Boston Bruins in History

Events in Sport

  • 1924-11-01 Boston Bruins officially join the NHL, becoming the first United States based team to enter the League; Montreal Maroons also join NHL, but only last until 1938
  • 1924-12-01 The Boston Bruins beat fellow expansion Montreal Maroons, 2-1 at Boston Arena; first NHL game to be played in the United States
  • 1927-04-13 Stanley Cup Final, Ottawa Auditorium, Ottawa, ON: Ottawa Senators beat Boston Bruins, 3-1 for a 2-0-2 series win

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1928-11-20 Boston Gardens opens, Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 1-0

NHL Goalie George Hainsworth
NHL Goalie
George Hainsworth
  • 1929-03-02 George Hainsworth becomes first NHL goaltender to record 20 shutouts in one season when the Montreal Canadiens beat the visiting Boston Bruins, 3-0; ends season with 22
  • 1929-03-29 Stanley Cup Final, Madison Square Garden: Boston Bruins beat New York Rangers, 2-1 for a 2-0 series sweep; Boston's first Championship
  • 1929-12-03 Boston Bruins beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1, the first win of an NHL record 14-game winning streak, and a 22-game home winning streak
  • 1930-01-09 Boston Bruins wins then NHL record 14th straight game
  • 1930-01-21 Boston Bruins become first team in NHL history to score 100 goals in a season, in a 5-1 win over Chicago at Boston Garden; Cooney Weiland scores Bruins' 100th goal in their 26th game of the year
  • 1930-03-18 Boston Bruins win record 20th NHL home game
  • 1930-04-03 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 4-3 for a 2-0 series sweep and their 3rd Championship
  • 1931-01-03 Montreal Maroons centre Nels Stewart scores fastest 2 goals in NHL history with a pair 4 seconds apart in a 5-3 win over Boston Bruins at Montreal Arena
  • 1934-12-30 New York Rangers and Boston Bruins battle out a 0-0 tie; first of a 37-game overtime undefeated streak for the Bruins, the longest in NHL history; streak spans over 4 years and includes 27 ties
  • 1937-12-21 Chicago Black Hawks left wing Paul Thompson becomes first player in NHL history to score a goal against his brother; scores on bro Cecil of the Boston Bruins with just 9 seconds left in regulation; Bruins win though, 2-1
  • 1938-12-20 Boston Bruins rookie goalie Frankie Brimsek records his 3rd straight shutout with a 3-0 win over the New York Americans, making it his incredible sixth shutout in his first 8 NHL games
  • 1939-04-16 Stanley Cup Final, Boston Garden, Boston, MA: Boston Bruins beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-1 for a 4-1 series win; first best-of-7 SC Final series

  • 1941-02-25 Boston Bruins set NHL record of 23-game unbeaten streak (15-0-8)
  • 1941-04-12 Stanley Cup Final, Olympia Stadium, Detroit, MI: Boston Bruins defeat Detroit Red Wings, 3-1 for a 4-0 series sweep
  • 1943-04-08 Stanley Cup Final, Boston Garden, Boston, MA: Detroit Red Wings beat Boston Bruins, 2-0 for a 4-0 series sweep and their 3rd SC Championship
  • 1946-04-09 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 6-3 for a 4-1 series victory
  • 1953-04-16 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 1-0 for a 4-1 series win

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1954-11-05 Montreal Canadien center Jean Béliveau scores 3 goals in 44 seconds on future Hall of Fame goaltender Terry Sawchuk in 4-2 win v Boston Bruins; 2nd fastest NHL hat trick

NHL Legend Jean Béliveau
NHL Legend
Jean Béliveau
NHL Legend Terry Sawchuk
NHL Legend
Terry Sawchuk
  • 1957-04-16 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Dickie Moore has a goal and 2 assists as Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 5-1 for a 4-1 series victory
  • 1958-01-18 Willie O’Ree is the 1st African-American to appear in the NHL, making his debut for the Boston Bruins in a 3-0 victory in Montreal
  • 1958-04-20 Stanley Cup Final, Boston Garden, Boston, MA: Montreal Canadiens' 3-peat; beat Boston Bruins, 5-3 for a 4-2 for series win

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1958-12-17 Ted Lindsay becomes highest scoring left wing in NHL history, passing Aurel Joliat who retired with 270; scores twice and adds an assist In Chicago Black Hawks' 5-2 win over the Boston Bruins at Chicago Stadium

NHL Star Ted Lindsay
NHL Star
Ted Lindsay
  • 1963-12-04 Boston Bruins' right wing Andy Hebenton sets a new NHL record by playing in his 581st consecutive game in 2-2 tie with Chicago Black Hawks; reaches 630 straight games

