Happy Birthday Raymond Bourque
On This Date: October 11
1967 - Goalie Gerry Cheevers wears a mask for the first time in an NHL game. He earns a 4-4 tie with the Detroit Red Wings.
1970 - Tom Johnson coaches his first game as the Bruins defeat the Detroit Red Wings by a 7-3 score. Boston’s Ted Green plays his first game since suffering a fractured skull in a September, 1969 pre-season game.
1979 - Ray Bourque has a goal and an assist in his first NHL game, a 4-0 Boston win over the Winnipeg Jets.
1984 - Pittsburgh’s Mario Lemieux scores his first career NHL goal on his first NHL shot in his first NHL game, a 4-3 Boston victory over the Penguins.
On This Date: October 2
1997 - The Bruins play the earliest opening game in their history with a 6-5 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.
1999 - The Carolina Hurricanes defeat the Bruins by a 3-1 score, Boston's first season-opening loss since Oct. 9, 1986. Ray Bourque scores Boston's lone goal in the game, becoming the League's all-time goal leader amongst defenseman.
Happy Birthday to: Gordie Roberts, Grahame Townsend, Glen Wesley