The COVID-19 pandemic forced, well, everything at a standstill. Every public assembly remains delayed with the social distance guidelines in place for the foreseeable future.
The Bruins’ quest for another Stanley Cup remains on hold until the league resumes its day to day business operations — both on and off the ice.
With that in mind, we here at Bruins Daily wanted to start a tournament of sorts in lieu of the current delay. Thus, here we are creating the Greatest Bruin of All-Time tournament.
We’ve assembled a March Madness-like 64-player tournament — dividing the brackets of defensemen, centers, wingers and goaltenders — featuring several of your favorite former and current Bruins. We’ll post the fan-vote matchups on Twitter (@BruinsDaily) beginning on Tuesday with the first round of the defensemen bracket.
Now that you know the details, it’s time to reveal the full Greatest Bruin of All Time bracket.
Defensemen (First round matchups begin Tuesday)
1. Bobby Orr 2. Ray Bourque 3. Zdeno Chara 4. Eddie Shore 5. Brad Park 6. Lionel Hitchman 7. Don Sweeney 8. Art Ross 9. Ted Greene 10. Torey Krug 11. Mike Milbury 12. Mike O’Connell 13. Fernie Flaman 14. Dennis Seidenberg 15. Johnny Boychuk 16. Andrew Ference
Wingers (First round matchups begin Wednesday)
1. Johnny Bucyk 2. Cam Neely 3. Brad Marchand 4. Rick Middleton 5. Ken Hodge 6. Dit Clapper 7. David Pastrnak 8. Wayne Cashman 9. Terry O’Reilly 10. Don Marcotte 11. Woody Dumart 12. Johnny McKenzie 13. Milan Lucic 14. Ed Westfall 15. Sergei Samsonov 16. Keith Crowder
Goalies (First round matchups begin Thursday)
1. Gerry Cheevers 2. Tiny Thompson 3. Tim Thomas 4. Tuukka Rask 5. Frank Brimsek 6. Eddie Johnston 7. Reggie Lemelin 8. Giles Gilbert 9. Byron Dafoe 10. Andy Moog 11. Jim Henry 12. Jaroslav Halak 13. Pete Peeters 14. Andrew Raycroft 15. Anton Khudobin 16. Doug Keans
Centers (First round matchups begin Friday)
1. Phil Esposito 2. Patrice Bergeron 3. Milt Schmidt 4. Jean Ratelle 5. Joe Thornton 6. David Krejci 7. Bill Cowley 8. Adam Oates 9. Peter McNab 10. Derek Sanderson 11. Barry Pederson 12. Marc Savard 13. Fred Stanfield 14. Cooney Weiland 15. Ken Linseman 16. Charlie Coyle
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