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The Boston Bruins celebrate their 100th season in the 2023-24 campaign, and so they’ve released their “Historic 100” players list. They now have an eye toward the All-Centennial Team, which has already been selected, but will be announced Oct. 12.
That’s the bulk of the discussion on the newest episode of the Sports Hub Underground podcast, which you can listen to in the above player. The Sports Hub’s own Ty Anderson was part of the committees that picked both the “Historic 100” and the All-Centennial Team, and so he has plenty of good insight on the selection process and the players themselves.
As far as the biggest surprises on the list, Ty mentioned Phil Kessel. The guy’s obviously had a hell of a career, but he only played three years in Boston, didn’t really want to be a Bruin, and ultimately didn’t leave much of an imprint. Great player, not a great Bruin.
I, for one, was pleasantly surprised to see a lot of ’90s and early-2000’s Bruins stars get their nods. Jason Allison, Byron Dafoe, Andy Moog. But it’s understandable that the list favored teams that actually won the Stanley Cup; the 2011 team and the 1970/1972 squads are certainly well-represented, and deservedly so.
As for the All-Centennial Team – 12 forwards, six defensemen, and two goaltenders – the goalies and blue line had to be incredibly difficult to finalize. With only two goalies, it’s likely that one or both of Tim Thomas and Tuukka Rask will be left off, while there are plenty of other good options like Moog, Dafoe, Gerry Cheevers, and Tiny Thompson.
The defense is even tougher. Out of Bobby Orr, Ray Bourque, Eddie Shore, Zdeno Chara, Brad Park, Dit Clapper, Charlie McAvoy … who you snubbing? McAvoy, maybe, since he’s still young? But not the easiest decision. Ty says he has five (5) spots locked up there.
Anyway, I revealed my own All-Centennial Team on the podcast, and I chose with a focus on making real lines, rather than just picking the best players regardless of position. You can pick your own at the Boston Bruins’ official website. Listen above for the latest episode of the Sports Hub Underground.
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Boston Bruins reveal full list of 'Historic 100' players
The centennial season celebration for the Bruins is officially underway, and boy, is there going to be a lot to take in when it comes to the Bruins turning 100. We’re talking new jerseys (and fashion shows unveiling those new jerseys), and an on-site museum of sorts opening at TD Garden to look through the century-long history of the club.
One of the first tasks, however, was coming up with the ‘Historic 100’ to name the 100 most legendary players in the history of the franchise. Now, note that it’s legendary and not best. This wasn’t about picking the 100 greatest players in the organization (though that certainly played into it to a degree), but the 100 most legendary Bruins.
Speaking personally, I was honored — shocked, even — to be picked to be part of this committee. They got the kid who used to buy $10 tickets with his Dunkin’ Donuts tip money (quick shoutout to the Burlington Mall Dunks circa 2007) deciding who’s an all-time great! Sadly for 2007 Ty, I don’t believe Glen Metropolit and Chuck Kobasew are making this list. But holy smokes, did I agonize over this. My greatest fear was missing out on an extremely obvious player.
That, based on the results shared by the Bruins after tabulating all our votes, did not happen.
And while this isn’t a ranked list, I can tell you that mine went Bobby Orr, Ray Bourque, Phil Esposito, Johnny Bucyk, and Patrice Bergeron. In that order, I’m like 90 percent sure. I can also tell you that I rounded out my list with Andrew Ference in the No. 100 spot, and I believe that I had Tim Thomas one spot ahead of Tuukka Rask somewhere in the 20s because I truly couldn’t decide between the two when weighing peak (Thomas) versus longevity (Rask).
These debates only got more insane as the list went down into the 40s, and by the 70s, it was pure chaos.
But our results came through Tuesday, and with the Bruins unveiling the ‘Historic 100’ in full.
Just as a note, this is not my own personal list of 100, but rather the results of all of our votes tabulated to get it down to 100. It’s also worth noting that this list is not ranked, but rather the results of the voting…