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by Paul on 06/19/12 at 03:35 PM ET
from Gord Stellick of CBC,
On draft day, Whalers management and scouts sat at their draft table waiting to make their much publicized selection. Their scouting staff included Bob Carpenter Sr., who looked forward to formally welcoming his son to the NHL in a few minutes time…
Now it was the Colorado Rockies turn who quickly called “time.” Not uncommon for teams to want a few extra minutes to discuss their selection or even discuss a possible trade. Nothing that caused any angst at the Hartford table situated beside Colorado’s table.
That changed when the Rockies announced that they had made a trade that included flipping their first-round pick with the Washington Capitals, who were selecting fifth overall. Ironically, there were also seated beside the Whalers table.
Before they could fully absorb the implications of the Washington Capitals moving up two draft spots, the Capitals had announced the selection of Bobby Carpenter. An angry and emotional Whalers entourage sat in stunned silence. Carpenter’s father bolted away from the table for a few minutes to regain his composure….
They settled on a centre from the Ontario Hockey League. Their runner-up selection was Ron Francis from the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds!
read on to find out how Ray Bourque landed in Boston…
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