Morning Free Association: Mount Puckmore

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Greg Wyshynski made the move from Puck Daddy to ESPN last summer. What’s great about that is that he gets to build up the reputation of the four-letter network that has been known for not covering hockey much since the gave up the broadcasting rights years ago. Also great, he can show the usually stiff brand how to have fun, hockey style.

The former editor of Puck Daddy has brought back the idea of a NHL Mount Puckmore for every team, starting first with the teams in the Atlantic. The idea is that instead of merely selecting statistical leaders on each team, or great players that spent a hot minute with a team, that the writers would pick players that defined different eras of the team.

For the Bruins version of Mount Puckmore, he selected Milt Schmidt, Bobby Orr, Ray Bourque, and Patrice Bergeron. I think the folks at ESPN picked a pretty accurate version of Mount Puckmore. Of course you have to include both Orr and Bourque without question, both for their individual statistics and contributions to the team and the team identity. Schmidt meant so much to the team in many roles throughout his employ with the Bruins and it’s clear that the younger current players had much respect whenever he was at the Garden. As for that last spot, Patrice is perfect.

Patrice

No other player on the Bruins has meant more to the franchise and it’s fortunes than this Bruins lifer. His four Selke trophies prove that he’s one of if not the best at his position in the 200 foot game. And of course, he was key to winning the Stanley Cup in 2011 and getting back to the Stanley Cup Final in 2013.

It’s that last spot that’s vexing: There’s Bucyk, the franchise leader in goals (545) and Espo, whose brief tenure with the team produced an astounding 1.62 points per game. But as a representative of the modern era’s championship teams, and as a player who will go down as one of the greatest defensemen centermen of all time, we’re comfortable with Bergeron here. (Also, Brad Marchand threatened to lick us on the forehead if we didn’t select his linemate.)

Of course, there’s a poll on the page to tell Wysh and crew how they got it wrong. And they take it in stride with humor.

So, how do you think they did? Who would you include in the Bruins Mount Puckmore? Is there an obvious mistake they made by not including a player even as an honorable mention?

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BagelBruin
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Work is ssssslllllllllllloooooooowwwwwwww right now so let me share a story.

In January, I moved back to my favorite city in NC and transferred to the small local liberal arts college Salem College. Upon hearing this news, an acquaintance told me about her friend who managed the bookstore. I said I wasn’t looking to date anyone (just had a horrible string of Tinder and blind dates) but I was always open to meet new people and make friends, especially ones who played Pokemon Go (NERD.)

The bookstore manager and I met and played Pokemon Go a few times, but I purposefully made sure to not be flirty. It was nice. She was a few years older than me, and it was good to have someone on campus who was not 19. School got busy and I stopped playing Pokemon Go for awhile. After two months, the manager DMs me asking what the hell happened. She had romantic intentions. I informed her that I just wanted to be friends, and I apologized if I ever gave her the wrong vibe.

I have been to the book store a few times, you know, to buy books and stuff. She has been horribly rude, and the tension and awkwardness is something I rather avoid.

Anyway, OUR BOOKSTORE NOW SHIPS BOOKS AND SUPPLIES! Yes please! I will gladly pay $20 shipping even though campus is a mile away! I AM FREE FROM HER TYRANNY!

Shit. They have an in-store deal this week. 25% off all Salem apparel. CURSE YOU MANAGER!

BagelBruin
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BagelBruin

TWO OF MY CLASSES USE THE SAME BOOK. I AM A RICH MAN.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Are you sure you aren’t taking the same class twice?

BagelBruin
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BagelBruin

Fairly sure. The class has the same teacher. For one of the classes, she is debuting a brand new format and curriculum. It wouldn’t surprise me if she created her own text book for that class and it’s not available yet.

Or the book is huge and each class uses a different access code. This option is typically avoided at Salem College.

BagelBruin
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BagelBruin

The list is perfect

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

Yup. I can understand there being debate over who’s worthy of Honorable Mention, but anyone who opposes the 4 who made it onto Bruins Mt. Puckmore is in immediate need of a recto-craniectomy.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Hard to argue with his picks. Also hard to argue against the snubs. You could definitely swap players in and out of the four spot. I do like that he went with Bergy since the past is well represented so I have no problems with giving a nod to a current player that is already in the discussion as an all time great Bruin.

Also, I need to see this full video:
https://twitter.com/PPPLeafs/status/1029109607623483395

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The London Bear

Also, I need to see this full video:
https://twitter.com/PPPLeafs/status/1029109607623483395

After an exhaustive 5-minute search I can’t find any sign of it or others in the series on the SHL website (or anywhere else), sadly.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Why must they hide greatness from us?!