Brad Marchand joins exclusive club of Bruins' 100-point scorers
For the first time since the 2002-03 season, the Boston Bruins have a 100-point scorer. It's Brad Marchand, who reached the milestone during a two-point night in Columbus. In his 10th year with the team, Marchand put together the best season of his career and joins an exclusive club of Bruins greats that have reached the 100-point plateau.
Marchand is the 10th Bruin to record a 100-point season. Here's a look at some of the legendary names that Marchand is joining:
Phil Esposito was the first member of the Bruins to reach the 100-point mark. In fact, he was one of the first players in NHL history to do that.
In the 1968-69 season, Esposito logged 126 points -- 49 goals and 77 assists -- and led the NHL in points. He was one of three players (Bobby Hull, Gordie Howe) to log 100 points that season, and that was the first time in NHL history that a player had surpassed that mark.
Esposito would go on to post 100-point seasons in five of the next six seasons, missing just once with 99 points in 1969-70. He led the NHL in points for four consecutive seasons from 1970-74 as well and finished third all-time in points with the Bruins (1,012).
Bobby Orr is one of just five defensemen in NHL history to log a 100-point season. He first accomplished the feat for the Bruins in the 1969-70 season. That season, he logged 87 assists and 120 points, which paced the league in both categories.
Orr would go on to record six consecutive 100-point seasons. Notably, he led the league in points once more in the 1974-75 campaign (135 points) and had a 100 assist season in 1970-71.
Orr is just one of two defensemen to record multiple 100-point seasons, and his six 100-point seasons are the most ever by a defenseman.
Johnny Bucyk had a 23-year career in the NHL and spent 21 years with the Bruins. He only recorded one 100-point season, but it was a memorable one.
In 1970-71, Bucyk was one of four 100-point scorers on the Bruins, and he logged 116 points thanks to a career-high 51 goals. That season marked the first of three times he led the NHL in shooting percentage with a mark of 22.7.
Bucyk finished his Bruins career with 1,339 points, second only to fellow Hall of Famer Ray Bourque who, remarkably, never posted a 100-point season.
Ken Hodge was a part of the blockbuster trade that helped the Bruins land Phil Esposito and Fred Stanfield. Safe to say, that blockbuster trade worked out well for the Bruins, as they got two 100-point scorers out of it.
Hodge posted two 100-point seasons with the Bruins in his career. Each season, he recorded 105 total points. Despite being with the Bruins for just nine seasons, Hodge logged 674 points with the team. Currently, that stands as the eighth-most in franchise history.
After going five years without a 100-point scorer, Rick Middleton was able to join the club in the 1980-81 season. Known as "Nifty" for his goal-scoring ability, Middleton logged 103 points in that season thanks in part to 44 goals. That was the second in a string of five consecutive 40-plus goal seasons for Middleton, which culminated in his second 100-point season in 1983-84.
Middleton finished his Bruins career with 898 points, good for fourth on the all-time list. His 402 goals are third to only Bucyk and Esposito. His number was recently retired by the Bruins.
Barry Pederson, a first-round pick for the Bruins, played in parts of seven seasons for the teams. His best hockey came in a terrific three-year run in the early 80s.
From 1981-84, Pederson logged 315 of his 417 career points for the Bruins. He had two 100-point seasons in that span. In his first full season with the Bruins, Pederson finished second in the voting for the Calder Trophy.
Pederson would leave the Bruins following his age 24 season to join the Vancouver Canucks in the trade that brought Cam Neely to Boston. He would return to the Bruins for a 32-game stint during the 1991-92 season and logged nine points in that span. That would mark the end of his NHL career.
Joe Juneau was a fourth-round pick by the Bruins who was only with the team for one full season from 1992-93. But in that season, he made a big impact.
Juneau played alongside Adam Oates and Cam Neely on a very strong line and was able to dominate. He scored 102 points (30 goals, 72 assists) and finished second in the voting for the Calder Trophy.
However, Juneau's Bruins career would be short-lived. He was traded midway through the 1993-94 campaign to the Washington Capitals in exchange for Al Iafrate. Iafrate, a former top-five pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs, never panned out in Boston and played in just 12 games for the B's.
Adam Oates played six seasons with the Bruins, but he made sure to make them count. Traded to the Bruins from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Craig Janney and Stephane Quintal, Oates had a couple of stellar years in Boston.
In back-to-back seasons in 1992-93 and 1993-94, Oates was able to total more than 100 points. In the '92-93 season, Oates logged a league-high 97 assists while finishing the season with a career-high 142 points. Playing alongside Cam Neely and Joe Juneau definitely helped his cause.
The following season, Oates also broke the 100-point mark, logging 112 points and finishing the year with 80 assists.
In just 368 games with the Bruins, Oates ended up with 499 points. In his 19-year career, he logged a total of 1,420 points.
Joe Thornton was the last member of the Bruins to score 100 points before Brad Marchand. In the 2002-03 season, the team's No. 1 overall pick logged 36 goals and 65 assists for the team and established himself as one of the best young centers in hockey.
Thornton ended up playing parts of eight years for the Bruins and logged 454 points in that time. He was traded to the San Jose Sharks midway through the 2005-06 season. That year, he led the league in assists (96) and points (125) and took home the Hart Trophy.
Thornton is still playing for the Sharks and in his NHL career, he has logged 1,474 points. If all had come for the Bruins, Thornton would rank second all-time on the team's points list, just 32 behind Ray Bourque.
In his 10th season with the Bruins, Marchand put together his best campaign to date. The former third-round pick put together his best season logging a career-high in assists, a fourth consecutive 30-goal season, and surpassing 100 points.
Marchand scored his 36th goal Tuesday night in the second period against the Blue Jackets in Columbus and added his 64th assist on David Pastrnak's third-period goal to reach the 100 mark.