Boston Bruins history for July 10:
1916: Nick Damore is born in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Damore, a goaltender, is among those players who played in just one NHL game. His 15 minutes in the spotlight came in 1942 with the Bruins. During a game against the Montreal Canadiens in January of that year, Frank Brimsek needed to leave the game because he’d broken his nose. (As seen in the photo above, it’s not hard to imagine this happening since goalies in his day didn’t wear much protection at all.) Damore heeded the call and took the pipes in Brimsek’s stead. The Bruins ended up winning that game 7-3 and Brimsek returned for the next game, sending Damore back to the minors. That was his only NHL game, but not his only game ever in any league. He enjoyed a long career starting in 1932, mostly with the Hershey Bears, which were apparently once known as the Hershey B’ars, as if to make their relation to the Hershey candy company headquartered in the town of Hershey even more obvious. He also minded the net in Providence, Johnstown and Washington. His career lasted until 1951-52.
2011: After the fourth day of 2011 development camp, in which Zdeno Chara stops by to get a peek at the new kids, the prospects cleave into three groups and head out into the community. One group goes to North Andover to read to kids, another imparts some lessons to the next generation of players in Revere and the last one visits Cradles to Crayons in Brighton.
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