Boston Bruins: Bobby Orr and the Top 5 Rookies of All Time
The Stanley Cup-winning Boston Bruins have had their fair share of remarkable players, including some particular rookies.
With the exciting performance of rookie Tyler Seguin in the Eastern Conference finals, as well as fellow rookie Brad Marchand's play this year (five goals in the Stanley Cup Finals), the love for rookies in Boston is high.
This list displays five Boston Bruins who contributed greatly to this hockey club in their rookie seasons.
Frank Brimsek went 33-9 in his rookie season with the Boston Bruins with 10 shutouts. His work between the pipes delivered Boston its second Stanley Cup, 10 years after winning its first.
Brimsek won the Calder Memorial Trophy that season and is one of 16 goalies to ever win Rookie of the Year in the trophy's 78 years of existence.
Brad Marchand finally became a NHL rookie at the age of 23 after being drafted by the Bruins in 2006. He was blessed, along with Tyler Seguin, to win a Stanley Cup in his rookie season.
Marchand gained notoriety in Boston, as well as in the NHL, for his scrappy and chippy play; he stands at just 5'9". In Marchand's rookie season, he earned 60 points, including 11 goals in the playoffs—five of which were in the Stanley Cup Finals.
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Samsonov scored 24 times with 54 points in his rookie season, including the playoffs, bringing him the Rookie of the Year award. Before being a Bruin, Samsonov represented his home country of Russia in the World Junior Hockey Championship and was named the tournament's best forward.
He played with the Bruins for eight seasons before being moved to the Edmonton Oilers and has since played for five different teams.
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Ray Bourque was picked up eighth overall in the 1979 draft by the Bruins. In addition to being awarded the Rookie of the Year Calder Memorial Trophy, he was also placed on the All-Star first team.
In Bourque's premier season, he put up 65 points, as well as an additional 11 in the playoffs in 10 games. He also scored the first game of the season.
Bourque holds the records for most career goals by a defenseman with 410, most career assists by a defenseman with 1,169 and most career points by a defenseman with 1,579.
Whenever someone will make a list of the best anything in Boston Bruins Hockey, Bobby Orr will always make the list.
The Bruins first invested in Orr in 1961 when he was just 13 by sponsoring his youth hockey team.
In his debut season with the Bruins in 1966-1967, Orr scored 13 goals and 28 assists, gaining him the Rookie of the Year honor, as well as second-team All-Star.
Orr was not only respected by the Boston fans because of his play (he received a standing ovation when he scored his first NHL goal), but also for his physical play; his first fight and win were against NHL veteran and tough guy Ted Harris of the Montreal Canadiens.
Orr would go on to win two Stanley Cups with the Bruins and still holds four records: most assists by a defenseman in one season, most assists by a defenseman in one game, most points by a defenseman in one season and best plus-minus in one season with +124.