Today in Boston Bruins History for June 20–
1977: Joe Corvo (full name Joseph Corvo) is born in Oak Park, Illinois. Originally drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in 1997, he played with the Kings and their AHL teams before he signed as a free agent with the Ottawa Senators in 2006. With the Senators, he broke a team record for points by a defenseman when he had a five-point night. Traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in 2008, he once again showed signs of offensive prowess when he scored a hat trick–against the Senators. A short stint with the Washington Capitals was followed by a return to Carolina, whereupon he was traded to the Boston Bruins in July 2011. But the team does not intend to re-sign him for 2012-13.
1992: The 1992 Entry Draft is held at the Forum in Montreal. Here is more information about each of the Bruins selections.
Dmitri Kvartalnov (16th overall): Kvartalnov made a big splash with the Bruins right away, scoring at least a point in each of his first 14 NHL games. He racked up 22 points in that span and that record stood until Evgeni Malkin broke it in 2007. But after two seasons with Boston, and 91 points, he went over to the European leagues–Italy, Austria, Germany, Finland–before resettling in Russia, the country where he’d started his hockey back before it was even called Russia. He retired in 2008 after a 25-year playing career.
Sergejs Zoltoks (55th overall): Zoltoks played 25 games over two seasons not long after his drafting, spent time in the minors and returned to the NHL with the Senators in 1996-97. He played for four different NHL teams before returning to his native Latvia in 2004 to keep playing, but a terrible thing happened during a game. He had cardiac arrhythmia and it flared up, so he left the game a few minutes early to go rest up, but he died of heart failure in the dressing room.
Scott Bailey (112th overall): Bailey spent much of his time minding the net with the Providence Bruins, though he did play 19 Boston games over two seasons. He also played for many ECHL teams, including the Birmingham Bulls, the team that would also later boast of Tim Thomas in net. Later he played in Finland and Britain before retiring and today he is focusing on religious studies.
Jiri Dopita (133rd overall): Though selected by the Bruins, Dopita never came to America at all while Boston held his rights. Instead, he played for German and Czech teams before re-entering the draft pool in 1998 and being chosen by the New York Islanders. He didn’t play with New York, though, and was traded to the Florida Panthers in 1999. Once again, he didn’t really seem interested in coming to America. A trade to the Philadelphia Flyers is what had him make the jump because the Flyers had convinced a teammate of Dopita’s to come over too. He did play with Philadelphia, but hurt his knee and played only 52 games. A trade to the Edmonton Oilers fizzled after one season and he went back to the Czech leagues, where he played as recently as 2010-11 and is a majority shareholder of one of the teams.
Grigorijs Pantelejevs (136th overall): Pantelejevs bounced between Boston and Providence, though he tended to play more and score more in Rhode Island and saw action in just one Boston game in 1994-95. The team released him after that season and he was picked up by the Islanders, though he didn’t play much with them and spent a lot of time in the minors with the old IHL. Then he went overseas to Europe, playing in Germany, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and Italy. He last played in 2007-08 and represented Latvia at the 2006 Olympics.
Kurt Seher (184th overall): Seher never played with Boston, though he did spend a three-year stint with Providence along with lots of time with the then-ECHL Charlotte Checkers–nearly ten years–before retiring in 2002-03.
Mattias Timander (208th overall): Though drafted in 1992, Timander played for a few more years in his native Sweden and came to America in 1996. He split his first season fairly evenly between Boston and Providence, a scheme that continued for the next two seasons after that. He did spend all of 1999-2000 in Boston. But then, with the Columbus Blue Jackets starting up, Timander was taken in the expansion draft to stock the team’s roster. Then he became part of the Islanders for 2002-03, sticking with them for two seasons as well, and one final NHL season with the Flyers that saw him fall one game short of a trip to the Stanley Cup Final. But after that, he went back home to Sweden and played with his old team for seven seasons. Most recently, he played for a different Swedish league team.
Chris Crombie (232nd overall): Crombie never spent time in a Bruins sweater, Boston or Providence. However, he did spend a lot of time in the British leagues and even coached a now-defunct team in the SPHL.
Denis Chervyakov (256th overall): Chervyakov played two games for the Bruins in 1992-93, which would end up being his only games in Boston, although not as a part of the organization. He spent four busy seasons with Providence and played about 50 games or more each year. But in 1996, he signed with the Islanders as a free agent and was assigned to their then-AHL team the Kentucky Thoroughblades. Maybe dissatisfied with that, he went over to Finland and played for three different teams there until a 1998 return to North America. But once again he was playing for minor league teams, so once again he went to Europe, this time to Sweden and Germany. One more American try landed him with the ECHL and he retired in 2001.
Eugene Pavlov (257th overall): Perhaps North America just wasn’t a good fit for Pavlov. After nine games with Providence, Pavlov returned to play in Russia until his retirement.
2008: The first day of the 2008 Entry Draft is held at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa. Drafted in the first round by the Bruins is Joe Colborne (16th overall). He played for the University of Denver for another year after his drafting and signed an entry-level deal with the Bruins after the university was eliminated from the NCAA tournament. He debuted with Providence in April 2010 and spent 2010-11 with the P-Bruins until he was traded in February 2011 to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Tomas Kaberle. This past season, he spent more time with the AHL Toronto Marlies than the parent club.
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