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I Page16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 26, 2014 God Bless those Who Passed in 2014 As 2014 comes to a close, I thought it would be a good time to remember those from the boxing world who have left us in this year. I think you will recog- nize most of them. They. all gave there best and I hope they will never be forgotten. Jimmy Dupree Charlie Powell Wilford Scypion Jimmy Ellis Carmelo Bossi Tinker Picot Thad Spencer NORTH END ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION Serving the Community for Over 60 Years/ Wishes You a Very Merry Christmas/ Hurricane Carter May They All Rest in Peace HOOPS and HOCKEY in the HUB by Richard Preiss They are highly regarded by lifelong diehard Bruins fans. They epitomize the strength of the franchise over the course of the decades. They are among the Great- est of the Garden -- those who have had their playing numbers retired after hav- ing outstanding careers while performing for the Bos- ton Bruins. We looked around cyber- space and found some inter- esting information on them. We'll review some this week and others the next. Defenseman Lionel Hitch- man came to the B's in the middle of the 1924-25 sea- son from the original Ottawa Senators. Due to a quirk, he actually played more regular season games than were scheduled. The 1924-25 sea- son was set at 30 games, but because the Bruins had played fewer games than the Senators when the trade took place in January 1925, Hitchman actually wound up playing in 31 games. In another rarity, Hitch- man suffered a broken jaw during the 1928-1929 sea- son, sat out two weeks, and then returned wearing a leather helmet fashioned by Bruins" Coach Art Ross. He thus became one of the f irst players in pro hockey history to wear protective headgear. Later, he was an assistant coach with the Bruins. Lionel Hitchman died in 1969. He was the first Bruin to have his number (3) re- tired -- on February 22, 1934 -- the actual day of his last game. Another of the early players to be accorded the honor was defenseman Eddie Shore, who has a two-fold identity in hockey. If one is from the Boston area, Shore is readily identified by older members of Bruins Nation as the star player he was. Coming to the Bruins in 1926, he would be a key player in two Stanley Cup title runs (1929 and 1939), would win the Hart Trophy (outstanding player in the regular season) four times and be named to the NHL All- Star Team in seven differ- ent years. His number (2) was retired on January I, 1947. However, once retired from playing he took on his second identity, becoming the owner of the Springfield Indians of the American Hockey League, a position he held from 1939 until he sold the team in 1976. Well known throughout Western Massa- chusetts, he died in 1982. Our next player was the first NHLer to play 20 sea- sons in an era when the pro- tective equipment worn to- day was virtually unknown. Over the course of his career he was named an All-Star at both forward and defense. Coming to the Bruins in 1927, Aubrey "Dit'! Clapper would be an on ice presence to be reckoned with over the next two decades. We say presence because he was the largest forward of his time -- standing 6-2 and weighing around 200 pounds -- an imposing figure for that era. Early in his career he combined with teammates Cooney Weiland and Dutch Gainor to form the Dynamite Line. In 1929, as a member of that line, Clapper scored the winning goal in the first game of the best-of- three series against the New York Rangers that ended with the B's hoisting their first Cup. H'e was also a member of two additional Bruins cup-winning teams -- in 1939 and 1941. Late in his playing career, Clapper was moved back to defense, a position he had (Continued on Page 15) GEM GRAVURE COMPANY, INC. 112 School Street, P.O. Box 1158, West Hanover, MA 02339 Tel: 781478-0456, Emaih custserviceOgemgravure.com