Today in Boston Bruins History: June 26

By Emma Harger

Boston Bruins history for June 26:

1993: Day 1 of the 1993 NHL Draft is at the Colisee de Quebec in Quebec City. The Bruins have the 25th overall pick in the first round and use it to select Kevyn Adams. Adams finished his schooling at Miami University before turning pro and, when he did, he never played for the Bruins. He signed with Toronto as a free agent in 1997 and stayed in the Maple Leafs fold until 2000, when he was taken by Columbus in the expansion draft used to stock their roster. But he only stayed with the Blue Jackets for part of their first season before a trade to the Florida Panthers to start a stint that lasted for parts of two consecutive seasons. It was with the Carolina Hurricanes where he finally found some stability and a Stanley Cup in 2006. He was traded in 2007 to Phoenix for Dennis Seidenberg (who will of course later become a Bruin himself) and then to Chicago, the last team he played for in his career. Today he is an assistant coach with the Buffalo Sabres.

1999: The 1999 NHL Draft is held over the course of one day at the FleetCenter (now TD Garden) in Boston. The host team’s first selection is Nick Boynton (21st overall), who had originally been picked by Washington in 1997 but never came to terms with them. After his selection this time around, he spent time with Providence before cracking the Boston lineup for real in 2001. He stayed with Boston until 2005-06, putting together a 30-point season in his last full campaign as a Bruin. Then in June 2006, he was traded to Phoenix for Paul Mara. He continued to play for teams in warm climes–Florida and Anaheim–before time spent with the Ducks’ AHL team and then the Blackhawks’ AHL team upon a trade to Chicago. However, with Chicago, he became a Stanley Cup champion in 2010. Most recently, he played 10 games with Philadelphia in 2010-11.

Other 1999 selections from the Bruins–

Matt Zultek (56th overall): Like Boynton, Zultek had been drafted in 1997 (by Los Angeles) but couldn’t come to terms with them, so he was redrafted two years later. He was part of the 1999 Memorial Cup champion team and scored the Cup-winning goal. However, he’s never cracked the NHL; instead he’s played in stints for AHL and ECHL teams teams all over the place and most recently for a Mississippi team in the SPHL.

Jaakko Harikkala (118th overall): Harikkala never made the jump to the NHL or AHL, though he did spend a six-game stint with the ECHL Las Vegas Wranglers. Other than that, though, he played almost exclusively in Finland save for his most recent play time in Italy.

Seamus Kotyk (147th overall): Kotyk minded the net for the OHL Ottawa 67s from 1997 to 2001, including winning the Memorial Cup in 1999. However, he never played for the Bruins. He did spend a lot of time in the AHL, though with Cleveland, Milwaukee, Rockford and Houston. Then he made his way to Europe to play in Germany, Slovenia and Austria and played his last games in 2008. Now he is the goaltending coach for the OHL Soo Greyhounds.

Don Choukalos (179th overall): Choukalos, a goalie, never made it to the NHL. He did, however, play a lot for the WHL and two separate colleges, Mount Royal College and the University of Calgary.

John Cronin (236th overall): After four years at Boston University, Cronin played a year with the Cincinnati Cylones and two years with the Augusta Lynx, but that’s all in terms of his play career.

Mikko Eloranta (247th overall): Eloranta spent 1999-2000 and 2000-01 with the Bruins, putting up 41 points in that time and playing at least 50 games in both seasons. He was traded to Los Angeles in 2001 after he appeared in six Bruins games, playing there for two seasons as well before heading back to Europe. There, he played in Finland, Switzerland and Sweden, finishing out his play career in the Finnish leagues.

Georgijs Pujacs (264th overall): Pujacs never played a single game for the Bruins. After a short stint playing USHL-level hockey in North America, Pujacs went back to Europe and played for many Latvian teams as well as teams in the KHL, including the KHL squad in Riga. He is still with the KHL today. He also often represents Latvia in international play, including two Olympics.

2004: Day 1 of the 2004 NHL Draft is held at the RBC (now PNC) Arena in Raleigh. Alexander Ovechkin goes first overall to the Washington Capitals. However, the Bruins have no first-round selections, so they must wait for subsequent rounds before making choices.

2009: Day 1 of the 2009 NHL draft is held at the Bell Centre in Montreal. John Tavares goes first overall to the New York Islanders. With the 25th overall pick, the Bruins choose Jordan Caron, who makes his NHL debut in 2010-11 on the Bruins’ starting lineup. Though he spent most of his time in Providence, and didn’t qualify to have his name on the Stanley Cup, he did qualify to be in the team photo and get a ring. He spent more of 2011-12 with Boston than Providence and might crack the Boston lineup next season.

2010: Day 2 of the 2010 NHL draft goes down at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. The Bruins select–

Jared Knight (32nd overall): Knight plays for the OHL London Knights, where he spent 52 games in the most recent season and scored 52 points en route to the Memorial Cup tournament, where the Knights lost to the Shawinigan Cataractes in the championship game. He joined the Providence Bruins for a three-game stint in 2010-11, but otherwise hasn’t cracked the roster just yet.

Ryan Spooner (45th overall): Spooner is also in the OHL, most recently with the Sarnia Sting, though he has also played for Peterborough and Kingston. Like Knight, he has also had little looks in Providence, but nothing more so far.

Craig Cunningham (97th overall): Cunningham spent 2011-12 in Providence after a five-season WHL career in Vancouver and Portland. He put up 36 points in 76 games with the P-Bruins.

Justin Florek (135th overall): After finishing his four-year college career with Northern Michigan University, Florek played eight games for Providence last season.

Zane Gothberg (165th overall): Gothberg has played goalie for two seasons in the USHL Fargo Force, piecing together a 26-16-4 record with seven shutouts, a 2.22 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage.

Maxim Chudinov (195th overall): Chudinov has yet to crack the Boston system at any level and has been playing in the KHL for six seasons.

Zach Trotman (210th overall): Trotman has appeared in nine Providence games after finishing his third year at Lake Superior State University.


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