Black N’ Gold Hockey Podcast #72 11-19-17

By: Mark Allred        Follow Me/Us @BlackAndGold277  @BlackNGoldPod

Welcome back for episode 72 in partnership with the Grandstand Sports Network. On this week’s show, we talk about the games of last week and schedule ahead for the month of November continues to be a challenging one for this team. We touch on some interesting topics as we use the great folks of social media to set the tone of our show agenda. We had the return of our Patreon What Ya Bruin Mailbag questions this week, and the popular Weekly Prospect Update is back giving you all the info from the Bruins developing youth.

Please follow our new partners over at Grandstand Sports Network Twitter: @Grandstand_SNgrandstandsportsnetwork.com

If you’d like to support the show and are an Amazon or Fanatics, shopper, we ask that you, please use our blackngoldhockeyblog.com advertising partner banner located to the right of the screen in our affiliation link area. By going to our website every time you shop we get a commission.

You can also financially support our show by donating $1 and have exclusive access to our new “What Ya Bruin” Mailbag segment where paying contributors get their questions answered with the highest priority. Go to patreon.com/blackngoldhockeypodcast for another way to cut the operating costs.

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Mark Allred @BlackAndGold277
Rob Tomlin @Rob40bruins
Court Lalonde @courtlalonde
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Have a question or a comment for the hosts? Please send us an email at blackngoldhockeyblog@gmail.com

Thanks for tuning in and all the support! We’ll be back next week for another show of Bruins Hockey related material. Take Care and GO Bruins!!

Black N’ Gold Hockey Podcast #71 11-12-17

By: Mark Allred      Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277 or show @BlackNGoldPod

Welcome back for episode 71 in partnership with the Grandstand Sports Network. On this week’s show, we talk about the games of last week and schedule ahead as the month of November continues to be a challenging one for this team. We touch on some interesting topics as we use the great folks of social media to set the tone of our show agenda. We did not have any What Ya Bruin Mailbag questions this week but the popular Weekly Prospect Update is back giving you all the info from the Bruins developing youth.

Please follow our new partners over at Grandstand Sports Network Twitter: @Grandstand_SNgrandstandsportsnetwork.com

If you’d like to support the show and are an Amazon or Fanatics, shopper, we ask that you, please use our blackngoldhockeyblog.com advertising partner banner located to the right of the screen in our affiliation link area. By going through our website every time you shop we get a commission.

You can also financially support our show by donating $1 and have exclusive access to our new “What Ya Bruin” Mailbag segment where paying contributors get their questions answered with the highest priority. Go to patreon.com/blackngoldhockeypodcast for another way to cut the operating costs.

Follow us on Twitter at:
Mark Allred @BlackAndGold277
Rob Tomlin @Rob40bruins
Court Lalonde @courtlalonde
Podcast Account @BlackNGoldPod

Have a question or a comment for the hosts? Please send us an email at blackngoldhockeyblog@gmail.com

Thanks for tuning in and all the support! We’ll be back next week for another show of Bruins Hockey related material. Take Care and GO Bruins!!

Join The Black N’ Gold Writers Team

By: Mark Allred         Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Hello and thanks for your interest in joining our team as we look to expand our crew to increase the news and opinions of everything Boston Bruins related. As mentioned above, my name is Mark Allred, and I’m the Editor In Chief and Founder of Black N’ Gold Productions, and we are seeking passionate Bruins fans with some writing experience especially with the popular media program WordPress.

The service we provide to our readers is news and opinions from a fans point of view in a non-negative manner. Now I’m not saying you can’t write about something that frustrates you about this team but please do it in a way that’s not bashing the franchise as we seek to get future credentials and a media relationship with our beloved National Hockey League organization.

As a website member, we’d like to leave article topics up to the individual writers and what’s on their minds. Articles that we’d like to see from team members is anything Bruins related such as breaking news, Bruins history, and game recaps. We also like to cover the developmental levels of the organization with news from the prospects with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League and with the East Coast Hockey League Atlanta Gladiators. We’ve also been well known for our coverage of the Bruins prospects in the Canadian Junior League’s and throughout the NCAA collegiate levels of development.

