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It’s impossible to watch the Bruins and Blackhawks meet in the Stanley Cup Final and not think about the eternal thank you card hockey fans in the Hub should send to Chicago for ushering in the most memorable and enjoyable era of hockey in Boston sports history. There are no Big, Bad Bruins if the Blackhawks don’t make a big, bad trade.
On May 15, 1967, the then-Black Hawks traded forwards Phil Esposito, Ken Hodge, and Fred Stanfield to the Bruins for defenseman Gilles Marotte, center Pit Martin, and goalie Jack Norris in an offseason deal made right before NHL rosters were frozen for the coming expansion draft that would double the league to 12 teams.
The rest is Boston sports history.
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