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By Stephanni Phillips and Ariana Chapin, A Cup A Bruin
With the 2014 Sochi Olympics coming up, we have now compiled a list of all-time Boston Bruins gamers that best symbolize every nation, or as Puck Daddy called it, a ‘Nationwide Hockey League of Nations.’
Since being based in 1924, the Boston Bruins have produced a variety of high quality gamers, that sported breathtaking moves to turning into legends of the sport. Forty-9 males who previously donned the Spoked-B on their chest now call themselves Corridor-of-Famers. In addition, they’ve also captured 13 Hart Trophies, eight Artwork Ross Trophies, 9 Vezina Trophies, fourteen Norris Trophies and six Stanley Cups.
Being one of many solely teams to sign more than 900 gamers in historical past and the only workforce to have over 100 goalies ,the Bruins provide diversity. With their hard work, drive and dedication they’ve helped mould a team that Boston is proud to call their own.
From previous to present the Bruins are, and at all times will, include a few of the best players on this planet.
Canada: Bobby Orr (Bergeron/Esposito/Shore)
There have been so many Canadian hockey players which have come to play for the Bruins, making this decision extremely difficult. In the long run, Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, and Patrice Bergeron rank among the many prime three. After lengthy discussions and going forwards and backwards, when it came right down to it, Patrice Bergeron and Bobby Orr got here out at the top of the listing each time.
Both Orr and Esposito have had their numbers retired for causes all of their very own, helping to build the mildew that future Bruins players should try to satisfy. Whereas Bobby Orr brought the Cup again to Boston in 1970 with his famous goal from Derek Sanderson and Esposito grew to become the primary NHL player to score a hundred factors in a single season, Bergeron has accomplished more in numerous methods.
Although Bergeron hasn’t registered a one hundred-point season up to now, he has been essentially the most useful player to the organization since he joined in 2003. In his 8 years of taking part in he has mixed for 433 points (153 objectives and 280 assists) in 579 common-season video games. Patrice Bergeron might not maintain any records for being the most effective ahead, but that’s not all a legend is thought for. Bergeron has adopted the mold set forth by Orr and Esposito and modified it to fit this technology. He has turn out to be the epitome of what a crew wants in a hockey player. Somebody who is constant within the faceoff circle and is aware of tips on how to play solid, two-approach hockey, rating himself among the best in the league. His postseason heroics speak wonders as well as he sustained a mess of accidents, yet was still in a position to rating 9 targets and 6 assists via the 2013 postseason.
Though solely 28, Bergeron has won a Gold medal within the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, a Gold medal within the 2004 World Championships with the Czech Republic, a Gold Medal within the 2005 World Junior Championships, a Gold Medal for Workforce Canada within the Spengler Cup, as well as a Stanley Cup in 2011. He embodies an all-round hockey participant and is on track to change into a legend that might probably be higher than Orr and Esposito. He’s a ‘residing legend’ and his career is simply firstly.
However, despite Bergeron’s greatness, the ultimate alternative with out even really NEEDING a cause or clarification is and shall be for some time (if not eternally) Bobby Orr.
Orr shattered records in his time with Boston, rating among the many League’s greatest and remaining there to this present day. Currently he holds the franchise’s best plus/minus report of plus-589 and is ranked second in points per game averaging 1.41. Along with franchise data, he additionally holds many with the league with his prime ranked 139 points by a defenseman in a single season along with his plus/minus of a plus-124 in a single season. Orr was also no stranger to hardware, piling the trophies up and putting Boston on the map single-handed. He was the recipient of eight Norris Trophies, two Art Ross Trophies, three consecutive Hart trophies, a recipient of the Conn Smythe twice as the MVP of the playoffs which he helped Boston win the Stanley Cup in 1970 and 1972. In 1979 his quantity (4) was formally retired in Boston and he was inducted to into the Hockey Corridor of Fame the identical yr.
As previously stated Orr was and always will probably be a Boston Bruin and perpetually one of many greats. Palms down, no questions asked.
We also needed to give an honorable point out to Eddie Shore. At a time that we confer with as ‘old time hockey,’ Shore excelled in methods unthinkable for his era. While he didn’t have the same profession statistics as Orr or Bourque as a D-Man, he defended the blue line precisely as he was supposed too. By doing so he earned himself 4 Hart Trophies and helped bring the Bruins their first Stanley Cup in 1929 and again in 1939. He helped set the usual of physicality for the players that put on the Spoked-B tallying 1,038 penalty minutes in his day.
Finland: Tuukka Rask
Given that there hasn’t been much illustration for Finland in Boston, the all-time greatest participant falls into the glove of Tuukka Rask. Rask proved this season that he’s able to main the B’s to success and was rewarded with an eight-yr contract extension at the end of this season.
After the B’s lost Tim Thomas, Rask was re-signed with a one-year contract for the 2012-2013 season with the possibility to prove he may handle the beginning position. Not only did he do that, but he led the Bruins to the Stanley Cup Remaining for the second time in three years, conserving them in rivalry and instilling confidence all through the organization. Within the postseason Rask led all netminders in shutouts (3) and save percentages (.940%).
With the increase of confidence following the postseason and added experience Rask possesses, the Bruins are in fine condition to be in contention for the years to come with him between the pipes. Being that he is solely 26, Rask is simply hitting his prime and he can solely enhance from here on out.
