Yesterday, Adam Proteau dropped on twitter that Jeremy Jacobs is still one of the driving forces behind a lockout:
Another source says two men in particular are the chief drivers of the league's all-or-nothing demands: Gary Bettman and Jeremy Jacobs.— Adam Proteau (@Proteautype) October 1, 2012
Bettman wants a better deal than David Stern got for the NBA; Jacobs – who doesn't know all players on his own team – just wants more.— Adam Proteau (@Proteautype) October 1, 2012
Which really drives it home: The Bruins are bad guys. Committed to Villainy, top to bottom. And it shows, too. Jacobs bought the team in August 1975. This was immediately after Don Cherry stepped in as coach. Jacobs immediately went to work. First off, Golden Angel Bobby Orr never played a full season of NHL hockey again. Coincidence? I think not. Let's look at a few other instances of Bruins Villainy under the iron-fisted reign of Jeremy Jacobs.
December 23, 1979 - Madison Square Garden - Bruins climb into the stands. Captain Terry O'Reilly leads the charge. Mike Milbury famously hits a fan with his own shoe.
1960s-80s - The Big Bad Bruins terrorize the league. They fight, they hit, they score, they make the playoffs every year. If you don't like it, screw off.
1970-80s - Gainfully employed Mike Milbury
Mid-90s - tear down old Boston Garden
February 1, 2000 - Marty McSorley smashes Donald Brashear in the back of the head with his stick. Brashear goes down and convulses. McSorley's career ends.
2004-05 - Jacobs leads the charge to implement a salary cap. Burns a whole season to do it.
Summer 2010 - PJ Axelsson not offered a contract.
March 8, 2011 - Chara breaks Pacioretty's neck. Much outcry.
April 21, 2011 - Andrew Ference flips off whole Bell Centre. Arguably a heroic act.
So there's a history and this is by no means a complete list. What's your favorite/least favorite instance of Bruins Villainy?