Today in Boston Bruins History: July 27

By Emma Harger

Boston Bruins history for July 27:

1946: John Adams (full name John Matthew Adams) is born in Port Arthur, Ontario. He had a very successful junior career minding the net for his hometown team, appearing in four consecutive Memorial Cup tournaments, a very rare feat for someone looking to win what is often considered one of the hardest trophies to win in sports (because of the age limit on junior players). After that junior career ended, Adams signed with the Bruins and entered their minor system with the old Dayton Gems. While a Gem, he won the leading goalie award in 1969, a performance that bumped him up to the Bruins’ leading farm team for the next season. He continued his success, being named a First Team All-Star in 1972, and has an interesting distinction regarding the Stanley Cup. During the 1970 playoffs, he was called up to be with the Bruins as a second backup goalie. He didn’t play a single game, but the team decided to engrave his name on the Stanley Cup anyway, so his name went on the Cup before he ever played a single game at all in the NHL. In fact, he wouldn’t mind the net in Boston at all until 1972-73, when Gerry Cheevers had gone to the WHA. Adams played 14 games during that time. A 1974 buyout saw him head to the Washington Capitals, where he continued to spend most of his time in the minor leagues. He also spent time as a player-coach for a senior league team in Ontario and, following his retirement, he continued to serve behind the bench in different roles until 1991.

2011: Daniel Paille gets his day with the Stanley Cup and spends it in and around Niagara Falls. His wife, mom, dad and his friend Dan Girardi all met the Cup at a hotel in Niagara-on-the-Lake and headed to Niagara Falls to get up close and personal with the waterfalls by traveling on the Maid of the Mist boat. Having personally traveled on Maid of the Mist before, you’re given blue plastic ponchos to wear for the experience. They don’t keep you 100 percent dry, but they help you keep from getting completely soaked. The Stanley Cup, though, went sans poncho. After getting a welcome from Niagara Falls’ mayor, Paille and crew headed back to his hometown of Welland–just in time for a City Council meeting! But it wasn’t just typical government things on the agenda. July 27 was officially declared Daniel Paille Day by a unanimous vote. When the meeting ended, Paille headed out to meet with fans at Civic Square and then go over to the town’s arena, where 2,500 fans waited for photos and autographs. He followed this up with a visit to his grandmother’s retirement home and then to Girardi’s house. While Girardi did host the trophy in his house, he refused to touch it per superstition that if a player touches it, he will never win it. The final stop of the day was a private celebration for Paille, family and friend at Welland’s location of Boston Pizza.


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