Boston Bruins’ owner Jeremy Jacobs is now an NHL Hall of Famer… You’re probably wondering why… Well, you’re not alone.
This is not going to be an article explaining why Jacobs deserves this, but the exact opposite. There is no reason why Jacobs should be in the Hall of Fame.
You could make the argument that because he was owner when the Bruins broke their 39-year drought and won their sixth Stanley Cup, he deserves some recognition, but shouldn’t Peter Chiarelli really be the one to thank for that? Yes. That entire 2010-11 team was the work of Chiarelli.
You could even say that Jeff Gorton deserves some recognition, as well because he drafted a great deal of that team (Chiarelli and Gorton were Bruins general managers), but Chiarelli made the trades to make that team. Jacobs did not of that.
Even if he did have some say, as hard as it is to say being a die-hard Bruins fan, but the 2010-11 wasn’t even good! Sure, Tim Thomas, Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, and David Krejci were all in their prime, Tyler Seguin was still showing off his skills in Beantown, and Brad Marchand was on the rise, but they got lucky in the postseason.
Granted, they had a fine regular season at 46-25-11, but they were barely able to succeed. Sure, the Flyers went down easy in the second round, but they took their rival Canadiens in Round One to an overtime victory in Game Seven. The Third Round came down to one of the greatest Game Sevens in NHL history with no penalties, Thomas making the save of the century, and a late Nathan Horton goal that decided that Boston would face Vancouver in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Along with the Canucks’ Alexandre Burrows biting Bergeron during a brawl, the Canucks’ taking the first two games on the road was not unexpected, but Aaron Rome’s elbowing Horton in the back of the head in the Boston 8-1 Game Three win was. Scraping together a Game Four and Game Six victory, along with losing Game Five in Massachusetts, the B’s brought the series back to British Columbia for Game Seven. The city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada literally burned after Bergeron and Marchand scored two goals each to win Game Seven 4-0 on the road and took the Cup.
The Green Guys outside the Canucks’ penalty box were two of the few fans to congratulate Vancouver native Milan Lucic on his new engraving on the Cup, but you can’t say that Jacobs won them the Cup. He was rather stern two years later during the NHL lockout, but his refusal to pay the players more money at the expiration of the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement is what helped cause it.
Jacobs is probably one of the most unimportant, uninfluential people in NHL history. His being in Toronto (the location of the NHL Hall of Fame) makes absolutely no sense.