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End Of An Era

Farewell to Milt Schmidt, touchstone to Bruins and NHL history

Boston Bruins Legend Milt Schmidt
The Big Man On Campus made time for the youngsters (Milt Schmidt)
Photo by Charles Dixon/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

The Bruins host the Oilers tonight at 7:00PM on NESN, which means a number of former Bruins are on hand to honor the memory of Milt Schmidt.

  • The big news in hockey is the passing of Milt Schmidt, who, over a storied career as player, coach, and general manager, laid the foundation of what it means to be a Boston Bruin... The Boston Globe ...and tributes and fond reminiscences are pouring in from across the NHL... The Boston Globe ...including Derek Sanderson’s memory of Schmidt’s two-sentence pep talk, while Johnny Bucyk lamented Schmidt’s final decline. Boston Herald From The Vault, revisit Schmidt’s tenure as the Bruins’ coach in this piece from 1957. Sports Illustrated
  • David Backes participated in yesterday’s practice, and shortly after things wrapped up, Anton Khudobin was placed on waivers. Boston Herald Does this open the door for Zane McIntyre? Metro Boston
  • Benefit the Jimmy Fund by buying a TimmyHeads tee shirt! @TimScha11er
  • Looking forward to tonight, it seems appropriate that a number of former Bruins will be in town- here’s what’s at stake. Sports Chat Place Jordan Eberle is now riding the Oilers’ third line... Edmonton Journal ...and Benoit Pouliot sounds like, well, the same frustrating player we remember here in Boston. Edmonton Journal
  • In Providence, a spate of injuries have left the team looking for some defensive help. Taylor Doherty, late of the Solar Bears, has been signed to a PTO. Providence Bruins

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Former Bruins in the news... Seth Griffith was nowhere near the puck when he was concussed by a hit that looked deliberate and downright dirty. The Score Jarome Iginla is available, and two of the teams that might be interested just happen to playing each other tonight at TD Garden. The Score Pegging down Jaromir Jagr’s legacy is easier said than done. Sports Illustrated Craig Cunningham’s recovery and progress hinged on one tough choice and his trust in his medical team. ESPN
  • Ladies and gentlemen... your NHL All-Star Game Captains will be... Sports Illustrated
  • Meanwhile, at the World Junior Championship, Canada beat Sweden... National Post and USA beat Russia in a shootout National Post to set up a Canada v. USA final.