|Johnny "Chief" Bucyk poses with a young Bruins fan at "The Tradition." |
During the ceremony, the 1970 championship team was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Bucyk helped lead that team to their first of two Stanley Cups in three seasons and ended the B’s 29-year championship drought.
Bucyk, who joined the Bruins in 1957, said he could attribute the success of the 1970 Bruins to the closeness of the group as a whole.
“We held tight,” he said. “We were just a tight group.”
Even 40-years later, that tight knit squad is still being recognized for their work.
“We enjoyed it,” said Bucyk. “We enjoyed the fans.
“The fans have always been great to us.”
Bucyk was a skilled forward who remains the Bruins top all-time goal scorer (545) and second in all-time points (1339), but as usual, puts his teammates before himself and was the first to acknowledge their skill – especially that of the legendary Robert Gordon Orr.
“He was unbelievable” Bucyk said of Bobby Orr. “He made the biggest change, I think, ever in the NHL.
How many defensemen will win the scoring championship and all the trophies that he won?”
When a legendary championship team is being honored, it is inevitable that talk of this year’s Bruins 2010 post-season will arise.
“Well this year we came pretty close to it,” said Bucyk. “We had a good team, but unfortunately we had too many injuries.
“We had a chance, and hopefully next year it will be better.”-- By Samantha Curtin