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Catching up with Don Marcotte

Just like the Energizer Bunny, he kept going and going and going.

A hard-nosed two-way player, Don Marcotte first skated with the Bruins in 1965 and retired with the Bruins after the 1982 season never lacing the skates up with another NHL organization. He bled Bruins blood, never let up and did whatever it took to win games.

“Everybody had different jobs to do and you had to do what you had to do," said Marcotte. "I was a two-way player and would go up and down. I would go up and forecheck and come back and backcheck. That kept me going and I loved it. I had a job to do and took a lot of pride in it.

“It was a good bunch of guys and we had a lot of good times together. When it came time to play hockey the guys were all business and wanted to win. It was a great time."

These days, it's no surprise that Marcotte, 57, is still involved with Bruins and is the Manager of the Boston Garden Club at the TD Banknorth Garden.

“We have just under 500 members that we take care of with tickets to the Bruins, Celtics, and events coming into the building,” said Marcotte. “We are open two hours before game time for dinner and cocktails. We have some good members and it’s fun. I live here in the winter."

Marcotte resides in Amesbury, Massachusetts with his wife, Helen. The two have been married 38 years and have two daughters, Jodi, 35, and Nicole, 32 and a son, Davey, 28. They have a granddaughter, Brianna, 3 and grandson, Breadon, 2.

“I came here in ’69 and all my career was here,” said Marcotte. “The kids grew up here and nobody wanted to move. Where I came from there was not much going on, so we just settled down here. It's home.”

Marcotte stills gets out on the ice and is a regular when the Boston Bruins Alumni team travels around New England creating fundraising opportunities for local communities.

"We do a lot of games for charity,” said Marcotte. “I love it and we have a ball. We have quite a few laughs between the guys and a lot of the team I play with are the older guys from the Stanley Cup years. We have a lot of fun doing it and it keeps us young.”

Throughout his career playing in the NHL, Marcotte was known for his hard-hitting and penalty killing. He currently ranks sixth all-time in games played (868), ninth is seasons played (13) and tenth in goals (230).

“I am very proud for the style of play I played,” said Marcotte. “I called myself a two-way player. I thought hockey was played at both ends of the ice and that was the way I played the game.”

Marcotte was also a key member of two Stanley Cup Bruins teams (1969-70 and 1971-72).

"It’s something you cannot describe and it's something you work all your life for,” said Marcotte on winning the Stanley Cup. “I was lucky I came in my first year and I won it. I won two in my first three years and thought I was going to get all kinds of them. That was it. That’s the pinnacle of hockey and what you want to do.”

As far as the current lockout in the NHL, Marcotte thinks it's horrible.

“I think it’s awful,” said Marcotte. “I blame both sides because they both want the money. To wait the whole year no one gets that money back and it was a waste. As far as working here (TD Banknorth Garden) it was terrible for businesses all around the building.”


The Marcotte File

NAME: Don Marcotte

BIRTHDAY: April 15, 1947

RESIDES: Amesbury, Massachusetts

CURRENTLY: Manager of the Boston Garden Club at the TD Banknorth Garden

WHERE DID YOU GROW UP: Asbestos, Quebec

CLAIM TO FAME: Member of two Boston Bruins Stanley Cup teams. Played with the Boston bruins for 13 seasons (1969-82)

HIGHLIGHT OF HOCKEY CAREER: Winning both Stanley Cups

GREATEST HOCKEY PLAYER YOU PLAYED WITH: Bobby Orr

GREATEST HOCKEY PLAYER YOU PLAYED AGAINST: Bobby Hull or Gordie Howe

CURRENT HOCKEY PLAYER YOU MOST ADMIRE: Mario Lemieux

ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE BOSTON BRUINS FANS: Crazy. They are great fans and that's why most guys are still living around here because the fans are so good to them

FAVORITE THING ABOUT NEW ENGLAND: The people that I met through my career

WOULD YOU EVER PARTICIPATE IN A REALITY TV SHOW: No

IF YOU COULD CLONE ANYONE, WHO WOULD IT BE: Bobby Orr

IF YOU HAD ONE WISH, WHAT WOULD IT BE: To be young again and be able to play

EVER WALK THE FREEDOM TRAIL: No

CLAM CHOWDA OR LOBSTA: Lobster

DO YOU KNOW WHAT A BUBBLER (WATER FOUNTAIN) IS: No

CANDLEPIN BOWLING OR BIG BALL BOWLING: Candlepin Bowling

ROTARIES - KEEP'EM OR GET RID OF THEM: Get rid of them

DID YOU WATCH THE RED SOX WIN THE WORLD SERIES. IF YES, WHERE: Yes and I was at home

WILL THE NHL START ON TIME NEXT YEAR: Yes

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