BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins Executive Vice President, Charles M. Jacobs announced today that the team will honor John “Chief” Bucyk and his 50 years of service to the Boston Bruins by celebrating “Hail to the Chief Night” at the team’s February 13 game against the Edmonton Oilers. The game and surrounding festivities, which are presented by TD Banknorth, will begin at 7:00 p.m. ET.
“February 13, 2007 will be a special day for all of us here in the Hub of Hockey,” said Jacobs. “In our own special way we hope to honor the wonderful contributions that John Bucyk has made to the Bruins and the City of Boston over the past 50 years. Hail to the Chief!"
“Chief” is one of the most beloved players in Bruins franchise history. In his 21-year career (1957-1978) with Boston, he led the Black and Gold to two Stanley Cup trophies, scored 545 goals and had 749 assists. During his time with the B’s, he served as the team’s captain for five years and had his number retired by Boston in 1980. Bucyk was given the ultimate hockey honor in 1981, when he was enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
After his playing days were over, Bucyk joined the Bruins front office in 1979 and has held different roles during his front office tenure - including public relations, assistant coaching, radio commentating and alumni services. Currently he serves as the team’s Road Services Coordinator.
During both his time as a player and his time in the front office, Bucyk has been one of Boston’s most generous sports figures with regards to charitable work, as he has raised millions of dollars for various local and national charities.
To celebrate the 50 great years of service that Bucyk has given to the Bruins and their fans, on February 13th the first 10,000 fans who enter the game will receive "Chief" figurines courtesy of TD Banknorth, and all of the off-ice entertainment will surround Bucyk and his years in Boston.
Among other Bruins greats, Ray Bourque and Cam Neely will be on hand to celebrate Bucyk’s career and what he has meant to the greater Boston area.
The Black and Gold return to action on Tuesday, when the club will travel to Ottawa to take on the Senators at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Bruins return to the TD Banknorth Garden on Thursday night when they host the New York Islanders at 7:00 p.m. ET.
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Fans who cannot make it to the game can catch all of the action by watching NESN, or by tuning into WBZ Radio to hear the live broadcast of the game.