Five Great Players Who Have Worn Boston Bruins Hockey Jerseys
The Boston Bruins were one of the original six teams in the National Hockey League. The city they play for has long been one of the greatest sports towns in history and it plays host to some of the biggest teams in American sport. Even though a new stadium stands in its place today the Boston Garden was privy to some of the greatest hockey players in NHL history. A lot of fantastic hockey players have donned some Boston Bruins hockey jerseys and I’m sure, judging by how great the team has been doing lately, that even more future star players will have the privilege to wear it too.
Here are but five examples of great players that have bore the Boston Bruins mantle and led the team to greatness over the lifespan of the team. They are chosen in no particular order. If you have any favorite Bruins of your own please feel free to tell me a little bit about them in a comment or go right ahead and make your own hub about your favorites.
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Ray Bourque may not have been the best player to wear a Boston Bruins sweater but he is one of the greats. The Bruins have always enjoyed having powerful rearguards defending their blue line and Ray Bourque was one of the best. He was a highly skilled passer and could hit the offense with a perfect pass just about every time. He was never rattled by a strong forecheck even though the opposing team would zero in on him often and he could skate as fast as any other on the ice. He was known to take some powerfully accurate shots from the point and would even jump into the slot if the opportunity arose. He was a great positional player and was able to would regularly come in first for a season’s shots on goal.
Ray Bourque was one of the best defensemen the Bruins ever had but he didn’t even come close in comparison with the fantastic Bobby Orr. The “perfect hockey player” Bobby Orr even has his own hat trick. Get into a fight, score a goal, and make an assist and the fans will cheer you for being similar to this legendary hockey player. With a seemingly effortless play style Orr broke scoring records and altered tactical hockey practice forever. He was a defenseman who acted like a forward and he changed the way the game was played because of this. Unfortunately Orr’s career was cut short by his knees.
After playing for the Ottawa Senators for a few seasons this giant of a man moved out to Boston and joined the Bruins line up. Standing at almost 7 feet tall, Chara is a beast. He’ll bash players to the ground, he’ll take massive slap shots from the blue line, and he’ll intimidate any forward who’s encroaching the Bruin’s goal space. He’s one of the new bloods in Boston but he’s one of the best and will most definitely go down in the history books.
Cam Neely joined the Bruins in an age of hockey where grinding it out was the most important part of the game. He was the ultimate Bruin in his day because of the emphasis he placed on physical play and perseverance. Cam scored almost 40 goals in each of his first three seasons with Boston and he would go on to score two straight 50 goal seasons. Unfortunately, like Bobby Orr, Cam’s career was cut short by a cheap shot to the knees in a conference final against Pittsburgh.
Enough about defensemen, let’s talk about a great forward. Phil started in the NHL as a Chicago Blackhawk but reached his full potential as a Boston Bruin. He’s won the Hart Trophy for Most Valuable Player and he’s won the Pearson Trophy both two times. He played alongside Bobby Orr and it is only this reason that he’s not known as one of the greatest all time hockey players, when you have to play with a straight up legend it is easy to get over shadowed.