October 10th, 2016

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Northern Mockingbird

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He is absolutely fearless. He let me get really close to him in the Belle Isle Marshes.


Or, perhaps, he was in his thoughts and didn’t notice me.


It is highly unlikely but, out of curiosity, what might mockingbirds think about when they are in deep thoughts?

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Peeking At Ya

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Bernie C. is a camera shy guy.


Selfies and photo sessions are not for him. He doesn’t like those.


I always have to make a candid camera type of photos with him.


Just like this one…

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Boston Bruins Milestone Teams: 1969-70, Stanley Cup No. 4

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Front row (left to right):

Gerry Cheevers, Tom Johnson (asst. GM), Milt Schmidt (GM), Weston Adams, Jr. (President), Harry Sinden (Head Coach), Ed Johnson;

Middle row (left to right):

Dan Canney (Trainer), Nik Beverly, Derek Sanderson, Jim Harrison, Jim Lorenz, Ed Westfall, Phil Esposito, John Bucyk, Ron Murphy, Don Awrey, Wayne Cashman, John Forristal (Asst. Trainer);

Back row (left to right):

John MacKenzie, Fred Stanfield, Dallas Smith, Garnet Bailey, Ken Hodge, Bill Speer, Bobby Orr, Gary Doak, Rick Smith


In the 1969-70 Season, Boston Bruins won their 4th Stanley Cup. Being an expert on international hockey, I find many familiar faces and names in the team photo featuring the Bruins personnel in the championship season. Many of them took part in the first NHL level world tournaments in the early 1970s.


Harry Sinden was the head coach of Team Canada 1972. Ed Johnson, Phil Esposito, Don Awry, Wayne Cashman and Bobby Orr were selected to play for Team Canada in the 1972 Summit Series. John Forristal was actually the guy who escorted Alan Eagleson to Team Canada’s bench in Game 8 in Moscow when the “Eagle” was almost arrested by the Soviet police. According to Eagleson, it wasn’t him but Forristal to be blamed for the middle finger hello to the Soviet fans when they were walking on the ice. Phil Esposito became an instant hero in Russian hearts and Soviet players even asked for his autographs in the shower stall after they lost the Series.


Gerry Cheevers, Jim Harrison, John MacKenzie and Rick Smith were members of Team Canada that played vs. Team USSR in the 1974 Summit Series. John MacKenzie even earned unofficial Mr. Aggrevation title among Russian fans of the time.


In 1969-70, Bobby Orr won his 3rd straight Norris Trophy. He dominated the NHL in scoring won also the Hart Trophy . The Bruins finished 2nd with a 40-17-19 record. In the first round of the playoffs, they battled against the NYR as they split the first four games. They managed to straighten out and win the next 2 games. In the semifinals, the Bruins scored 20 goals against Chicago Blackhawks in a four game sweep.


In the finals, the Bruins dominated versus the St. Louis Blues. They won the first three games by a combined score of 16-4. With their first cup in 29 years in reach, the Bruins were taken to overtime. Bobby Orr scored his unforgettable goal by flying through the air 40 seconds into overtime. Orr won the Conn Smythe trophy for his outstanding playoff performance.


Boston Bruins 1969-1970


Record: 40-17-19 (99 points), Finished 2nd in NHL

Coach: Harry Sinden (40-17-19)

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Arena: Boston Garden


Playoffs


Won Stanley Cup Final (4-0) versus St. Louis Blues

Won Semi-Finals (4-0) versus Chicago Black Hawks

Won Quarter-Finals (4-2) versus New York Rangers


Team Roster


 


No. Player Pos Age Ht Wt S/C Exp Birth Date Summary
26 Don Awrey D 26 6-0 175 L/- 6 July 18, 1943 3 G, 10 A, 13 P
14 Ace Bailey LW 21 5-11 192 L/- 1 June 13, 1948 11 G, 11 A, 22 P
27 Nick Beverley D 22 6-2 185 R/- 1 April 21, 1947 0 G, 0 A, 0 P
9 John Bucyk LW 34 6-0 215 L/- 14 May 12, 1935 31 G, 38 A, 69 P
11 Wayne Carleton LW 23 6-3 212 L/- 4 August 4, 1946 6 G, 19 A, 25 P
12 Wayne Cashman LW 24 6-1 208 R/- 3 June 24, 1945 9 G, 26 A, 35 P
30 Gerry Cheevers G 29 5-11 185 -/L 5 December 7, 1940 24-8-8, 2.72 GAA
25 Gary Doak D 23 5-11 175 R/- 4 February 26, 1946 1 G, 7 A, 8 P
7 Phil Esposito C 27 6-1 205 L/- 6 February 20, 1942 43 G, 56 A, 99 P
21 Jim Harrison C 22 5-11 185 R/- 1 July 9, 1947 3 G, 1 A, 4 P
8 Ken Hodge RW 25 6-2 210 R/- 5 June 25, 1944 25 G, 29 A, 54 P
1 Eddie Johnston G 34 6-0 190 -/L 7 November 24, 1935 16-9-11, 2.98 GAA
22 Bill Lesuk LW 23 5-9 187 L/- 1 November 1, 1946 0 G, 0 A, 0 P
22 Jim Lorentz C/RW 22 6-0 190 L/- 1 May 1, 1947 7 G, 16 A, 23 P
21 Don Marcotte LW 22 5-11 183 L/- 2 April 15, 1947 9 G, 3 A, 12 P
19 John McKenzie RW 32 5-9 175 R/- 9 December 12, 1937 29 G, 41 A, 70 P
28 Ron Murphy LW 36 5-11 185 L/- 17 April 10, 1933 2 G, 5 A, 7 P
4 Bobby Orr D 21 6-0 197 L/- 3 March 20, 1948 33 G, 87 A, 120 P
16 Derek Sanderson C 23 6-0 185 L/- 4 June 16, 1946 18 G, 23 A, 41 P
20 Dallas Smith D 28 5-11 180 L/- 7 October 10, 1941 7 G, 17 A, 24 P
10 Rick Smith D 21 5-11 190 L/- 1 June 29, 1948 2 G, 8 A, 10 P
24 Bill Speer D 27 5-11 205 L/- 2 March 20, 1942 1 G, 3 A, 4 P
28 Frank Spring RW 20 6-3 216 R/- R October 19, 1949 0 G, 0 A, 0 P
17 Fred Stanfield C 25 5-10 185 L/- 5 May 4, 1944 23 G, 35 A, 58 P
11 Tom Webster RW 21 5-10 170 R/- 1 October 4, 1948 0 G, 1 A, 1 P
18 Ed Westfall RW 29 6-1 197 R/- 8 September 19, 1940 14 G, 22 A, 36 P
27 Barry Wilkins D 22 6-0 190 L/- 2 February 28, 1947 0 G, 0 A, 0 P

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