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Bruins DVD launch party set for tonight at Hard Rock Cafe

03.24.09 at 12:27 pm ET

Bust out your best Bruins tuxedos and get ready to party. The DVD launch party for The Original Six: History of the Boston Bruins video will take place tonight at the Hard Rock Cafe at Faneuil Hall (the old spot where the Rack used to be during the glory days of my Boston social life) from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The video was created to commemorate the Bruins’ 85th year of existence as Boston’s beloved pro hockey club.

All players are expected to attend, and there’s going to be some cool Q&A’s with Bruins legends that are chronicled throughout the two-hour video.  The Boston Bruins Foundation will hold both live and silent auctions during the event, and it’s going to be a must-attend for the serious Bruins fan.

Tickets for the event start at $90 for season ticket holders, and those wishing to attend must be 21 or older to get in the door. The DVD is retailing for $26.95 at many different outlets. More info about tonight’s event can be found here.

After watching the DVD, I can tell you that it’s a fun view and the video will take you through every memorable cornerstone event that’s taken place in the franchise’s history — withsome new interviews conducted with Harry Sinden, Don Cherry, Mike Milbury, Bobby Orr, Milt Schmidt, Phil Esposito Cam Neely and Ray Bourque among others to add some fresh perspective on many of the events that shaped the Black and Gold.

Didn’t know much about the legend of Eddie Shore heading into the video, and it details a lot of the old stories that made him such a legend during the early years of the Bruins.

My favorite was actually some of the stories from the “Lunch Pail A.C.” teams of the 70’s coached by Cherry that simply beat up opponents even if they didn’t always beat them on the scoreboard. The infamous too many men on the ice penalty is revisited, as is the trade of Esposito and the rise of the teams led by Bourque and Neely in the 80’s and 90’s. It’s also a great reminder at just how special the “Score” call of Fred Cusick was during 40 plus years of broadcasting that became synonymous with the Spoked B. Cusick is also one of the many that granted interviews for the video.

It’s hard not to get misty-eyed for the Big, Bad Bruins days when you hear Brad Park say: “We were biggest, baddest muthers in the valley.” The real seal of approval, however, came when watching the B’s video with my dad, who grew up in the Bobby Orr Era and witnessed the Bruins when they achieved rock star status in the city of Boston.

Whenever he gets really excited about the old days of the Bruins he’ll tell me again how Orr used to kill off penalties all by himself by skating around the other nine players on the ice in the offensive and defensive zones, and then he’ll tell me the story of the time he and the late Ace Bailey took a drive up in my dad’s truck to Canada to pick some hockey equipment — and barely made it through Canadian customs with the assorted hockey swag.

 That’s a sure sign that he gave it two big thumbs up, so I’m giving it two hockey sticks way, way up as well. Highly recommend it for any card-carrying member of Bruins Nation.

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