The centennial season celebration for the Bruins is officially underway, and boy, is there going to be a lot to take in when it comes to the Bruins turning 100. We’re talking new jerseys (and fashion shows unveiling those new jerseys), and an on-site museum of sorts opening at TD Garden to look through the century-long history of the club.
One of the first tasks, however, was coming up with the ‘Historic 100’ to name the 100 most legendary players in the history of the franchise. Now, note that it’s legendary and not best. This wasn’t about picking the 100 greatest players in the organization (though that certainly played into it to a degree), but the 100 most legendary Bruins.
Speaking personally, I was honored — shocked, even — to be picked to be part of this committee. They got the kid who used to buy $10 tickets with his Dunkin’ Donuts tip money (quick shoutout to the Burlington Mall Dunks circa 2007) deciding who’s an all-time great! Sadly for 2007 Ty, I don’t believe Glen Metropolit and Chuck Kobasew are making this list. But holy smokes, did I agonize over this. My greatest fear was missing out on an extremely obvious player.
That, based on the results shared by the Bruins after tabulating all our votes, did not happen.
And while this isn’t a ranked list, I can tell you that mine went Bobby Orr, Ray Bourque, Phil Esposito, Johnny Bucyk, and Patrice Bergeron. In that order, I’m like 90 percent sure. I can also tell you that I rounded out my list with Andrew Ference in the No. 100 spot, and I believe that I had Tim Thomas one spot ahead of Tuukka Rask somewhere in the 20s because I truly couldn’t decide between the two when weighing peak (Thomas) versus longevity (Rask).
These debates only got more insane as the list went down into the 40s, and by the 70s, it was pure chaos.
But our results came through Tuesday, and with the Bruins unveiling the ‘Historic 100’ in full.
Just as a note, this is not my own personal list of 100, but rather the results of all of our votes tabulated to get it down to 100. It’s also worth noting that this list is not ranked, but rather the results of the voting…
Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for 985TheSportsHub.com. He has been covering the Bruins since 2010, and has been a member of the Boston chapter of the PHWA since 2013. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter/X: @_TyAnderson.