1977: The NHL holds the 1977 Amateur Draft at Montreal’s Mount Royal Hotel. Here are the Boston Bruins‘ selections.
Dwight Foster (16th overall): Foster played with the Bruins from 1977 to 1981, putting up more than 100 points at the time and playing a career-high 77 games in his last full season as a Bruin before a trade to the old Colorado Rockies. That stint didn’t last long, though he did follow the franchise as it relocated to become the New Jersey Devils. He landed in Detroit, spending four years there, but as his career started to wind down he returned to Boston via trade and hung up the skates in 1987.
Dave Parro (34th overall): Parro never appeared in a Bruins game, though he did spend time with Boston’s minor affiliate. However, when the Quebec Nordiques joined the NHL in 1979, they held an expansion draft to fill their roster and Parro was taken. Two days later, Quebec traded him to the Washington Capitals, where he was one of their goaltenders for four seasons. After his NHL time, he played a little in the IHL before retirement.
Mike Forbes (52nd overall): Forbes played 32 games for the Bruins, spending much of the season with the minors, and like Parro he was taken in the 1979 expansion draft, but by the Edmonton Oilers. He spent two seasons with the Oilers and then in the CHL and IHL before retiring.
Brian McGregor (70th overall):
Doug Butler (88th overall):
Keith Johnson (106th overall):
Ralph Cox (122nd overall):
Mario Claude (138th overall): Not much is known of these five players.
1978: Steve Bégin (full name Stéphan Bégin) is born in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. Drafted by the Calgary Flames in 1996, he played in Alberta until a 2003 trade to the Buffalo Sabres. But, before ever suiting up for Buffalo, he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens, where the fans loved him for his work ethic and play style. He was traded to Dallas in February 2009, but then signed with the Bruins for a year that July. As a Bruin he put up 14 points in 77 regular season games and a point in 13 games that playoff season. He spent much of the following season as part of the Nashville Predators, but conditioning with their AHL team in Milwaukee. September 2011 saw him try out with Vancouver, but he was released.
2011: For one more time this season, the Bruins make the long flight to Vancouver and practice the day before the decisive Game 7. They receive one more fan send-off, too. Conan O’Brien mentions his hometown team on his show Conan and, when Andy Richter questions his love for the team, O’Brien is able to rattle off not only the names of some of the team stars, but also some of the folks in the front office. Well, until he flubs one of them…Click here for the video.
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