OCTOBER 5, 1955

TUSCARORA NHL PLAYER STAN JONATHAN BORN

Hailing from the Six Nations’ Reserve in Oshweken, near Brantford, Ontario, Stan worked on the high steel during summers as a teen.  He was playing junior hockey for the Peterborough Petes (1972-75) when, in 1975, Boston Bruins’ Head Coach Don Cherry & General Manager Harry Sinden went to check on a draft pick. Cherry noticed Jonathan instead. The B’s took him in the 5th round.  He spent 1 season with the IHL Dayton Gems where he led playoff scorers.  In 1976, Stan joined the Bruins and became a Boston crowd favorite.  Just 5’8″ 175 lbs, he’d hit anything, but was an NHL shooting percentage leader in his first 2 years.  He is most remembered in Boston for his classic fight with Montreal enforcer Pierre Bouchard in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals where a series of Stan’s lefts broke the Canadien’s nose and cheekbone.  Jonathan also netted a hat trick (3 goals) against Montreal’s Ken Dryden in the 1979-80 semi-finals.  Traded to Pittsburgh in 1982, he retired before the end of the season.

Source:  Joe Pelletier, “Stan Jonathan,” Greatest Hockey Legends.com: The Hockey History Blog.  Retrieved 7/20/2020, http://bruinslegends.blogspot.com/2006/06/stan-jonathan.html
Photo:  Boston Bruins, 1980.  Public Domain. 

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