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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Final post: the Scott Bradley factor


The Bradley family and Lord Stanley gather to celebrate Boston's 2011 championship at the Bradley home in Vancouver, B.C. (photo courtesy of Scott Bradley)

Over the summer, we had a chance to chat with current Boston Bruins Director of Player Personnel Scott Bradley about his role in helping the B's win their first Stanley Cup since 1972.

From that talk, the genesis of a comprehensive article on one of the most pivotal years in Bruins history- 2006- was born.

What most did not realize, however, is how Bradley fought his own heroic battle against cancer, and if not for the Jacobs family and Harry Sinden's decisive action to put the organization's assets behind him for a rapid surgical procedure, he may not have been around to see the fruits of his dedication and service over the years.

We knew all about Bradley's fight- both in 2006- when he had his first knee surgery to remove a malignant sarcoma- and again in 2008, when he had a recurrence of the tumor and needed another invasive procedure. In both cases, Bradley asked that we not report the situation because he is a private man and did not want to be the center of attention.

After the win last summer, Bradley had a change of heart, and allowed New England Hockey Journal to be the first to tell his story.

To read about how the Bruins champion was essentially built in 2006, follow this link to hockeyjournal.com for a reprint of what appeared in the October issue of New England Hockey Journal.

For more on Bradley's long service to the Bruins as a scout, amateur scouting director and personnel chief, this story also appeared in the October edition of NEHJ.

This officially closes the book on the Bruins 2011 Draft Watch blog.

It was a real pleasure to write, and the new position at Red Line Report is going well. Although it's more behind the scenes work than everyone is used to, it is a tremendous opportunity.

Should you have any questions, feel free to follow my Twitter feed and ask away. @kluedeke29

Thanks for reading- it was a fun two-year ride with the 2010 and 2011 Bruins Draft Watch and perhaps there will be an NHL Draft Watch at some point in the future.

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