Time will pass, but the memories never fade away. That’s exactly the case for the legendary Gerry Cheevers, who still fondly recalls the stories of the 1970 Boston Bruins. The 1970 team will be honored on Sunday night on NHL Network for the 50th anniversary of their Stanley Cup win.
On Thursday, Gerry Cheevers spoke to Bruins season ticket holders and first responders via Zoom. He discussed some of today’s goaltenders and looked back on those glory days in Boston.
“It was a special time, there’s no question about that,” Cheevers said when asked about 1970. “Unfortunately I have to go by the rule, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas with that team.”
Although Cheevers couldn’t dive into the best stories, even 50 years later, he did point out just how tight that championship group was. In modern days, you’ll see players only spend time together at the rink. On that Bruins team? They were like a family, and they made sure to spend time together away from the rink.
“We had a lot of fun,” Cheevers continued. “For example, on the road we had to go for one beer no matter if you had parents or what. We had to go to the same spot for just one beer. We were a closely knit team, we had a lot of fun in the dressing room.”
It wasn’t all fun and games in the room, however. Cheevers made sure to note that, singling out the 1970 campaign as one where the club worked hard and played hard.
“For this particular year, we were mostly all business,” he admitted. “We had a lot of fun.”
Cheevers and the rest of his teammates were looking forward to getting back together and having fun this past March in Boston. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen because of COVID-19.
“I was looking forward to going back, but this craziness has put us off,” Cheevers said.
It’ll be delayed, but the reunion at TD Garden will happen. When it does, Cheevers is “sure” they’re going to have a lot of fun.