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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

TTM: Johnny Bucyk

   Johnny Bucyk, aka "The Chief", holds the Boston Bruins franchise record for goals scored.  Bucyk scored 545 of his career 556 goals while wearing a Bruins uniform.  The Bruins acquired Bucyk, and a player named Ca$h, from the Detroit Red Wings, in exchange for the legendary netminder, Terry Sawchuk.  The Bruins were a fairly bad team in the 1960s, missing the play-offs in 8 straight seasons from 1959-60 to 1966-67.  Eventually a kid named Bobby made the team and things started to change.  The Bruins won Stnaley Cups in 1970 and 1972.  Bucyk tied for the lead with 9 goals, in the 1972 play-offs.  In 1971, Bucyk, at age 35, became the oldest player to ever score 50 goals in a season.  A distinction he still holds.  Bucyk still ranks in the NHL's top 25 for career games played, goals and points.  Mr. Bucyk signed 3 of 3, c/o the Bruins Alumni.  The middle card is a 1971 OPC, which now holds the distinction as being the oldest card in my TTM collection.

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