Boston Bruins history for August 24:
1936: Murray Balfour (full name Murray Lewis Balfour) was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. Balfour played some of his NHL career with Montreal, but came to the other side of the Montreal-Boston rivalry for 1964-65 after time in Chicago. In 15 Bruins games, he put up two points, though he did spend play time with Boston’s AHL affiliate as well. Balfour’s life was cut very short, though, when a tumor was found in his lung in April 1965. He died at the end of May 1965 aged just 28 years old.
1944: Bill Goldsworthy (full name William Alfred Goldsworthy) was born in Waterloo, Ontario. He was signed by the Bruins as a teenager and played in the Bruins’ Ontario junior league affiliate alongside guys like Derek Sanderson and Bernie Parent. The team went to the Memorial Cup in 1963 and won the Memorial Cup in 1965. Once he came of age, though, Goldsworthy didn’t find a lot of playing time in the Bruins since this was still the age of just six teams and competition was tough. He played mostly in the minors and was sometimes called up to Boston. When the league expanded in 1967, he really got a chance to start playing a lot more with Minnesota and shone for a long time, even playing in four All-Star Games, before his skills declined sharply in light of an issue with alcoholism. He did retire as the leading scorer for the North Stars and had his number retired by the team too. He died in 1996 of complications from AIDS and was the first pro hockey player publicly known to have had the disease.
1951: Rich LeDuc (full name Richard Henri LeDuc) is born in Ile Perot, Quebec. Of the 130 total games he played in the NHL, 33 of them at the start of his career were with Boston. He joined up for 1972-73 as the team was defending and trying to repeat their title as Stanley Cup champions, though he mostly played in the minors. In fact, he saw much more playing time in the WHA with Midwestern teams based in Ohio and Indiana, though he did join the Quebec Nordiques not long before they were welcomed into the NHL.
1953: Paul O’Neil (full name Paul Joseph O’Neil) is born in Charlestown, Massachusetts. Drafted in the same year by the NHL and WHA (Vancouver and Houston, respectively), O’Neil didn’t play too many games in either league–five with Vancouver, one with Boston and one with Birmingham. He did enjoy more play time in minor leagues, but the Charlestown native did get that one spin with the hometown team.
1972: Ian Moran (full name Ian Patrick Moran) is born in Cleveland, Ohio. Like O’Neil, he has a Boston connection: though born in Ohio, he was raised in the Boston area and went to the Belmont Hill School. Drafted by Pittsburgh in 1990, he debuted for the Penguins in 1993 and was there until 2003, when he was traded to the Bruins. In total, he played 55 games with Boston, mostly in 2003-04 because he spent much of 2005-06 nursing a knee injury. In fact, a knee injury would end his career early after stints with Anaheim, New Jersey and their respective AHL clubs.
1972: Mikko Eloranta is born in Aura, Finland. He was selected late in the 1999 draft by the Bruins and played for two years with them, putting up 41 points in that time, before a 2001 trade sent him clear across the country to Los Angeles. With the Kings, he played for two more seasons, but then quit the NHL to play in Europe, including a return to the Finnish league.
1978: Derek Morris is born in Edmonton, Alberta. Drafted by the Alberta rival Calgary Flames in 1996, he didn’t make his way to Boston until 2009-10, following stints with Calgary, Colorado, his first tour of duty with Phoenix and a short time with New York. For 2009-10, he signed a one-year deal and put up 25 points, all but three of them assists, in 58 games played as a Bruin. Boston traded him to Phoenix, where this past season he enjoyed a very deep playoff run and scored one of those Dennis Seidenberg goals from far away that elude the goalie, in this case Jonathan Quick.
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