Today in Boston Bruins History: July 12
Boston Bruins history for July 12:
1916: Pete Leswick (full name Peter John Leswick) was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Leswick played just two games with the Bruins in 1944-45, and one with the defunct New York Americans in 1936-37, so his NHL career was rather short. His hockey career as a whole, though, was not–he played for many minor-level teams in different leagues, starting in 1933 and stretching to 1952. He died in 2005.
1946: Paul Hurley (full name Paul Michael Hurley) is born in Melrose, Massachusetts. He tended to stay in the hometown area, playing for Boston College and a defunct team in Concord, as well as in the 1967 World Championship and 1968 Olympics, before he played a single NHL game. Actually, he would indeed play in only one NHL game altogether–for the Bruins in 1968–and spend more time in the minors. He got more of a chance to play with the WHA, which he did in New England, Edmonton and Calgary.
1977: Peter Schaefer is born in Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan. Schaefer was picked by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1995 draft and, upon leaving his junior career with the Brandon Wheat Kings, he played with their AHL affiliate until 1998-99. After playing abroad in Finland for a year, he was traded to the Ottawa Senators in 2002 for Sami Salo. With the Senators, he had a 50-point season in 2005-06, and he stayed in Ottawa until 2007. Just after the Senators went to the Stanley Cup Final, he was traded to Boston. There, he struggled, dropping from the first to the fourth line and often struggling with injury. He didn’t even make the Boston roster the following season, played in Providence and was bought out in 2009. This inspired him to take 2009-10 off for training and attempting to make an NHL comeback. He did make a comeback, with the Vancouver Canucks, in 2010 but it didn’t last long. Put on waivers again, he didn’t want to play in the minors, so he was released from his contract and went to play in Germany. Now he is playing in a provincial league in Saskatchewan. Also, his younger brother Nolan is a goalie who signed with the Bruins in 2010.
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