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Boston Bruins
2022–23 Boston Bruins season
Boston Bruins.svg
HistoryBoston Bruins
Home arenaTD Garden
CityBoston, Massachusetts
ColorsBlack, gold[1][2]
The Sports Hub (98.5 FM)
NBC Sports Boston
Owner(s)Delaware North Companies
(Jeremy Jacobs, chairman; Charlie Jacobs, CEO)
General managerDon Sweeney
Head coachJim Montgomery
CaptainPatrice Bergeron
Minor league affiliatesProvidence Bruins (AHL)
Maine Mariners (ECHL)
Stanley Cups6 (1928–29, 1938–39, 1940–41, 1969–70, 1971–72, 2010–11)
Conference championships5 (1987–88, 1989–90, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2018–19)
Presidents' Trophy3 (1989–90, 2013–14, 2019–20)
Division championships26 (1927–28, 1928–29, 1929–30, 1930–31, 1932–33, 1934–35, 1937–38, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1973–74, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1992–93, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2019–20)

The Boston Bruins are a professional ice hockey team based in Boston. The Bruins compete in the National Hockey League (NHL) as a member of the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference. The team has been in existence since 1924, making them the third-oldest active team in the NHL, and the oldest to be based in the United States.

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. They have won six Stanley Cup championships, tied for fourth-most of any team with the Blackhawks (trailing the Canadiens, Maple Leafs, and Red Wings, with 24, 13, and 11, respectively), and tied for second-most for an NHL team based in the United States.

The first facility to host the Bruins was the Boston Arena (now known as Matthews Arena), the world's oldest (built 1909–10) indoor ice hockey facility still in use for the sport at any level of competition.[3][4] Following the Bruins' departure from the Boston Arena, the team played its home games at the Boston Garden for 67 seasons, beginning in 1928 and concluding in 1995, when they moved to the TD Garden.

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Early years (1924–1942)

In 1924,[5] the National Hockey League decided to expand to the United States. The previous year in 1923, Thomas Duggan received options on three NHL franchises for the United States, and sold one to Boston grocery magnate Charles Adams. The team was one of the NHL's first expansion teams, and the first NHL team to be based in the United States. Adams' first act was to hire Art Ross, a former star player and innovator, as general manager. Ross was the face of the franchise for the next thirty years, including four separate stints as coach.

Ross came up with "Bruins" for a team nickname, a name for brown bears used in classic folk tales. The team's nickname also went along with the team's original uniform colors of brown and yellow, which came from Adams' grocery chain, First National Stores.[6][7]

Eddie Shore as a member of the Boston Bruins. After the WHL collapsed in 1926, the Bruins purchased the rights to some of their players, including Shore.
Eddie Shore as a member of the Boston Bruins. After the WHL collapsed in 1926, the Bruins purchased the rights to some of their players, including Shore.

On December 1, 1924, the Bruins the first ever NHL game played on United States soil,[8] against the Montreal Maroons, at Boston Arena, with Smokey Harris scoring the first-ever Bruins goal,[9] spurring the Bruins to a 2–1 win. This would be one of the few high points of the season, as the Bruins only managed a 6–24–0 record and finished in last place in its first season. The Bruins played three more seasons at the Arena, after which they became the main tenant of Boston Garden.[10]

The Bruins improved in their second season to a winning record, but the Bruins missed out on the third and final playoff berth by one point to the expansion Pittsburgh Pirates. In their third season, 1926–27, Ross took advantage of the collapse of the Western Hockey League to purchase several western stars, including the team's first great star, defenseman Eddie Shore. Boston qualified for the then-expanded playoffs by a comfortable margin.

Tiny Thompson was the goaltender for the Bruins from 1928 to 1938. He helped the team win its first Stanley Cup in 1929.
Tiny Thompson was the goaltender for the Bruins from 1928 to 1938. He helped the team win its first Stanley Cup in 1929.

In their first-ever playoff run, the Bruins reached the Stanley Cup Final where they lost to the Ottawa Senators in the first Stanley Cup Finals to be between exclusively NHL teams. In 1929 the Bruins defeated the New York Rangers to win their first Stanley Cup. Standout players on the first championship team included Shore, Harry Oliver, Dit Clapper, Dutch Gainor and goaltender Tiny Thompson. The 1928–29 season was the first played at Boston Garden. The season after that, 1929–30, the Bruins posted the best-ever regular season winning percentage in the NHL (.875, a record which still stands) and shattered numerous scoring records, but lost to the Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup Finals.

The 1930s Bruins teams included Shore, Thompson, Clapper, Babe Siebert and Cooney Weiland. The team led the league five times in the decade. In 1939, the team captured its second Stanley Cup. That year, Thompson was traded for rookie goaltender Frank Brimsek. Brimsek had an award-winning season, capturing the Vezina and Calder Trophies, becoming the first rookie named to the NHL first All-Star team, and earning the nickname "Mr. Zero." The team skating in front of Brimsek included Bill Cowley, Shore, Clapper and "Sudden Death" Mel Hill (who scored three overtime goals in one playoff series), together with the "Kraut Line" of center Milt Schmidt, right winger Bobby Bauer and left winger Woody Dumart.

In 1940 Shore was traded to the struggling New York Americans for his final NHL season. In 1941 the Bruins won their third Stanley Cup after losing only eight games and finishing first in the regular season. It was their last Stanley Cup for 29 years. World War II affected the Bruins more than most teams; Brimsek and the "Krauts" all enlisted after the 1940–41 Cup win, and lost the most productive years of their careers at war. Cowley, assisted by veteran player Clapper and Busher Jackson, was the team's remaining star.

