The NE Sports Museum is proud to announce its 20th annual fundraising gala, The Tradition, will honor David Ortiz (Boston Red Sox), Kevin McHale (Boston Celtics), Angela Ruggiero (US Women’s Hockey), Ben Coates (New England Patriots), Mike Milbury (Boston Bruins), and Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution).
Presenters for each honoree will be announced in the coming weeks.
The program hosts will be Tom Caron and Jackie MacMullan.
Former Boston Bruin Peter McNab will be inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame, USA Hockey announced on Thursday morning.
Before he became a broadcaster, McNab played for parts of 14 NHL seasons (1973-87) with four teams. He ranks 19th among Americans in NHL history with 813 points in 995 regular-season games, including 363 goals and 450 assists.
McNab had seven consecutive campaigns with 70 or more points (including four with 80-plus) and six straight with 35-plus goals, helping his teams to the postseason 10 times. He also reached the Stanley Cup Final in three straight seasons from 1975-77.
McNab spent his first three years with the Buffalo Sabres, the club that drafted him 85th overall in the 1972 NHL Entry Draft. The center then played eight seasons (1976-84) with the Boston Bruins and he helped the team to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in seven of his eight campaigns. McNab earned a spot in the 1977 NHL All-Star Game and tallied a career-high 86 points that season. He ranks 11th in Bruins history in goals (263), 13th in points (587) and is eighth in playoff goals (38).
McNab concluded his playing career by competing in parts of two years with the Vancouver Canucks and a two-season stint with the New Jersey Devils before he retired.
Recently, our outstanding summer intern Kristen Joyce caught up with the "Voice of the Alumni" John Horrigan to discuss his role with the Bruins Alumni.
Kristen is the daughter of the late Kevan Joyce, who was a big part of the Bruins Alumni family.
RIP Johnny Peirson
RIP Bobby Schmautz
RIP Mal Viola
This week, we lost an important member of the Boston Bruins Alumni family -- Mal Viola -- who passed away after a courageous battle with cancer.
Mal worked with the Bruins and the Alumni for 33 years, most of them along side "The Chief" Johnny Bucyk as he built the Alumni program.
Later, Mal worked closely with past Alumni president Bob Sweeney and current Alumni president Rick Middleton during their tenures before retiring in 2014.
Mal is pictured here in this 2018 group photo along side Bobby Miller, who passed away in October.
Mal was the "go-to" person for the Alumni and her devotion and loyalty to the Bruins combined with her cheerful personality made her a friend to all.
RIP Mal. You will be missed.
The Boston Bruins Alumni with a stick tap salute to 18-year old Bishop Feehan High School hockey player A.J. Quetta, who was seriously injured in a game on January 26.
The Bruins legends were joined by the Thomas E. Smith Foundation for this benefit game, which raised funds for A.J.'s medical expenses.
Proceeds from the Bruins 50/50 raffles from Feb. 1 to Feb. 13 will benefit A.J. Quetta and his family.
Bruins Alumni Coordinator Karen Wonoski was featured in a recent edition of "The Hockey News."
As the Bruins alumni coordinator, Karen Wonoski gets to witness some amazing interactions with former Boston stars, including the time Johnny Bucyk met Milt Schmidt.
By Lisa Wallace
Many people would be envious of Karen Wonoski.
Wonoski is the Boston Bruins alumni coordinator and, as such, has the opportunity to spend time with some of the organization’s fan favorites.
Think of players such as Ray Bourque, Terry O’Reilly and Rick Middleton who continue to live on in Bruins lore. “Spending time with the players is awesome,” admitted Wonoski. “They all have different personalities, but are great people. That’s what you have to remember, they are all human. I love listening to their hockey stories.”
Wonoski, a Bruins fan since she was a child, saw the posting for the position, applied, and has held the role for the past seven years.
Much of Wonoski’s job entails managing ticket requests for seats in the Alumni Suite, maintaining player appearance schedules, and organizing about 30 alumni games every season. She works closely with Bruins legends 'Chief' Johnny Bucyk and 'Nifty' Rick Middleton.
Over the years Wonoski has enjoyed numerous special moments, but two stand out in particular. One was going to Milt Schmidt’s home with Bucyk. Schmidt played 16 seasons with the Bruins over the course of nearly 20 years from 1936 through 1955. Schmidt was signing a number of items that would later be donated. “He carefully signed each item, and the whole time chatted with 'Chief' about old hockey memories,” Wonoski said. “Watching and listening to those two gentlemen was something else.”