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NESN to debut first of four-part series on Wednesday celebrating the history of the Bruins

NESN's series on the history of the Bruins will showcase the immense impact Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, and the Big, Bad Bruins had on hockey‘s regional popularity in the early 1970s.Barry Chin/Globe Staff

NESN will debut the first of a four-part series Wednesday celebrating the history of the Bruins as part of their centennial season.

The series, titled “A Century of Bruins Hockey,” features four one-hour episodes. The first, airing at 8 p.m and again immediately afterward at 9, focuses on the team’s special connection with Boston and New England.

It’s told chronologically, featuring a recurring timeline graphic, with an expected and enjoyable emphasis on the immense impact Bobby Orr and the Big, Bad Bruins had on hockey‘s regional popularity in the early 1970s. (Footage of fans waiting to buy Stanley Cup Final tickets is a particularly fun time capsule.)

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The remaining episodes do not have premiere dates yet. The episode premiering Wednesday is titled “A Century of Bruins Hockey: Connection.” The next episode, featuring franchise cornerstones such as Milt Schmdit, Orr, Ray Bourque, and more, is slated to air in January.

Its characters episode — which will include Derek Sanderson, Terry O’Reilly, Brad Marchand, and more — is scheduled for fall 2024, with the champions episode arriving in winter 2024-25.


Chad Finn can be reached at chad.finn@globe.com. Follow him @GlobeChadFinn.