AgreementContract of Interest

1966-09-03 Future Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Orr signs his first NHL contract with the Boston Bruins; 2 year deal paying a then record $70,000 plus signing bonus

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • 1966-10-19 Bobby Orr makes his NHL regular-season debut for the Boston Bruins against the Detroit Red Wings

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1968-12-05 Future Hockey Hall of Fame center Phil Esposito of the Boston Bruins scores 2 goals in his goaltender brother Tony's (also HOF) NHL debut for the Montreal Canadiens; 2-2 tie

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • 1969-03-01 Phil Esposito has a goal and assist in Boston Bruins' 8-5 win over NY Rangers to give him 99 points for the season, breaking the NHL record for most points in a season (97) held by Stan Mikita
  • 1969-03-16 Boston Bruins scores a NHL record 8 goals in 1 period
  • 1970-05-10 Stanley Cup Final, Boston Garden, Boston, MA: Bobby Orr scores famous OT winner as Boston beats St. Louis Blues, 4-3 for 4-0 series sweep; Bruins its first title since 1941
  • 1971-02-23 Boston Bruins begin 13 NHL game winning streak
  • 1971-03-20 Boston Bruins win 13th straight NHL game
  • 1971-08-26 Bobby Orr signs a five-year contract with the Boston Bruins worth one million dollars, the first million dollar contract in NHL history

  • 1972-05-11 Stanley Cup Final, Madison Square Garden, NYC: Wayne Cashman scores twice as Boston Bruins beat NY Rangers, 3-0 to take title, 4-2
  • 1973-03-31 Boston Bruins defenceman Bobby Orr scores his 3rd career hat trick in a 7-3 loss at Toronto to become the first player in NHL history to score 100 points for 4 straight seasons
  • 1973-04-01 Despite a final round, 5-3 loss to Montreal, Boston Bruins center Phil Esposito wins his third consecutive NHL scoring title with 130 points from 55 goals and 75 assists in the 78-game season
  • 1974-05-19 Stanley Cup Final, The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA: In their first Finals appearance the Philadelphia Flyers beat Boston Bruins, 1-0 to take the title, 4 games to 2
  • 1975-07-18 Jury can't decide on trial of Dave Forbes of Boston Bruins (1st athlete indicted for excessive violence during play)
  • 1975-11-28 Bobby Orr plays his last game for the Boston Bruins
  • 1977-04-03 Boston Bruin Jean Ratelle scores his 1,000th NHL point
  • 1977-05-14 Stanley Cup Final, Boston Garden, Boston, MA: Jacques Lemaire scores twice as Montreal Canadiens edge Boston Bruins, 2-1 in OT for a 4 game sweep and back-to-back titles
  • 1978-05-25 Stanley Cup Final, Boston Garden, Boston, MA: 3-peat for Montreal Canadiens; beat Boston Bruins, 4-1 as Mario Tremblay scores twice; 4-2 series victory
  • 1979-01-09 Bobby Orr's #4 jersey is retired by the Boston Bruins
  • 1983-05-07 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: New York Islanders beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 2
  • 1985-04-02 Quebec's Czech center Peter Stastny scores his 100th NHL point of the season for the 5th straight year, with an assist for the Nordiques in a 6-4 win over the Boston Bruins in Quebec City

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1986-01-02 Islanders right wing Mike Bossy scores his 499th and 500th career goals in the final 2:22 to lift the New York to a 7-5 victory over the Boston Bruins; 11th player in NHL history to score 500 goals

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • 1988-05-08 Amateur referees work NJ Devil-Boston Bruin playoff games, as NHL referees walk-off, due to a restraining order brought by Devils
  • 1988-05-14 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Boston Bruins beat New Jersey Devils, 4 games to 3
  • 1988-05-26 Stanley Cup Final, Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton, AL: Edmonton Oilers beat Boston Bruins, 6-3 for 4 game series sweep
  • 1990-05-09 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Boston Bruins beat Washington Capitals, 4 games to 0
  • 1990-05-15 Edmonton Oiler Klima beats Boston Bruins in 6th period

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1990-05-18 Edmonton right wing Jari Kurri sets record for scoring in a Stanley Cup Finals game with 3 goals and 2 assists in 7-2 win at Boston Garden

NHL Star Jari Kurri
NHL Star
Jari Kurri
  • 1990-05-24 Stanley Cup Final, Boston Garden, Boston, MA: Edmonton Oilers beat Boston Bruins, 4-1 for a 4-1 series win; Oilers' 5th Cup win in 7 years
  • 1991-05-11 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Pittsburgh Penguins beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 2
  • 1991-09-27 1st scheduled NHL exhibition game in St Petersburg Fla, is cancelled due to poor ice conditions (NY Islanders vs Boston Bruins)
  • 1992-05-23 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Pittsburgh Penguins beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 0
  • 1995-10-07 Boston's Fleet Center opens, NY Islanders & Boston Bruins tie at 4-4

