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10 Quick Facts About the Boston Bruins

October 11, 1924 the Boston Bruins were granted the first American franchise to join the NHL, a sport that was considered to be at that time a Canadian game with very little adoption to the American public.

After being granted the franchise in 1924, one of the first moves Boston Bruins owner Charles Adams made was to hire Art Ross, a former star player and innovator, as general manager. Ross would be the face of the franchise for thirty years, including four separate stints as coach.

In 1926-27, Art Ross took advantage of the collapse of the Western Hockey League to purchase several western stars, including the teams first superstar, defenseman Eddie Shore.

In 1929 the Bruins defeated the New York Rangers to win their first Stanley Cup. The team featured such NHL legends as Eddie Shore, Harry Oliver, Dit Clapper, Dutch Gainor and goaltender Tiny Thompson.

1948-49 was the first season that the well recognized -spoked B- logo appeared on the Boston Bruins jerseys.

1958: Willie ORee (birthplace: Fredericton, New Brunswick) of the Boston Bruins was the first black player in the NHL.

In 1966 the Bruins signed a defenseman from Parry Sound, Ontario, named Bobby Orr, who went on to become in the eyes of many, the greatest player of all time.

March 2, 1969 : Phil Esposito, who centered a line with Ken Hodge and Wayne Cashman, became the first NHL player to break the 100+ point mark in a single season.

In 1970, the Bruins ended a 29 year Stanley Cup drought as they defeated the St. Louis Blues in four games. Orr scored the game-winner in overtime to clinch the stanley Cup victory.

In 1970 Orr won the third of eight straight James Norris Memorial Trophies as the top defenseman in the NHL. He also took home the Art Ross Trophy, Conn Smythe Trophy, and the Hart Memorial Trophy, becoming the only player to win all four awards all in the same season.

The 1970-71 season was a banner year for the Boston Bruins, setting dozens of offensive scoring records. They had seven of the leagues 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, they had four that year (Orr, Esposito, Bucyk and Hodge)

The Boston Bruins home arena is the 17,565 capacity TD Banknorth Garden where they moved to in 1995, after leaving the Boston Garden which had been their home since 1928.

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