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Page 16 BOSTON POST.GAZETTE, MAY 13, 2011 TALK by Ro,n00h,00o Jr. The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame New England Chapter Scores another Kayo!" Battle of the Badges 3 at the Castle A True Proud American: TONY O'BRIEN "We Salute You!" Members and friends enjoying the evening at the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame New England Chapter's "Member Bring a Friend." L to R: Mark Forziati, Donato Frattaroli, Luciano Graffeo, Linda Costanzo, Robert "Ted" Tomasone, Pamela Donnaruma, Yolanda Cellucci, Marie Simboli, Victor Corda and Dan Cellucci. (Photo by Dora Campochiaro, D&S Video, www.dsvideophoto.com) A tough quartet at Battle of the Badges 3. L to R: Mickey Roache, Hurricane Peter McNeeley, Paul Poirier and Franco DiOrio. laughed to the comedy of comedian David Russo. I had a great time and shared a glass or two of vino with friends. Battle of the Badges 3. Fighters battled to benefit the Edwin Rodriguez Founda- tion. Fight Family; Promo- tions; Dennis Marrese, Brian Dee, Larry Bel- National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame New England Chapter scored an- other knockout at its annual "Member Bring a Friend" held at The Winery. I had a great time with this great lineup of patrons, friends and stars. The guests, food and enter- tainment were all great. We socialized, wined, dined and camino, Officials; Bob Benoit, Joe Downes, Cleo Surprenant, Paul Barry, Leo Gerstel, Gary Bevis, Tony O'Brien, Greg Luchesin, Steve Clark, Tom Clark, Mike Briggs, Gloria Brown, Fight personal; Mickey Roache, Mike Culbert, Mike Larkin, Mike O'Donnell, stars and fans of boxing: World Champion Vinny Paz, Edwin Rodriquez, Iron Mike Pusateri, Hurricane Peter McNeeley, Promoter Doug Pendarvis, Paul Poirier, Richard Thomas. We're en- tertained by badge wearing fighters, This well-per- formed fight card, enter- tained fight fans. All are win- ners on this fight card: Chester Miller Boston vs. Ruben Lopez NYAC. Roberto Davis Boston vs. Mike Izzo FDNY. Josh Kidney Boston, vs. Alex Sulec NYAC. Sean Gray Boston vs. Ricky Valasquez FDNY. Marty Farrell Boston vs. Charles Berkman NYAC. Ashleigh Moore Boston vs. Amber Byrant NEBC. Eric Cabral Boston vs. Dennis Gagnon FDNY. Mike Douglas Boston vs. Frank Meehan NYAC. Ed Nelson Boston vs. Tim McGuinness FDNY. Bryan Resnick Boston vs. Kevin Barry FDNY. Jason Earls Boston vs. Lawrence Still NYAC. Tom Bird Boston vs. Jerry Ryan FDNY. Mike Thomas vs. Todd Velton FDNY, Eli Granjales Boston vs. Jamaal Spence NYPD. Special bout between Keith "The Crippler" Burke vs. Sean "The Quiet Man" McCarthy. In the main event Billy Taft Boston vs. Jarrod Lussier NEBC. All demonstrated courage and ability. Heroes all. Fighting for "you!" in society. Heroes of 9/11, and the everyday courageous heroes of Bos- ton, that protect society. Tony O'Brien, U.S. Navy, (retired), "We salute you and your brothers. All proud American heroes. You rep- resent boxing and the United States with dignity and honor. Thank you all for all you have done for "U.S." God blessyou alL. . (Photo by Rosario It's been a long time since the Bruins have been in the Eastern Conference Finals -- 1992 to be exact and so as the series with Tampa Bay is played we thought it might be interesting to take a look back at those B's of nearly two decades ago. It was our first year cover- ing the Bruins and it was also the first -- and what turn out to be the only year -- for newly named head coach Rick Bowness. Only in his late 30's at the time, the Nova Scotia native had played seven seasons in the National Hockey League (from 1975-1982) as a right wing with Atlanta, Detroit, St. Louis and Winnipeg. In that journeyman status he played in 173 games and amassed 55 points via 18 goals and 37 assists. After his playing days were concluded, he wasted no time staying in the game as a coach, first with Winnipeg as an assistant for three seasons, then as a head mentor with the AHL Moncton Hawks for a year and half before serving in Winnipeg as an interim head coach for 28 games. But it was his service with the Maine Mariners, Boston's AHL affiliate at the time, that brought him to the attention of New En- glanders. Following two sea- sons in Portland, Bowness was named the head coach of the parent club on Cause- way Street. His assistants were Mike O'Connell and Gordie Clark. It was the start on one unique season at the origi- nal Garden. For starters, it would be a season of insta- bility in the personnel de- partment as some 55 play- ers would see action over the course of the 80-game regu- lar season. That lone season so long ago was a milestone one for the NHL, which was observ- ing its 75 th anniversary. It was the first season for the San Jose Sharks and the last for longtime NHL President John Ziegler. Here in the Hub, the B's would compile a 36-32-12 regular season mark, good enough for sec- ond place (behind Montreal) in the Adams Division and sixth place in the Wales Con- ference. Bruins legend Ray Bourque was the only player Scabin, Ross Photography) to see action in all 80 games but Several others, including Rosie Ruzicka, Steve Leach, Glen Wesley and Don Sweeney played in 75 or more. Local favorite Bobby Car- penter played in 60 contests while Bob Sweeney skated in 63 and current B's broad- caster Andy Brickley was on the ice for 23 games. Goalie Andy Moog saw most of the action in net (62 games) while Reggie Lem- elin, Daniel Berthiaume and Matt DelGuidice also played at various points dur- ing the season. Bourque led the team in points with 81 via 21 goals and 60 assists while Ruzicka was tops in goals with 39 and right behind in points with 77. A native of the Czech Republic, Ruzicka's lack of familiarity with English cre- ated a situation for broad- casters who soon learned that they simply could not put him on the air for an in- terview, even if he scored multiple goals in a game. Gradually, a solution was arrived at. Ruzicka would be shown in action footage and then players would be inter- viewed and asked what they thought of his performance. Print journalists coped with the situation by taking their time with Ruzicka -- some- time 15-20 minutes -- which usually resulted in being able to piece together enough quotes to fill out a story. The 2011 Bruins' Stanley Cup run has mirrored that of 1992 through the first two rounds. Just like this spring, there was a tight seven-game opening series in which the Bruins pre- vailed. For the current team, that would be the Montreal series. But back in time, it was the series with Buffalo. And it was edge-of-your-seat time on Causeway Street as the B's, after building a 3-1 lead in games, saw the Sa- bres come back to tie the series at 3-3 before defeat- ing them in the decisive sev- enth contest. Then it was on to the second round where the B's took on those Adams Division winners -- the Canadiens -- and promptly swept them away 4-0 -- much like the current Bru- .... (Continued oa Page 14)