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BHN Daily: Who’s Cooler Than Boston Bruins Icon Derek Sanderson?

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A couple of weeks ago, Hockey Night in Canada asked a simple question about the coolest a hockey player has ever looked in a photo, be it a Boston Bruins photo or any other around the hockey world. There were some great suggestions including game-winning shots, iconic photos and stuff that I’d never seen before, but let’s be honest about this.

Nobody, and I mean nobody, is ever going to be cooler than Derek Sanderson was in the early 1970’s while he was playing with the Boston Bruins, palling around with Joe Namath and serving as a bar owner in Boston.

Obviously it all caught up to him later as Sanderson has himself chronicled in his battles to overcome his personal demons, but they don’t get any cooler than Turk with a mustache, long hair and his whole carefree hockey life in front of him. Everybody else is fighting for second place in the hockey cool department.

Now on to the puck links:

*Tough couple of days for Zdeno Chara as his Capitals blew a 3-0 lead to the Boston Bruins, and a batch of his hockey sticks were delivered to the wrong person from China. (Russian Machine Never Breaks)

*Trent Frederic showed “no fear” in dropping the gloves with Tom Wilson on Monday night, and actually sparked the third period comeback for the Boston Bruins against the Washington Capitals. (Boston Hockey Now)

*Craig Smith got to show off the hockey smile for the Boston Bruins after Monday night’s comeback win over the Washington Capitals.

*A tough stretch for youngster Marco Rossi as he’s going to need to sit out the entire NHL season after complications from COVID-19. (BarDown)

*It sure feels like the Vancouver Canucks are going to be incapable of beating the Montreal Canadiens during this season in the North Division. (Sportsnet)

*Good rundown on everything that’s happening with the Providence Bruins right now from Mark Divver. (Rinkside Rhode Island)

*Great conversation on the Ray and Drews podcast with FOH (Friend of Haggs) and Calgary Flames Assistant GM Chris Snow and his wife Kelsie as they talk about their family living with ALS as Chris wages a brave battle. (RayandDregs.com)

*FOH Dan Kingerski has some suggestions for the Pittsburgh Penguins power play after watching some talented players struggle on the man advantage. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

*For something completely different: We get six more weeks of winter because the Groundhog say his shadow this morning in Pennsylvania, but what’s the big deal really? We’ve been living in Groundhog Day for the last 10 months.

Joe Haggerty has covered the Boston Bruins and the NHL for 18 years with NBC Sports Boston, WEEI.com, the Boston Metro and the Woburn Daily Times, and currently serves as lead Bruins reporter and columnist for Boston Hockey Now. Haggs always strives to capture the spirt of the thing any way that he can.

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