Boston Bruins history for July 13:
1963: Bobby Carpenter (full name Robert E. Carpenter, Jr.) is born in Beverly, Massachusetts. He made history in two ways as the first American to play in the NHL right out of high school and the first American to be selected in the first round of the draft–third overall to the Washington Capitals in 1981. He was also on the cover of Sports Illustrated that year, making history once more as the first American hockey player to grace SI’s cover. While with the Capitals, he became the first American to score 50 goals in a season. Disagreements with the Caps’ head coach led him to be traded to the New York Rangers, though that didn’t last long and he went to the Los Angeles Kings soon after. He came to the Bruins in 1989 and went to the Stanley Cup Final a year later. His 1990-91 season was shortened by injury, and he signed with the Capitals in 1992, but while he was a Bruin he scored 120 points over three seasons. He won the Stanley Cup while with the New Jersey Devils, where he finished out his NHL career. He won two more Cups as a Devils assistant coach in 2000 and 2003. Now he is a development coach for a junior team and helps out in that regard with Toronto too. His daughter has played with the U-18 women’s national team–as a high school sophomore.
1981: Brian Finley is born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Drafted by the Nashville Predators in 1999, he spent much of his career minding the net for the Milwaukee Admirals, even winning the Calder Cup in 2004. He joined the Bruins in 2006 and took up mostly with Providence, playing only two games with Boston. In 2007, he decided to retire.
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