Boston Bruins history for June 23:
1922: Hal Laycoe (full name Harold Richardson Laycoe) was born in Sutherland, Saskatchewan. He started out with the New York Rangers, played for the Montreal Canadiens and then came to the Bruins in 1951. He played a career-high 70 games with the Bruins in 1951-52 and once got in a fight with Maurice Richard that led to an actual riot in Quebec when Richard was suspended for the rest of the season. But after Laycoe’s play career, he did a lot of coaching, first for minor teams, then for Los Angeles and Vancouver in its first few years of existence. He died in 1998.
1971: Felix Potvin is born in Anjou, Quebec. Potvin is much better known for his time with the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Los Angeles Kings, though he did play for a time with Vancouver, but the last team he played for was the Bruins. He spent 2003-04 as the backup to Andrew Raycroft, putting up a 12-8-6 record with four shutouts, a 2.50 goals against average and .903 save percentage. After the lockout, Atlanta was in talks to take him, but he didn’t have the proper equipment for the new standards and he didn’t like the two-way contract being offered, so the Bruins are officially the last NHL team Potvin played for. Today he assistant coaches a kids team in Quebec.
2001: The NHL Entry Draft’s first day is at the BankAtlantic Center (called the National Car Rental Center at the time) in Sunrise, Fla. Ilya Kovalchuk goes first overall to Atlanta, but on this first day, the Bruins select Shaone Morrisonn with the 19th pick. With the Bruins, Morrisonn bounced between Boston and Providence for two seasons, going from mostly Providence in his first season to mostly Boston in the next. However, in 2004 he was traded to the Washington Capitals for Sergei Gonchar. He cracked the Caps lineup steadily and, speaking of cracked, he played the entire 2008 playoffs with a broken jaw and separated shoulder! In 2010 he became part of the Buffalo Sabres, was sent to the AHL Rochester Americans for 2011-12 and has signed with HC Spartak Moscow of the KHL.
2002: Day two of the 2002 draft is in Toronto. Here are the Bruins’ selections:
Vladislav Evseev (56th overall): Evseev never played in America. Instead, he stayed in Russia, playing for teams that are now part of the KHL before the KHL was established. He now plays for Vityaz Chekov in the KHL.
Jan Kubista (130th overall): Kubista, like Evseev, didn’t play in America. He stayed in the Czech Republic and played for two years in the early 2000s.
Peter Hamerlik (153rd overall): Hamerlik, a goalie, played for the Providence Bruins for three years, though he spent more of his time in the ECHL. In 2005, he went back to Slovakia to play, taking a few years off and then signing with Trinec Ocelari HC, where he played last season.
Dmitri Utkin (228th overall): Utkin, like Evseev, decided to stay in Russia and play for KHL teams. Most recently, he played in 2010-11 for Nizhny Tagil Sputnik, which is in the Russian version of the AHL.
Yan Stastny (259th overall): Part of the Stastny dynasty–son of Peter, brother of Paul–Stastny debuted with the Edmonton Oilers in 2005-06 after time spent in Germany and the AHL. He was soon traded back to the Bruins on trade deadline day along with Marty Reasoner and a 2006 draft pick in exchange for Sergei Samsonov. That ’06 pick would turn into Milan Lucic. Stastny appeared in 38 games for the Bruins over two seasons, as well as 11 Providence games in 2006-07. Then he was traded to St. Louis in January 2007, where he spent more of his time with the Peoria Rivermen. A 2010 trade to Vancouver saw him play just with their old AHL affiliate Manitoba Moose and, after that, he left North America to go play for the KHL. However, for 2011-12, he returned to the German team that he played for in 2003 to 2005.
Pavel Frolov (290th overall): Frolov also never played in America, spending just one season with a KHL team.
2007: Day two of the 2007 draft in Columbus and the Bruins select–
Tommy Cross (35th overall): Cross has played only two Providence games to date, but that’s because he was finishing his fourth year of play at Boston College in 2011-12.
Denis Reul (130th overall): Reul tried out for Providence in 2008, but didn’t make the cut, so instead he returned to his native Germany and signed on with Adler Mannheim, where he still plays today.
Alain Goulet (159th overall): Goulet played in Providence for two seasons and has more recently played for three different teams in the ECHL.
Radim Ostrcil (169th overall): Ostrcil never entered the Bruins system, instead going to the Czech leagues after finishing a year in the Ottawa 67s. He continues to play in the Czech Republic.
Jordan Knackstedt (189th overall): Knackstedt spent four seasons in Providence and was traded to Florida in December 2010, so he spent the rest of 2010-11 with Rochester. Now he plays in Italy.
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