Original Six era (1942–1967)

The NHL had by 1942 been reduced to the six teams that would be called the "Original Six", and in 1944, Bruin Herb Cain set the then-NHL record for points in a season with 82. But the Bruins did not make the playoffs that season.

The stars returned for the 1945–46 season, and Clapper led the team back to the Stanley Cup Finals as player-coach. He retired as a player after the next season, becoming the first player to play twenty NHL seasons. 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. After Brimsek was traded to the Blackhawks, the only remaining quality young player was forward Johnny Peirson.

During the 1948–49 season, the original form of the "spoked-B" logo, with a small number "24" to the left of the capital B signifying the calendar year in the 20th century in which the Bruins team first played, and a similarly small "49" to the right of the "B",[11] appeared on their home uniforms. The following season, the logo was modified into the basic "spoked-B" form that was to be used thereafter.

In 1951, Walter A. Brown purchased the Boston Bruins from Weston Adams.
In 1951, Walter A. Brown purchased the Boston Bruins from Weston Adams.

The 1950s began with Charles Adams' son Weston facing financial trouble. He was forced to accept a buyout offer from Walter A. Brown, the owner of the Boston Celtics and the Garden, in 1951. Although there were some instances of success (such as making the Stanley Cup Finals in 1953, 1957, and 1958, only to lose to the Montreal Canadiens each time), the Bruins mustered only four winning seasons between 1947 and 1967. They missed the playoffs eight straight years between 1960 and 1967.

On January 18, 1958, the first black person ever to play in the NHL stepped onto the ice for the Bruins, Willie O'Ree. He played in 45 games for the Bruins over the 1957–58 and 1960–61 seasons. The "Uke Line"—named for the Ukrainian heritage of Johnny Bucyk, Vic Stasiuk, and Bronco Horvath – came to Boston in 1957 and enjoyed four productive offensive seasons, heralding, along with scoring stalwarts Don McKenney and Fleming MacKell, the successful era of the late 1950s. There followed a long and difficult reconstruction period in the early to mid-1960s.

Expansion and the Big Bad Bruins (1967–1979)

Weston Adams repurchased the Bruins in 1964 after Brown's death. Adams signed future superstar defenseman Bobby Orr, who entered the league in 1966. Orr was that season's winner of the Calder Memorial Trophy for Rookie of the Year and named to the second NHL All-Star Team. Despite Orr's stellar rookie season, the Bruins would miss the playoffs.

The next season, Boston made the playoffs for the first of 29 straight seasons, an all-time record. The Bruins then obtained forwards Phil Esposito, Ken Hodge and Fred Stanfield from Chicago in a deal celebrated as one of the most one-sided in hockey history. Hodge and Stanfield became key elements of the Bruins' success, and Esposito, who centered a line with Hodge and Wayne Cashman, became the league's top goal scorer and the first NHL player to break the 100-point mark, setting many goal- and point-scoring records. With other stars like forwards Bucyk, John McKenzie, Derek Sanderson, and Hodge, defenders like Dallas Smith and goaltender Gerry Cheevers, the "Big Bad Bruins" became one of the league's top teams from the late 1960s into the 1980s.

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. Orr scored the game-winning goal in overtime to clinch the Stanley Cup. The same season was Orr's most awarded—the third of eight consecutive years he won the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the top defenseman in the NHL—and he won the Art Ross Trophy, the Conn Smythe Trophy and the Hart Memorial Trophy, the only player to ever win four major awards in the same season.

While Sinden temporarily retired from hockey before 1970–71 season to enter business (he was replaced by ex-Bruin and Canadien defenseman Tom Johnson), the Bruins set dozens of offensive scoring records: they had seven of the league's top ten scorers—a feat not achieved before or since—set the record for wins in a season, and in a league that had never seen a 100-point scorer before 1969, the Bruins had four that year. All four (Orr, Esposito, Bucyk and Hodge) were named First Team All-Stars. Boston were favored to repeat as Cup champions but lost to the Canadiens (and rookie goaltender Ken Dryden) in seven games.

While the Bruins were not quite as dominant the next season, Esposito and Orr were once again one-two in the scoring standings and Boston regained the Stanley Cup by defeating the New York Rangers in six games in the Finals.

The 1972–73 season saw upheaval for the Bruins. Former head coach Sinden became the general manager. Bruins players Gerry Cheevers, Derek Sanderson, Johnny McKenzie and Ted Green left to join the World Hockey Association. Coach Tom Johnson was fired 52 games into the season, replaced by Bep Guidolin. The Adams family, which had owned the team since its founding in the 1920s, sold it to Storer Broadcasting. The Bruins' season came to a premature end in a first-round loss to the Rangers in the 1973 playoffs.[12] In 1974, the Bruins regained their first-place standing in the regular season, with three 100-point scorers on the team (Esposito, Orr, and Hodge). However, they lost the 1974 Final in an upset to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Terry O'Reilly was drafted by the Bruins 14th overall in the 1971 draft. He played his entire career with the Bruins from 1971 to 1985.
Terry O'Reilly was drafted by the Bruins 14th overall in the 1971 draft. He played his entire career with the Bruins from 1971 to 1985.

Don Cherry stepped behind the bench as the new coach in 1974–75. The Bruins stocked themselves with enforcers and grinders, and remained competitive under Cherry's reign, the so-called "Lunch Pail A.C"., behind players such as Gregg Sheppard, Terry O'Reilly, Stan Jonathan and Peter McNab. This would also turn out to be Orr's final full season in the league, before his knee injuries worsened, as well as the last time Orr and Esposito would finish 1–2 in regular season scoring. 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.

Continuing with Sinden's rebuilding of the team, the Bruins traded Esposito and Carol Vadnais for Brad Park, Jean Ratelle and Joe Zanussi to the Rangers. The Bruins made the semi-finals again, losing to the Flyers, before losing Orr as a free agent to Chicago in the off-season.

