1943: Don Awrey (full name Donald William Awrey) is born in Kitchener, Ontario. Signed by the Bruins in 1963, he split his first two years between Boston and the minor-level clubs. When he really cracked the lineup, though, he made a big impression–take his ability to put up both points and penalty minutes, as in his 15-point, 150 penalty minute campaign in 1967-68. With a nickname like ‘Elbows,’ though, that’s to be expected–he was known for his big hits. He was also part of both of the Bruins’ 1970s Stanley Cup champion teams and had a career-best season in terms of points that came just after the team’s 1970 win. After two seasons with the then-new St. Louis Blues from 1973 to 1975, he landed on the other side of the Bruins-Canadiens rivalry and was part of their 1976 Stanley Cup champion team–though that time, he didn’t play in any playoff games, so he didn’t qualify for engraving that time. He also played for Pittsburgh, New York (Rangers) and the Colorado Rockies before his 1979 retirement. Today, he lives in Naples, Fla.
1981: Dennis Seidenberg is born in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany. He was selected in 2001 by the Philadelphia Flyers, signed with them in 2002 and then spent time there and with the Philadelphia Phantoms in the AHL as well. After winning the Calder Cup with the Phantoms in 2005, he was part of two separate midseason trades in the following two years: first to the Phoenix Coyotes, then to the Carolina Hurricanes, the Coyotes stint lasting for parts of two seasons and the Hurricanes stint going on for two and a half. Though he signed for a year with the Florida Panthers in 2009, he became part of another midseason trade that sent him to Boston. Just months after the trade, the Bruins put him on a four-year contract and, of course, a year later he was part of the 2011 Stanley Cup champion team. This made him just the third German ever to win the Cup, putting him in the company of Randy Gilhen and Uwe Krupp–who was Seidenberg’s favorite player growing up. He’s also represented Germany at the Olympics thrice: 2002, 2006, 2010, though the country didn’t medal in any of those three years. His 5-18-23 point total this season is a slight drop from his production in 2010-11, but his pairing with Zdeno Chara is a duo often used in the playoffs especially.
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