Jim Peplinski Hart candidate?

 

Coming into the 1995 NFHL season, many Bruin fans expected the younger guns to take a step up and for the veterans to start to take a back seat. It would appear that was the way that the GM has built this team, for the vets to teach the rookies how to adapt to the grueling schedule. One veteran player who is not only setting the example for the youngsters both off the ice and on it is Jim Peplinski.

 

One could argue that Peplinski has done it all this season for this Bruins team. Being snubbed at the All Star game for some bigger, more well known names aside, he has been Mr. Everything for this team this season. "I'm really trying to help this team succeed in any way that I can, and I'm doing whatever is asked of me," said Peplinski.

 

He has played in all 80 games this season for Boston, registering 37 goals, 2 off a career high, career highs in assists with 62, and of course overall points with 99 which bested his previous best from 1987 when he had 84. His dramatic drop in penalty minutes from 327 to only 69 this season more so illustrates his commitment to this team.

 

His line mates enjoyed excellent seasons. Theo Fleury notched career highs in goals with 44 and points with 80, and Troy Murray hitting 72 points for the third highest total of his career and a career high +26. A true tell of a player is also how he makes teammates better, and Jim has done that all season.

 

Peplinski is first line centre, and also first over the boards on the powerplay as well. "Jimmy is the ultimate professional," says head coach Jocelyn Guevremont. "It was a shame that he didn't hit 100 points this season because he works his tail off every night for us."

 

While other players may make more headlines and are flashier names, it is entirely possible that no other player means more to his team than Jim Peplinski.

 

Donny Brook

Bruins Beat Writer

Boston Herald