Cheevers returned 1977, and the Bruins got past the Flyers in the semi-finals, but were swept by the Canadiens in the Stanley Cup Finals. 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 Montreal. After that series, John Bucyk retired, holding virtually every Bruins' career longevity and scoring mark to that time.

The 1979 semi-final series against the Habs proved to be Cherry's undoing. In the deciding seventh game, the Bruins, up by a goal, were called for having too many men on the ice in the late stages of the third period. Montreal tied the game on the ensuing power play and won in overtime. Cherry was dismissed as head coach thereafter.

Ray Bourque era (1979–2000)

The 1979 season saw a head coach Fred Creighton -- and a trade of goaltender Ron Grahame to the Los Angeles Kings for a first-round pick which was used to select Ray Bourque, one of the greatest defensemen of all-time and the face of the Bruins for over two decades.[13] 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 fell short of making the Finals.

Ray Bourque, shown in 1981 and before switching to his familiar No. 77, led the Bruins to two Stanley Cup Finals appearances in 1988 and 1990.
Ray Bourque, shown in 1981 and before switching to his familiar No. 77, led the Bruins to two Stanley Cup Finals appearances in 1988 and 1990.

Bourque, Cam Neely and Keith Crowder led the Bruins to another Stanley Cup Finals appearance in 1988 against the Edmonton Oilers.[14] The Bruins lost in a four-game sweep. Boston returned to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1990 (with Neely, Bourque, Craig Janney, Bobby Carpenter, and rookie Don Sweeney, and former Oiler goalie Andy Moog and Reggie Lemelin splitting goaltending duties), but again lost to the Oilers, this time in five games.

In the 1987–88 NHL season, the Bruins defeated their Original Six nemesis Montreal Canadiens in the playoffs. In 1991 and 1992, the Bruins suffered two consecutive Conference Final losses to the eventual Cup champion, the Pittsburgh Penguins. Starting from the 1992–93 NHL season onwards, the Bruins had not gotten past the second round of the playoffs until winning the Stanley Cup after the 2011 season.

The 1992–93 season ended disappointingly. Despite finishing with the second-best regular season record after Pittsburgh, Boston was swept in the first round by the Buffalo Sabres. Bourque made the NHL All-Star First Team.

The 1995 season was the Bruins' last at the Boston Garden. The final official match played in the Garden was a 3–0 loss to the New Jersey Devils in the 1995 playoffs; the Bruins went on to play the final game at the old arena on September 28, 1995, in an exhibition matchup against the Canadiens. They subsequently moved into the FleetCenter, now known as the TD Garden. In the 1996 playoffs, the Bruins lost their first-round series to the Florida Panthers in five games.

In 1997, Boston missed the playoffs for the first time in 30 years (and for the first time in the expansion era), having set the North American major professional record for most consecutive seasons in the playoffs. The Bruins lost in the first round of the 1998 playoffs to the Washington Capitals in six games. In 1999, the Bruins defeated the Carolina Hurricanes in six games during the first round of the playoffs. Nevertheless, they would lose to the Sabres in six games in the second round of the playoffs.

The new millennium

In the 1999–2000 season, the Bruins finished in last place in the Northeast Division and failed to qualify for the playoffs. During a game between the Bruins and the Vancouver Canucks on February 21, 2000, Marty McSorley was ejected for using his stick to hit Canucks forward Donald Brashear in the head, and subsequently suspended for what resulted in the rest of his career.

After a mediocre start, the Bruins fired coach Pat Burns in favor of Mike Keenan. Despite a 15-point improvement, the Bruins missed the playoffs in 2000–01, and Keenan was let go. Center Jason Allison led the Bruins in scoring. The following season, 2001–02, the Bruins won their first Northeast Division title since 1993 with a core built around Joe Thornton, Sergei Samsonov, Brian Rolston, Bill Guerin, Mike Knuble and Glen Murray. They lost in six games to the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the playoffs.

The 2002–03 season found the Bruins finishing seventh in the East, but lost to the eventual Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils in five games. In 2003–04, the Bruins won another division title and appeared to get past the first round for the first time in five years with a 3–1 series lead on the rival Canadiens. However, the Canadiens rallied back to win three-straight games, upsetting the Bruins.

The Bruins acquired Zdeno Chara on July 1, 2006, naming him the new team captain.
The Bruins acquired Zdeno Chara on July 1, 2006, naming him the new team captain.

The 2004–05 NHL season was wiped out by a lockout, and Bruins management eschewed younger free agents in favor of older veterans. The Bruins fired general manager Mike O'Connell in March and the Bruins missed the playoffs for the first time in five years.

Peter Chiarelli was hired as the new general manager of the team. Head coach Mike Sullivan was fired and Dave Lewis, former coach of the Detroit Red Wings, was hired to replace him. The Bruins signed star defenseman Zdeno Chara, and center Marc Savard. The 2006–07 season ended in the team finishing in last place in the division.

After the disappointing 2007 season, Lewis was fired as coach, replaced by Claude Julien.[15]

The 2008 campaign saw the Bruins finish 41–29–12 and making the playoffs. Although Bruins center Patrice Bergeron was injured with a concussion most of the season, youngsters Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Vladimir Sobotka showed promise in the playoffs.

After a slow start to the 2008–09 season, 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.

On January 1, 2010, the Bruins won the 2010 NHL Winter Classic over the Philadelphia Flyers in a 2–1 overtime decision at Fenway Park, thus becoming the first home team to win an outdoor classic game. They finished in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, and a 2010 NHL playoff opening round appearance against the Buffalo Sabres, which they won 4–2. Boston became only the third team in NHL history to lose a playoff series after leading 3–0 when they lost in Game 7 to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Milan Lucic with the Stanley Cup after the Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals.
Milan Lucic with the Stanley Cup after the Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals.

