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POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 2, 2015 Page 11 3 God Bless those Who Passed in 2014 Part I! Mickey Duff Mathew Saad Muhammad Sandro Lopopolo Ernie Terrell Dornell Wigfall Walter "Peanuts" Arsenault Larry Middleton Willie Willians May They All Rest in Peace News Briefs (Continued from Page l) they are clearly to blame for the actions of the mob. We are a country of laws and rule by mob is un-Ameri- can. We aren't a third world nation, we are a democratic republic. More on Jeb Bush More and more it would appear that the Republican Establishment wants Jeb Bush as its next Mitt Rom- ney, John McCain or Bob Dole. These GOP leaders obviously are running from the Tea Party folk and their point of view. The Republicans just had a landslide in Washington. They control both House and Congress -- not seen since the days of Herbert Hoover -- but the crew in charge starting right now seem no better than their Demo- cratic counterparts. The voters wanted change not more of the same in GOP gift-wrap. The Truth is Out During the past election season, liberals constantly said that conservatives like the Koch brothers were out to buy the elections but recently the truth emerged. It was the liberal side of politics that actually out- spent their conservative op- ponents. The liberal media helped spread the notion that Democrats were clearly outspent, which meant the other side with their money- bags distorted the demo- cratic process were respon- sible. George Siros is a big - ger threat to the democratic process than either of the Koch brothers ever could wish to be, but liberals close their eyes to this truth because it isn't part of their playbook. Last week we recalled sev- hockey in the Hub -- a tough, DiBlusio Not Big in Italian American Community NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is not a big hit with Italian Americans in the North End. He is seen as a progres- swe politician who is so out of" touch with reality. You know you are doing some- thing wrong when Italian Americans turn against you. How did this guy ever win in New York City? Recently, the Irish Voice newspaper took on the mayor over his attempt to end horse carriages in Central Park and actually referred to him on the front page as a "Horses' %#@." I wish I knew how to say that in Italian, but no matter the language that seems to be what he is. Every day, he makes Michael Bloomberg look real good eral of the Bruins greats that were honored by having their uniform numbers retired. One of the things they had in common was that they played prior to the television era. Johnny Bucyk was the first in the retired numbers club to play his entire career in the TV era (1957-1978). Com- ing to the B's in 1957 as part of a deal with Detroit, Bucyk blossomed as a Bruin. He led the team in scoring five times during some rough stretches in the early 1960s when the B's finished in the netherworld of the NHL. However, as the B's rejuve- nated, Bucyk was also up to the challenge, helping Boston to win its Stanley Cup cham- pionships in 1970 and 1972 while sandwiching in a spec- tacular 51-goal season in 1970-1971. He ended his career with 545 goals and re- mained active with the Bru- ins as a broadcaster and front office executive. He currently is the team's director of road services. His no. 9 was retired on March 13, 1980. If Bucyk was productive an(t durable then Bobby Orr was electrifying. Many people think that the Orr statue that graces the approach to the Garden honors him alone. But when one gets up close and reads the inscription it is apparent the sculpture is a way 6f bestowing laurels on the entire team that won the 1970 Stanley Cup. The statue does capture the dramatic goal by Orr that de- livered that championship to the B's on May I0, 1970, the most remembered single mo- ment of his illustrious career. Even though he would be named the winner of the Art Ross Trophy, Hart Trophy, Norris Trophy and Conn Smythe Trophy for his great performances that season and go on to have the highest plus-minus rating in history (+124) the next year; nothing can compare to that visually electrifying moment nearly 45 years ago. Orr's no. 4 was retired on January 4, 1979. Phil Esposito was the B's top center during the majority of the Orr years, from 1967-75. Espo came to Boston from Chicago in 1967 via a trade. He would have a superb ca- reer in the Hub, becoming one of the top scorers of all time. In 1969 he became the first player to f'mish with 100 or more points in a season (126). After just missing at 99 the next year, he would post triple digits for the next five years. He was the NHL's top goal scorer from 1969-1970 through 1974-1975 seasons. Traded to the Rangers in 1975, he retired in 1981. He later served as general man- ager and coach of the Rang- ers in the 1980s. He co- fountled the Tampa Bay Lightning franchise in 1992 and today serves as its on-air radio analyst during games. His no. 7 was retired on De- cember 3, 1987. If Orr and Espo were known for finesse then Terry O'Reilly was the everyman hero of gritty player who could score, make a decisive pass to a teammate and also fight his way through the NHL. Although even OIT and Espo were traded away, O'Reilly played all of his 891 NHL games in a Boston uniform, starting in 1972 and ending in 1985. As a winger, he went 29-71-90 in. 1977-1978 and added 26-51-77 in 1978-1979. He also accumulated 211 and 205 penalty minutes in each of those two seasons while on his way to career totals of 204 goals, 402 assists, 608 points and a whopping 2,095 PIM. Just as Orr is remembered for a goal, O'Reilly is remem- bered for wading into the stands at' Madison Square Garden on December-23, 1979 and taking on fans in a brawl that resulted in an eight-game suspension. 'O'Reilly went on to coach the B's for three seasons in the late 1980s (including a trip to the 1988 Stanley Cup Final). He later served as an assistant coach with the Rangers. His no. 24 was re- tired on October 24, 2002. Like O'Reilly, Cam Neely was a rough, tough winger who came on the scene in Boston about a year after O'Reilly retired. Traded to the B's by Vancouver in 1986 on his 21 t birthday, Neely led the team in goals in his first sea- son on Causeway Street, go- ing 36-36-72 while, compiling 143 penalty minutes. All things were go until a devastating hit by Pitts- burgh's Ulf Samuelsson in Game 3 of the 1991 confer- ence finals. Neely would play only 22 games over the next two seasons due to physical problems. He would score 50 goals during the 1993-1994 season but would be forced to retire at age 31 following the 1995-1996 campaign. He re- joined the team as Vice Presi- dent in 2007. He was named President of the Bruins in 2010. His number 8 was re- tired on January 12, 2004. Defenseman Ray Bourque is the only member of the re- tired numbers club to play in the 21 t century, closing out his career in Boston in March of 2000, before being traded to Colorado where he would win a Stanley Cup with the Avalanche in 2001. Drafted eighth overall by the B's in 1979, he scored a goal in his first game to com- mence a rookie season that saw him amass 65 points. Over the course of 21 years on Causeway Street, Bourque became one of the most popu- lar figures in New England. That was proven on June 12, 2001 when Bourque per- sonaUy brought the Cup back to Boston for a rally on City Hall Plaza attended by an es- timated 20,000 fans. Looking out.on the assembled multi- tudes Bourque exclaimed: "Everybody loves Raymond and Raymond loves you." It was a fitting close to a stellar career, one that would be memorialized in a more formal way that fall when his no. 77 was lofted to the rafters on October 4, 200i. ,qr