1948: Ace Bailey (full name Garnet Edward Bailey) was born in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan. Drafted by the Boston Bruins in 1966, he joined the Bruins in 1968 and was a part of both the 1970 and 1972 Stanley Cup champion teams. He also played for the Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals as well as the Edmonton Oilers when they were still in the WHA. (While there, he found this rookie named Wayne Gretzky and took him under his wing.) After retirement, he coached for a while, did scouting for the Oilers, won five Stanley Cup rings during that time and had his name engraved on the Cup in three of those five times. He was still in scouting, this time for the Los Angeles Kings, in September 2001–but he was on United flight 175, which crashed into the World Trade Center on 9/11. The Kings named their lion mascot Bailey in his memory, he’s mentioned in a Dropkick Murphys song and Denis Leary wore Bailey memorial shirts on two episodes of Rescue Me.
1968: The NHL has its Amateur Draft at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal. The Bruins make just three selections and further information is only known about one:
Danny Schock (12th overall): Schock played just 20 NHL games over the course of his career, but one of those games had perhaps the utmost importance–it was a Bruins game, it was the playoffs and it was 1970. In the end, that was enough for him to be part of a Stanley Cup champion team. After the Bruins, he was with the Philadelphia Flyers and their minor affiliates, plus a few teams from the defunct Southern Hockey League, before retirement.
Fraser Rice (18th overall):
Brian St. John (24th overall): No further information known.
1987: The Entry Draft is held at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena, the first draft to be held outside of Canada. Here are the Bruins’ selections:
Glen Wesley (3rd overall): Wesley spent seven seasons with Boston starting in 1987, putting up at least 33 points in each of his campaigns as a defenseman. Also during his time with Boston, he reached the Stanley Cup Final twice, though both times were not victorious. Wesley went to Hartford as part of a deal that gave the Bruins all three of the Whalers’ next first round draft picks (1995, 1996, 1997). He continued to produce well and followed the team as it relocated to North Carolina to become the Hurricanes. 2002 saw him reach the Final a third time–again, not victorious. A 2003 trade to Toronto was meant only for him to try and win the Cup with the Maple Leafs (which obviously didn’t happen) and he returned to Carolina after that season. Finally in 2006, he won the Cup with Carolina, ending a very long streak for an active player to go without a Cup win. After two more years as a Hurricane, he retired in 2008, closing out a 20-year NHL career. Today he is the Hurricanes’ director of defenseman development.
Stephane Quintal (14th overall): Quintal spent four years with the team that drafted him (1988 to 1992), though unlike fellow d-man Wesley, he didn’t produce as much in his stints with Boston. He also played in St. Louis, Winnipeg, Montreal and New York, including being the one Canadiens player to not miss a single game in 1998-99. After retiring in 2005, today he works in the NHL disciplinary office, presumably working under or answering to fellow 1987 draft pick Brendan Shanahan.
Darwin McPherson (67th overall):
Matt DelGuidice (77th overall): DelGuidice minded the net for 11 Bruins games over the course of two seasons, spending much of his time in the AHL, ECHL and IHL before retiring in 1999. Today he’s part of an industrial auction company in Chicago.
Ted Donato (98th overall): Donato spent eight seasons with Boston, generally putting up more than 30 points per campaign, before he started bouncing all over the country–New York and Ottawa here, Anaheim and Dallas there, New York again, Los Angeles, St. Louis, New York once more and then back to Boston. During the course of his career, perhaps during his time in LA, he appeared on The Price is Right, making him the first NHL player to hang out with Bob Barker. Today he is the head coach of Harvard’s hockey team.
Matt Glenn (119th overall): Glennon was born in Hull, Mass., so he was basically drafted by his hometown team. Like DelGuidice, though, he found more play time and success in the minors than the NHL. He retired in 1994 after a season playing in Germany.
Rob Cheevers (140th overall): Not much is known of Cheevers.
Chris Winnes (161st overall): Though Winnes’ NHL appearances were few–29 games as a Bruin and four as a member of the Flyers–he had quite a long career playing for various teams in the minors and even a stint played in Italy. But when his career was winding down, he returned to the Providence Bruins to close it out in 2001-02.
Paul Ohman (182nd overall):
Casey Jones (203rd overall):
Eric LeMarque (224th overall):
Sean Gorman (245th overall): These four late-round draft picks do not have much information known about them.
2011: The Bruins beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. It is perhaps safe to say that the Bruins officially deflated Roberto Luongo’s tires with this game as he was chased out of the net after allowing three goals (from Brad Marchand, Milan Lucic and Andrew Ference) in a little over three minutes. A Final record is created (four goals in a span of four minutes and 14 seconds) when Michael Ryder scores not too long after the goalie change for Vancouver. David Krejci adds a third period power play goal to strengthen the margin of victory. The trend of the home team winning each game in this series continues, but with no more home games left, the Bruins absolutely have to win it in British Columbia.
Check out the highlights here.
Not included in that reel is a nice moment where much of TD Garden sings along with Rene Rancourt as he performs The Star-Spangled Banner. Win or lose, this was going to be the last game of the season in the Garden, so might as well have a good time.
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