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The 2014 first round pick was used to a certain level of familiarity and routine.
## ## All of that changed in an instant at the end of February when the Ontario native was shipped across the country to Boston in exchange for Bruins winger Danton Heinen. Suddenly, Ritchie was leaving the only professional organization he’d known for the best team in the National Hockey League.
“It got me really excited, got to go to a first place team. We were just starting to get going and get close to playoffs and this hit. It has been really weird, but I guess that’s life,” Ritchie said during a video conference on Wednesday afternoon.
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The game lived up to the hype.
Jake DeBrusk, without a point in his previous 10 games, notched the eventual winner with a slick finish off a breakaway at 10:02 of the second period. The tally put the Bruins up by two and helped the Black Gold hold off a late Lightning surge en route to a 2 1 victory at Amalie Arena on March 3.
Fifty years ago this weekend, the renowned voice of the Black Gold called Bobby Orr’s Stanley Cup clinching goal from the WBZ radio booth alongside partner and former Bruins star Johnny Pierson.
“Bobby Orr from Sanderson!” Cusick who called Bruins games on television and radio from 1952 97 bellowed as Boston took home its first Stanley Cup in 29 years. “And what could be better than that?!”
The answer, quite simply, is nothing.
The best player maybe in league history scoring a drought busting, championship winning, chaos inducing goal on home ice, cemented so perfectly in that photo by the Record American’s Ray Lussier.
It was perfection. During his 30 minute drives to the rink, the Hall of Fame netminder would often try to drum up ways to get out of skating that day. Early on in his career, he also passed the time by thinking of how he could spice up his plain white goalie mask.
“I couldn’t even wear white socks, for some reason they disturbed me,” said Cheevers. “I always wore black socks when the rest of the team was wearing white.”
Fortunately for Cheevers, both of his problems were solved simultaneously.
After taking a shot up high during a practice in one of his first years with the Bruins “it wouldn’t have cut me if I didn’t have my mask on, that’s how soft the shot was” Cheevers retreated to the dressing room, believing he had successfully executed his plan to get the rest of the day off. Louis on May 10, 1970.
In the decades since, the photo of that championship tally has become mythical in its own right, hanging on the walls of bedrooms and barrooms across the world. The video has been seen over and over and over again by millions, while the stories from that day have come together to form somewhat of a fairytale.
And for the lucky collection of people that were inside Boston Garden on that sweltering Mother’s Day afternoon, the images of that day still remain vivid after all these years.
With the golden anniversary of one of Boston’s finest moments set for Sunday, eight Bruins season ticket holders that were in attendance that day have summoned those memories.
This is the story of that unforgettable afternoon as told by some of the people who experienced it firsthand. (BPHA). NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. and the National Hockey League.