Join @Smithml1015 and I at our look back on the Boston Bruins’ players both past and present from 2000-2019, that gave or gives us reason(s) to remember them. In this article, we talk about the Right Wings.
And then a step to the Right…Wings
Shawn Thornton aka “Thorty,” was in this writer’s opinion one of the best scrappers in the NHL. Thornton started his career with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1997. And then he has bounced around from team to team. However, in 2007 he signed with the Boston Bruins and stayed there for seven years.
Thornton was a huge part of the 2011 Stanley Cup win. He was notoriously known for his fighting. If anyone messed with one of his teammates. Boston fans knew that he would retaliate. So he got suspended a lot. Here is a fight where he makes Mike Rupp from the NY Rangers. Shawn made him “leak” in this fight!
“Thank you, Kessel!” the chant (taunt) from the Boston Faithful after Phil Kessel was traded. On September 18, 2009, He was traded to Toronto for their 1st (Tyler Seguin) and 2nd (Jared Knight) round picks in 2010 NHL Draft and Toronto’s 1st round pick (Dougie Hamilton) in 2011 NHL Draft.
Outside of that, Kessel’s four years in Boston were good ones for him and the team. Kessel participated in the 2007 NHL YoungStars Game in Dallas on January 23, 2007. He recorded a hat-trick (including a unique powerplay goal, plus the game-winner) and an assist during a 9–8 Eastern Conference victory. While Kessel was not among top rookies in goals or assists, for the 2006–07 season he was second among rookies with four shootout goals (in seven attempts). Each was a game-deciding goal.
During his time in Boston, Kessel played an integral role in Boston’s run during the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs, leading the Bruins with six goals before losing to the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Semifinals in seven games. After the playoffs, it was reported that Kessel would need off-season shoulder surgery. An injury that most likely incurred during a 2–0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. The surgery was successful, during the off-season, with recuperation forcing Kessel to miss the start of the 2009–10 season. To this day. Kessel still plays for the Arizona Coyotes.
“Horton hears a Woo!” Another saying for the Boston Faithful whenever Nathan Horton would score. Boston got Horton from Florida with Dennis Seidenberg. Two players that played a huge part in the 2011 Stanley Cup win. Horton brought water from the ice at TD Garden and poured it on the ice in Vancouver.
However, in-game three of the series, Horton got hit by Arron Rome, which is to believe that the hit ended Horton’s career.
Horton then played the next year with the Columbus Blue Jackets before hanging up his skates.
On April 5, 2014, the New England Sports Network (NESN) TV network named Smith the 45th annual “7th Player”. The “7th Player” is awarded to the Boston Bruin who most exceeded all expectations that season, as voted by the team’s fans.
In July 2013, Reilly Smith was included in a blockbuster trade between Dallas and the Boston Bruins, which sent him, Loui Eriksson, Joe Morrow, and Matt Fraser to Boston in exchange for Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley, and Ryan Button. (stay tuned for more about these mentioned players in our center’s articles)
July 1, 2015, Smith was traded by the Bruins (along with Marc Savard‘s contract) to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Jimmy Hayes. On July 3, 2016, Smith signed a five-year, $25 million contract extension with the Panthers. As of today, he plays with the Vegas Golden Knights.
David Pastrnak – Our Star Right Wing
David Pastrnak aka “Pasta” is the most incredible player that Boston has had in a long time. The connection and rhythm with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron have made that line not only the “Top Line” but social media is now calling them the “Perfect Line!” However, I wouldn’t be telling you anything that you don’t already know. So, let’s just watch his Dunkin’s ad.
Right-Wing Honorable Mentions
The following players definitely made an impact and contributed to the game or Bruins wouldn’t be where they are today. And those Right Wings deserve a mention in this article. They are:
- Mark Recchi – 2008 – 2011
- Michael Ryder – 2008 – 2011
- Jaromir Jagr – 2012 -2013
- Jarome Iginla (Iggy) – 2013 -2014
- Jimmy Hayes – 2015 – 2017
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