Today in Boston Bruins History: August 4
Boston Bruins history for August 4:
1946: Wayne Carlton (full name Kenneth Wayne Carlton) is born in Sudbury, Ontario. During his junior career, he played for the Toronto Marlboros and was part of the 1964 Memorial Cup champion team. He then moved up to start his NHL career with the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he played for four full seasons and was part of the 1968 All-Star Game. However, he was traded from Toronto to Boston at the start of the 1969-1970 season, which would turn out to be a very fortunate time for a trade. Carlton became part of the 1970 Stanley Cup champion team, but he was also on the ice for Bobby Orr‘s famous Cup-winning goal. (He was the left wing on a line with Derek Sanderson.) After winning the Cup, he also spent the 1970-71 season in Boston, but was claimed by the California Golden Seals in a 1971 intra-league draft. He then tried his hand in the upstart WHA league, playing for teams in Ottawa, Toronto, New England, Edmonton and Birmingham. He finished out his career with the Birmingham Bulls. While with the Bruins, he scored 71 points overall, 28 of those goals. (His most productive season, however, was with the WHA’s Toronto Toros, when he put up 92 points in a season.) Since his retirement, he has been seen at reunions of the 1970 Bruins team.
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