Boston Bruins history for July 8:
1966: Dave Pasin is born in Edmonton, Alberta. Drafted in 1984 by the Bruins, he saw his peak of NHL action with Boston–71 games in 1985-86, where he put up 18 goals and 19 assists in that span. Mostly, though, he played for the Bruins’ AHL affiliate. He also had to sit out much of the 1987-88 season due to an eye injury he suffered during a November practice. A year later, his rights were traded to the Los Angeles Kings and he played just five games there, spending most of his time in the minors once more. 1990 saw him claimed off waivers by the New York Islanders, though he never saw NHL action there, just minor-league. Perhaps this is what led him to Europe and the Italian and Swiss leagues, where he played until retiring in 1998.
1968: Glen Featherstone is born in Toronto, Ontario. Drafted by St. Louis in 1986, he debuted with the Blues in 1988-89, spending time bouncing back and forth between St. Louis and the Peoria Rivermen. He signed with the Bruins as a free agent in 1991 and then spent most of his time playing in Boston. His 1993-94 campaign saw him play 58 games, score 9 points (all but one assists) and put together 152 penalty minutes. That didn’t quite match his 1990-91 output, with the Blues, of 20 points (all but five assists) and 204 penalty minutes, though. After he was traded to the New York Rangers and bounced to the Hartford Whalers in a big trade that resulted in Pat Verbeek going to Broadway, and following a short stint with the Calgary Flames, he decamped for the now-defunct IHL. There, he played four more seasons, each with more than 100 penalty minutes, before his retirement in 2001.
1982: Rich Peverley (full name John Richard Peverley) is born in Guelph, Ontario. After his four years at St. Lawrence University, where he played with the awesomely-named Skating Saints, the undrafted Peverley started his pro career with the ECHL South Carolina Stingrays. When he began to really make waves as part of the AHL Milwaukee Admirals, he signed with their parent club in Nashville in 2007 and made his debut that same year. He split 2008-09 between Nashville and Milwaukee, appearing in all of the Predators’ playoff games, though they fell in the first round to Detroit. In 2009 he was claimed off waivers by Atlanta, where his production jumped–he went from nine points in 27 games before the claim to 35 in 39 games after it. He played all 82 games in the next two seasons, keeping his perfect attendance up after his trade to Boston in February 2011. Four months later, he won the Stanley Cup after a long playoff run that allowed him to really test out his ability to grow a thick bushy beard. This year, his perfect attendance streak was broken by a leg injury, but in the 57 games he did play, he got 42 points, and he did appear in all seven Bruins playoff games, starting that perfect attendance record again.
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