth Hotel. It’s not a big draft and less than ten of the total draftees play in the NHL, but the Boston Bruins do make one really interesting selection.
Alec Campbell (2nd overall): Not much is know about this particular Alec Campbell.
Jim Booth (8th overall): Not much is know about Booth.
Ken Dryden (14th overall): Yes, that Ken Dryden. Dryden told his new team, though, that he wanted to finish college first and earn his degree. That same day, they traded his rights to the Montreal Canadiens. After Dryden graduated, he started making waves in Montreal right away, becoming the hot goaltending hand the team rode all the way to the 1971 Stanley Cup (sandwiched between two Bruins Stanley Cup wins). He was part of five other Cup-winning teams during the era of the Habs dynasty, but also got his law degree from McGill University. He’s also written six books, did commentary for three Olympics including 1980, was president of the Toronto Maple Leafs until a big management shakeup and was elected to Canada’s parliament in 2004, serving until 2011. But even though he’s a Habs legend, for just a little while there, he was a Bruin.
Blair Alister (20th overall): Not much is known about Alister.
1970: The 1970 Amateur Draft is at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel. The Bruins get three picks in the first round, though the Buffalo Sabres get the first pick by way of a roulette wheel (seriously).
Reggie Leach (3rd overall): Leach played for two seasons, 1970-71 and 1971-72, with the Bruins, but he was traded to the California Golden Seals in that second year, so he wasn’t counted as part of the 1972 Stanley Cup champion team. He spent three years with the Golden Seals but may be best known for his time with the Philadelphia Flyers. In his second season in Philadelphia, he put up 61 goals–winning the Rocket Richard Trophy–and won the Conn Smythe Trophy even though the Flyers lost in the Final that year. That’s because he set a record for goals in a single playoff season at 19. He remains the only forward to win the Conn Smythe while playing on the losing team. He retired in 1983 after a season spent with Detroit. His name is mentioned in an episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia as an answer to a radio trivia question. (The episode is called Mac’s Big Break and it is hilarious.)
Rick MacLeish (4th overall): MacLeish ended up never playing a game for Boston before he was part of a big three-way trade that sent him to Philadelphia. Initially struggling, he became the first Flyer ever to score 50 goals in a season in 1972-73, adding 50 assists for 100 points on the season–just one point behind Bobby Orr. He was on both of the Flyers’ Stanley Cup back-to-back teams, including the last Cup to ever be raised by a team that was 100 percent Canadian-born. He stayed with the Flyers until 1981, when he became part of the Hartford Whalers and, later that same season, the cross-state Flyer rivals the Pittsburgh Penguins. But then he returned to Philadelphia in 1983, spent a season with Detroit and retired.
Bob Stewart (13th overall): In eight games with the Bruins, Stewart scored no points. So, in 1971-72, he was traded to the Golden Seals, where he remained for five years and did find a certain scoring touch. He was also part of the Cleveland Barons, St. Louis Blues and the Penguins before retiring, but he has a rather ignominious distinction: his career plus/minus rating, -260, is the lowest total in league history.
Dan Bouchard (27th overall): Bouchard never minded the net in a single Bruins game, though he did spend time with Boston’s minor team. However, he wasn’t part of the Bruins’ protected list when the 1972 Expansion Draft rolled around and it was time to stock the roster of the new Atlanta Flames, so he became that team’s goaltender and made his NHL debut in 1972. He remained with the Flames after their relocation to Calgary, but midway through 1980-81, he was traded to the Quebec Nordiques and remained there until 1985, when he was part of the old Winnipeg Jets. He left the NHL after the playoffs that year and tried to play in the Swiss leagues until a knee injury forced him into retirement. Today he lives in Atlanta and coaches the hockey team at Life University, located just north of the city.
Ray Brownlee (41st overall): Not much is known about Brownlee.
Gord Davies (55th overall): Not much is known about Davies.
Bob Roselle (69th overall): Roselle appears to have played just one game in his entire pro hockey career–with the World Hockey Association’s Indianapolis Racers.
Murray Wing (83rd overall): Like Roselle, Wing’s career apparently lasted just one game, though his single stint was with the Red Wings.
Glenn Siddall (96th overall): Not much is known about Siddall.
1980: For the first time, an NHL draft is held at an arena, the Montreal Forum, instead of at a hotel. Fun fact: Andy Brickley is drafted last overall, 210th by Philadelphia, in this draft class.
Barry Pederson (18th overall): Pederson had a big rookie season with the Bruins, finishing second in Calder Trophy voting after setting club records for goals and points by a rookie, including one game in which he scored seven points. He just got better from there, continuing to string together high-scoring seasons and playing in the All-Star Game twice, until a benign tumor was discovered in his shoulder. It required surgeries that necessitated the removal of some of his shoulder muscle. Once he returned from healing after the surgery, he had lost some of his touch and so he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Cam Neely. However, Pederson regained his form in British Columbia, often leading the team in assists, until he slumped back into injury-related absences and was dealt to Pittsburgh. Though he still struggled there, he was part of the 1991 Stanley Cup team. After a short Hartford stopover, he returned to Boston and retired where he started. Now he is on the NESN broadcasting team.
