Monday Morning Skate: Fern Flaman 1927 – 2012

Oh, and we drafted Malcolm Subban.

It's been a weekend of comings and goings for the Bruins. Hall-of-fame defenseman and a gentleman that Gordie Mr. Hockey Howe called the "toughest defensemen I've ever played against" unfortunately passed this weekend. He had a good long life, winning one stanley cup (1961, Toronto) and playing 910 NHL games. After playing, he coached a couple of minor-league teams until joining Northeastern as a coach in 1970. In his 18ish years with Northeastern he led them to 4 beanpots. Rest in Peace, big fella. If you'd like to read more about Fern Flaman, check out Joe Pellatier's biography writeup and retrospective.

As for the "comings" end of things, check out that handsome fella at the top of the post. His older brother is considered quite unwelcome in Boston but he is Malcolm Subban, 24th overall pick in the 2012 draft. Other draftees:

  • 85th overall pick in the third round, the Bruins selected defenseman Matthew Grzelcyk.
  • 131st overall pick in the fifth round, the Bruins selected forward Seth Griffith. (Bruins traded rights to sign Benoit Pouliot before July 1st to Tampa for this pick and the rights to sign Michael Oullet before July 1st.)
  • 145th overall pick in the fifth round, the Bruins selected forward Cody Payne.
  • 175th overall pick in the sixth round, the Bruins selected defenseman Matthew Benning.
  • 205th overall pick in the seventh round, the Bruins selected forward Colton Hargrove.

Fern Flaman Tribute:

This video was a tribute put together by Northeastern University, where Flaman won 4 Beanpots as a coach. He was good enough to make Northeastern seem relevant, so he must have been pretty good.

One last non-Bruins but still boston sports note in case you're really under a rock: Kevin Youkilis got traded to the White Sox yesterday.

Happy Monday, y'all!

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