Boston Bruins Trivia
апреля 28, 2011 by Adalet
With the ownership of Charles F. Adams the Boston Bruins, the first U.S. based NHL franchise, were born November 1, 1924. the Bruins name was selected by the fans, media and the team employees. the brown and yellow colors were taken from the Adams grocery store chain. the original name of the Boston Garden was Boston Madison Square Garden. in need of cash, Bruins ownership received backing from the group in new York city who owned and operated Madison Square Garden. November 2, 1924, Herb Mitchell was the first player signed to a contract. December 1, 1924 – the Bruins and Montreal Maroons faced off in the first NHL game played in the United States. the Bruins won their home opener 2 – 1. the original plan to purchase the Western Hockey League was the idea of the Bruins owner. Lack of Bruins talent persuaded Adams to spend $300,000 to upgrade the team. Limited by roster size, Adams made the talent pool available to Detroit, Chicago and new York for the 1926 – 27 season. November 20, 1928, the Bruins opened the Boston Garden against the Montreal. the Canadiens won 2 – 1. the Habs’ Georges Mantha scored the first goal.
BRUINS’ FOUNDATION – EDDIE SHORE: Eddie Shore began his professional hockey career in 1924 with Regina (WCHL) playing forward. he made his NHL debut, with the Bruins, November 16, 1926. Shore was the NHL’s most Valuable Player 4 times…the only defenseman who can make that claim. Eddie won the Hart Trophy in 1933, 1935, 1936 and 1938. “The Edmonton Express” also holds, the never to be broken, the NHL record for receiving 5 fighting major penalties in one game. November 23, 1929, the Bruins star defenseman got into 5 altercations against the Montreal Maroons. the present NHL rulebook allows 3 fighting majors before ejection.
AUBREY “DIT” CLAPPER: the NHL’s first 20 year player, Dit Clapper played his entire career with Boston…serving as captain and player / coach…before retiring as fulltime coach of the Bruins in 1947 – 48. the versatile Clapper had the distinction of being the only NHL All-Star at both right wing and defense positions. A two-time All-Star at right wing, Dit moved back to defense for the 1937 season. he was named to the All-Star team more three times. Clapper was the first NHL player to have the mandatory 3 year “waiting period” waived for instant induction into the Hockey Hall-of-Fame.
THE KRAUT LINE: 1936 – 37, Providence Reds coach “Battleship” Leduc dubbed the trio as the “Sauerkraut Line”. being politically correct during, World War II, the Kraut Line was often referred to as “The Kitchener Kids”. 1939 – 40, Milt Schmidt, Woody Dumart and Bobby Bauer were the first linemates to finish 1- 2 – 3 in the NHL scoring race. Schmidt won the scoring championship with 52 points. Dumart and Bauer tied with 43. the trio was reunited March 18,1952 as the Bruins held “Kraut Night”. Bauer signed a one-game NHL contract as Boston shutout Chicago 4-0.
FACT OR FICTION? Carson Cooper earned so much money as an “amateur” that he was reluctant to play professional hockey. Eager to sign Carson, the Bruins used blackmail to get his name on a contract by gathering evidence of Hamilton’s illegal payments. the Bruins threatened to take the proof of payments to amateur officials if he didn’t turn professional. Herb Cain is the only NHL scoring champion not inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. known as a reliable left winger, Cain had a career year with the Bruins in 1943 – 44. Herb led the NHL scoring race with 82 points, coming from 36 goals and 46 assists. Teammate bill Cowley missed 16 games due to injury and finished 11 points behind Cain.
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