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History of Boston Bruins

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The Boston Bruins are a professional ice hockey squad in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Bruins are a member of the Northeast Division of the Eastern Conference of the NHL or National Hockey League.

The making of Boston Bruins

The Boston Bruins were already in existence as early as 1924. This team became the first United States-based expansion franchise of the National Hockey League. The Boston Bruins were also among the Original Six teams. This team takes pride in being the American
team that holds the second most Stanley Cup championships.

Charles Adams, a hockey fanatic, was responsible for the existence of the Boston Bruins. Adams convinced the National Hockey League to expand to the United States. Together with the Montreal Maroons, the Boston Bruins became one of the first two National Hockey League’s early expansion teams.

Charles Adams employed the former star player, Art Ross, as general manager. In creating the name for the new team, Ross suggested “Bruins,” a name that portrays an untamed animal which is fast, agile, and cunning. Luckily, the nickname also suits the team’s original brown and yellow uniforms.

The Boston Bruins played their first NHL game against the Maroons; the Bruins won in their first game. However, the team only got a record of 6-24-0 for its first season. In the Bruins’ third season(1926-27), the team showed a remarkable improvement. During this time, Ross was employing hockey stars from the collapsed Western Hockey League. One of these stars was Eddie Shore, a defenseman from Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan. With the import of the western stars, the Boston Bruins made their way to the Stanley Cup Final. The team won its first Stanley Cup in 1929 when it defeated the New York Rangers.

The decade of the 1930s was a good one for the Boston Bruins; the team was on top of the league’s standings for five times. In 1939, the Boston Bruins earned their second Stanley Cup. This was also the year when the team changed its colors from brown and yellow to black and gold. In that same year, the team acquired Frank Brimsek through a trade off. Brimsek got the Calder and Vezina Trophies and became the first rookie considered for the NHL First All-Star Team.

In 1941, with only 8 losses, the Boston Bruins got their third Stanley Cup, which was the last one for the span of 29 years.

World War II to early 1960s


The Second World War had a great impact on the Boston Bruins. Excellent players, such as the “Krauts” and Brimsek took part in the war and left their hockey career behind. In the early 1950s, Milt Schmidt, a hockey Hall of Famer, became the captain of the Bruins. In the 1945-46 season, Clapper, the player-coach, made the team’s way for the Stanley Cup Final. But on the next season, Clapper retired as a player, making him the first player in the league to play twenty seasons. It was after two more years that Clapper retired as a coach as well. His resignation was initiated by the team’s consecutive losses in the first playoff rounds. The losses can be attributed to the fact that Brimsek was not as good as he was before the war. Another blow on the team was when a young star, Don Gallinger, was suspended for gambling. This leaves Johnny Peirson as the only excellent young player in the team at that time.

The 1950 decade begun with Charles Adam’s son Weston, the team president since 1936, dealing with financial problems. This led to his acceptance of a buyout offer from Walter A. Brown, the owner of the National Basketball Association’s Boston Celtic.

In June 1958, Willie O’ Ree, a Brunswick-born left winger of the Bruins, marked his name in the history of NHL as the first Black Canadian to play in the NHL.

1960s and 1970s

After Brown’s death in 1964, Weston Adams claimed the Bruins which was originally his by buying it again. Adams' goal was to rebuild the team. He employed Bobby Orr in 1966. Orr proved to be the team’s valuable asset by winning in his first season in Bruins the Calder Memorial Trophy for Rookie of the Year. He was also listed in the Second NHL All-Star Team. Orr later was regarded by many as one of the best players of all time.

It was also in the '60s and '70s that Boston Bruins acquired some of its best players such as Phil Esposito, who later became the league’s top goal-scorer and the first NHL player to break the 100-point mark and also among the few to win the Art Ross Trophy for four consecutive seasons. Other great players that entered the team were Ken Hodge and Fred Stanfield, who proved to be great contributors to the team’s success.

In 1970, the Boston Bruins were once again held as the champion in the Stanley Cup Final, made possible by the team’s valuable player, Orr. In that season, Orr was awarded the James Morris Trophy for being the top defenseman, the Art Ross Trophy, the Hart Memorial Trophy, and the Conn Smythe Trophy, making him the only player to win the four prestigious awards in a season.

The Boston Bruins were also given the honor to have four of its members included in the First Team All-Stars. These four players included Esposito, Orr, Hodge, and Bucyk.

In 1972, the team beat the New York Rangers, regaining the Stanley Cup Trophy in the process. However, in 1974, the team lost in the Stanley Cup Final to the Philadelphia Flyers. In the 1974-75 season, Don Cherry was the new coach of The team. Despite the change in coach, the players of the Boston Bruins still remained competitive.

In the later part of the 70s, the team seemed to lost some of its great players. In 1976, one of the team’s valuable players, Orr, left for the Hawks. While two of the Bruins’ players, namely Carol Vadnais and Esposito were traded for the Rangers’ players Jean Ratelle, Joe Zanussi, and Brad Park. In 1976 and 1978, the Boston Bruins were defeated by Canadiens in the Finals for the Stanley Cup.

1990s

In 1990, the Boston Bruins were back again in the Stanley Cup Final. However, the team once again loses to the Edmonton Oilers. In the seasons that followed, the team beat the Montreal Canadiens. In 1991 and 1992 however, the team lost in the Conference Finals to the Pittsburgh Penguins, led by Mario Lemieux.

The 1993 season and the seasons that followed, the Bruins had not gotten past the playoffs to make their way to the Finals. The post season award ceremony also proved to be disappointing to the team. The team’s members only got the runners up for various awards. In 1997, for the first time in a long while, the team lost the chance to enter the playoffs.

2000 up to the present

In the 2000-01 season, the Bruins again missed the chance to enter the playoffs by just a single point. The 2001-02 season was a good one with the team’s winning of the Northeast Division title. In the 2003-04 season, Raycroft, a rookie of Bruins, won the Calder Award. The team won another division title. In 2007 to 2008, the Boston Bruins appeared to reclaim their former glory.