Tom Fergus (60th overall): Fergus cracked the Bruins lineup in 1981-82 and had a 39-point rookie campaign, becoming a good second line center behind first liner Pederson. He actually stepped up to the top line during times when Pederson was injured, setting career highs for goals and points, plus representing America at the 1985 World Championship. But when Pederson came back, suddenly the club was awash in scoring centers, so Fergus was traded to the Maple Leafs. There he set new highs and continued to do well–that is, until a viral infection really put a dent in his 1986-87 season. He returned to good form in 1988-89, but then a groin injury kept him out of play for quite a while and his poor rebounding start sent him to Vancouver. But, once again, he proved to have that touch: 34 points in 44 games. He retired in 1995 after two seasons playing in Switzerland and is a big part of the Maple Leafs alumni club today.
Steve Kasper (81st overall): Kasper won the Selke Trophy in 1982 as part of the Bruins during his second NHL season. He remained in Boston for much of the 1980s, including the 1988 playoff run, and except for two shortened seasons he usually put together at least 40 points per campaign. However, he was traded to Los Angeles in 1988-89, where he spent three seasons followed by two short seasons with Philadelphia and one last hurrah with the then-new Tampa Bay Lightning before retiring. He came back to Boston, this time to go behind the bench as assistant and then head coach. But in his second season as head coach, 1996-97, the Bruins did quite badly, putting together the worst record in the league and missing the playoffs for the first time in 30 years, so Kasper was fired. Today he is a scout for Toronto.
Randy Hillier (102nd overall): Hillier played for the Bruins for three seasons, but is probably better known for his seven as part of the Penguins, including his part in the 1991 Stanley Cup championship. Upon his retirement, like Kasper he returned to Pittsburgh as an assistant coach for two separate tenures. Now he works for a Pittsburgh investment firm.
Steve Lyons (123rd overall):
Tony McMurchy (144th overall): Not much is known of either Lyons or McMurchy.
Mike Moffat (165th overall): Moffat minded the net as a Bruins backup goalie for three seasons, though he played more in the minors. His biggest glory came in the World U20 Championship, when he backstopped Canada to the gold medal and won Best Goaltender honors. Today he plays in an over-40 charity league.
Michael Thelven (186th overall): Thelven strung together four seasons of at least 20 points each for the Bruins–as a defenseman–until a much much shorter 1989-90 campaign and his retirement from hockey.
Jens Ohling (207th overall): Ohling never played in the NHL, preferring instead to ply his trade in the leagues of his native Sweden.
1988: The NHL draft is at the Forum again. Mark Recchi is drafted by the Penguins in this class, but here are the Bruins picks:
Robert Cimetta (18th overall): Cimetta split his NHL play career almost evenly between the Bruins and Maple Leafs: 54 in Boston, 49 in Toronto. There was also a lot of time spent with either team’s minor level team. But in 1994, Cimetta headed to Germany and played until 2000 in the German leagues. A year later, he was in the Morgan Stanley office on the 61st floor of the World Trade Center’s South Tower on 9/11, but he escaped the tower before it collapsed.
Steve Heinze (60th overall): Heinze played for three seasons at Boston College and represented America at the 1992 Olympics before going pro. He spent nearly a decade with the Bruins, during which time he was not allowed to wear the number he wanted to wear, #57 (think about it). Even though he had to wear #23 instead, he still put up respectable point totals, at least 20 per campaign except in his first year. He joined the Columbus Blue Jackets for their first season–and his new club let him wear the number he wanted. He also played for Buffalo and Los Angeles before retiring.
Joe Juneau (81st overall): Juneau was notable even before his drafting because, as a student at Rensselaer Polytechnic, he played hockey, had a 4.0 GPA and earned his aeronautical engineering degree in three years–even though he could barely speak English when he first arrived at the school. He played for Canada in 1992 and disputed the contract Boston offered because he wanted full salary even if he played in the minors. That ended up being unnecessary, though: Juneau never spent a day in the minors. He was traded to Washington in 1993-94 and reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 1998 and 1999 (with Washington and then Buffalo) before going to the Ottawa Senators, Phoenix Coyotes and the Canadiens. Like Heinze, he had an interesting number dilemma: as a Bruin, he wore #49, not knowing that a different Joe Juneau had founded the city by his name in Alaska–the 49th state in the union. He generally wore #90 elsewhere. These days, he leads a hockey program in far northern Quebec for Inuit children.
Daniel Murphy (102nd overall):
Derek Geary (123rd overall):
Mark Krys (165th overall): Not much is known of these three players.
Jon Rohloff (186th overall): Rohloff played for three seasons with the Bruins and scored 32 points in 150 games. He spent more time with the Providence Bruins and various IHL teams before retiring.
Eric Reisman (228th overall):
Doug Jones (249th overall): Not much is known about these two players.
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