In the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs, the Bruins eliminated the Montreal Canadiens in seven games. 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. Boston 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, defeating them in seven games for the team's first Stanley Cup since 1972. The 2010–11 Bruins were the first team in NHL history to win a Game 7 three times in the same playoff run.

Following their Stanley Cup win, the Bruins lost Mark Recchi to retirement and Michael Ryder and Tomas Kaberle to free agency. The Bruins went on to finish second in the Eastern Conference with 102 points, winning the Northeast Division title, but losing to the Washington Capitals in the first round of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs in seven games.

During the off-season preceding the lockout, Tim Thomas made his decision to sit out the 2012–13 season; his rights were traded to the New York Islanders. The Bruins battled the Montreal Canadiens for leadership in the Northeast Division all season, before a loss to the Ottawa Senators in a make-up game following the Boston Marathon bombing on April 28 gave the Canadiens the division title.

The Bruins were the 2013 Eastern Conference champions, their second Conference title in three years.
The Bruins were the 2013 Eastern Conference champions, their second Conference title in three years.

In the opening round of the 2013 playoffs, the Bruins took on the Toronto Maple Leafs, defeating them in seven games. They went on to beat the New York Rangers in five games and the Pittsburgh Penguins in a four-game sweep to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals and the Chicago Blackhawks, falling in six games, with three going into overtime.

In the 2013–14 season, the Bruins won the Presidents' Trophy after finishing first in the newly formed Atlantic Division with a record of 54–19–9 for 117 points. Their regular season success, however, would not translate into another Eastern Conference Finals appearance. Despite winning their first-round series against the Detroit Red Wings, the team fell to the Canadiens in seven games in the Eastern Conference Semi-finals during the 2014 playoffs.

In the 2014–15 season, the Bruins finished with a record of 41–27–14 for 96 points, missing out on the playoffs by just two points after the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Ottawa Senators clinched the final two playoff spots in the East. The Bruins therefore became only the third team to miss the playoffs after winning the Presidents' Trophy in the previous season. The 96 points they earned that season broke the record for the most points earned by a team that did not make the playoffs.

Don Sweeney era (2015–present)

On April 15, 2015, Peter Chiarelli was fired by the Boston Bruins. On May 20, the Bruins named former player Don Sweeney as the team's new general manager for the 2015–16 season. One recent all-time franchise achievement the Bruins attained in the 2015–16 season is shared by only their greatest rival, the Canadiens – a total of 3,000 wins in the team's existence, achieved by the Bruins on January 8, 2016, in a 4–1 road victory against the New Jersey Devils.[16] The team was seen as a playoff contender throughout the regular season. However, a sub-.500 record on home ice and frequent road losses in the final two months of the regular season resulted in a three-way battle for the final playoff spot in the East. 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. That loss, combined with a Flyers' win over the Penguins, knocked the Bruins out of playoff contention in favor of the Flyers. For the first time since the two seasons following the 2004–05 lockout, the Bruins did not qualify for the playoffs in two consecutive seasons.

Charlie McAvoy and other players warming up prior to a game in the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs. The Bruins qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2014.
Charlie McAvoy and other players warming up prior to a game in the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs. The Bruins qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2014.

During the last two months of the 2016–17 regular season, the Bruins fired head coach Claude Julien and promoted Bruce Cassidy to interim coach. Cassidy's very slight changes in coaching to emphasize the players' speed and hockey skills,[17] as opposed to Julien's, resulted in the Bruins achieving an 18–8–1 record through their remaining regular season games, finishing third in the Atlantic Division and qualifying for the playoffs for the first time since the 2013–14 season. In the first round of the playoffs, the Bruins lost to the Ottawa Senators in six games.

Cassidy returned as head coach for the 2017–18 season, leading the Bruins to the playoffs for the second straight year. They had a record of 50–20–12, including an 18-game point streak, which lasted from December 14, 2017, to January 25, 2018.[18] They finished one point behind the Tampa Bay Lightning for the top spot in the Atlantic Division. They defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round, 4–3, but ultimately lost to the Lightning in round two, 4–1. The season saw young players perform well, including Jake DeBrusk, Danton Heinen, Ryan Donato, and Charlie McAvoy. The Bruins also acquired veterans Rick Nash, Nick Holden, Brian Gionta, and Tommy Wingels through trades or through free-agent signings.

During the 2018–19 season the Bruins finished the regular season in second place in the division with a 49–24–9 overall record. During the trade deadline the team acquired Charlie Coyle and Marcus Johansson. In the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs, as in the previous season, they faced the Maple Leafs, defeating them in seven games. In a six-game series, the Bruins defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second round, and advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2013. The Bruins would later win the Eastern Conference Finals by sweeping out the Carolina Hurricanes in four games, thus winning the Prince of Wales Trophy and advancing to the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals for the third time in 10 years.[19] They faced the St. Louis Blues in a rematch of the 1970 Stanley Cup Finals. This time however, the Blues would emerge victorious, winning in seven games.

During the 2019–20 season, the Bruins consistently had the best record in the Atlantic Division and were near the top of the league. During the trade deadline, they acquired Ondrej Kase and Nick Ritchie, both from the Anaheim Ducks, in two separate trades.[20] On March 12, 2020, the NHL season was paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[21] At the time of the pause, the Bruins were first overall in the league, with 100 points. On May 26, Commissioner Gary Bettman announced that the 2019–20 regular season was completed, and that the league would resume with the playoffs.[22] 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.[23][24] During the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs, the Bruins won the first round against the Carolina Hurricanes in five games, but lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round, also in five games. In the 2020–21 season, the Bruins made the 2021 playoffs, where they defeated the Washington Capitals in five games, but lost to the New York Islanders in six games. In the next season, the Bruins clinched the 2022 playoffs as a wild card, but were defeated by the Hurricanes in seven games. Following the season, head coach Cassidy was fired. They then hired Jim Montgomery, previously the head coach of the Dallas Stars, as their next head coach on July 3, 2022.

