Today in Boston Bruins History: June 27
Boston Bruins history for June 27:
1993: Day 2 of the 1993 Draft in Quebec City and the Bruins select…
Matt Alvey (51st overall): Alvey never spent time in the Boston system at all, though he did play from 1996 to 2001 with other teams.
Charles Paquette (88th overall): Paquette spent three seasons with Providence as part of a career that saw him play a lot of ECHL time and then head home to Quebec to play in semipro leagues there.
Shawn Bates (103rd overall): Bates joined the Bruins after college and played for four seasons, alternating between Boston and Providence, his best Boston season being a 12 points in 44 games effort in 1999-2000. He signed with the Islanders as a free agent in 2002, seeing his play time and points increase sharply until a dropoff in 2007-08. So he went abroad, playing in Finland and Austria, but returned to the AHL for one more year.
Andrei Sapozhnikov (129th overall): Sapozhnikov’s time with the Bruins lasted all of 19 games with Providence in the 1994-95 season. Other than that, he played entirely abroad, whether for Italy, Germany or Russia. He retired after 2006-07.
Milt Mastad (155th overall): Mastad played two seasons (1995 to 1997) with the Providence Bruins, but that’s about it for his Bruins time, though he did have a long minor career with many teams that stretched all the way to 2005.
Ryan Golden (181st overall): Golden played goalie for the University of Massachusetts-Lowell for four years, plus a season with a minor league team, but that’s the whole of his career.
Hal Gill (207th overall): After college, Gill joined the Bruins and spent just four games in Providence before cracking the Boston lineup. There he stayed from 1997 to 2006, scoring 97 points and playing more than 600 regular-season games with the Bruins. He also played in Toronto for two years, was along for the ride as the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Cup in 2009, went to Montreal for three years and is now with Nashville.
Joel Prpic (233rd overall): Prpic played in just one Boston game for 1997-98, but it ended up being an important one, a game against the New York Islanders that allowed the Bruins to clinch a playoff spot. He was called up for 14 more in 1999-2000, but other than that spent his time in Providence. In 2000 he signed on with the Colorado Avalanche as a free agent and played three games with them, spending more time with their AHL club too. Though he signed with San Jose, he got no California ice time, causing him to leave America altogether and look to the Asia League. He played in Tokyo for four years and for a different Tokyo-based team for three more. Then, he made his way to Croatia, to play in the land of his ancestors, and he is still there today.
Joakim Persson (259th overall): Persson minded the net for one Providence game, playing more in Finland and Sweden until 2003-04.
1998: The 1998 NHL Draft is at the Marine Midland Arena (now First Niagara Center) in Buffalo. The Bruins don’t have their first selection until the second round.
Jonathan Girard (48th overall): Girard joined the Bruins in 1998 and spent his time bouncing back and forth between Boston and Providence for three seasons until he made the Bruins for sure in 2002-03. But then he was forced into a break from playing because of injuries from a car accident and returned in 2005-06 for just one more game with Providence before retiring.
Bobby Allen (52nd overall): Traded to Edmonton in 2002, he played one game in Alberta and spent most of his time in the AHL. More AHL time came after he signed with New Jersey as a free agent in 2004–two years’ worth–until he came back to the team that drafted him in 2006 and spent 19 games minding the blue line for Boston. He’s been unable to play since 2008, when he was diagnosed with two herniated discs in his back.
Peter Nordstrom (78th overall): Nordstrom’s time with the Bruins consists of 15 games in 1998-99–13 with Providence, two with Boston. Before and after that are stints in the Swedish league that extended all the way to 2011, when he retired due to injuries and decided to become a coach.
Andrew Raycroft (135th overall): Raycroft’s first full season in goal for the Bruins was a good one: 29-18-9, 2.05 goals against average, .926 save percentage, Calder Trophy win. However, he wasn’t able to follow that with a good sophomore effort and was a healthy scratch and third-string goalie. He was traded to Toronto for Tuukka Rask in 2006 and did well at first in his new city, but again struggled to follow with a good second season. The Leafs waived him and bought him out in 2008. After that, he spent a year in Colorado, one with Vancouver and is currently with the Dallas organization.
