Today in Boston Bruins History: June 30
Boston Bruins history for June 30–
1933: Orval Tessier (full name Orval Roy Tessier) is born in Cornwall, Ontario. Tessier only played in the NHL for three years, two of them with Boston (1955-56 and 1960-61). However, he also spent time in the minor leagues and went into coaching after his play days were done. He coached a Memorial Cup winning team in 1972, coached an AHL team to Calder Cup victory in 1982 and earned a promotion to the Chicago Black Hawks from that, coaching in Chicago for three years. He won the Jack Adams Trophy for 1982-83. Then, in 2001, he won the Stanley Cup as a scout for the Colorado Avalanche.
1933: Don Head (full name Donald Charles Head) is born in Mount Dennis, Ontario. Head was a goalie who played just one season, 1961-62, with the Bruins. He didn’t do very well in his call-up to Boston and so settled back into the minors, where he fared a lot better, doing well and winning awards for his performance. Speaking of awards, he won a silver medal in 1960 as part of the Canadian team at the Squaw Valley Winter Olympics.
1981: Andrew Alberts (full name Andrew James Alberts) is born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was drafted 179th overall by the Bruins in 2001 after playing high school and USHL hockey. Then he went on to Boston College for a four-year career that included multiple First All-Star Team selections and a Hockey East championship in 2005. Once that season ended, he went to the Providence Bruins for a short time and debuted with Boston in 2005-06. Over three seasons with the Bruins, he put up 19 points and 231 penalty minutes. A 2008 trade to the Philadelphia Flyers saw him get a career-high 12 assists and 13 points, but when he became a free agent after that season, he signed with the Carolina Hurricanes. He wasn’t with Carolina for long, though, as he was dealt to the Vancouver Canucks in March 2010. His first season in British Columbia was marked with injuries–a knee injury here, a punch to the face there, a shoulder injury too, a broken wrist that ended his season early. However, he did heal from that last one in time for the 2011 playoffs. He re-signed with Vancouver in 2011 for two years.
2011: The Bruins put up a gallery detailing some of the Stanley Cup’s travels up to this point, including a visit to local firefighters.
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