Today in Boston Bruins History: June 21

By Emma Harger

Boston Bruins history for June 21–

1986: The 1986 NHL Entry Draft is held at the Montreal Forum. Here are the Bruins’ selections.

Craig Janney (13th overall): Janney joined the Bruins for 1987-88 after two years with Boston College. Over five seasons with Boston, he was pretty much a point-per-game kind of guy–take his 77-game, 92-point campaign in 1990-91, for example. He also played for America in the 1988 Olympics. Traded to St. Louis in 1992 for Adam Oates, Janney continued to do well. While in Missouri, he played with Brendan Shanahan, but there was some off-ice awkwardness because Janney’s ex-wife Catherine had remarried–to Shanahan. This led to Shanahan’s trade to Hartford. Janney went on to play in San Jose, Winnipeg, Phoenix (following Winnipeg’s relocation), Tampa Bay and New York (Islanders). He probably would’ve kept playing, but blood clotting problems forced his early retirement. He was given a “softest hands in hockey” award by the NHL Alumni Board, coached a now-defunct CHL team and appears on NESN for Hockey East (the conference that includes Boston College) coverage.

Pekka Tirkkonen (34th overall): Tirkkonen ended up never playing a game for the Bruins system. Instead he remained in Europe, playing for teams in his native Finland as well as Germany, Sweden and Denmark. His last play season was 2007-08.

Dean Hall (76th overall): Hall also never played a single game for the NHL or AHL Bruins, but he did play for the ECHL and other minor league teams until 1995-96.

Matt Pesklewis (97th overall): Pesklewis spent three years playing with the Terriers at Boston University, but never suited up for the Bruins.

Garth Premak (118th overall): Premak didn’t ever play for the Bruins, although he did find success playing with a Nottingham-based team in the British leagues.

Paul Beraldo (139th overall): Beraldo played in 10 games for the Boston Bruins over two seasons, spending much more time with the Providence Bruins. In1990, though, he decided to jump over to Europe instead and try his luck there. For a decade, he played in Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Britain.

Brian Ferreira (160th overall): Ferreira played for four years at Rensselaer Polytechnic before coming into the Bruins organization, but he never rose past AHL level. He last played in 1994-95.

Jeff Flaherty (181st overall): Flaherty also played four years of college hockey, with the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, but that was it for him.

Greg Hawgood (202nd overall): After a junior career with the Kamloops Blazers so good that the team retired his number, Hawgood jumped to the Bruins. He spent two full seasons with Boston and put up 88 points total before a 1990 trade to the Edmonton Oilers for Vladimir Ruzicka. In the Oilers system, he tended to play more for their AHL team than in the big show. He went to Philadelphia via trade in 1993, but he didn’t stay in Pennsylvania for an entire calendar year before a trade to Florida and time spent in Pittsburgh. Later he also played for San Jose, Vancouver and Dallas, plus AHL teams and Finnish teams. After his retirement, he went back to Kamloops for coaching roles.

Steffan Malmquist (223rd overall): The only games of note on Malmquist’s record are two games in Sweden.

Joel Gardner (244th overall): Gardner didn’t make it to the Bruins, though he did enjoy a long career in the minors all the way until 2006-07.

1997: The 1997 NHL Entry Draft is held in the old Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh. Two notable current Bruins are drafted by different teams in this class: Andrew Ference is taken by the Pittsburgh Penguins and Shawn Thornton is selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs. But here are the players that the Bruins select. Note that the Bruins have the first and last picks.

Joe Thornton (1st overall): Thornton joined the Bruins for 1997-98 and rose through the ranks to become team captain in 2002-03 after a year in which the Bruins had no C at all. As captain, he put together a 100-point season, but then his production started to decline. Still, he came back to the Bruins for 2005-06 even though he was set to try free agency, though he didn’t last the entire season before he was sent to the San Jose Sharks, the team he captains to this day. The Thornton trade is part of what many consider a turnaround for the Bruins’ fortunes–they were not doing very well in the standings when he went to California–that culminated in the 2011 Stanley Cup win.

Sergei Samsonov (8th overall): Samsonov won the Calder Trophy in his first year with the Bruins, the first of eight years spent with Boston, a stint studded with impressive seasons. But in 2006, he went to the Edmonton Oilers in part of a trade that would also eventually lead to Milan Lucic’s drafting, and played in the Stanley Cup Final. Samsonov has also played in Montreal, Chicago, Carolina and Florida. He’s currently an unrestricted free agent.

