62 Facts About Boston Bruins


Boston Bruins are a professional ice hockey team based in Boston.

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The Boston Bruins compete in the National Hockey League as a member of the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference.

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Boston Bruins are one of the Original Six NHL teams, along with the Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, and Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Boston Bruins was therefore left with a team full of NHL castaways unable to land a spot on the roster of the more established Canadian teams.

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Boston Bruins managed to improve in their second season to a winning record, largely due to the presence of two more expansion teams.

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In 1929 the Boston Bruins defeated the New York Rangers to win their first Stanley Cup.

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In 1941 the Boston Bruins won their third Stanley Cup after losing only eight games and finishing first in the regular season.

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Boston Bruins retired as a player after the next season, becoming the first player to play twenty NHL seasons, but stayed on as coach for two more years.

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Brimsek proved to be not as good as he was before the war, and after 1946 the Boston Bruins lost in the first playoff round three straight years, resulting in Clapper's resignation.

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Boston Bruins was forced to accept a buyout offer from Walter A Brown, the owner of the National Basketball Association's Boston Celtics and the Garden, in 1951.

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The Boston Bruins sought players not protected by the other teams, and in like fashion to the aforementioned signing of Willie O'Ree, the team signed Tommy Williams from the 1960 Olympic-gold medal-winning American national men's hockey team—at the time the only American player in the NHL—in 1962.

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Boston Bruins was announced that season's winner of the Calder Memorial Trophy for Rookie of the Year and named to the second NHL All-Star team.

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The Boston Bruins then obtained young forwards Phil Esposito, Ken Hodge and Fred Stanfield from Chicago in a deal celebrated as one of the most one-sided in hockey history.

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In 1970, a 29-year Stanley Cup drought came to an end in Boston, as the Bruins defeated the St Louis Blues in four games in the Final.

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Boston Bruins were favored to repeat as Cup champions but ran into a roadblock in the playoffs.

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The Boston Bruins never recovered and lost the series in seven games.

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The Boston Bruins' season came to a premature end in a first-round loss to the Rangers in the 1973 playoffs, losing Esposito to injury in that first round.

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In 1974, the Boston Bruins regained their first-place standing in the regular season, with three 100-point scorers on the team .

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The Bruins stocked themselves with enforcers and grinders, and remained competitive under Cherry's reign, the so-called "Lunch Pail A C".

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The Boston Bruins placed second in the Adams Division, and lost to the Chicago Black Hawks in the first round of the 1975 playoffs, losing a best-of-three series, two games to one.

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However, Boston ended up getting the better of the trade, as Esposito never reached his previous scoring highs with the Rangers, while Ratelle maintained his skill level with the Bruins and was a high scorer for several years more.

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Cheevers returned from the WHA in 1977, and the Boston Bruins got past the Flyers in the semi-finals, but they were swept by the Canadiens in the Stanley Cup Finals.

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The story repeated itself in 1978—with a balanced attack that saw Boston have eleven players with 20+ goal seasons, still the NHL record—as the Bruins made the Final once more, but lost in six games to the Canadiens team that had recorded the best regular season in modern history.

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The Boston Bruins made the playoffs every year through the 1980s behind stars such as Park, Bourque and Rick Middleton—and had the league's best record in 1983 behind a Vezina Trophy–winning season from ex-Flyer goaltender Pete Peeters, with 110 points—but always fell short of making the Finals.

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Boston Bruins returned to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1990, but again lost to the Oilers, this time in five games.

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In 1991 and 1992, the Boston Bruins suffered two consecutive Conference Final losses to the eventual Cup champion, the Mario Lemieux-led Pittsburgh Penguins.

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In 1997, Boston Bruins missed the playoffs for the first time in 30 years, having set the North American major professional record for most consecutive seasons in the playoffs.

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The Boston Bruins lost in the first round of the 1998 playoffs to the Washington Capitals in six games.

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In 1999, the Boston Bruins defeated the Carolina Hurricanes in six games during the first round of the playoffs.

