I remember calling sportsphone for updates on draft day. Bellows was the guy everyone was sure to go number 1. At the time I had mixed emotions when I heard the Bruins agreed not to pick Bellows in exchange for Dave Donnelly
and Palmer,two wingers. I knew that Kluzak was a big tough excellent dman from the scouting reports but Bellows was talked about like he was going to be a real star. I always of course loved the tough players so Kluzak was definetly going to be tougher than Bellows and at the time they were saying Palmer was a fast potentially good scoring winger. As it turned out Gord was hit with that Bruin major injury jinx. He would have been a top d-man for years in my opinion. He was a good fighter and he certainly didn't shy away from the big boys. Even in 1988 after some major injuries he looked excellent in the playoffs vs Montreal. I really thought he was over the hump but that turned out to be the begining of the end. He is another of the what might have been Bruins. I thought he showed plenty in the time he played and he had that desire to go against the toughest which means a lot to me. Probert, Richter, Playfair, Tochett, Kyte , Brown etc not bad and he wasn't in there grappling or shadowboxing he was willing to trade punches. I was at the game in Boston when Brown jumped him along the boards and was sure there would have been a round two if he didn't get hurt during that fight. It was a shame the injuries killed his career.