Today in Boston Bruins History: June 29
Boston Bruins history for June 29:
1948: Rick Smith (full name Richard Allan Smith) is born in Kingston, Ontario. Drafted by the Bruins in 1966, he began his play career in Boston in 1968. Two years later, he won the Stanley Cup, though he was traded to the California Golden Seals in 1972 and spent some time there before leaving the NHL altogether for the WHA’s Minnesota Fighting Saints. That didn’t last long, though, when in 1975 he made his NHL return with the St. Louis Blues. He stayed there until 1977, at which time he returned to the team he started playing with, though that wasn’t his last team ever. 1980 saw him play with Detroit and Washington before his retirement.
1987: Petr Kalus is born in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia. The Bruins picked him 39th overall in 2005 and he proceeded to have an impressive 58-point season with the WHL Regina Pats before getting with the Bruins on an entry-level deal. He played mostly for Providence, though in his games with Boston, he scored on each of his first three shots in each game. No one had done that in the NHL since ten years previously. He was traded in 2007 to Minnesota for Manny Fernandez and played for their AHL affiliate for two years and, at one point, they gave him permission to go play in the KHL for a time. But that didn’t go so well and Kalus decided to stay with Minnesota. A 2011 trade to Columbus saw him assigned to their AHL team as well. After that is when he made another try for playing abroad, this time trying out with a Finnish team and playing in his native Czech Republic as well as Sweden.
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