During the 2022–23 season, the Bruins set an all-time NHL record as the fastest team to achieve 50 wins, hitting the mark in 64 games compared to a previous record of 66 games held jointly by the 1995–96 Detroit Red Wings and the 2018–19 Tampa Bay Lightning.[25] In that same game, the Bruins became the third-fastest team in history to clinch a playoff spot during the era of 82-game seasons, trailing only the 1995–96 Detroit Red Wings (59 games) and the 1998–99 Dallas Stars (63 games).[26]

Team information

Logo and uniforms

Since 1948, the Bruins' logo is an eight-spoked, black and gold wheel with the letter "B" in the center, a nod to Boston's nickname of "The Hub".[27] The logo has been tweaked numerous times over the course of its history, reaching its current form in 2007. The block "B" logo itself preceded the "Spoked B" and is currently the logo used in their third jersey.[28][29]

The Bruins have also used an alternate logo featuring a walking bear surrounded by the full team name. The logo was first used from 1924 to 1932, and a modernized version was adopted as the team's secondary logo in 2007.[28]

The Bruins' colors were originally brown and gold. They wore brown uniforms in their maiden season, but switched to a white uniform with alternating brown and gold stripes the next season. The uniforms were paired with beige pants and either gold or white socks. After the 1932 season the walking bear logo was replaced with a simple "B" logo.[28][30]

Starting with the 1935–36 season, the Bruins replaced brown with black, while also sporting gold socks full-time. The "B" logo moved to the sleeves while the uniform number occupied the front. Black pants also replaced the beige pants.[30][31]

For a majority of the 1940s, the Bruins sported gold numbers on the white uniform. From 1940 to 1944 they also wore a gold uniform with a script "Bruins" wordmark in front. To commemorate their 25th anniversary, the Bruins released a new white uniform featuring the first iteration of the "Spoked B" logo. They also debuted a black uniform with the "B" logo in front.[28][30]

Beginning in 1949, the "B" on the "Spoked B" logo was changed to block lettering. They also brought back the black numbers. With a few cosmetic changes in the stripes and yoke along with the addition of the primitive bear head logo in 1977, the Bruins kept this overall design until 1995.[28][30]

In 1955, the Bruins brought the "Spoked B" logo over to the black uniform; they also released a gold jersey with the "Spoked B" in front. During this period, the gold jersey was used as the primary dark uniform while relegating the black uniform (updated with white numbers) into alternate status for several seasons. Also, for a few games between 1958 and 1965, the Bruins wore gold pants.[28][30]

In 1967, the Bruins retired the gold uniforms and reinstated the black uniforms with gold numbers. As with the white uniforms, they endured several cosmetic changes until 1995. The gold socks, which had numerous striping modifications since 1934, was briefly retired in favor of wearing white socks full-time. It was brought back for the 1969–70 season and would be paired with the regular black uniforms for the next 47 seasons.[28][30]

Starting with the 1995–96 season, the Bruins released a new uniform set, featuring the updated "Spoked B" logo. The primary uniforms featured a thick contrasting stripe that extended from sleeve to sleeve. In addition, a gold third jersey was released, featuring the infamous "Pooh Bear" logo (an homage to Winnie the Pooh). The gold thirds were used until 2006, after which the Bruins wore throwback black uniforms based on the 1970s design.[28][30]

Moving to the Reebok Edge template in 2007, the Bruins unveiled new uniforms with the current "Spoked B" logo. The overall design borrowed a few elements from the 1970s uniforms, and also unveiled a new rendition of the original walking bear logo on the shoulders. The following season, they released new black third jerseys with the aforementioned bear logo in front and the "Spoked B" logo on the shoulders.[28][30]

For the 2010 Winter Classic, the Bruins wore a brown and gold variation of the 1948–49 design. Then for the 2016 Winter Classic, the Bruins wore a black and gold variation of the original brown uniforms, a design they carried over the following season as an alternate.[28]

The Bruins kept much of the same design upon moving to Adidas' AdiZero template in 2017. However, the black uniforms were now paired with black socks, a feature previously reserved on the alternate black uniforms.[32][30]

For the 2019 Winter Classic, the Bruins wore white uniforms with brown and gold stripes and the "B" logo in front, paying homage to the mid-1930s uniforms.[33] The simple "B" logo also adorned their new black alternate uniform, which was unveiled in the 2019–20 season and paid homage to the team's 1950s uniforms.[29]

Prior to the 2020–21 season, Adidas released its "Reverse Retro" series of alternate uniforms, which were alternate color renditions of throwback uniform designs. The Bruins' version was taken from the team's 1977 to 1995 design, but with a gold base and black accents.[34] A second "Reverse Retro" uniform was released in the 2022–23 season, this time featuring a white version of the 1995–2006 "Pooh Bear" alternates.[35]

Boston's 2023 Winter Classic uniform mixed various styles from the team's uniform history. The black-based uniform featured gold stripes and vintage white letters. The "BOSTON" wordmark was inspired by the 1949 "Spoked B" logo, and the original bear head logo from 1977 to 1995 was positioned below.[36]


The team founder Charles Adams owned the team until 1936, at which point he transferred his stock to son Weston Adams, general manager and minority owner Art Ross and minority owner Ralph Burkard.[37] Weston Adams remained majority owner until 1951, when the Boston Garden-Arena Corporation purchased controlling interest in the team.[38] Under the Garden-Arena Corporation's management, Boston Celtics founder Walter A. Brown ran the team from 1951 until his death in 1964. After Brown's death, Weston Adams returned to the role of team president. In 1969, he was succeeded by his son, Weston Adams, Jr.[39]

Former Bruins winger and current president Cam Neely, and owner Jeremy Jacobs.
Former Bruins winger and current president Cam Neely, and owner Jeremy Jacobs.

