Posted by: Adventures in Pucking | July 17, 2011

Man of the Day 7/17: Marc Savard

Marc Savard

Born July 17, 1977 (age 33) in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Center for the Boston Bruins

Happy birthday, Marc! Savard began his playing career in the OHL’s Oshawa Generals, scoring a league-leading 139 points during his second season. The Rangers picked him up in the draft in 1995, selecting him 91st overall. Hm, I wonder if that has some sort of significance. He sharpened his skills with some more OHL time, a year in the Rangers’ AHL affiliate, then went up to New York before being traded to Calgary in 1999 and chalking up impressive numbers there. He then had a four-year stint with my dearly departed Thrashers, playing with Dany Heatley and Ilya Kovalchuk and being a point-per-game kind of guy even though his 2003-04 was shortened due to injury. In the Year That Never Was, he went to Switzerland. Upon his return, he became a UFA and went to Boston.

He's a bird!

He scored the game-winner in the 2008 All-Star Game (which was in Atlanta!), dealt with injuries in 2007-08 but still racked up 78 points, played the Habs in the playoffs for two consecutive years, revealed he’d been playing on a bad foot for some time in 2009-10, got hurt by Jonathan Toews 28 seconds into his first shift on the ice in January 2010 and then… March 7, he suffered a grade two concussion after a hit from Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke. This injury led the NHL to reform its rule about blindside hits. He did return for the 2010 postseason. About a year later, he suffered another concussion and it was decided he should sit it out for the rest of the 2010-11 season. Due to his shortened season, he played just 25 games, scored 2 goals, got 8 assists and spent 29 minutes in the sin bin. Peter Chiarelli now hopes to get his name engraved on the Stanley Cup even though he didn’t play 41 regular season or at least one postseason game, and the league does allow for some leeway on this, so here’s hoping ‘Savvy’ gets his name on the Cup.

He was at the duck boat parade, though--that's good!


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