Boston Bruins history for July 26:
1974: Peter Nordstrom (full name Hans Peter Nordstrom) is born in Munkfors, Sweden. He began his pro career in his native Sweden and was drafted by the Bruins in 1998, coming off two years in a row of winning the Swedish league championship with a team in Farjestads. However, he didn’t find as much success in the NHL. He was assigned to Providence after training camp and played 13 games there as well as two with Boston. That was it for him in the NHL–he went back to Sweden, back to Farjestads, winning two more championships and playing with them until 2008-09. He’s also won gold, silver and bronze in different years of the World Championships, where he’s been in five tournaments overall. Then, after a year of returning to the team he started out with in Leksands, injuries forced him into retirement in 2011. He wants to go into coaching.
2011: Shawn Thornton gets his full day with the Stanley Cup. He kicks things off with a visit to Oshawa to see his parents and have the people around him take pictures with the chalice. His wife Erin also gets a chance to do this with her family. After some time with the families, the Thorntons took Stanley on a pub crawl to three different Toronto establishments, including one right by the Rogers Centre baseball park. While the Cup had been taken to CN Tower the night before, it went there again in the daytime for more pictures. Then, it was time for a big party in Toronto’s entertainment district, complete with music, food, drinks and Tie Domi stopping by to say hi. The big day ended with a trip to a friend’s house.
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