77 RAYMOND BOURQUE
During an extraordinary NHL career, Raymond Bourque collected 410 goals and 1,169 assists for 1,579 points in 1,612 regular season games. In 214 playoff contests, Bourque added 180 points on 41 goals and 139 assists. After spending 21 seasons with the Boston Bruins, Bourque joined Stanley Cup contenders the Colorado Avalanche. In 2001 Bourque’s dream became reality when the team was crowned Stanley Cup champions. Bourque’s exceptional talent as a player has led him to become one of the most honored players in hockey history. During his career, he was selected to thirteen NHL First Team (the most in history) and six Second Team All-Star squads, second in total in league history only to Gordie Howe and most amongst defencemen. He won the Norris Trophy as the top defenceman in the league five times, fourth all-time after Bobby Orr, Doug Harvey and Nicklas Lidström. In 2004, Raymond Bourque was selected to join hockey’s elite in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
30 GERRY CHEEVERS
Cheevers played in the NHL for the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs as well as a stint in the WHA between 1961 and 1980. Cheevers is best known for his two runs with the Boston Bruins, whom he helped win the Stanley Cup in 1970 and 1972. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1985.
He was the first to decorate his goaltender mask with stitch markings where a puck had struck, leading to the contemporary tradition of goaltenders decorating their masks with distinctive visual stylings.
In 1972, he went undefeated in 32 consecutive games, an NHL record that still stands.
Cheevers had a career NHL goals against average of 2.89, recorded 230 NHL wins, played in 419 NHL games, and registered 26 NHL shutouts. He is second in the WHA’s history in career GAA and shutouts, even though he played during only half the league’s existence. If one combines both their NHL and WHA statistics, Gerry Cheevers (329), Mike Liut (325), and Bernie Parent (304) all would have at least 300 wins. Cheevers was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1985, and is one of the few goaltenders in the Hall to have never been named to the All-Star Team or won the Vezina Trophy.
16 DEREK SANDERSON
Sandersons 13 years as an NHL centerman began in 1967 with the Boston Bruins where he played for 9 seasons and was a Two-time Stanley Cup champion. In the 1970 Stanley Cup Finals Sanderson set up the epic overtime goal scored by Boston Bruins teammate Bobby Orr, widely considered to be the greatest goal in National Hockey League history.
Over 13 NHL seasons, he amassed 202 goals, 250 assists, 911 penalty minutes and a plus-141 rating in 598 games with five teams.