Boston Bruins history for August 12:
1970: Terry Virtue (full name Terry William Virtue) is born in Scarborough, Ontario. Virtue spent much of his career in the minors, including stints in the ECHL and AHL and two different long stints for the old Worcester IceCats. While he spent almost all of the 1998-99 season with the Providence Bruins, he did see four games in Boston. It was with Worcester, though, that Virtue had some of his most productive seasons–38 points and 234 penalty minutes in 1995-96, for example. He has also served as an assistant coach for three different teams and is currently with the Owen Sound Attack. Plus, he met his wife while playing with the ECHL.
1975: Anders Myrvold is born in Lorenskog, Norway. Originally drafted by the old Quebec Nordiques in 1993, his time with the Bruins organization did not come until the 1996-97 season. Over two seasons with Boston and Providence, he did much of his production in Rhode Island, including 107 penalty minutes to go with 21 points in 96-97. (The length of his Boston experience was nine games.) Though he also played for the Islanders and Red Wings, he dabbled with the European leagues, first in Sweden, then in Switzerland and now in the top-tier league of his homeland Norway. He’s also had some issues off the ice: an assault at a Christmas party in 2006 required surgery, but he was able to come back and was a big part of the Norwegian national team at the 2008 World Championship. However, in 2007 he admitted to cocaine abuse, a habit that began at a post-game party in Detroit. He did have a suspected return to his drug use, but it appears to be better now–he played as recently as 2011.
2011: Cam Neely has his second day with the Stanley Cup in his hometown of Maple Ridge, British Columbia. The day began with a visit to the arena named for him, where 500 people waited to meet the hometown boy, and even though some of the people there were wearing Vancouver Canucks jerseys, he didn’t mind. Following the arena visit, Neely and Stanley went to a city park where the ashes of his parents, who both died of cancer, were spread some years back. He also paid a visit to his old childhood home. Someone else lives there now, but they weren’t home, so he couldn’t say hi to them, though he did get pictures with the Cup outside the house. Then it was time for a nice big dinner featuring Nanaimo bars for dessert, a very Canadian confection. He capped off the day hanging out with his sisters and even an old teammate from his playing days back in Vancouver.
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