On December 7, 1973, Storer Broadcasting, owner of WSBK-TV, and the Garden-Arena Corporation agreed to a merger which resulted in Storer acquiring a 100% interest in the Bruins. Adams remained as team president.[40] In August 1975, Storer Broadcasting then sold the team to an ownership group headed by Jeremy Jacobs. Jacobs had to promise to keep Bobby Orr as a condition of the purchase.[41] The Bruins and Orr reached a verbal agreement with Jacobs during the summer of 1975, including a controversial agreement for Orr to take an 18.5% share of the Bruins after his playing days were over. The agreement was to be checked out as to whether it would be legal for tax reasons and whether or not the league would approve it. However, Orr's agent, the later-notorious Alan Eagleson, rejected the deal.[42]

Jacobs represents the club on the NHL's board of governors, and serves on its executive committee, and he has chaired the finance committee. At the NHL board of governors meeting in June 2007, Jacobs was elected chairman of the board, replacing the Calgary Flames' Harley Hotchkiss, who stepped down after 12 years in the position. Jacobs has frequently been listed by the Sports Business Journal[43] as one of the most influential people in sports in its annual poll[44] and by The Hockey News.[45] His 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 (NESN).

After taking over as owner in 1975, the Bruins have been competitive (making the playoffs for 29-straight seasons from 1967–68 to 1995–96, 20 of which were with Jacobs as owner) but have won the Stanley Cup only once, in 2011 and only in his 36th year as owner. Under previous ownerships, the Bruins had won the Stanley Cup five times. Under Jacobs, the Bruins have reached the Stanley Cup Finals seven times (twice against the Bruins' arch-rival Montreal Canadiens in 1977 and 1978, twice against the Edmonton Oilers in 1988 and 1990, finally winning in 2011 against the Vancouver Canucks, and losing in 2013 and 2019 to the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues). Jacobs' management of the team in the past earned him spots on's "Page 2" polls of "The Worst Owners in Sports,"[46] and number 7 on their 2005 "Greediest Owners in sports" list.[47] Sports Illustrated has suggested longtime star defenseman Ray Bourque, who "often drawn the ire of the NHLPA for his willingness to re-sign with Boston with minimal negotiations over the years" instead of setting the "watermark for defenseman salaries", requested and received a trade in 2000 since the team's "hardline and spendthrift ways" meant he would have to make the move to get his elusive Stanley Cup (Bourque holds the record for most games played before winning the Cup).[48] Prior to the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement signed in 2005, fans felt team management was not willing to spend to win the Stanley Cup.[49]

Since 2005, Jacobs' public image has improved as he invested in the team and rebuilding the front office to make the team more competitive. The Bruins were the second highest-ranked team in the NHL in the 2008–09 season and were the top-seeded team in the East. With a complete change in management, including now-former general manager Peter Chiarelli – who lost his position with the Bruins on April 15, 2015, with the May 20 hiring of Don Sweeney – long-time assistant general manager with the team. Sweeney and team president Cam Neely had continued working with the longest-term Bruins head coach ever, Claude Julien until his firing on February 7, 2017,[50] with Bruce Cassidy being hired as interim head coach with Julien's firing – Cassidy would become the permanent head coach of the Bruins as of April 26, 2017.[51] Neely has continued as team president since the Bruins' most recent Stanley Cup victory in 2011. The current administrators in the Bruins front office are:

Training facilities

The Bruins previously trained and practiced at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center in Allston, Massachusetts (built in 1956), then moved to the Ristuccia Ice Arena[53] 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.

Bruins' mascots

Blades the Bruin serves as the official mascot for the Boston Bruins.
Blades the Bruin serves as the official mascot for the Boston Bruins.

Blades the Bruin is an anthropomorphic bear serves as the Bruins' team mascot. In January and February, Blades travels around the greater Boston area to raise money for the Bruins Foundation.[54] For a sizable amount of the team's more recent TV and online ads, a different anthropomorphic ursine character simply known as "The Bear" appears in official Bruins video advertising.[55]

Team songs

When Boston television station WSBK-TV began broadcasting Bruins games in 1967, The Ventures' instrumental rock version of the Nutcracker's overture, known as "Nutty", was selected as the opening piece of music for Bruins telecasts.[56] The song "Nutty" has been identified with the Bruins ever since.

On ice, "Paree", a 1920s hit tune written by Leo Robin and Jose Padilla, has been played as an organ instrumental for decades, typically as the players entered the arena just before the start of each period and, for many years, after each Bruins' goal. It was introduced by John Kiley, the organist for the Bruins from the 1950s through the 1980s.[57] In 1998, the John Kiley rendition of "Paree" was dropped as a goal song; "Kernkraft 400 (Sport Chant Stadium Remix)" by Zombie Nation is the current one.

