Last night, the NHL Network debuted a one-hour special called “Big Bad and Bobby” featuring the 1970 Stanley Cup Champions on the 50th anniversary of their win. It was part narrative, part player roundtable, and part local notables reminiscing about that Bruins team.
The roundtable had Phil Esposito, Gerry Cheevers, Bobby Orr, and Derk Sanderson talking about the time they spent together on and off the ice, including the story of how Bobby Orr kidnapped him from the hospital, where he was bedbound with a full-leg cast, to take him and the hospital bed down to a bar across the street. Ken Hodge, Fred Stanfield, and John Bucyk also chimed in about the team at that time. Harry Sinden, who was Head Coach under General Manager Milt Schmidt, also talked about his time coaching that team, including his decision to start his checking line of Derek Sanderson, Wayne Carleton, and Ed Westfall instead of Espo’s line in overtime in an effort to win quickly.
Jackie MacMullan talked about how all the kids, including herself, played ball hockey because they wanted to be like the Bruins. Worcesterite Denis Leary recalled how all the kids in his neighborhood all took turns recreating Bobby Orr’s latest goal. Howie Long talked about he used to watch the Bruins about 18″ away from the TV screen, play ball hockey on the streets of Charlestown, and how he never even watched a Patriots game. Howie Long said that the only framed photo in his home office that isn’t one of his family is the famous shot of Bobby Orr after The Goal.
@denisleary , JackieMac and Howie Long were perfect in describing what that year was like for us kids. What they said in that show was *exactly* what we all did. Exactly. Every detail was captured. We all shared the same experience. So very well captured by them. https://t.co/tk9Y2P12VW
— Guglielmo (@bzref) May 11, 2020
It was really great to see how the Bruins really captured the kids’ imagination back then. Hopefully, today’s players will do the same kids in the Boston area.