Rick "Nifty" Middleton was drafted in the 1st round, 14th overall, by the Rangers in the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft after a glittering junior career with the Oshawa Generals in which he led his league in scoring his final year. He debuted with the Rangers in the 1974–75 season, and scored 22 goals in 47 games. He was acquired by the Bruins prior to the 1977-77 season in exchange for Ken Hodge.
Middleton became a great star in Boston, scoring nearly nine hundred points in a Bruins uniform over the next twelve years. Middleton had five straight seasons of at least 40 goals and 90 points and played in three NHL All Star Games. He ranks third all time in Bruins goal scoring with 402 and is the team's all-time leader in shorthanded goals with 25.
Raymond Bourque was the Bruins first choice (8th overall) in the 1979 NHL draft. He went on the play 21 seasons with the B's becoming the Bruins' all-time career leader in games played (1,518), assists (1,111) and points (1,506).
During his career, he was selected to 13 NHL First Team (the most in history) and six Second Team All-Star squads, second in total in league history only to Gordie Howe and most amongst defencemen. He won the Norris Trophy as the top defenceman in the league five times.
Bourque was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004. His #77 is retired by both the Bruins and Avalanche
Rejean "Reggie" Lemelin is a native of Quebec City. He was chosen 125th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1974. After four stellar years in the Flyers' system, Lemelin signed with the Atlanta Flames as a free agent in 1978.
He made his NHL debut in 1978-79 and spent nine years with the Flames organization, highlited by a 30-win performance in 1984-85.
Lemelin joined the Bruins in 1987-88 and won 24 games combining with Andy Moog to backstop the club to the Stanley Cup finals. Two years later, he won 22 games and shared the William Jennings trophy with Moog.
A member of the Boston University Sports Hall of Fame, Cleon Daskalakis established himself as one of the premier goalies in New England collegiate history.
As a senior in 1983-84, Daskalakis led the club to a stellar 28-11-1 mark, and its first NCAA Tournament bid in six years. A finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, Daskalakis received First Team All-America, First Team All-New England, ECAC Player of the Year, New England Player of the Year, and Team MVP honors, and the Walter Brown Award as the top American-born collegiate player in New England.
Cleon had three stints with the Bruins from 1984-1987.
The Bruins drafted Bob Sweeney out of Acton-Boxboro high school. in 1982. He went on to a stellar 4-year career at Boston College, highlited by a 32-goals, 32 assist season (44 games) in 1984-85. That performance helped make him a second Team All Hockey Easy Selection.
Sweeney joined the Bruins in 1986-87 and went on to play six seasons with the club, appearing in a pair of Stanley Cup Finals (1988 and 1990). His best season came in 1989-90 (22-24-26)
Bob also had NHL stints with the NY Islanders and Buffalo Sabres. He is now Director of Development for the Bruins Foundation.
Glen "Feather" Featherstone was a rugged defensive-minded defenseman for 9 NHL seasons with the Bruins, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues, Hartford Whalers and Calgary Flames.
Featherstone was drafted 73rd overall by the St. Louis Blues in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft and made his NHL debut playing for the Blues in 1988. In total, Featherstone played 384 regular season games, scoring 19 goals and 61 assists for 80 points and collecting 939 penalty minutes.
He provided toughness and solid play to the Bruins blueline from 1991-92 through 1993-94.
Left winger Bill Bennett comes from one the top hockey families in the United States. His father, Harvey, was an NHL goaltender with the Boston Bruins, and all five of his sons went on to play professional hockey themselves.
Bennett began his NHL career with the Bruins who gave him his shot during the 1978-79 campaign, suiting him up for seven games. Bennett concluded the season with the AHL Rochster Americans, scoring 33 goals and 71 points in 72 games .
In 1979-80, Bennett was signed by the NHL Hartford Whalers and played a career-high 24 games scoring three goals and three assists. He often was paired with hockey immortal Gordie Howe while with the Whalers.
Selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft, Bill O’Dwyer was a standout at Boston College scoring 162 points (64 goals, 98 assists) during his productive varsity career and led the team in scoring in his junior and senior seasons. he Co-captain of the Eagles and an All-East selection in his senior year.
After five seasons with the LA Kings and New York Rangers organizations, O'Dwyer was signed as a free agent by the Bruins in 1987. He played 77 games in 1987, serving as a defensive specialist and penalty killer for coach Terry O'Reilly's B's.
He scored his first NHL goal as an LA King vs. the Bruins on January 7, 1985.
In 1985 defenseman Bob Beers was chosen 210th overall by the Boston Bruins at the NHL Entry Draft. He enjoyed three excellent years with the University of Maine Black Bears and in 1989 was chosen to the Hockey East second all-star team and the NCAA East second all-American team.
Beers went on to play 258 NHL games with the Bruins, New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers and Tampa Bay Lightning
He currently serves as a radio commentator on Boston Bruins broadcasts on the WBZ Bruins radio network and is an occasional contributor to NESN Bruins and College Hockey broadcasts
Defenseman Al Iafrate played 799 career NHL games over 12 NHL seasons, scoring 152 goals and 311 assists for 463 points. His best season statistically was the 1992–93 season, when he scored 25 goals and 41 assists with the Washington Capitals.
Iafrate was selected fourth overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft and played for Team USA in the 1984 Winter Olympics .
Best known for his blazing slap shot, Iafrate was selected to four NHL All-Star Games: 1988, 1990, 1993, 1994 and named to the NHL Second All-Star Team in 1992-93.
A native of Melrose Mass and a graduate of Stoneham High School, defenseman Frank Simonetti was an All-American with Norwich University. After a strong 1984 training camp, he signed a free agent deal with his home state Boston Bruins on October 4th 1984.
A good skater who moved the puck well, Simonetti was an effective player for the Bruins from 1984-1988. However, his career was plagued with numerous injuries and he was forced to retire after the 1987-88 season.
In addition to his work with the Bruins Alumni, Simonetti has been very active in the Pan-Mass Bicycle Challenge, which has raised over $300 million to fight cancer.
Boston-born Tim Sweeney played in college for Boston College (1985–89). He Led the Eagles in scoring his senior year with 73 points as the team advanced to the NCAA Championship quarterfinals.
He was selected 122nd overall in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames. In his first year after college, the 1989–90 season, he won the International Hockey League's Ken McKenzie Trophy for Rookie of the Year.
Sweeney played Calgary Flames, the Boston Bruins, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and the New York Rangers in the NHL and played for the 1992 US Olympic team. He is a member of the Boston College Varsity Club Athletic Hall of Fame.
Defenseman Rich Brennan was chosen in the 3rd round, 46th overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft out of high school. He then played at Boston University for 4 years.
In 1992 he played in the World Junior Ice Hockey Championship for the United States. Brennan's most successful collegiate season came during his junior year (1993–1994) when he scored 35 points in 41 games and earned a number of honors including Hockey East First All-Star team honors and NCAA East Second All-American team honors.
Rich played for a number of NHL, teams in his 14-year pro career, including the Colorado Avalanche, San Jose Sharks, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, Nashville Predators, and Boston Bruins.
After a brilliant schoolboy career at Belmont Hill HS and Lawrence Academy, David A. Jensen was drafted in the1st Round in the 1983 June NHL Entry Draft (20th Overall) as a 17 year-old by the Hartford Whalers.
A key member of the 1984 USA Olympic team. Played Left Wing on the “Diaper Line” with Pat LaFontaine and Eddie Olczyk and finished second on the team in scoring with 22 Goals and 56 Assists in 61 Pre Olympic Games and added 5 Goals and 3 Assists in 6 Olympic Games. On a team loaded with future NHLers, Jensen was rated as the team's fastest skater.
Played 8 years of pro hockey with the Hartford Whalers, Washington Capitals and the Boston Bruins Organizations.