Today in Boston Bruins History: June 12
1912: Bill Cowley (full name William Mailes Cowley) was born in Bristol, Quebec. He began his career with the St. Louis Eagles in 1934. But after one year there, the team folded and Cowley was taken by the Boston Bruins in the dispersal draft that followed. With Boston, he led the league in assists three times and was on two Stanley Cup champion teams. He stuck around as the Bruins went through World War II-related turmoil but struggled with injury, though when he retired in 1947, he was the league’s all-time leading point scorer. (In fact, his 1.97 points per game season in 1944 was so good it has only ever been surpassed by Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky.) Following his retirement, he coached in Ottawa and Vancouver, owned two hotels and was part-owner and founder of the Ottawa 67s junior team. In 1968, he was the only player inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame. He died in 1993.
1969: The NHL holds the Amateur Draft at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal. It’s the first draft to be held after the league ended its direct sponsorship of junior hockey. Here are the Bruins’ selections:
Don Tannahill (3rd overall): Tannahill never cracked the Bruins lineup, though he did play with the old AHL Boston Braves. However, he did play for two years with the Vancouver Canucks and then went to the World Hockey Association, where he spent three full years with the Minnesota Fighting Saints and Calgary Cowboys. He retired in 1977-78.
Frank Spring (4th overall): Spring played just one game as a Boston Bruin in the 1969-70 season. Though he did go on to play for three other NHL teams and a WHA team, he spent most of his time with the minor affiliates of the teams. He too retired in 1977-78.
Ivan Boldirev (11th overall): Boldirev saw his first game action in Boston merely as an extra player in the 1970 playoffs, but managed to get his name engraved on the Stanley Cup somehow despite not meeting the play requirements. He did play some games over the next two years, though he blossomed after a trade to the California Golden Seals. It was with the Chicago Black Hawks that he had his best seasons. During his career, he also played in Atlanta, Vancouver and Detroit, eventually hitting the 1,000 game notch before his 1985 retirement.
Art Quoquochi (22nd overall):
Nels Jacobson (34th overall):
Ron Fairbrother (46th overall):
Jeremy Wright (58th overall): Not much is known of these four players.
Jim Jones (69th overall): Though drafted by the Bruins, Jones never played in Boston. As part of the Golden Seals, though, he spent time mostly with their network of minor league clubs and with other now-defunct leagues until he retired in 1976.
2011: At a press conference, Tim Thomas utters the famous line in reference to Roberto Luongo’s earlier claim that Thomas never says anything nice about him whereas he had been pumping Thomas’ tires since the series began.
“I guess I didn’t realize it was my job to pump his tires (laughter). I guess I have to apologize for that.”
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