Lost in the shuffle of monochromatic college uniforms, no NFL throwbacks, and Dallas Clark’s missing flag decal was the passing of Tom Johnson, a Hall of Fame defenseman for the Bruins and Canadiens. His 30-plus-year career with the Bruins included a stint behind the bench for the team’s last Stanley Cup in 1972.
While his contributions to the game were great, those stripes are pretty sweet, too. So honor the past with a smile and a nod, think about the good old days of Original Six hockey, and go polish off that last helping of mashed potatoes. If you don’t eat them, I will. — Bryan