Two days away from the official opening of training camp, Don Sweeney and the Bruins confirmed multiple changes within the organization’s hockey ops department Monday.
The biggest move of note will come on Jim Montgomery’s coaching staff, with Wakefield, Mass. native John McLean formally added to the staff as an assistant coach.
This will actually be McLean’s second season with the Bruins, as he spent last season with the club as a ‘skills and skating consultant’, and with an extensive background in Boston as both a coach and consultant. McLean co-founded Dynamic Skating, alongside skating consultant Tom Ford and former Bruins Skills and Skating Coach Kim Brandvold in 2010, and was named as head coach of the Austin Prep varsity hockey team in 2022 after previously serving as the head coach of the Malden Catholic School varsity hockey team.
McLean has been spotted running the B’s recent captains’ practices at Warrior Ice Arena.
The move to add McLean, who is expected to be one of the team’s ‘eye in the sky’ coaches, comes two and a half months after the Bruins lost assistant coach John Gruden to the Maple Leafs organization.
Elsewhere in hockey operations, the Bruins announced the hiring of Dan Darrow as an assistant video coordinator. Darrow comes to the Bruins after serving as an assistant coach of the U.S. U-18 national team. Prior to his time with the development team, Darrow spent seven seasons with the San Jose Sharks as a video coach.
The Bruins also announced role changes for both Josh Pohlkamp-Hartt and Campbell Weaver. Pohlkamp-Hartt, entering his sixth season with the club, will be the team’s new associate director of hockey analytics after spending the previous five seasons as a data scientist, while Weaver is now the director of hockey systems after spending his first four years as a data engineer.
And in the scouting department, the Bruins confirmed the hirings of Derek MacKinnon and Milan Jurcina.
MacKinnon will serve as a pro scout for the Bruins after spending the previous six years with the Flames as the team’s director of player personnel. Prior to their run as a DoPP, MacKinnon was a pro scout for nine years between the Flames and Coyotes, and served as a video coach for the Dallas Stars for five seasons.
Jurcina, meanwhile, will begin his scouting career as a European scout for the Bruins. The 40-year-old Jurcina, who began his NHL career with the Bruins back in 2005 and appeared in 430 NHL games in total, recently retired from the pro game after spending the last four years in the Czech League.
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…
Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for 985TheSportsHub.com. He has been covering the Bruins since 2010, and has been a member of the Boston chapter of the PHWA since 2013. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.