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Derek Sanderson 1973-74

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Derek Sanderson 1973-74

Can anyone tell me what exactly happened with Derek Sanderson in 1973-74. He returned to Boston from the WHA in 1972-73 and was an effective player. In 1973-74 he played in 29 games, scored 8 goals and had 12 assists. The Bruins suspended him and I heard he got in a fist fight with Terry O'Reilly.

What exactly occurred? Why did he get suspended by the Bruins?

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Sanderson and Oreilly did indeed have a fight in March, 1974 and Sanderson was suspended and refused to get on the team plane.

Here's a couple of articles on it:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...,3998706&hl=en

http://news.google.com/newspapers?ni...g=4954,4020641

Sanderson said that Bep Guidolin "had it in for me" all year. Me thinks Turk was living a touch high at the time.

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Sanderson and Oreilly did indeed have a fight in March, 1974 and Sanderson was suspended and refused to get on the team plane.

Here's a couple of articles on it:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...,3998706&hl=en

http://news.google.com/newspapers?ni...g=4954,4020641

Sanderson said that Bep Guidolin "had it in for me" all year. Me thinks Turk was living a touch high at the time.
That is great stuff - thank you for posting it!

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Sanderson said that Bep Guidolin "had it in for me" all year. Me thinks Turk was living a touch high at the time.
Pretty much. Against "The Code" to call out your Coach out like that. Waving your wealth around. Imagining Conspiracy Theories. But one of the symptoms of Blow. Supercharged narcissism. Infallibility. Ego. Doesnt make for a reliable let alone trustworthy team mate. Real shame too, because Sanderson was in his prime one Hell of a defensive forward who was also dangerous on the attack. One of my all-time favorites and one of the most under-rated & best ever in that role for but a brief moment in time. A real Shooting Star. Thank God he managed to turn his life around thanks in large part to the support & benevolence of Bobby Orr.

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great color man during bruins games when i was growing up. still remember him spotting goals in what seemed like 4 passes before they were netted. he'd say "look out" sure enough the defense was broken down and a goal was scored..

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You'd think if we were really progressive as a society that the next generation would be smart enough and look at the likes of Derek Sanderson, Darryl Strawberry, Grant Fuhr, Rick Middleton, even Paul Molitor and realize just how much drugs can mess up your life. Unfortunately we are as stupid as we've ever been. Some of the above mentioned athletes turned things around and had Hall of Fame careers. Some didn't. Sanderson could have been one of them.

I remember a quote from Gretzky in the mid 1980s when they interviewed him. They asked him about Sanderson and he said that he felt sorry for Sanderson but in the same way he didn't because there were lots of people there to help him if he wanted it.

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I have heard that Middelton was running with a bad crowd in New York and John Ferguson shipped him to Boston in the Ken Hodge deal to try and help him make a new start.

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I have heard that Middelton was running with a bad crowd in New York and John Ferguson shipped him to Boston in the Ken Hodge deal to try and help him make a new start.

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Over the years in tv segments about the trade I've heard vague, non specific, hints about Middleton's night life during his Ranger years.

Could be just heresay, who knows? The overwhelming factor behind the trade seems to be Esposito's desire to reunite with Ken Hodge.

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