Boston Bruins history for June 25:
1944: Ken Hodge (full name Kenneth Raymond Hodge, Sr.) is born in Birmingham, England. He had a great junior career, but didn’t do so well in his first two seasons in the NHL with the Chicago Black Hawks. This led to his trade to Boston, a trade that involved him, Phil Esposito and Fred Stanfield. Immediately this paid dividends when Esposito, Hodge and Ron Murphy formed a line that broke the league record for scoring by a line in 1969. Hodge had 45 goals and 45 assists. The Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 1970 and Hodge followed that up by breaking a league record for points by a right-winger with 105 in 1971. That year, Bruins dominated the league’s top scorers with first, second, third and fourth positions occupied by the Black and Gold. Hodge was on the 1972 Cup team as well and that 1-2-3-4 domination was repeated in 1974. He was traded to the New York Rangers in 1976, but never succeeded as well there, spent time in the minors, retired, un-retired to spend more time in the minors and retired for good in 1980. Today he lives in Boston and remains active with the Bruins alumni. He also did radio commentary for Boston College games.
1974: Glen Metropolit is born in Toronto, Ontario. By the time Metropolit came to Boston, he had already played all over the place: Portland, Washington, Tampa Bay, Finland, Switzerland and Atlanta. He spent just one season with the Bruins, playing all 82 games, scoring a career-high 33 points. After Boston, he signed with Philadelphia, played 55 games with them and was claimed off waivers by Montreal on the 2009 trade deadline. Later that night, he played against Philadelphia. For 2010-11, he signed a two-year deal with a Swiss team.
2000: Day 2 of the 2000 NHL draft occurs in Calgary and here are the Bruins’ later selections.
Ivan Huml (59th overall): Huml played 49 games for the Bruins over three seasons, including 41 Boston games in 2002-03, though he also spent a lot of time with Providence. He returned to the Czech Republic in 2004, first playing with his hometown team for two seasons, then playing stints in Sweden and Finland, where he still plays today.
Tuukka Makula (66th overall): Makula never appeared in a single Bruins game, Boston or Providence. Instead he has played for Finnish teams since 2001 and still plays with HPK Hameenlinna today.
Sergei Zinovjev (73rd overall): Zinovjev appeared in 10 Bruins games and four Providence games in 2003-04, this stint sandwiched between two different stints in Russia. He is still there today, playing for the KHL, and was part of the 2011 Gagarin Cup champion team Salavat Yulaev Ufa.
Brett Nowak (103rd overall): Nowak spent 55 games with Providence after playing all four years at Harvard. Mostly, though, he’s played for ECHL teams, including the old Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies, and last played in 2005-06.
Jarno Kultanen (174th overall): Kultanen, like Huml, spent three seasons with the Bruins, though much of 2002-03 was in Providence. He too returned to Europe in the mid-2000s, going first to a team in Helsinki, then the Swedish league for three years, then back to his native Finland until 2008-09.
2010: The 2010 NHL Entry Draft is held for the first time at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. After protracted debate as to which of these two would be drafted first, Taylor Hall is taken first overall by the Edmonton Oilers. Boston picks Tyler Seguin second overall. Seguin came off an impressive junior career capped by winning the OHL’s Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy, the OHL version of the Art Ross. After signing an entry-level deal with Boston in August 2010, Seguin made his debut in the NHL Premiere games the Bruins played in the Czech Republic against the Phoenix Coyotes. He got his first NHL goal in the second of the two Premiere games. In 2010-11 he also went to the All-Star Game as part of the rookie brigade and said that he wanted to model his game after Patrice Bergeron. In the playoffs, he had to stand in for Bergeron at the start of the Eastern Conference Final as Bergeron recovered from a concussion and he had a huge start: three goals in two games, four points in a single game–the most for a rookie in the playoffs since 1989, before Seguin was even born. He also had a great sophomore year, leading the Bruins in points, getting a hat trick against Toronto and extending the playoff series against Washington to seven games.
2011: On the second day of the 2011 NHL draft, the Bruins select:
Alexander Khokhlachev (40th overall): Khokhlachev has played two seasons with the OHL Windsor Spitfires. This year he had a 69-point season in 56 games played.
Anthony Camara (81st overall): After two years with the OHL Saginaw Spirit, Camara was traded to the OHL Barrie Colts midway through this past season, putting up 14 points in 31 games with his new team–and 59 penalty minutes, too. (That doesn’t match his 2010-11 high of 132 PIM, though.)
Brian Ferlin (121st overall): Ferlin just finished a 21-point first year at Cornell University. Previously, he played two seasons with the USHL Indiana Ice.
Rob O’Gara (151st overall): O’Gara, most recently with Milton Academy in Massachusetts, has committed to Yale for 2012-13. He was one of the youngest players in this draft class.
Lars Volden (181st overall): Volden, a goalie, is with the Finnish Espoo Blues. He also played for Norway in the World Championship this year, though he only appeared in one game.
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