Ryan Milanovic (165th overall): Following a five-year junior career, Milanovic never made the pros–although he did play a game for Ryerson University in 2010-11, about 10 years after his most previous season.
2004: The second day of the 2004 draft in Raleigh is when the Bruins make all their selections.
David Krejci (63rd overall): Krejci’s 2007 NHL debut was inauspicious indeed–he suffered a concussion on his third shift, but he bounced back and continued to play more and more with Boston. 2008-09 was a good season for him: he scored his first hat trick, won the Bruins’ Seventh Player Award for exceeding expectations and won the NHL Plus-Minus Award for a +37. He had to sit out for a time in 2009 when he had the H1N1 virus, and was injured in the 2010 playoff run, but in the 2011 playoff run he bounced back once again, leading the league with 12 goals, 23 points and four game-winning goals en route to the Bruins’ Stanley Cup win. This year, he followed up a 62-point season with a 62-point season, though this time he had more goals and fewer assists.
Martins Karsums (64th overall): Karsums spent two full seasons and most of a third with Providence, also having six games with Boston before the 2009 trade deadline, when he was traded to Tampa Bay as part of a deal to get Mark Recchi. He spent time in Tampa and with their AHL team, but a KHL reassignment sent him to the KHL team in Riga. Back in his native Latvia, he continues to play and is playing today.
Kris Versteeg (134th overall): Versteeg played for parts of two seasons with Providence, but it was with his next team, the Chicago Blackhawks, where he got his glory. His first full NHL season didn’t come until 2008-09, but it was such an outstanding season that he came second to Steve Mason in voting for the Calder Trophy. In his second season, though, he won an even bigger prize as the Blackhawks defeated the Flyers to win the Stanley Cup. (Originally his last name was misspelled as Vertseeg on the Cup engraving, but it was fixed.) Salary cap restrictions forced his trade after the win and he went to Toronto. Near the end of 2010-11, though, he joined the very team he bested to win the Cup previously, but his time with Philadelphia didn’t last long. He was dealt to Florida just hours after the Flyers signed Jaromir Jagr and spent all of 2011-12 with the Panthers.
Ben Walter (160th overall): Walter came into the Bruins fold first with Providence in 2005-06 and spent two seasons there except for some short call-ups to Boston. A trade to the Islanders saw him filling much the same role of being very valuable to their AHL club but not spending much time in the big time. The same things happened for subsequent teams the Devils and Avalanche–in both of those cases, he helped their respective AHL teams to the playoffs. He’s with the Calgary Flames now, playing for their AHL team.
Matt Hunwick (224th overall): Following four years with the University of Michigan, Hunwick’s first season with the Bruins saw him mostly in Providence. That quickly changed, though, and for 2008-09 he spent just three games in Rhode Island. He began this campaign with a six-game scoring streak that tied Ray Bourque for a Bruins record for rookie defensemen. After getting career highs for assists and points, he was ready to roll in the 2009 playoffs–until he felt abdominal pain before game two of the quarterfinals and had to have surgery on a ruptured spleen. It kept him out of the playoffs. He slumped in his second season, though, and when the Bruins needed to reduce their salary, much like Versteeg he was traded. He went to Colorado, where he still is now.
Anton Hedman (255th overall): Hedman never played for the Bruins, but he still plays in Sweden today.
2009: In the second day of the 2009 draft, the Bruins select–
Ryan Button (86th overall): Button spent much of the past two years with Providence, though he has also played for the Bruins’ ECHL team too.
Lane MacDermid (112th overall): MacDermid has played generally for Providence since he was drafted, though he did get a five-game callup to Boston in 2011-12 because Daniel Paille was hurt. In his first shift of his first game as a Bruin, he fought Mike Rupp from the New York Rangers and won. (Like father, like son, perhaps.)
Tyler Randell (176th overall): After finishing a five-year junior career, Randell played 30 games with Providence in the most recent season.
Ben Sexton (206th overall): Sexton has yet to play with the Bruins, but that could be because he’s been playing for Clarkson University.
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