Today in Boston Bruins History: September 24
Boston Bruins history for September 24:
1970: Davis Payne is born in Port Alberni, British Columbia. Drafted in 1989 by the Edmonton Oilers, he spent time in the ECHL, AHL and now-defunct IHL before signing with the Bruins. Though he spent most of his time in the Bruins organization with Providence, he did play 22 games over the course of two seasons, though he only put up one point and 14 penalty minutes. After ending his play career in 2000, he went into coaching, first for ECHL teams where he found much postseason success. While at the helm of the Alaska Aces, the Aces won the 2006 Kelly Cup and had two 100+ point seasons back to back. In 2008, he joined the St. Louis Blues system as coach of the AHL Peoria Rivermen. He then ascended to Blues head coach in 2010, at first on an interim basis, but then officially. However, he was fired near the start of the 2011-12 season when St. Louis got off to a rocky start, although he was hired in July 2012 to be assistant coach of the Los Angeles Kings.
1988: Steven Kampfer is born in Ann Arbor, Mich. Drafted in 2007 by the Anaheim Ducks, Kampfer played four years of college hockey in Michigan and was traded to the Bruins while still in school. He got his first NHL call-up in December 2010 and had his first NHL point in his third game, plus his first point that month as well. A knee injury in April 2011 kept him from joining the Bruins in playing, even if only as a spare, during their Stanley Cup run. He didn’t play in any playoff games, and played in 38 regular-season games, not enough for his name to be engraved on the Stanley Cup–though the Bruins lobbied for that to happen along with Marc Savard. (The team got half of their wishes fulfilled.) However, Kampfer did get a ring and a spot in the team photo. Kampfer was traded in February 2012 to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Greg Zanon.
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