Ben Clymer (27th overall): Clymer never played for the Bruins. In fact, his NHL debut came with the 1999-2000 Tampa Bay Lightning and he was still on the team when they won the Stanley Cup. He also played for Washington and then went to Europe to play for the KHL and in Switzerland. A knee injury forced him into retirement last summer.

Mattias Karlin (54th overall): Karlin spent two seasons with the Providence Bruins after four years playing in his native Sweden.

Lee Goren (63rd overall): Goren played for three years with the NHL and AHL Bruins, plus the Florida and Vancouver organizations, before starting the second act of his career in Europe, where he played with Swedish, Swiss and Finnish teams. He  still plays today in Sweden.

Karol Bartanus (81st overall): Bartanus never played for the Bruins, instead playing in the minors and then for teams in Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Germany until 2008-09.

Denis Timofeyev (135th overall): 16 games with Providence represented the extent of Timofeyev’s time with the Bruins. He also played for ECHL teams, including the comically-named Greenville Grrrowl, and spent his final play season in his native Russia.

Joel Trottier (162nd overall): Much like Timofeyev, Trottier never made it to the NHL, and he too played for the Grrrowl as well as other ECHL teams, a team in the Netherlands and a final season with a senior league in Quebec known for its physicality.

Jim Baxter (180th overall): Baxter never played for the Bruins and was re-drafted by the Hurricanes in 1999, although he didn’t play for them either and spent his career with ECHL-level teams, Germany and an Ontario senior league/

Antti Laaksonen (191st overall): Laaksonen played for four years with the University of Denver and joined the Bruins system for three years, including 38 Boston games, but he wanted more and so he went to the Minnesota Wild for their inaugural year. In four seasons with Minnesota, he played three 82-game years. He also had a career-high season with the Colorado Avalanche, but suffered a sophomore slump that sent him to the AHL. A year of play in Switzerland followed by two more in Finland and then retirement to Minnesota.

Eric van Acker (218th overall): Like Trottier, van Acker too played with the Grrrowl and the LNAH following four games with the P-Bruins, playing until 2007-08.

Jay Henderson (246th overall): Though drafted last in 1997, he did see play with the Boston Bruins: 33 games over three seasons. He did spend most of those seasons with Providence, though, and that was the extent of his NHL experience. After that, he spent time with the AHL and then hopped to Europe–Germany and Austria–before a brief return to North American play and then one last season with the British leagues.

2003: The first day of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft is in Nashville. This draft class is considered one of the best because of the quality of players selected in the first and subsequent rounds. The Bruins’ first-rounder is Mark Stuart, drafted 21st. Stuart played with the Bruins from 2005 to 2011, putting up 40 points in that time–although he did have to miss some play time and rehab an injured knee in 2006. He was an alternate captain for Team USA at the 2008 World Championship, too. In 2011 he was traded to Atlanta and followed the team to Winnipeg, where he is now an alternate captain. Plus, he captained the American team at the 2011 World Championship.

2008: The second day of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft happens in Ottawa. Here are the Bruins’ selections in rounds two through seven.

Maxime Sauve (47th overall): Sauve was already halfway through his junior career when he was drafted, but he continued to play for the QMJHL for two more seasons before joining the Providence Bruins. He played most of the 2010-11 season and much of the 2011-12 season in Rhode Island, though he did make his NHL debut in March 2012.

Michael Hutchinson (77th overall): Since his drafting, Hutchinson has spent time minding the net in Providence and for the ECHL Reading Royals. But when Tuukka Rask was injured in March 2012, and Providence primary goalie Anton Khudobin was hurt too, Hutchinson was briefly called up to serve as backup goalie until the Bruins brought in Marty Turco. Hutchinson never saw game action, but he was called up the day after turning 22.

Jamie Arniel (97th overall): Like Sauve and Hutchinson, Arniel plies his trade in the minors. He appeared in almost all of the Providence games for 2010-11 and 2011-12, plus one game for the Bruins in November 2010. He was given a Stanley Cup ring and a space in the team photo, but he didn’t meet play requirements, so his name isn’t on the Cup.

Nicholas Tremblay (173rd overall): Not much is known of Tremblay.

Mark Goggin (197th overall): Goggin hasn’t played a game in the Bruins system yet. He is currently playing at Dartmouth College.


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