A quick reminder that this all came about thanks a question from none other than 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruin Daniel Paille:
Did Bergy pass him yet?
All stats grabbed via the hockey-reference.com Play Index, which is wonderful.
Goals haven't been the primary focus of Bergeron's game. He certainly gets them, however. He's topped 30 goals twice in his career, maxing out at 31. He's 16th on the all-time Bruins list. If he scores 31 more this season, here are all of the players he could pass:
- Glen Murray "Muzz" is Nova Scotia's most beloved Bruin. He played under Mike Milbury in his rookie year with the team, and would be further up the list but he played for Pittsburgh and LA for just over 6 years in the middle of his career. He returned to the Bruins in 2002, and rattled off 3 30+ goal seasons. This included a 44 goal season, the best since Cam Neely's 50-goal 1993-94.
- Woody Dumart once came in 2nd in NHL scoring, in 1939-40. That year, 4 Bruins topped the NHL (point) scoring table. When he retired, he was 21st in all-time scoring in the NHL.
- Keith Crowder played 5 games in the last season of the WHA. He was then drafted by the Bruins 57th overall, and went on to play with them throughout almost the entire 80s. His career appears to be otherwise relatively unremarkable - during his time with Boston, he was outside the top 100 NHL players in goals per game. Not that he was a bad player by any stretch of the imagination, but he's not making the hall of fame anytime soon.
- Dit Clapper was a player on the first three Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins teams. He came in 3rd and 2nd in Hart trophy voting throughout his career, and was named an all-star 4 times. He played for the Bruins for his entire playing and coaching career. He was player-coach for his last 2 years of playing, then was full-time coach for 2 years. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of fame the year of his retirement. Which makes sense, considering he was 8th all-time on the NHL goal scoring list at the time of his retirement.
- Milt Schmidt should need no introduction, but we love talking about him so I'm going to anyhow. Milt Schmidt will have been with the Bruins for 80 years as of early October, minus a short break in the early 40s to serve in the RCAF. He was a top ten goal-scorer 3 times in his career. He won the Hart trophy for Most Valuable player once, and was named a first-team all-star 3 times. When he retired from playing, he was 14th on the all-time goals list. He then went on to coach some of the worst Bruins teams in history in the early 60s.
- Don Marcotte was a staple on the Bruins in the 70s, after three seasons in the late 60s of popping up and down. Luckily for him, that was also the first of the Bobby Orr Stanley Cup years. Per the hockey hall of fame, he spent a lot of time on a line with Derek Sanderson and Ed Westfall. His position on this list comes mainly from his longevity with the team - he was known much more for his defensive prowess. He was good enough to be a Selke finalist in '78 and ;79, More of his goals were short-handed than powerplay, which I certainly appreciate. He's not getting his number retired, but there are some similarities between him and Bergeron.
As for the best goal of his career? Hmm, well...I guess it could be a couple different ones. I mean, he's scored some real pretty goals, and has so many over time, but it comes down to one very very obvious one. You know what this is.
Yeah, it's the game-winner from game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals. That wasn't his only goal of the night, but it was the one that's the game-winner. Bless you, Tim Thomas, in whatever bunker you happen to be cowering in fear in today.