When it comes to the number of posts required, I’d like to see at least one per week as we strive to provide content on a daily basis but the number of posts is up to you and how committed you are and time availability.  Publishing one to two articles a month will keep you in good standing with the website as an active member of the team.

We offer compensation to team players that post more often than others with advertising generated funds. The more you post you’ll be considered for higher shares when available funds are ready for distribution. Being a team player is not only based on how frequent you publish articles, but it’s also heavily considered on the aggressive approach you take when it comes to paid advertising. We have affiliated advertising partners with Amazon.com and the sports mega website Fanatics.com and the more commission we get from telling friends and family about using our websites affiliated banners before shopping on these two fantastic shopping outlets will create more revenue at no extra charge to the shoppers and will increase the funds for team player distribution.

Not only do we ask “team players” to post often and drive attention to potential shoppers to our website but we also ask that you not only share your content on the various social media outlets that you currently use but also share the content of other team members as we look to increase reader traffic. We do ask that you please have a Twitter account and if you don’t have one please consider registering for one as Twitter is a fantastic tool for posting and gathering important information from the members of hockey media deep in the trenches and close to team events on a daily basis.

If this is something that you’d be interested in doing, we’d love to hear what you could offer our team as we look to expand operations in the attempt to be a better-known website for everything Boston Bruins from a fans perspective.

All interested applicants should send previous experience and writing samples to blackngoldhockeyblog@gmail.com and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible after we’ve reviewed all things provided. Again we thank you for your interest and hope to see you as a valued member of the Black N’ Gold Productions writers team in the near future.

Honorable Bruins Birthday Mention – Murray Henderson

( Above Photo Credit: Boston Bruins Legends – Blogger )

By: Mark Allred             Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Murray Henderson  9-5-21

The big defenseman joined the Boston Bruins organization at the tail end of the 1944-45 season as he was close to the Boston area playing for the Boston Olympics. The Olympics played in the Eastern Hockey League and was one of the Bruins minor-pro affiliates that played close to Boston for an immediate call up due to injury or other circumstances.

After only playing in five games to close the 1944-45 season, the 6′-0″ 180-pound Toronto, Ontario, Canada native spent the next seven seasons with the Bruins appearing in 405 career National Hockey League games posting 24-62-86 number in hiss time in Beantown.  He would end his career at the top level after the 1951-52 season but would remain on the ice playing professionally as a player/coach of the American Hockey Leagues Hershey Bears from the  1952-53 year to his final 1955-56 campaign. The Hershey Bears were also an AHL affiliate of the Bruins from the years of 1938-1942, 1946-57, 1957-58, 1964-71, 1983-85.

( Above Photo Credit:  Wikipedia )

Murray had the honor of playing alongside historic names in the hockey community such as goaltender Frank Brimsek, fellow blueliner Aubrey “Dit” Clapper, and the famous “Kraut Line” in front of them which consisted of talents such as Bobby Bauer, Woody Dumart, and the class act of a strong mind and a weak back Milt Schmidt. Murray, a nephew of the legendary Charlie Conacher was a member of the Canadian Royal Air Force during World War II and by the war stricken National Hockey League rosters, he quickly added value to the Bruins defense according to The Official Site Of The Hockey Hall Of Fame website.

Moe, as many called Henderson, refused a scouting position as mentioned in the link provided above, stating family issues hindered any work that would keep him away for family, later moving back to his hometown Toronto, Ontario. After returning to his roots he found work and would remain in the metro area until his death in January of 2013.

 

Hockey Hall Of Fame: Plea For O’Ree

25-year-old left wing Willie O’Ree, the first black player of the National Hockey League, warms up in his Boston Bruins uniform, prior to the game with the New York Rangers, at New York’s Madison Square Garden, on November 23, 1960. (AP Photo)

By: Mark Allred                     Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

On June 25, 2017, The Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Committee made the call to several great players deserving the honor to have their plaque stored at the famous location in the hockey hotbed of Toronto, Ontario. This year’s class will include two former Bruins that played for the team in Boston and were instrumental pieces in B’s history. Long-time National Hockey League players Dave Andreychuk and Mark Recchi will receive the honor at the 2017 Induction Ceremony on Monday Night, November, 13th.  Also from the Bruins being inducted into the Hall of Fame is Owner Jeremy Jacobs who’s accepting the nomination in the builder’s category.  An article about the unpopular Bruins owner can be read HERE from Black N’ Gold Productions team member Andrew Thompson, who wrote this article shortly after hearing about the 2017 Class.