Sport awardNHL All-Star Game

1996-01-20 46th NHL All-Star Game, FleetCenter, Boston, MA: East beats West, 5-4; MVP: Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins, D

NHL Legend Ray Bourque
NHL Legend
Ray Bourque
  • 1997-02-01 Future Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Ray Bourque scores a goal and an assist to become the Boston Bruins' all-time scoring leader, with 1,341 points in an 18-year NHL career

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1997-06-21 NHL Draft: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) center Joe Thornton first pick by Boston Bruins

NHL Star Joe Thornton
NHL Star
Joe Thornton

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1997-12-22 Scotty Bowman's Red Wings beat the Boston Bruins, 4-2 giving him 200 wins with Detroit, and making him the first NHL coach to record 200 wins with 3 different teams; also Montreal and Buffalo

NHL Coach Scotty Bowman
NHL Coach
Scotty Bowman
  • 1999-12-17 Ray Bourque becomes just the 3rd player in NHL history to score 1,100 assists, and goaltender Byron Dafoe records his 100th NHL victory in Boston Bruin's 3-1 win over the Thrashers in Atlanta
  • 2000-03-06 Long-time Boston Bruin defenseman Ray Bourque is traded to the Colorado Avalanche
  • 2001-02-04 51st NHL All-Star Game, Pepsi Centre, Denver, CO: North America beats World, 14-12; MVP: Bill Guerin, Boston Bruins, RW
  • 2001-10-04 Boston Bruins retire future Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman Ray Bourque's #77 jersey in the NHL season opener at Boston Garden; beat visiting Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, 4-2
  • 2005-11-30 The Boston Bruins trade captain Joe Thornton to the San Jose Sharks

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

2010-06-16 Cam Neely is named President of his former team, the Boston Bruins

NHL Star Cam Neely
NHL Star
Cam Neely
  • 2011-05-27 NHL Eastern Conference Finals: Boston Bruins beat Tampa Bay Lightning, 4 games to 3
  • 2011-06-15 Stanley Cup Final, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC: Boston Bruins defeat Vancouver Canucks, 4-0 for 4-3 series win; Bruins end 39-year Stanley Cup drought
  • 2013-06-07 NHL Eastern Conference Finals: Boston Bruins beat Pittsburgh Penguins, 4 games to 0
  • 2013-06-24 Stanley Cup Final, TD Garden, Boston, MA: Chicago Blackhawks defeat Boston Bruins, 3-2 for 4-2 series victory; Blackhawks' 5th Championship
  • 2019-04-06 Tampa Bay Lightning beats Boston Bruins, 6-3 in the season finale for their 62nd regular season win, tying the NHL record held by Detroit Red Wings (1995-96); 128 points, 4th in NHL history
  • 2019-06-12 Stanley Cup Final, TD Garden, Boston, MA: St. Louis Blues beat Boston Bruins, 4-1 for a 4-3 series victory; first title in franchise history
  • 2020-01-25 65th NHL All Star Games, Enterprise Center, St. Louis, MI: Pacific All Stars win four-team, 3-on-3 tournament; MVP: David Pastrnak LW Boston Bruins

Birthdays in Sport


Person of interestCy Denneny

1891-12-23 Cy Denneny, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame left wing (NHL leading scorer 1923-24), born in Farran's Point, Ontario (d. 1970)

NHL Star Cy Denneny
NHL Star
Cy Denneny
  • 1904-11-05 Cooney Weiland, Canadian NHL forward (Boston Bruins), born in Seaforth, Ontario (d. 1985)
  • 1907-02-09 Aubrey "Dit" Clapper, NHL hall of famer (Boston Bruins)
  • 1918-03-05 Milt Schmidt, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Stanley Cup 1939, 41; Boston Bruins) and coach/GM (Stanley Cup 1970, 72; Boston Bruins), born in Kitchener, Ontario (d. 2017)
  • 1922-03-02 Bill Quackenbush, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman (8 x NHL All-Star; Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings) and coach (Princeton), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1999)
  • 1927-01-25 Fernie Flaman, Canadian NHL player (Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Dysart, Canada (d. 2012)
  • 1927-10-06 Phil Maloney, Canadian ice hockey center (NHL: Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Black Hawks) and coach (Vancouver Canucks), born in Ottawa, Ontario (d. 2020)
  • 1929-10-03 Andy Hebenton, Canadian NHL right wing (record 630 consecutive games; NY Rangers, Boston Bruins), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2019)
  • 1935-10-15 Willie O'Ree, Canadian former professional ice hockey player and the first black player in the National Hockey League (Boston Bruins), born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
  • 1940-10-03 Jean Ratelle, Canadian NHL center (NY Rangers, Boston Bruins), born in Lac Saint-Jean, Quebec, Canada
  • 1940-12-02 Gerry Cheevers, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame goalie and broadcaster (longest undefeated streak-32 games 1972; Boston Bruins), born in St. Catharines, Ontario

