Join @Amy7594 and me as we look back on the Boston Bruins’ players both past and present from 2000-2019, that have given or give us reason to remember them.
Numbered banners hang from the rafters of TD Garden. 5 are the retired numbers of Bruins Defensemen, some of the most famous names in the hockey world.
- Eddie Shore (1926-40)
- Lionel Hitchman (1925-34)
- Bobby Orr (1966-76)
- Dit Clapper (1927-47)
- Ray Bourque (1979-2000)
I narrowed my Defensemen down to eight. At least one, possibly more, of these will join those with banners of their own. Here are the first four, alphabetically.
Blue Line Legends
Johnny Boychuk (2008-2014)
Also known as Johnny Rocket, Johnny Boychuk was a blueliner on the 2011 Stanley Cup-winning Bruins. Always a team player, even when no longer a Bruin, who can forget the moment when the now New York Ranger picked up and returned David Krejci‘s tooth? Once a Bruin, ALWAYS a Bruin!
Brandon Carlo (2016-present)
Drafted as part of the Johnny Boychuck trade, Brandon Carlo made his NHL debut in 2016, paired with Zdeno Chara. Now paired with Torey Krug, Carlo does not shy away from dropping the gloves when necessary. With Chara being a statistical outlier amongst a group of smaller, skilled defense skaters, Carlo at 6’5″ and 205 pounds is reminiscent of the Big Bad Bruins of old. The entire Bruins fan base was cheering when he tangoed with Nazim Kadri in December of 2018.
Zdeno Chara (2006-present)
Words are hardly necessary for touting Chara, aka Big Z. (The One and ONLY, Big Z. Thank you very much.) Currently the tallest (6’9″) and oldest (42 years) active NHL player. The Captain. Know for his “bomb” of a shot, Chara a six-time All-Star holds the NHL’s hardest shot record. In 2012, his slapshot was clocked at 108.8 mph. On January 17, 2011, Chara achieved what few NHL Defensemen do, his first career hat trick. Chara led the Bruins in hoisting Lord Stanley’s Cup that same year. In 2008-09, Chara won the Norris Trophy, and he was recently honored, in Montreal of all places, for playing his 1000th game as a Bruin.
Montreal was the location of the infamous Pacioretty Incident. The hit on Max Pacioretty was HUGE and there were potential legal implications as there was actual consideration of criminal assault charges being filed against Chara. This hit did force a change in the NHL. Following this incident, the dashers were rounded to prevent this type of injury occurring again.
Andrew Ference (2007-12)
Andrew Ference was a member of the Boston Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup-winning team. In 2007, Ference was traded to the Bruins where he was known as Ferknuckle for reasons made clear in the video below. Ference has a finger that may be even more famous than his fists. In-Game 3 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, many believe Ference and his middle finger turned the tide in favor of the Bruins. Ference flipped the proverbial bird to the Habs bench after scoring a goal. Consequently, the Habs were incensed, and the Bruins gained some momentum from the distraction.
Not that Ference was all fists and fury. In fact, after being traded to the Edmonton Oilers, Ference was the recipient of the King Clancey Trophy in 2013-14, which is awarded to the player “who best exemplifies leadership on and off the ice and who has made a significant humanitarian contribution to the community.”
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