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.

This list is up until the 2021/22 Season.
Ed Sandford was known for two things.  The first was his incredible tenacity to go for every puck.  The second was how he was on fire during the 1953 NHL Playoffs and was the leading scorer though Boston would fall short in the Finals.  Sandford was named a Second Team…
An underrated Defenseman, Torey Krug, played College Hockey at Michigan State, exceeding all expectations to become a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award.  His work landed him a Free Agent signing with the Boston Bruins, and he was ready to shatter the ceiling again.
Milan Lucic was a major component of the Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Championship win in 2011 and was a dependable two-way player for the Bruins in the eight years he spent there.
Sadly for Barry Pederson he is mostly known for being traded (with his messed up shoulder) for Cam Neely who would become one of the most popular players in Boston Bruins history.  What is forgotten is that Pederson had two consecutive 100 Point seasons for Boston, finishing in the top…
Part of that lopsided trade that brought in Phil Esposito and Ken Hodge, Fred Stanfield was a good forward who assisted the Bruins in winning the 1970 and 1972.  While Stanfield was considered a throw-in on that trade, and was often overshadowed in Boston, he was a consistent scorer who…
Mike O’Connell was undersized, but he never lacked heart.  O’Connell would become an All Star in 1984 and a power play staple and would become a very complete player in the six years he was playing for the Boston Bruins.
Keith Crowder was a good scorer and a player who was brilliant in the corners.  Those are two attributes that made him a popular player in the Boston Gardens in the 1980’s.  It is strange that he is not as remembered as much as he is in Boston.
While Marc Savard was not on the ice during the 2011 Stanley Cup Championship run, his name was etched on the cup as he was one of the men who helped get them there.
While the tragic demise of Derek Sanderson has been well documented, there was a time when he was one of the shining stars of hockey, and that was done in a Boston Bruins uniform.
A fan favorite in Boston, P.J. Axelsson was not a scorer, but the forward was an adept grinder who was known more for his defensive skills.  The Swedish player would spend his entire NHL career with the Bruins.