Regardless if you agree with the inductions and the roles they played or didn’t play for that matter, I can’t get over the fact that former Bruins forward Willie O’Ree continues to be overlooked for his role in the National Hockey League when he entered the league in 1958.  In a world of Hall of Famer’s inducted on lavish careers and Stanley Cup success, I believe Mr. O’Ree should be inducted into the hall, not for his limited time in the NHL but as a builder of something great and a pathway for many talented players of color during a tough time in American History when it comes to race.

For those who don’t know, Willie O’Ree is well known through the hockey community as being compared to baseball’s Jackie Robinson for breaking the color barrier in their respected sports. Now I understand all the intangibles that come with being considered for the hall but when are break throughs in sports history going to take a stand over stats and championship notoriety?

As mentioned Dave Andreychuk and Mark Recchi were former Bruins players and both won championships with their respected teams at those times but when considering O’ree’s career and limited time in the NHL he might be better suited as an inductee in the builder’s category.  If an inductee like Jeremy Jacobs can get into the hall as a builder and one of the proprietors of the often league lockouts and don’t forget the league mandated salary cap, how can a man like that get the call over a person like Willie?. With the recent news of the Jacobs family and their negligence to honor a deal, they had with the city of Boston and the continued hockey growth fundraising in the area for a better part of 24 years, I just don’t understand the pecking order when it comes to consideration.

As a player category when the hall gets together, as a long-time Bruins fan myself I would have to go along with Kevin M. Flanagan and his effort to get former Bruins player Rick “Nifty” Middleton consideration as he appeared in over one thousand NHL games and posting 988 points in his 14-year career. With the Bruins Middleton in twelve seasons, the Toronto native posted 402-496-898 numbers in 881 games. As a player, yes I can Agree with Kevin M, Flanagan’s article that can be read HERE but I still want to advocate for O’Ree’s career and how much he’s been an ambassador to so many hockey players of color that have seen a severe increase in the past not only in the NHL but in all areas that hockey’s played worldwide.

O’Ree was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada in October of 1935 and played his local hockey growing up with the associated minor leagues from the 1950-51 season to 1953-54 when he left home at the age of 19 to join the upper levels of developmental hockey westward making stops in Quebec with the Frontenacs and Aces to have his Junior Hockey career year with the Kitchener Canucks where he got 58 points in 58 games before joining the NHL’s Boston Bruins in the 1957-58 season playing in two games making him the first black player to ever skate in the NHL. O’Ree’s first official game was on January 18, 1958, against the Montreal Canadiens as he was the best player in the area playing for the Quebec Aces because the Bruins had an injured player and called for emergency relief.

After playing his first two professional games in 1958. O’Ree would be sent down to continue to play and develop in the Candian Minor Leagues until Boston came calling again with a contract audition in the 1960-61 season where he’d play his last National Hockey League games appearing in 43 games and posting 4-10-14 numbers which were career highs.  The now 81-year-old had a successful minor-pro stint to end his professional career out in California starting in the 1961-62 season with the Los Angles Blades of the Western Hockey League (Senior League) and the San Diego Gulls. He would end his playing career in 1978-79 playing in a Southern California Senior League.

His time growing up and working hard to get noticed playing the game didn’t come as an easy task in a sport  populated with white athletes as O’Ree heard his fair share of  racial slurs but said according to Wikipedia saying “Racist remarks were much worse in the U.S. cities than in Toronto and Montreal,” the two Canadian cities hosting NHL teams at the time, and that “Fans would yell, ‘Go back to the South‘ and ‘How come you’re not picking cotton?’ Things like that. It didn’t bother me. I just wanted to be a hockey player, and if they couldn’t accept that fact, that was their problem, not mine.

My point of this article and push is for people and players like Mr. O’Ree that might not get consideration as a player for the Hall, but a look into other areas of nominations that shouldn’t be ignored in my opinion.

Below are some conversations on Twitter who also feel the same way about Willie getting his rightful place in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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