Top 50 Boston Bruins

Hockey might be “Canada’s Game”, but the tradition of the sport is very strong in many major American markets, one of the biggest being Boston, Massachusetts.

The Boston Bruins are the third oldest team in the National Hockey League, and the oldest in the United States.  They are a member of the “Original Six”, and they have won the Stanley Cup six times.

As you can imagine, this list of the fifty top Boston Bruins contains a lot of Hall of Famers and legends, and even those who did not make the Hall of Fame, are long tenured Bruins and iconic in New England.


Note: Hockey lists are based on an amalgamation of tenure, traditional statistics, advanced statistics, playoff statistics and post-season accolades.
There have been a lot of great players who have worn the large “B” on there chest, many of whom can be called legends. But there is only one Bobby Orr.
Eddie Shore was feared.  He was feared because he was tough as nails and could (and would) physically intimidate anybody.  He was also feared because he was talented and knew exactly what to do on the ice and what to do with the puck.  Shore was the first major star…
This was really hard.  Ray Bourque was one of the best defenceman of his time, and it was a long time!  Bourque played the most games in Bruins history, has the most Points in Bruins history and leads the franchise in many more statistical categories.  
The Chicago Blackhawks had to regret trading away Phil Esposito, but it was in Boston where he developed his scoring touch.  Esposito would park himself in front of the net and would shatter the single season scoring record, becoming the first man to score 100 Points in a season.  He…
The centre of the famed “Kraut Line”, Milt Schmidt was the centerpiece of the Bruins for years.  Schmidt may have been undersized even for his day, but pound for pound he was one of the best in the business and was lauded for his two way skill.  
While many Boston Bruins were known for their toughness, Johnny Bucyk was known for his class.  A two time winner of the Lady Byng Trophy, Bucyk is the second longest tenured Bruin, and is second all-time in scoring for the franchise.  
A charismatic and clean player, Dit Clapper holds the distinction of being the only player in the history of the NHL to be named a post season All Star at both forward and defence.  Clapper was a gentlemanly player, even though he was one of the largest of his day,…
Tiny Thompson was the first star between the pipes for the Boston Bruins and was the man who backstopped the organization to their first Stanley Cup.  Thompson was a four time Vezina Trophy winner and a four time post season All Star.  He would also lead the NHL in Goals…
Bill Cowley has often been called the “Wayne Gretzky of his day” in reference to his abilities as a playmaker.  Cowley would lead the NHL in Assists three times and win the Hart Trophy twice.  More importantly, Cowley would hoist the Stanley Cup above his head twice.
The legendary “Mr. Zero”, Frank Brimsek, would have an outstanding debut season in the NHL.  Brimsek would backstop the Bruins to a Stanley Cup win, while winning the first of two Vezina Trophies.  Brimsek would also win the Stanley Cup again, and is one of the few Goaltenders to lead…
How often did the Vancouver Canucks regret the day they traded away Cam Neely?  The same amount of times that the Boston Bruins celebrated acquiring him.
Was the Stanley Cup ever held higher than when Zdeno Chara hoisted it in 2011?
In many ways, Rick Middleton was not your prototypical Boston Bruin, as he was known for his sportsmanlike conduct on the ice, however the Boston fans loved “Nifty” for his playmaking skills and scoring capability.
Woody Dumart was the Left Winger for the Bruins famed “Kraut Line” and while he was not the scorer that Milt Schmidt was, he was a mistake free player who complimented his linemates very well.  Dumart was a three time Second Team All Star and a two time Stanley Cup…
A power forward before anyone called it that, Wayne Cashman lived in the corners and dug out the puck expertly to help drive the potent offense of the Boston Bruins.
A member of the 2011 Stanley Cup Championship team, Patrice Bergeron emerged as one of the best two way players of his generation as shown by his four Frank J. Selke Trophies.  Bergeron is considered one of the classiest men on and off the ice and it is near impossible…
Brad Park was considered by many to be the second best defenceman of the 1970’s, and he arrived in Boston at the tail end of his prime.  Park was still able to secure another full season in Boston as a First Team All Star, and he would average 0.83 Points…
A clutch goaltender who played his best when the lights were at its brightest, Gerry Cheevers backstopped the Bruins to two Stanley Cup wins (1970 & 1972) and the Hall of Famer might have had more NHL accolades had the man with the famous stitched mask not taken his talents…
The Boston Bruins fans were not always enamored with Ken Hodge.  Actually, the Bruins coaches weren’t exactly either.  The main reason for that as at 6 foot 2 and well over 200 pounds, he was bigger than most players, but did not always use his physicality as he was far…
Gordie Howe called Fern Flaman the toughest defenceman he ever faced.  If that is true, that is about as good as an endorsement as anyone could ask for.