Boston, MA – On Monday, June 14, the 1970 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins received the lifetime achievement award during a presentation at "The Tradition."
Harry Sinden, the coach of that legendary Black & Gold squad, recalled the tremendous impact that team made on Boston.
“That was a great team not only the way it played but the mark it made on this city,” said a very serious Sinden. “Forty years later they’re still acknowledging it.”
The 1970 team was so special because those men were very close. They cared about each other, their coaches and also their fans.
Johnny “Chief” Bucyk smiled all night.
“It was fun. It was a lot of fun. We enjoyed it. We enjoyed the fans,” said Bucyk. “The fans have always been great to us.”
Often referred to as wild or rowdy, Bucyk said that his B's were just a great team.
“No, we weren’t rowdy. We were just friendly; we had a lot of fun,” Bucyk joked. “We spent a lot of time together and we enjoyed each other’s company.
“We held tight, we were just a tight group. And I think that was part of our success.”
Another big part of their success was the most famous member of the Bruins - Bobby Orr.
“He made the biggest change I think ever in the NHL,” claimed Bucyk. “How many defensemen will win the scoring championship and all the trophies that he has won?”
Not many, but Bobby Orr remains humble when talking about his achievements.
“Oh, it’s wonderful to honor a group from forty years ago,” he said answering a personal question about himself. “It’s a nice feeling to know we haven’t been forgotten.
"But it is a group that’s made an impact on the community and on New England.”
“I think it’s a wonderful tribute to a great group and a great organization," continued Orr. "It’s a very nice tribute to a great organization and all of New England really.”
Although number-4 remains humble, the statue at the entrance to the TD Garden speaks volumes about his impact on hockey history.
“I was obviously honored – thrilled – with the statue,” said Orr with a smile. “It’s kind of not my thing but it has [registered] now.
“To think it’s going to be there for a long, long time. Yes, it has sunk in. It’s pretty special.”
As the night ended some of the players remised on how nice it would be to see another Bruins team bring home a Stanley Cup and electrify the city.
“I hope we [bring back the Cup] again before I retire,” said Bucyk, looking up toward the B's Stanley Cup banners. “I’d like to see it one more time. At least one more time.”