Season-by-season record

This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the Bruins. For the full season-by-season history, see List of Boston Bruins seasons

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W L OTL Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs
2017–18 82 50 20 12 112 270 214 2nd, Atlantic Lost in Second Round, 1–4 (Lightning)
2018–19 82 49 24 9 107 259 215 2nd, Atlantic Lost in Stanley Cup Finals, 3–4 (Blues)
2019–20 70 44 14 12 100 227 174 1st, Atlantic Lost in Second Round, 1–4 (Lightning)
2020–21 56 33 16 7 73 168 136 3rd, East Lost in Second Round, 2–4 (Islanders)
2021–22 82 51 26 5 107 255 220 4th, Atlanic Lost in First Round, 3–4 (Hurricanes)

Players and personnel

Current roster

Updated March 13, 2023[58][59]

No. Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
37 Canada Patrice Bergeron (C) C R 37 2003 L'Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec
59 Canada Tyler Bertuzzi LW L 28 2023 Sudbury, Ontario
25 United States Brandon Carlo D R 26 2015 Colorado Springs, Colorado
75 United States Connor Clifton D R 27 2018 Long Branch, New Jersey
13 United States Charlie Coyle C R 31 2019 Weymouth, Massachusetts
74 Canada Jake DeBrusk LW L 26 2015 Edmonton, Alberta
17 United States Nick Foligno 
Injured Reserve
LW L 35 2021 Buffalo, New York
28 United States Derek Forbort D L 31 2021 Duluth, Minnesota
11 United States Trent Frederic C L 25 2016 St. Louis, Missouri
10 Canada A. J. Greer LW L 26 2022 Joliette, Quebec
48 United States Matt Grzelcyk D L 29 2012 Charlestown, Massachusetts
71 Canada Taylor Hall 
Injured Reserve
LW L 31 2021 Calgary, Alberta
21 United States Garnet Hathaway RW R 31 2023 Naples, Florida
46 Czech Republic David Krejci (A) C R 36 2022 Šternberk, Czechoslovakia
94 Czech Republic Jakub Lauko C L 22 2018 Prague, Czech Republic
27 Sweden Hampus Lindholm D L 29 2022 Helsingborg, Sweden
63 Canada Brad Marchand (A) LW L 34 2006 Halifax, Nova Scotia
73 United States Charlie McAvoy D R 25 2016 Long Beach, New York
92 Czech Republic Tomas Nosek C L 30 2021 Pardubice, Czechoslovakia
81 Russia Dmitry Orlov D L 31 2023 Novokuznetsk, Soviet Union
88 Czech Republic David Pastrnak RW R 26 2014 Havířov, Czech Republic
1 United States Jeremy Swayman G L 24 2017 Anchorage, Alaska
35 Sweden Linus Ullmark G L 29 2021 Lugnvik, Sweden
18 Czech Republic Pavel Zacha C L 25 2022 Brno, Czech Republic
67 Czech Republic Jakub Zboril D L 26 2015 Brno, Czech Republic

Team captains

There is evidence from contemporary newspaper accounts and photographs that Bruins manager Art Ross appointed captains on an annual basis in the 1930s and 1940s, and generally for a single season only. [61] These include Marty Barry in 1934–35,[62] Nels Stewart in 1935–36,[63] Eddie Shore in 1936–37,[64] Red Beattie in 1937–38, Bill Cowley in 1945–46[65][66] and Bobby Bauer in 1947–48.[67][68] None of these captaincies are currently acknowledged by the Bruins' organization, which has declined comment on the question.

Head coaches

On June 30, 2022, the Bruins named Montgomery head coach, replacing Bruce Cassidy.[69]

General managers

Following the team's failure to make the 2015 playoffs, Peter Chiarelli was fired as general manager on April 15, 2015, with Don Sweeney hired as Chiarelli's replacement on May 20, 2015.


First-round draft picks

Team and league honors

Retired numbers

Banners of the Bruins' retired numbers hang at the Garden.
Banners of the Bruins' retired numbers hang at the Garden.
Boston Bruins retired numbers
No. Player Position Career No. retirement
2 Eddie Shore D 1926–1940 January 1, 1947
3 Lionel Hitchman 1 D 1925–1934 February 22, 1934
4 Bobby Orr D 1966–1976 January 9, 1979
5 Aubrey "Dit" Clapper RW, D 1927–1947 February 12, 1947
7 Phil Esposito C 1967–1975 December 3, 1987
8 Cam Neely RW 1986–1996 January 12, 2004
9 Johnny Bucyk LW 1957–1978 March 13, 1980
15 Milt Schmidt C 1936–1955 March 13, 1980 [71]
16 Rick Middleton RW 1976–1988 November 29, 2018
22 Willie O'Ree LW 1957–1958, 1960–1961 January 18, 2022
24 Terry O'Reilly RW 1972–1985 October 24, 2002
77 Ray Bourque D 1979–2000 October 4, 2001


Hall of Famers

The Boston Bruins presently acknowledge an affiliation with a number of inductees to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Inductees affiliated with the Bruins include 52 former players and seven builders of the sport.[74] The six individuals recognized as builders by the Hall of Fame includes former Bruins executives, general managers, head coaches, and owners. In addition to players and builders, two broadcasters for the Bruins were also awarded the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award from the Hockey Hall of Fame.[75] In 1984, Fred Cusick, a play-by-play announcer, was awarded the Hall of Fame's inaugural Foster Hewitt Memorial Award. In 1987, Bob Wilson became the second Bruins' broadcaster to be awarded the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award.

Boston Bruins Hall of Famers
Affiliation with inductees based on team acknowledgement
Hall of Fame players[74]
Dave Andreychuk
Marty Barry
Bobby Bauer
Leo Boivin
Ray Bourque
Frank Brimsek
Johnny Bucyk
Billy Burch
Gerry Cheevers
Dit Clapper
Sprague Cleghorn
Paul Coffey
Roy Conacher
Bun Cook
Bill Cowley
Cy Denneny
Woody Dumart
Phil Esposito
Fernie Flaman
Frank Frederickson
Jarome Iginla
Busher Jackson
Tom Johnson
Duke Keats
Guy Lapointe
Brian Leetch
Harry Lumley
Mickey MacKay
Sylvio Mantha
Joe Mullen
Cam Neely
Adam Oates
Harry Oliver
Bobby Orr
Brad Park
Bernie Parent
Jacques Plante
Babe Pratt
Bill Quackenbush
Jean Ratelle
Mark Recchi
Art Ross[a]
Terry Sawchuk
Milt Schmidt
Eddie Shore
Babe Siebert
Hooley Smith
Allan Stanley
Nels Stewart
Tiny Thompson
Rogie Vachon
Cooney Weiland
Hall of Fame builders[74]
Charles Adams
Weston Adams
Walter A. Brown
Pat Burns
Jeremy Jacobs
Willie O'Ree
Harry Sinden

Franchise leaders

All-time regular season scoring leaders

These are the top-ten regular season point-scorers in franchise history.[76] Figures are updated after each completed NHL regular season.

