Boston Bruins history for August 17:
1914: Harry Frost was born in Keer Lake, Ontario. Though he played a total of four NHL games in his career, all of them were for Boston and one was during the 1939 playoffs. This was enough for the team to have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup. He did, however, find much more success and play time with many minor league teams, playing until 1951-52. He died in 1973.
1957: Pete Peeters (full name Peter H. Peeters) is born in Edmonton, Alberta. He was a late bloomer when it came to playing hockey; as a kid he was into swimming and didn’t really commit to the ice until he was 18. Two years of achieving in junior led to his 1977 drafting by the Philadelphia Flyers. He finally got his chance to mind the net in the big show in 1980, though, and put together a 22-0-5 record right out the gate as the Flyers went 35 straight games without a loss (a league record). But then he saw a drop in his success that resulted in his trade to Boston. In a new city, though, he found a new measure of success with a 40-11-9 record, eight shutouts, a 2.36 GAA, 31 games without a loss, won the Vezina Trophy, All-Star appearance and quite nearly won the Hart Trophy except for a guy named Wayne Gretzky. However, though, a standout season was followed by less success again, and after he played in the 1984 Canada Cup he struggled, resulting in a trade to Washington. He was able to finish out his career in Philadelphia. Then he went into coaching, becoming the goaltending coach for five different teams, the most recent one being Anaheim.
1966: Don Sweeney (full name Donald Clarke Sweeney) is born in St. Stephen, New Brunswick. Drafted by the Bruins in the late rounds of the 1984 draft, Sweeney’s first year with Boston was 1988-89, but the following year was when he rode all the way to the Stanley Cup Final with Boston. He remained faithful to Boston, though, for a decade and a half. In total, he played 1,051 games with the Bruins, one of only two defensemen at the time to have played more than 1,000 in the black and gold. He spent one season in Dallas before retiring in 2003-04. After retirement, he did commentary for NESN and college hockey games, then joined the Bruins’ front office in 2006 as director of player development. From there he has been promoted–today he is assistant general manager and has his name on the Stanley Cup. Plus, the idea for the Bruins’ development camp for rookies and young prospects was his brainchild.
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