Today in Boston Bruins History: July 7

Though he never played for the Boston Bruins and as such doesn’t totally fit into Boston Bruins history, happy birthday to Joe Sakic, one of the newest players selected for induction to the Hockey Hall of Fame! (And frequent ‘favorite player growing up’ of many a current NHL player.)

1966: Jack Capuano is born in Cranston, Rhode Island. Capuano was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1984 and played college hockey at the University of Maine. In college, he was on the same team as his brother Dave and put away 32 goals during his time as a Black Bear, still a record for a defenseman. He started his pro time with the Maple Leafs’ AHL club, then located in Newmarket, outside Toronto. Though he got onto the Toronto roster for 1989-90, he played just one game before another player returned from a contract holdout and sent him back to Newmarket. This made him unhappy as he felt he was ready for the NHL, so he walked out and demanded a trade. Toronto complied, trading him to the New York Islanders, but once again he was rostered on in the AHL. He wasn’t an Islander for long before he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks. Once more was he an AHLer, though a three-game call-up saw him reunited with Dave and made the Capuanos the first brothers in Canucks history to suit up together. (Obviously, this was pre-Sedins.) Following that, he signed with the Bruins as a free agent, was in the AHL again, had a two-game call-up and decided to retire after that. He went into coaching after retirement, becoming coach and GM of a now-defunct ECHL team, coaching the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and rising up to coach his former team, the Islanders, which he still does today.

2011: The 2011 development camp kicks off with closed to the public fitness testing and an on-ice practice. All of the most recent draft picks are on the roster for the camp, including first-round pick Dougie Hamilton, as are three goalies (compared to six at the 2012 session) and Tommy Cross, continuing his streak of development camp attendance. Click here for a gallery of Day 1.

 

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