55 Facts About The Bruins


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

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

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The 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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The Bruins played three more seasons at the Arena, after which they became the main tenant of the famous Boston Garden, while the old Boston Arena facility – the world's oldest existing indoor ice hockey venue still used for the sport at any level of competition, and the only surviving rink where an Original Six NHL team began their career in the league – was eventually taken over by Northeastern University, and renamed Matthews Arena when the university renovated it in 1979.

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The 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 Bruins defeated the New York Rangers to win their first Stanley Cup.

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

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The 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 Bruins lost in the first playoff round three straight years, resulting in Clapper's resignation.

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The 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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In 1954, on New Year's Day, Robert Skrak, an assistant to Frank Zamboni, the inventor of the best-known ice resurfacing machine of the time, demonstrated a very early model of the machine at Boston Garden to the team management, and as a result, the Bruins ordered one of the then-produced "Model E" resurfacers to be used at the Garden, the first known NHL team to acquire one of the soon-to-be-ubiquitous "Zambonis" for their own use.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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In 1955, the 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 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 Bruins wore throwback black uniforms based on the 1970s design.

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

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

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The 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 Bruins previously trained and practiced at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center in Allston, Massachusetts, then moved to the Ristuccia Ice Arena in Wilmington, Massachusetts, itself completed in 1986, before the September 2016 completion of Warrior Ice Arena in the Brighton neighborhood of Boston, where they are currently training.

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

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

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

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

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