Boston Bruins history for July 25:
1918: Aldo Palazzari was born in Eveleth, Minnesota. Palazzari’s career in the NHL was short–just one season, 24 games in Boston and 11 with the New York Rangers–because he suffered an eye injury that was an eventual career-ender. He’d also played for three minor teams before making it to the NHL. Though his play time was not long, his son Doug followed in his footsteps, playing for the St. Louis Blues in the 1970s and eventually serving in many leadership roles for USA Hockey. The elder Palazzari died in 2007.
1927: Ed Harrison (full name Edward Francis Harrison) was born in Mimico, Ontario. Harrison played nearly 200 NHL games from the late 1940s to the early 1950s. Of the 194 games he played, all but four were with the Bruins. His best statistical season was 1949-50, when he played 70 games and had 26 points (14 goals, 12 assists). The only other NHL team he played for was the Rangers, much like Palazzari. However, he also spent time in a variety of minor-league clubs. He died in 2012, survived by five children, 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
2011: Shawn Thornton has his first day–more like an evening–with the Stanley Cup after it arrived in Toronto following a long flight over from Finland. From Pearson Airport, it goes to the CN Tower, where Thornton is waiting with his wife Erin. They then have a dinner at the revolving 360 Restaurant atop the tower. After dinner, the Thornton crew heads to a restaurant and bar nearby, a venue that became stuffed to the gills with people once word got out that the Stanley Cup was in the house. Due to the long flight over, Thornton will get to have a full day with the Cup the next day.
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