Boston Bruins history for August 11:
1958: Ken Linseman (full name Kenneth Linseman) is born in Kingston, Ontario. He was drafted twice, first by the WHA in 1977, then the NHL in 1978–by the Philadelphia Flyers–after a year spent with the rival league. After four years in Philadelphia and two in Edmonton, he became a Bruin as part of a June 1984 trade and stayed with Boston until 1990. In that time, he had at least 70 points in each of his seasons except 1986-87, which was due to injury troubles. He also went to the Stanley Cup Final in 1988, though his attempts to add another ring to the one he won in 1984 with the Oilers did not succeed. Much of his play time after Boston saw him in familiar surroundings: Philadelphia and Edmonton again, then Toronto and a stint in Italy before retiring in 1992. During his time as a player, he was bestowed with the nickname The Rat, a sort of proto-Honey Badger moniker, because of his play style.
1983: Martin St. Pierre is born in Embrun, Ontario. He was undrafted, but he did win the Wayne Gretzky Trophy while with the Guelph Storm in the OHL. He didn’t become a Bruin until 2008, after spending three seasons in the Chicago Blackhawks system, and when he did he was assigned to Providence. However, he did play in 14 games with Boston, including one in which he scored his first goal, which was shorthanded. But 2008-09 would be his only season with Boston–after that, he signed with Ottawa, where again he spent more time in the minors, inspiring a change of scenery to the European leagues, where he played a year in the KHL. But he did return to the NHL, first with Columbus and then most recently back to the familiar sights of Chicago.
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