Person of interestBobby Orr

1948-03-20 Bobby Orr, Canadian hall of fame NHL defenseman (Boston Bruins), born in Parry Sound, Ontario

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • 1948-07-06 Brad Park, Canadian NHL defenseman (NY Rangers, Boston Bruins), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1948-10-04 Tom Webster, Canadian ice hockey right wing (Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings) and coach (NY Rangers, LA Kings), born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario (d. 2020)
  • 1951-03-27 Bobby Lalonde, NHLer (Boston Bruins), born in Montreal
  • 1953-12-04 Rick Middleton, Canadian ice hockey right wing (Canada Cup gold 1984; NHL All-Star Game 1981-82, 84; Boston Bruins), born in Toronto, Ontario

Person of interestRay Bourque

1960-12-28 Ray Bourque, Canadian NHL defenseman (Team Canada, Boston Bruins), born in Saint-Laurent, Quebec

NHL Legend Ray Bourque
NHL Legend
Ray Bourque

Person of interestCam Neely

1965-06-06 Cam Neely, NHL forward (Boston Bruins), born in Comox, British Columbia

NHL Star Cam Neely
NHL Star
Cam Neely
  • 1966-01-07 Randy Burridge, Canadian NHL left wing (NHL All Star 1992; Washington Capitals,; Boston Bruins), born in Fort Erie, Ontario
  • 1968-10-02 Glen Wesley, Canadian NHL defenceman, coach and administrator (Boston Bruins, Carolina Hurricanes), born in Red Deer, Alberta
  • 1969-02-28 Shawn McEachern, Waltham MA, NHL forward (Boston Bruins, Senators)
  • 1969-04-01 Kevin Dean, American ice hockey defenseman (Stanley Cup, NJ Devils; NHL All Star 1995) and coach (Boston Bruins), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1972-06-01 Mike Dunham, American ice hockey goaltender (Olympic silver 2002; NHL: Nashville Predators; NY Rangers) and GT Development coach (Boston Bruins, NY Islanders), born in Johnson City, New York
  • 1972-07-20 Jozef Stümpel, Slovak NHL forward (Boston Bruins, LA Kings), born Nitra, Czechoslovakia
  • 1972-11-01 Glen Murray, Canadian ice hockey right wing (1,009 NHL games; All Star 2003-04; Boston Bruins), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1978-03-02 Tomáš Kaberle, Czech ice hockey defenceman (4 x NHL All Star; Toronto Maple Leafs; Stanley Cup 2011, Boston Bruins; World C'ship gold 2005), born in Rakovník, Czech Republic

Person of interestJoe Thornton

1979-07-02 Joe Thornton, Canadian NHL center, (#1 draft pick Boston Bruins 1997; San Jose Sharks; Olympic gold 2010), born in St. Thomas, Ontario

NHL Star Joe Thornton
NHL Star
Joe Thornton
  • 1984-05-01 David Backes, American ice hockey center (NHL All Star 2011; Olympic silver 2010; St. Louis Blues, Boston Bruins), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1988-06-07 Milan Lucic, Canadian Hockey player (Boston Bruins)

Deaths in Sport


Person of interestCy Denneny

1970-09-10 Cy Denneny, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame left wing (NHL leading scorer 1923-24), dies at 78

NHL Star Cy Denneny
NHL Star
Cy Denneny
  • 1985-07-03 Cooney Weiland, Canadian NHL forward (Boston Bruins), dies at 80
  • 1999-09-12 Bill Quackenbush, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman (8 x NHL All-Star; Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings) and coach (Princeton), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 77
  • 2017-01-04 Milt Schmidt, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Stanley Cup 1939, 41; Boston Bruins) and coach/GM (Stanley Cup 1970, 72; Boston Bruins), dies from a stroke at 98
  • 2019-01-29 Andy Hebenton, Canadian NHL right wing (record 630 consecutive games; NY Rangers, Boston Bruins), dies at 89
  • 2020-02-21 Phil Maloney, Canadian ice hockey center (NHL: Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Black Hawks) and coach (Vancouver Canucks), dies at 92
  • 2020-04-10 Tom Webster, Canadian ice hockey right wing (Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings) and coach (NY Rangers, LA Kings), dies of brain cancer at 71