NHL scout Bob Tindall stocked the Bruins for years

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Bob Tindall could tell what made a future NHLer — and tell some great hockey stories, too.

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The former attribute made him one of the best league scouts in the 1970s and ‘80s and up to the mid-‘90s heading up the Boston Bruins’ bird dog department for many years, while the latter endeared him to many in the game, just hanging around the rink.

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Tindall, 86, passed away in Toronto on Tuesday, but would’ve wanted to be known as a native of the old borough of East York.

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Tindall lobbied for many first round hits, such as 1,100-game veteran Glen Murray (18th overall in 1991) and Kevyn Adams at No. 25 in ’93, before he became general manager of the Buffalo Sabres.

Tindall was just as proud of fifth-rounder Andrew Raycroft, a Calder Trophy winning goalie, and career Bruin Don Sweeney, now their GM.

A native of the Canadian border-town St. Stephen, N.B., Sweeney went to prep school at St. Paul’s in Concord, N.H. Despite his small size, Tindall advised his boss, Harry Sinden, to take Sweeney in the eighth round. The hunch was correct, Sweeney went on to play four years at Harvard and more than 1,200 combined NHL regular season and playoff games.

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Tindall covered the Toronto area in later years as he and fellow scouts enjoyed their work…

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