1. Meteorologist Jaromir Jagr
In 1992 (the same year Tyler Seguin was born), the NHL suspended Jaromir Jagr for 10 games for intentionally running into a referee. During the suspension, Jagr, who was playing for the Penguins, spent some of his time off reading the morning weather reports for a Pittsburgh radio station. He was still new to the U.S. and had a thick accent. But that didn’t stop him from having fun on air.
2. Doug E. Hamilton
For fans who grew up in Jagr’s generation, one of Bruins rookie defenseman Dougie Hamilton’s unofficial nicknames is Doug E. Fresh – after the ‘80s & ‘90s hip hop legend. We’re guessing that Dougie was named after his dad, Doug. But it seems like a strange coincidence that Dougie’s parents actually met at a Doug E. Fresh concert. Hamilton’s parents both took part in the 1984 Summer Olympics as part of Team Canada.
3. Anton Khu(d’oh!)bin
In 2006, current Bruins back-up goaltender Anton Khudobin made 80 saves in a single OHL playoff game. “That’s the best goaltending performance I think I’ve ever seen,” his team’s associate coach Chad Mercier reportedly said at the time. The game went through two 20-minute overtime periods, and with 19 seconds left in the third overtime, a power play goal found its way behind the then-19-year-old Khudobin. That’s right. Despite an 80-save performance, Khudobin took the loss in that game. The other goaltender in that competition stopped 36 shots.
4. Tour de Zdeno Chara
Zdeno Chara is a force to be reckoned with. He has won the NHL All-Star Game hardest shot competition the last five times it has been held. His 108.8 mph slap shot is the NHL’s fastest ever recorded. At a height of 6’9”, he also stands as the tallest man ever to play in the NHL. That requires a car with a lot of head room – or a bike. If you see a very tall man cycling near the Garden, it very well could be Chara. He actually rides his bike to work from his condo in the North End. He also rolls to the grocery store and runs other simple errands on two wheels.
5. Local Champion Jay Pandolfo
Jay Pandolfo is the only active Bruins player to ever have won a championship in Boston (given that Chris Bourque is no longer on the roster). Of course, the Bruins won in ’11 while on the road in Vancouver. Pandolfo, who attended Burlington High School and Boston University was on two Hockey East title teams in 1994 and 1995. His teams also took home three Beanpot titles during his tenure at BU.