It’s Friday, the sun is actually out today in New England, and you hate your cubicle. You can almost taste those happy hour cocktails just thinking about it. Keep watching that clock. I promise it’ll make it go faster.

Since there are no Bruins games today or tomorrow because of the NHL’s absurd bye week I figured I’d help out and give you some Bruins porn. Anything to get you to the weekend quicker. What can say, I’m a team player. If you do know this story it’s still worth another read as it involves our hero, Ray Bourque, and how he became a Boston Bruin.

It goes like this:

Entering the 1978-1979 season the Los Angeles Kings were in need of a starting goalie. Their long time starter, and 2016 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, Rogie Vachon, had moved on to the Detroit Red Wings. The void needed to be filled.

The only goalies the Kings had to turn to at the time was a guy named Gary Simmons, and rookies Mario Lessard and Doug Keans. But there was a guy in Boston, coming off a fantastic year with the 1977-1978 Bruins, named Ron Grahame. He had put up a 26-6-7 record with the B’s and was very good in the WHA before the league folded.

The Kings decided to trade their 1979 1st round draft pick to the Bruins for Ron Grahame. But Grahame would end up being less than stellar. In that first season he put up an 11-19-2 record. The Kings rookie tender Mario Lessard, whom they had all along, became their dependable starter. Just two seasons later Grahame would be sent to the Quebec Nordiques for cash. He only played 8 games for the Nordiques.

The Bruins used the Kings 1979 1st round pick (8th overall) they received for Ron Grahame to draft a defenseman named Raymond Bourque. That worked out pretty well for the Bruins.

What makes this story even better is how Ron Grahame’s personal life, after being the main piece of one of the worst trades in NHL history, remained tied into the Bruins. 

His son, a goaltender named John, was drafted by the Bruins in 1994 (229th overall). We all remember him. He played 76 games for the Bruins before being traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2003. He would then backup Nikolai Khabibulin on the Lightning’s run to the 2004 Stanley Cup.

But it doesn’t end there…

As we all know Ray Bourque was eventually traded by our Bruins to the Colorado Avalanche in his quest to win a Stanley Cup that had eluded him for two decades. When Bourque finally won it all in 2001 with the Avalanche, an Avalanche executive named Charlotte Grahame got her name engraved on the Stanley Cup alongside Ray Bourque.

Charlotte is the wife of Ron, the goalie the Kings traded their 1979 1st round pick (Ray Bourque) to Boston for. Charlotte and her son John are the only mother-son combo to have their names on the Stanley Cup. And there’s your Bruins porn.

Crazy, eh?

Happy Friday everyone. It’s almost cocktail time. 

PS: There’s a Kings blog that covers the Bourque trade in ridiculously more detail than this if reading a lot of words is your kinda thing.

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