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Today in Boston Bruins History: July 11

Boston Bruins history for July 11:

1932: Ron Stewart (full name Ronald George Stewart) was born in Calgary, Alberta. Stewart is better known for his 13-season tenure with the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he won three Stanley Cups and went to four All-Star Games. That tenure ended with a 1965 trade to Boston, where he played for two years from 1965 to 1967. During that time, he scored 60 points in 120 games. When the NHL expanded in 1967, he was picked by the new St. Louis Blues in the expansion draft, though he was traded during that season to the New York Rangers, where he spent three seasons. From there, he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks, but returned to the Rangers in time for the 1972 playoffs–in which they were defeated by the Bruins. One more trade saw him go to the New York Islanders, where he stayed for a season before retiring. Following his retirement, though, he went into coaching for minor league teams, the Rangers and the Los Angeles Kings. He also managed junior teams in Calgary. He died of cancer in March 2012.

1966: Bob Joyce (full name Robert Thomas Joyce) is born in Saint John, New Brunswick. After being drafted in 1984 by the Bruins, he played college hockey with the University of North Dakota for three years, including winning the Division I title in 1987 and setting a school record by scoring 52 goals. Then he made his way to Boston, where he played for two full seasons. He went to the Stanley Cup Final in 1988 and even played in the ‘lights out at Boston Garden’ game. He was traded to the Washington Capitals in December 1989 and spent a full year there, followed by two with the Winnipeg Jets, though he played much more with their AHL affiliate. Following the NHL, he prolonged his career by playing in the IHL and Germany until 1999-2000. Today he is the director of flight operations at a flight academy.

1988: Andrew Bodnarchuk is born in Drumheller, Alberta. Drafted in 2006 by the Bruins, he played his junior years with the Halifax Mooseheads and graduated to the Providence Bruins in 2008. Aside from being called up to Boston for five games in 2009-10, Bodnarchuk played exclusively for Providence, always scoring at least 10 points per season. Recently, he signed with the Kings for a year as a free agent.


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