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10-20-2012, 08:49 PM
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Milbury was a winger in high school, led a state quarterfinalist in scoring, also a football star. Went to Colgate, where he was converted to defense due to injuries, so the story goes. He got a tryout for the Bruins' AHL team, the Boston Braves, and his wife threw pucks into the corner of the rink for him to fetch, turn and pass out of his end. Rinse and repeat. He wound up with a 10-year NHL career as a regular on a team that went to two Cup finals and two semis in his first four NHL seasons. Had he and O'Reilly been healthy for the '83 playoffs, maybe the Bruins (50-20-10, first overall) give the dynastic Islanders a little more trouble than they did losing the conf. final in six. He wasn't pretty, but he was a very smart player and, if I recall, he scored a huge goal at NYI late in the 76-77 regular season as the Bruins went on that late-season surge to first place, first time the fans really got behind the Bruins again after Orr left and took half the STH's with him.

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