History of the Boston Bruins

  • Bruins Founded

    Bruins Founded
    A grocery store financer from Vermont by the name Charles Francis Adams founded the Boston Bruins. He payed 15,000 dollers to own the team. When he received approval to start his team, he hired a former hockey player Art Ross to help out with the team. Ross became the first coach of the Boston Bruins. The Bruins also made their debut as the first American team in the NHL to defeat the Montreal Maroons at home 2-1.
  • Eddie Shore joins the Bruins

    Eddie Shore joins the Bruins
    Defenseman Eddie Shore asserts himself as an impactful force in his first season with the Bruins. Also, Charles Francis Adams purchases the entire Western Canada Hockey League for 300,000 dollars hoping that it would increase the quality of the Bruins players that were put on the ice.
  • First Division Title

    First Division Title
    Goalie Hal Winkler(posted 15 shutouts in 44 games) helped the Bruins win their first division title with a record of 20-13-11. However, the Bruins would be shocked by the New York Rangers in a two game total goal series 5-2 allowing four goals on home ice in game 2.
  • Boston Garden

    Boston Garden
    The Bruins played their first game in the Boston Garden. Also, the ‘28 season Bruins had one of the most incredible offensive lines called the “Dynamite line” because of their offensive explosiveness. Ralph “Cooney” Weiland centered Aubrey “Dit” Clapper and Dutch Gainor. On the blue line, Eddie Shore and future hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Lionel Hitchman backed up the Cecil “Tiny” Thompson in the B’s cage. Together, they brought home Bostons first NHL Championship.
  • 1930's events

    1930's events
    Thompson captured the Vezina Trophy four times and Shore claimed the Hart Trophy four times as well. Frank “ Mr. Zero” Brimsek, with Eddie Shore led the Bruins to another Stanley Cup after the 1938-39 season.
  • WWII

    WWII
    WWII interrupts the hockey season by sending many players to fight in the war from all over the league. Most teams became worse with some of their best players missing, including the Bruins. Schmidt, Bauer and Dumart joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and goalie Brimsek left to join the American war effort.
  • John Bucyk

    John Bucyk
    The Bruins receive left wing John Bucyk, from the Detroit Red Wings who later becomes a Hockey Hall of Famer. John Bucyk played 21 seasons with the B’s and he holds every team offensive record still today. He also still remains the all-time leading goal scorer for the Bruins. He would become the captain for 5 seasons and his name was engraved on the Stanley Cup twice.
  • Willie O'Ree

    Willie O'Ree
    Willie O’Ree joins the Bruins in the 58-59 season and becomes the first black hockey player to play in the NHL to play in a regular season game. However, Willie only played two games in the 58-59 season but came back in the 61-62 season and played another 41 games. He scored 4 goals and got 10 assists.
  • Bobby Orr

    Bobby Orr
    Orr was born on March 20, 1948 in Canada. Bobby Orr joined the Bruins and played his first career game in the 1966-67 season. Bobby Orr’s contract promised him to be the highest paid NHL rookie in history. Orr began his career with a Calder Trophy and a second-team all-star selection. With Bobby Orr on the team, the Bruins would start to see success in their games played. In Orr’s 12 seasons, he would collect 1,007 points(296 goals and 711 assists) in 731 games.
  • 1969-70 Stanley Cup Champs

    1969-70 Stanley Cup Champs
    In the 1969-70 season, Orr became the only player to win the Norris, Hart, Ross and Smythe in one season. Also in that season, Bobby Orr set league records for defenseman, Esposito became the first NHL player to record a +100 point season. The Bruins were in the Stanley Cup finals once again. It was game 7 in overtime, when Bobby was fed a pass by Derek Sanderson and Orr shot the puck and it found its way through the Blue’s Goalie and into the back of the net.
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  • 1969-70 Stanley Cup Champs

    1969-70 Stanley Cup Champs
    When Bobby Orr scored, he got launched in the air as if he was flying. This would be remembered by Boston fans forever.
  • Terry O'Rielly

    Terry O'Rielly
    The Bruins drafted Terence Joseph James O'Reilly(Terry O'Reilly). Terry O'Reilly emphasized toughness in his offensive play. Which is most likely the reason that he is one of the only four players to lead the team in penalty minutes and scoring in the same season. O’Reilly served as the captain for the Bruins for 5 seasons (1974-79) and still is in eighth for the teams all-time scoring list. O’Reilly also leads the Bruins in penalty minutes still today.
  • Bye Bobby

    Bye Bobby
    In the 1975-76 season, Bobby Orr would get two serious knee injuries and be done with the Bruins and the NHL for good. Bobby Orr will always be missed by Boston fans, but now the team introduces a new player Brad Park from the New York Rangers. In result of Orr’s injuries, the Bruins were forced to make decisions that they would hope to never make. The Bruins had to trade Esposito to the New York Rangers in order to get Brad Park and also Jean Ratelle.
  • Drafted Bourque

    Drafted Bourque
    The Bruins drafted Ray Bourque as a defenseman and he would lead the Bruins in the 1980’s. Bourque was the first skater to receive a Calder Trophy and he was also named the First Team All-Star in his starting season. Ray Bourque won his first Norris Trophy(best NHL defenseman) in the 1986-87 season and would continue to win four more in his career with the Bruins. Bourque scored his 600th career point in the 1986-87 season making him the all time leader in goals, assists and points in Bruins his
  • Drafted Neely

    Drafted Neely
    The GM of the Boston Bruins (Siden) conducted a trade with Vancouver for Cam Neely. Neely led the Bruins in goals scored in his 10 seasons with the Bruins, including three-50 goal seasons which would still be more goals than the best player today could score. Also, Neely holds the team record for goals scored by a wing which is 55 goals. Cam also won the Masterton Trophy for dedication in the 1993-94 season when he got 55 goals in 44 games after missing two seasons due to knee, thigh and hip...
  • Drafted Neely

    Drafted Neely
    ... injuries. He was similar to Orr, he got injured and stopped playing the sport he loved the most.
  • 2000's events

    2000's events
    With Cam Neely and Ray Bourque gone, the Bruins would have to hope that they would receive good players in the drafts and that is exactly what happened. The Bruins picked up Joe Thornton, Nick Boynton and Sergei samsonov. In the last half of the first decade, the Bruins would receive current captain Zdeno Chara, Marc Savard, Shawn Thornton, Dennis Seidenberg, Mark Recchi, Andrew Ference, Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Tim Thomas(2011 Vezina Trophy winner).
  • Stanley Cup winners

    Stanley Cup winners
    In 2011, the Bruins would win another Stanley Cup but in the final round, they would face the Vancouver Canucks who have not won a single Stanley Cup yet. The Bruins would have to face these eager Canucks who have waited so long for this moment. The Bruins would end up winning 4-0 in game 7 in the series.