Today in Boston Bruins History: October 12

By Emma Harger
Adam McQuaid celebrates his 26th birthday today. Bruce Fedyck-US PRESSWIRE

Boston Bruins history for October 12:

1949: The 1949-50 season kicks off with a 2-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on the road.

1952: To start the season, the Bruins play to a 1-1 tie with the Montreal Canadiens.

1955: The Bruins get the first win of the season when they shut out the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-0.

1958: Just like three years prior, the Bruins net their first win of the season by defeating Montreal 4-2.

1961: The Bruins lose 6-3 to the New York Rangers, so they’ve put together two losses in a home-and-home to start the season. (Plus, the Rangers won both games with six goals.)

1963: A 5-1 loss to the Maple Leafs starts a losing streak that won’t be broken for two full weeks of play.

1964: Boston begins a very long losing streak (except for a tie later in the month) that lasts for all of October by losing 6-2 to the Rangers.

1969: The 1969-70 season starts with a win, 2-1 over New York.

1975: The Bruins play to a 3-3 tie with the New York Islanders.

1978: The season begins with a big win, 8-2, over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

1980: Another game with the Habs results in a 3-2 Bruins win.

1982: The Bruins tie it 2-2 with the New Jersey Devils.

1985: Detroit provides an opportunity for a win and the Bruins take it, defeating them 9-2.

1986: Adam McQuaid (Adam Mark McQuaid) is born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Drafted in 2005 by the Columbus Blue Jackets, he ended up never taking the ice as part of the Blue Jackets. Instead, after his final season in the junior OHL, Columbus traded him to Boston and he got on with a three-year entry-level contract immediately. For the first two years of that deal, he spent time in Providence, but in 2009-10 he got his first NHL callup. His first NHL goal was a game-winning goal against the Canadiens at the Bell Centre.

For 2010-11, he became part of the permanent Bruins roster and put up 15 points and 96 penalty minutes during the regular season, plus four assists and 14 penalty minutes during the run to the Stanley Cup. It was during that time that Pierre McGuire termed him “one tough hombre” on the air. That tough hombre then won the Cup and spent his Cup day around Prince Edward Island. With his entry-level contract set to expire, he signed a new deal in July 2011 to keep him in the black and gold for three more years. This past season, he had 10 points and 99 penalty minutes, though he missed some games toward the end of the season and the entire playoff run due to injuries that were later confirmed to be a concussion.

Here is a video of McQuaid taking on Raffi Torres after he laid a big hit on Andrew Ference. The aftermath of the fight is featured in Patrice Bergeron‘s episode of NHL 36.

1988: The first loss of the still-young 1988-89 season comes when the Bruins lose 6-2 to the Los Angeles Kings while out in California.

1991: The Bruins are shut out in a big way, losing 6-0 to the Canadiens.

1992: The Bruins defeat the Ottawa Senators 6-3 in their first-ever meeting with the new team.

1995: The San Jose Sharks and the Bruins play to a 6-6 tie.

1996: In another meeting with the Sharks on their home ice, the Bruins put up a 5-3 win.

1998: The Bruins shut out the Islanders 3-0 to get their first decisive win of the season (their opening game had been a tie).

2006: In their first game on Oct. 12 in eight years, the Bruins are defeated 3-2 in overtime at the St. Louis Blues. Bergeron and Marc Savard score.

2009: The Bruins lose 4-3 to the Colorado Avalanche. Mark Recchi, Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder score, but it’s not enough to help the Bruins to a big comeback like the game before against the Islanders.

2011: The Carolina Hurricanes beat the Bruins 3-2 in their first meeting of the season. Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand provide the goals for Boston, plus McQuaid gets an assist on his birthday.


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