USA: Tim Thomas
Names resembling Blake Wheeler, Phil Kessel, Brian Rolston and Tim Thomas are the ones that come to mind. When it comes down to the very best performer on the ice that held essentially the most potential and promise for Boston, it was Tim Thomas. Whereas this determination is sure to get a number of skepticism from the bulk, all politics and drama apart, there is no such thing as a denying his talent between the pipes. His acrobatics and cat-like reflexes performed a pivotal function in the Bruins becoming Stanley Cup contenders and eventual Champions in 2011.
Thomas was always a singular participant in the way in which he introduced himself, coming into the NHL undrafted and basically stealing the starting place from Rask. In his 7-year continuous tenure, he managed to cease 10,426 pictures, good enough for a921 save percentage. His knack for stopping pucks essentially paved the highway to winning the Cup, hiding the atrocious energy play the Bruins possessed. For a guy that nobody thought would play exterior of Europe, he overcame the obstacles and introduced home the hardware with a pair of Vezinas, a Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe, inserting him among the many greatest.
Sweden: P.J. Axelsson
Making up the Swedish a part of the all-time roster is forward P.J. Axelsson. Although he never hoisted a Stanley Cup or made it to the All-Stars with the Bruins, followers will eternally have a gentle spot for him.
He played his total NHL career with the B’s after being drafted by them in 1995, spending eleven seasons with Boston. In 797 video games, he scored 103 targets and tallied 184 assists. While these numbers aren’t file breaking, he has still confirmed to be an all-star, particularly on the subject of penalty killing.
Russia: Sergei Samsonov
Samsonov played with the Bruins from 1997-2004, tallying 146 objectives, 193 assists and a +sixty two in simply 459 games. He got here into the NHL with phrases of praise and insurmountable hype surrounding him after making a reputation for himself in the World Juniors in 1997, leading Russia to a Bronze Medal and being named the Most Outstanding Participant of the tournament. In his rookie season with the Bruins, not like teammate Joe Thornton, he excelled right away, incomes himself the Calder Memorial Trophy. He’s the only participant in history to win the rookie of the yr awards within the IHL and NHL in consecutive years.
For the following two seasons, he posted career-highs and actually showed his potential before falling victim to injuries. In 2006, he was traded for Marty Reasoner, Yan Stastny, and a second spherical choose in 2006 (Milan Lucic), to the Edmonton Oilers where he helped them make a run at the Stanley Cup Finals. With his agility, speed, quick release and talent to play offensively or defensively, he’s one of the best representation for Russia from the Bruins all-time roster.
Slovakia: Zdeno Chara
Now, if we had been NBC, we’d be stating that Chara deserves to be part of the all-time roster because he is the tallest guy within the NHL and has the most important stick; having the league make an exception for him to have the ability to use it. However, there may be way more to Chara than his dimension. His capacity to shut down gamers like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin is considered one of his biggest attributes that makes him among the finest all-time defensemen.
While he may not have a lot hardware, holding a single Stanley Cup ring and profitable the Norris Trophy once, he does maintain a prime 50 all-time best along with his plus/minus ranking of +163, ranking him thirty eighth in all-time defensemen. Within the years to come back, that quantity is certain to increase, making him Boston’s all-time greatest Slovakian.
Czech Republic: David Krejci
In selecting the perfect participant to characterize both the Boston Bruins and Czech Republic, one’s thoughts naturally thinks of current roster-player David Krejci. Nonetheless, other than Krejci, there was someone else who deserved some recognition as effectively. Czech ahead Vladimir Ruzicka who played with the Bruins from 1990-1993. Whereas he didn’t achieve any main awards during his tenure in Boston, he has a number of awards and trophies for his native country the place he has spent the vast majority of his profession. In 166 games he posted 66 goals and sixty six assists, not including 20 postseason appearances where he recorded four targets and 14 assists. While he was able to make a good affect in a brief amount of time, the player who continues to progress and make himself higher is Krejci.
Krejci got here into the Bruins organization in 2004, and has since been known as the participant with the most effective plus/minus in the NHL (2008-2009), the player with the most objectives and points in the playoffs (2010-2011), a Stanley Cup Champion (2011) as well as a World Champion Bronze Medalist for the Czech Republic (2011-2012). Whereas it took him a while to regulate to play at the NHL level after splitting time between the Boston and Providence, on the finish of the 2007-2008 season is when Krejci began to shine. Over the course of the past five seasons, he has confirmed to be a tough-working, excessive-vitality, play-making heart that thrives throughout intense video games just like the playoffs. In 81 postseason video games he has tallied 29 objectives and forty four assists, averaging around 0.2 points more per game in the postseason than the common season. Due to his skill to deal with excessive-pressure situations and excel, he is our best choice to signify the Czech Republic.
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Germany: Dennis Seidenberg
The greatest representation for the Germans ought to come as no shock with high defenseman Dennis Seidenberg. He’s solely the second German player to ever win a Stanley Cup and was the primary to take action in a Bruins uniform. Seidenberg is considered a part of one of many toughest defensive-pairing tandems of the NHL, playing alongside Zdeno Chara. The two mixed are seemingly unstoppable. While one would suppose Chara has essentially the most to supply on this pairing, Seidenberg makes a stable identify for himself as nicely.
Since joining the Bruins at the trade deadline in March of 2010, Seidenberg has confirmed himself to be the stability and veteran presence the Bruins wanted in the defensive zone. Regardless of some early profession turmoil being bounced round from four groups over the course of seven years, it appears as though Seidenberg is where he belongs with the B’s. There’s little question that he’ll proceed to be on the top defensive position and at age 32 he could doubtlessly take over as prime D-Man for the workforce sometime. Ought to Germany qualify for the Olympics in the years to come back, he’s the only option from Boston.