August 22, 1972

Big day for Westfall … or is that Westphal?

Former Boston Bruins Eddie Westfall said he doubted that he would play for the New York Islanders, who selected him in the NHL Draft.

Westfall eventually had a change of heart. He ultimately played six seasons for the Islanders, then served as an analyst on the team’s TV outlet until retiring in 1998.

Meanwhile, Celtics draft pick Paul Westphal came to terms on a rookie contract, with Red Auerbach proclaiming him ready to vie for a spot in the starting lineup.

He was traded to Phoenix after three seasons, for Charlie Scott and two second-round draft picks. In his first seasons with the Suns he helped them reach the NBA Finals – against the Celtics. Boston won that series.

The Suns traded him to Seattle for Dennis Johnson, whose No. 3 occupies a spot in the TD Garden rafters, having helped the Celtics win two championships.

Westphal went from Seattle to the Knicks, then back to the Suns. After a lengthy career coaching in college ball and the NBA, Westphal died of brain cancer in 2021.

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