The next team I will explore for my Team History Series is… the Boston Bruins. Yeah, Yeah… I know. Why would I explore a team that played dirty, and had a nasty campaign against the Tampa Bay Lightning while we were playing them in the Eastern Conference Finals?
I am a hockey writer for Bolts By The Bay, and Lead Editor of The Canuck Way, so it is my duty to write for all teams… not just favorite teams.
Boston plays in the Eastern Conference, Northeast Division. They deserve alot of credit as they are 2nd in all-time Stanley Cup wins. Six of them came in 1929, 1939, 1941, 1970, 1972, and their last one coming at the expense of the Vancouver Canucks, in 2011.
Three Eastern Conference Championships came in 1988, 1990, and 2011.
A President’s Trophy came in 1990, and 24 Division Championships were won in 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1933, 1935, 1938, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1984, 1990, 1991, 1993, 2002, 2004, 2009, 2011, and most recently… this past season, 2012.
Founded in 1924, the Bruins are the 3rd oldest team in the National Hockey League, and are an Original Six team.
The owner is Jeremy Jacobs, Chairman of the Delaware North Companies. Cam Neely has been President since 2010. Peter Chiarelli is General Manager… Claude Julien is Head Coach… and Zdeno Chara has been Captain since 2006. Julien has been Head Coach since 2007, and the won Jack Adams Trophy in 2009.
TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts a/k/a Taxachusetts is home to the team. Minor affiliates are the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League (AHL), and the South Carolina Stingrays of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL).
Lastly, I am a Lightning fan… so, we must give credit where credit it due – Legend Phil Esposito, founder of the Tampa Bay Lightning played for the Bruins. During the 1970-71 season he had the most goals in 1 season for a Bruin with 76.
THERE! I GOT IT DONE… ONTO OTHER TEAMS.