Morning Free Association: Stanley Cup Champions from 50 Years Ago

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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.

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.

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It was a beautiful day this morning while I was trapped in conference calls. Now the skies are darkening quickly. I had to sneak in a mailbox run quickly so I could get some outside time today.

It was fun watching the Bobby Orr & Bruins thing this weekend. There were all sorts of local-born celebrities crowing about that Bruins resurgence. I particularly enjoyed seeing Howie Long, who I only think of in terms of NFL football and forget was a local kid because he played for Oakland (the de facto arch-enemy of the N.E. Patriots at the time). And he’s out there talking about being a kid glued to the TV screen during Bruins games, kind of like what happened at our house.
Ice hockey basically integrated my parents into the community – both my brothers played and my dad coached youth hockey. The guy who ran the youth hockey programs in town was a family friend and introduced us to a bunch of people. I’d have to query my family, but I suspect that the excitement that Bobby Orr brought to the area made the difference and inspired my brothers.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Monday again, eh?

I didn’t realise Dennis Leary was as old as that. Although I first saw him on MTV in about 1990, so it makes sense that he would be!

The weather has turned. Extremely windy and pretty chilly. Could barely feel my toes when I went for a run this morning, but on the plus side only saw about five other people. Easy distancing!

The London Bear
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Oh, Leah finished writing her song! It sounds fairly good- especially considering it was written by a nine-year-old and produced by someone who hardly knows how to use the recording software! Good fun.
Enforced family time causes friction sometimes but we’ve also had some lovely moments.

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Morning all.