Boston Bruins history for August 13:
1904: Hago Harrington (full name Leland Kitteridge Harrington) was born in Melrose, Massachusetts. He played 42 games over two non-consecutive seasons (1925-26 and 1927-28) for the Bruins, but spent much of his play career in the minors, a majority of that in Providence. However, he did also spend time on the other side of the rivalry, playing 24 games for the Montreal Canadiens as well. He also built and ran a mini golf course in Stoneham, Massachusetts that is still in operation today–Hago Harrington’s Miniature Golf. Harrington died in 1959.
1975: Marty Turco (full name Marty Archibald Turco) is born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Drafted by the Dallas Stars in 1994 after not playing major junior hockey–he went the college route instead–he joined the Stars’ minor league affiliate after graduating. After two years, he got to be the Stars’ backup and eventually rose to starter in 2002-03. That first season as starter was a big one because he set a modern goals-against average record of 1.72. (It was broken the next season.) In addition, he had the best save percentage in the NHL that year. He also played in the All-Star Game, the first of three appearances. 2007 saw him get a record three shutouts in a single playoff series, a feat only three other goalies have achieved. Though he holds six records for Dallas netminders, after nine years in Texas he was not re-signed and so he went to the Chicago Blackhawks for 2010-11. When their playoff run ended, he joined up with NHL Network for a time to serve as an analyst. After that, in December 2011 he signed what he originally thought was a short-term deal with an Austrian team, but then expanded it to the end of the league’s season–although he did include a clause that would allow him to go to the NHL until their February 2012 trade deadline. However, the Bruins did not pick him up until the first week of March, just after the trade deadline, when Tuukka Rask went down with injury. He ended up not seeing much action with the Bruins, just five games, but his presence was needed at the time. Plus, he amused fans with his bright yellow equipment and his flashes of brilliance:
2011: Mark Recchi enjoys the last Stanley Cup day of his career (he’d had two other visits with Stanley over the course of his time in the NHL) in Kamloops, British Columbia, where eleven years previously they’d named him Kamloops’ male athlete of the 20th century. His first stop was with the mounted patrol–yes, the famed Mounties–where he easily hopped on one of the horses along with Stanley and was made an honorary member of the crew. He also visited a hospital to present a nice $12,500 check for use on the intensive care unit and visited the patients too. After the hospital, Recchi went home to meet up with his parents, kids and teammate Andrew Ference for a celebration and a cookout. It was there that Recchi revealed his new tattoo, situated on his left leg, featuring the logos of all three teams that he won the Cup with and the Cup itself etched with the three years he was a champion.
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