  •  *  – current Bruins player

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game

Player Pos GP G A Pts P/G
Ray Bourque D 1,518 395 1,111 1,506 .99
Johnny Bucyk LW 1,436 545 794 1,339 .93
Phil Esposito C 625 459 553 1,012 1.62
Patrice Bergeron* C 1,216 400 582 982 .81
Rick Middleton RW 881 402 496 898 1.02
Bobby Orr D 631 264 624 888 1.41
Brad Marchand* LW 874 351 444 795 .91
Wayne Cashman LW 1,027 277 516 793 .77
David Krejci* C 962 215 515 730 .76
Ken Hodge RW 652 289 385 674 1.03
Player Pos G
Johnny Bucyk LW 545
Phil Esposito C 459
Rick Middleton RW 402
Patrice Bergeron* C 400
Ray Bourque D 395
Brad Marchand* LW 351
Cam Neely RW 344
Ken Hodge RW 289
Wayne Cashman LW 277
Bobby Orr D 264
Player Pos A
Ray Bourque D 1,111
Johnny Bucyk LW 794
Bobby Orr D 624
Patrice Bergeron* C 582
Phil Esposito C 553
Wayne Cashman LW 516
David Krejci* C 515
Rick Middleton RW 496
Brad Marchand* LW 444
Terry O'Reilly RW 402

All-time playoff scoring leaders

These are the top-ten playoff point-scorers in franchise history.[77] Figures are updated after each completed NHL regular season.

  •  *  – current Bruins player

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game

Player Pos GP G A Pts P/G
Ray Bourque D 180 36 125 161 .89
Patrice Bergeron* C 167 49 78 127 .76
David Krejčí* C 156 42 82 124 .79
Brad Marchand* LW 139 49 69 118 .85
Phil Esposito C 71 46 56 102 1.44
Rick Middleton RW 111 45 55 100 .90
Johnny Bucyk LW 109 40 60 100 .92
Bobby Orr D 74 26 66 92 1.24
Wayne Cashman LW 145 31 57 88 .61
Cam Neely RW 86 55 32 87 1.01
Player Pos G
Cam Neely RW 55
Brad Marchand* LW 49
Patrice Bergeron* C 49
Phil Esposito C 46
Rick Middleton RW 45
David Krejčí* C 42
Johnny Bucyk LW 40
Peter McNab C 38
Ray Bourque D 36
Don Marcotte LW 34
Player Pos A
Ray Bourque D 125
David Krejčí* C 82
Patrice Bergeron* C 78
Brad Marchand* LW 69
Bobby Orr D 66
Johnny Bucyk LW 60
Wayne Cashman LW 57
Craig Janney C 56
Phil Esposito C 56
Brad Park D 55

All-time leading goaltenders

These players rank in the top ten in franchise history for wins as of the end of the 2021−22 season. Figures are updated after each completed NHL season.[78]

  •  *  – current Bruins player

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OT = Overtime losses; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average; * = current Bruins player

NHL awards and trophies

Stanley Cup

Presidents' Trophy

Prince of Wales Trophy

Art Ross Trophy

(* traded to the San Jose Sharks during the 2005–06 season)

Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

Calder Memorial Trophy

Conn Smythe Trophy

Frank J. Selke Trophy

Hart Memorial Trophy

(* traded to the San Jose Sharks during the 2005–06 season)

Jack Adams Award

James Norris Memorial Trophy

King Clancy Memorial Trophy

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy

(** traded from the New York Rangers during the 1975–76 season)

Lester B. Pearson Award

Lester Patrick Trophy

Mark Messier Leadership Award

Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy

NHL Foundation Player Award

NHL Leading Scorer (prior to awarding of Art Ross Trophy)

Vezina Trophy

William M. Jennings Trophy

Team awards

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

Phil Esposito holds the franchise record for most goals in a season (76) and most points in a season (152).
Phil Esposito holds the franchise record for most goals in a season (76) and most points in a season (152).

Franchise individual records

Media and broadcasters

  • NESN (New England Sports Network)

Jack Edwards: TV play-by-play
Andy Brickley: TV color analyst
Sophia Jurksztowicz: Rinkside reporter

  • 98.5 The Sports Hub

Judd Sirott: Radio play-by-play
Bob Beers: Radio color analyst

See also


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  • Donovan, Michael Leo (1997). The Name Game: Football, Baseball, Hockey & Basketball How Your Favorite Sports Teams Were Named. Toronto: Warwick Publishing. ISBN 1-895629-74-8.

Further reading

  • Fischler, Stan (June 2001). Boston Bruins: Greatest Moments and Players. Sports Masters. ISBN 1-58261-374-5.
  • Simpson, Rob; Babineau, Steve (September 9, 2008). Black and Gold: Four Decades of the Boston Bruins in Photographs. Wiley Publishing. ISBN 978-0-470-15473-1.
  • Booth, Clarke. Boston Bruins: Celebrating 75 Years. Tehabi Books. ISBN 0-7607-1126-7

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