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The Boston Bruins managed to finish seventh in the East, but lost to the eventual Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils in five games.

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In exchange, the Boston Bruins received Marco Sturm, Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau from the San Jose Sharks.

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The Boston Bruins traded Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau to the Calgary Flames for Andrew Ference and forward Chuck Kobasew.

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The Boston Bruins unveiled a new logo and a brand new shoulder patch closely based on the main jersey logo used until 1932.

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The Boston Bruins went on to have the best record in the Eastern Conference and qualified for the playoffs for the fifth time in nine years, facing the Canadiens in the playoffs for the fourth time during that span, defeating them in four games before losing in seven games to the Carolina Hurricanes in the conference semi-finals.

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Just two days later and on the brink of the trade deadline, the Boston Bruins acquired defenseman Tomas Kaberle in a trade from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for prospect Joe Colborne, a first-round selection in 2011 and a potential second-round pick in 2012 .

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On May 6, the Boston Bruins swept the Philadelphia Flyers in four games to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 1992.

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Boston Bruins then defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games and advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1990 to face the Vancouver Canucks.

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The Boston Bruins set a new record for the quickest four goals ever in a playoff series game, scoring in only 4:14 of game time in the first period of Game 6.

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Championship meant that all four Boston Bruins teams had won their respective championships at least once in the previous decade after the Red Sox won two World Series, the Patriots won three Super Bowls and the Celtics recaptured an NBA championship.

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The Boston Bruins tweaked their roster by adding defenseman Joe Corvo and forward Benoit Pouliot.

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The Boston Bruins went on to finish second in the Eastern Conference with 102 points, winning the Northeast Division title.

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The Boston Bruins decided to go with the goaltending pair of Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin for the season.

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Boston Bruins settled for fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings with 62 points.

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Boston Bruins then defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Finals in a four-game sweep to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.

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The Boston Bruins fell in six games, with three going into overtime, including an epic Game 1 in which a third overtime period was needed before it was settled.

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The only game Boston Bruins lost by more than one goal was Game 5 in which Chicago scored on an empty net in the last 17 seconds.

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The Boston Bruins therefore became only the third team to miss the playoffs after winning the Presidents' Trophy in the previous season.

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The Boston Bruins had a chance to clinch the final playoff berth with a win over the Ottawa Senators on the second-to-last day of the season, but they lost the game.

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The Boston Bruins acquired veterans Rick Nash, Nick Holden, Brian Gionta, and Tommy Wingels through trades or through free-agent signings.

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The Boston Bruins were awarded the Presidents' Trophy for the second time in a decade, while David Pastrnak's 48 goals made him the first Bruin to win the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy, which he shared with Alexander Ovechkin.

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Since 1948, the Boston Bruins' logo is an eight-spoked, black and gold wheel with the letter "B" in the center.

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Boston Bruins have used an alternate logo featuring a walking bear surrounded by the full team name.

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In 1955, the Boston Bruins brought the "Spoked B" logo over to the black uniform; they released a gold jersey with the "Spoked B" in front.

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In 1967, the Boston Bruins retired the gold uniforms and reinstated the black uniforms with gold numbers.

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The gold thirds were used until 2006, after which the Boston Bruins wore throwback black uniforms based on the 1970s design.

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Boston Bruins kept much of the same design upon moving to Adidas' AdiZero template in 2017.

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The Boston Bruins' version was taken from the team's 1977 to 1995 design, but with a gold base and black accents.

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Boston Bruins's company owns TD Garden and he is partners with John Henry, owner of Major League Baseball's Boston Red Sox, in the New England Sports Network .

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The Patriots use the Boston Bruins recording of the horn for every third down at Gillette Stadium.

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Boston Bruins presently acknowledge an affiliation with a number of inductees to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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Inductees affiliated with the Boston Bruins include 52 former players and seven builders of the sport.

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Boston Bruins have several team awards that are traditionally awarded at the last home game of the regular season.

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