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8/8/2006 9:53:12 PM

It appears the Boston Bruins will enter a new era on Wednesday.

According TSN's sister station RDS, longtime Bruins president Harry Sinden will announce his retirement at a news conference in Boston.

Sinden has been an integral part of the Bruins for over 40 years, starting in the organization in the early 1960s as a player-coach at the minor league level. He progressed to head coach in Boston, then became the team's general manager for 28 seasons before taking on his current position as president.

During a four-year stint behind the Boston bench, Sinden coached Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito and the rest of the Bruins to a Stanley Cup victory in 1969-70, their first title in over 30 years.

In 1972, he was behind the bench as Team Canada's head coach in the Summit Series against the Soviet Union.

In 1999, Sinden made history by becoming the first general manager to walk away from a salary arbitration award, letting Dmitri Khristich, a 29-goal scorer, become a free agent with no compensation.

Sinden was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto in 1983.
 

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Bruins' Sinden steps down as president

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8/9/2006 10:25:33 AM

BOSTON (CP-AP) - It's the end of an era at the Boston Bruins.

Harry Sinden is stepping down after more than 40 years with the NHL team, including the last 17 as president. He will continue as an adviser to Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs.

The Bruins have opted not to replace the 74-year-old Sinden as president "at this time." All hockey operations will be handled by GM Peter Chiarelli.

"The timing is right to make this transition at this time, as I have been moving away from the day-to-day operations of the team and the building in recent years into more of an advisory capacity," Sinden said in a release on the team's website Wednesday.

"We have strong and capable leadership in place throughout the organization, beginning with Peter Chiarelli, who is in charge of all aspects of the hockey operations. With Peter now settled in Boston, I initiated discussions with Mr. Jacobs on changing my focus and he agreed with me that this is the right time to formalize the direction in which we have been moving for some time."

Sinden will remain as alternate governor for the Bruins on the NHL's board of governors.

Said Jacobs: "Harry is not only a close friend but is an inspirational leader and certainly a legend in the world of hockey. I am honoured that he has agreed to continue as an important advisor to this team."

Sinden began in the Bruins organization in 1961 as a minor league coach in Kingston, Ont., and became head coach in Boston in the 1966-67 season.

In his fourth and final full season as coach, he led the Bruins to the 1970 Stanley Cup, their first in 29 years.

Sinden spent the next two years in private business before taking over on Oct. 5, 1972 as general manager, a job he held until Nov. 1, 2000. He also served as president since 1988 and, in 2002, began overseeing operations of the Bruins home, the TD Banknorth Garden, as its chairman.

In March, Sinden fired his successor as GM, Mike O'Connell, and the team missed the playoffs for the first time in four seasons. As the years went by, Sinden's role in making deals decreased and he began serving more as an adviser to O'Connell, who traded star centre Joe Thornton to San Jose early last season.

Thornton went on to become the NHL's most valuable player.

In 1972, Sinden was behind the bench as Team Canada's head coach in the Summit Series against the Soviet Union.

He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto in 1983.
 

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Plenty of Boston Bruins fans I know are really happy to see Sinden finally go....the last straw for many of them was watching franchise player Joe Thornton get traded away to the San Jose Sharks and watch him win both the Hart (MVP) and the Art Ross (Scoring) trophies.....

It's been a while now since Boston won the Cup but one thing Sinden made sure in all the years he was with the club the Bruins never lost any money and for me personally I will always remember Sinden as the one that helped coach Team Canada in 1972 to a victory over the Soviet Union in the Summit Series....but 1972?.....that's a loooong time ago.
 
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