Boston Bruins history for August 20:
1928: Ed Sandford is born in New Toronto, Ontario. After a junior career in which he won the OHL’s version of the Hart Trophy and went to the Memorial Cup three times in a row, he was signed by the Bruins in 1947. He played during a low-scoring era in the NHL, but still did pretty well, and went to the All-Star Game for five years in a row. Plus, he was made Bruins captain in 1955 when Milt Schmidt retired. Then, also in 1955, he was part of a nine-player deal–the biggest in league history at the time–that sent him to Detroit for a short trip, he followed it up with playing in Chicago and then retired. He served a lot of roles for Boston after his career was over, including being a goal judge, official scorer and supervisor of on-ice officials. In addition, he took up curling. Interestingly, in 2001, research undertaken in part by The Hockey News and the Hockey Hall of Fame found that Sandford would have been awarded the Conn Smythe trophy in the 1953 playoffs, had the Smythe been awarded at the time.
1963: Bruce Shoebottom is born in Windsor, Ontario. Shoebottom played four NHL seasons, all for the Bruins, and he was known as an enforcer. The year 1988, though, was probably the biggest year of his career. Not only did he stack up four points and 29 games for 1988-89, he also scored his only playoff goal during the 1988 playoffs against Buffalo. In response, the fans celebrated by throwing shoes on the ice. Unlike the Mike Milbury shoe incident, though, this was alright. Shoebottom also spent a lot of time with the Bruins’ AHL club, putting up a few more points and a lot more penalty minutes–his career high, 338, came with the Maine Mariners, the Bruins’ minor affiliate at the time. He retired in 1998.
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