The Boston Bruins have been in existence since 1924. They are the National Hockey League’s (NHL) third-oldest team and the oldest in the United States. They were the first American based hockey team to join the NHL and a member of the Original Six. Below are our top moments in Boston Bruins history, here we go!
In 1929, the Bruins won their first Stanley Cup.
In 1966 the Boston Bruins sign Bobby Orr, the greatest player of all time.
In 1967 the Bruins trade for Phil Esposito, Ken Hodge and Fred Stanfield in a deal said to be one of the most one-sided trades in history. These three players helped the Bruins win two Stanley Cups in 1970 and 1972.
In 1970, a twenty-nine year drought came to an end with the Bruins defeating the St. Louis Blues to win the Cup. Bobby Orr scored the game winning goal in overtime. THE GOAL!
The Boston Bruins draft Ray Bourque in the 1979 season, one of the greatest defenseman of all time and who was the face of the Bruins for over two decades.
December 23, 1979 at Madison Square Gardens, just after the Bruins beat New York Rangers, a Rangers fan stole Stan Jonathan’s stick and hit him with it. When other fans got involved, Terry O’Reilly charged into the stands followed by his teammates. During this fight two players pulled off the instigators shoe and hit him with it.
Bruins traded for Cam Neely. Ray Bourque, Cam Neely and Keith Crowder led the Bruins to Cup Finals in 1988.
The 1995 season was the Bruin’s last at the Boston Gardens. When the last game was played, they held a ceremony in which the banners and retired numbers were removed from the rafters and moved to their new home, the TD Gardens.
After a slow start to the 2008 – 2009 Season, the Bruins won 17 of their next 20 games which led many to see them as a revival of the “Big Bad Bruins” of the 70’s and 80’s. They went on to have the best record in the Eastern Conference and qualified for the playoffs for the fifth time in nine years. They played the Canadiens in the playoffs and defeated them in four games before losing the Conference semi-finals in seven games against the Carolina Hurricanes.
In the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs, the Bruins became the first team in NHL history to win a seven game series without a power-play goal, as they eliminated the Montreal Canadiens in seven games. They ended up advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1990 defeating the Vancouver Canucks in an exciting 7 game series.