When the NHL lockout in 2004-05 came to an end, most hockey fans were thrilled. Some were angry a season was lost due to greed, but overall the energy was positive. That energy in Boston, however, only lasted until Nov. 30.
Then GM Mike O’Connell made a late trade which sent Bruins captain ‘Jumbo’ Joe Thornton to the San Jose Sharks for Brad Stuart, Wayne Primeau and Marco Sturm. Stuart and Primeau didn’t make much of an impact on the Bruins, but Sturm did.
One of Sturm’s biggest moments was when he scored the game-winning goal against the Montreal Canadiens in the 2008 playoffs. It gave a new sense of life to the Boston Bruins.
In 2010, Sturm was traded to the Los Angeles Kings so the Bruins could clear up some salary cap space. From there Sturm bounced from team to team, retiring in 2012 as a Florida Panther. He was never a legendary player, but he poured his heart and soul into everything he did.
Nowadays, Sturm is the head coach and general manager for the German national team. He’s also married with kids.