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In what year did Bobby Orr win his first Stanley Cup?
November 1, 1924 would mark the date that New England would acquire not only their very own hockey team, but the very first American hockey team to hit the ice in the NHL. Charles Francis Adams of Vermont, a young grocery store financier, fell in love with the game of hockey while watching the Stanley Cup playoffs. Rumored to have paid the National Hockey League $15,000, Adams was granted the privilege of owning a team in the finest hockey league in the world.
Every New England town and city had gained a beloved hometown hockey team.
Household names such as Orr, Esposito, Cheevers, Bourque and Neely led Boston to numerous division and conference crowns and five Stanley Cups
Art Ross (the first manager of the franchise), was a Hall of Fame innovator who led the team from its infancy through its first three Stanley Cups
Mr. Adams purchased the entire Western Canada Hockey League to supply talent for his club
That substantial purchase yielded Boston's first superstar, Eddie Shore, the first in a line of Black & Gold clad superstar defensemen.
The stories surrounding Shore are legendary. One of the tamest reads thusly: He once missed a team train from Boston to Montreal in 1929 and drove straight through from Boston in a blinding blizzard to arrive in Montreal at 6:30 on the night of the game. Despite suffering from frostbite, of course it was Shore who scored the game's only goal in a B's victory.
From 1924 to 1928, the Bruins played their home games in the venerable Boston Arena (now Matthews Arena at Northeastern University), but on November 20, 1928, the Bruin's played their first game in the illustrious Boston Garden.
The 1930's saw the Bruin's compile five first-place finishes, with many individual honors accrued.
Although the Bruins made it to the Cup finals in 1943, World War II dismantled a budding dynasty in the early '40's as Schmidt, Bauer and Dumart enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and goalie Brimsek (a Minnesota native) left leaving to join the American war effort.
The 1950's did see three Stanley Cup finals appearances, but Boston only finished as high as second during the decade, and that high just once.
As you are well aware, around here, we get our kicks from celebrating sports history and the players and teams that make it. But, we might, however, enjoy just a little bit more…watching history be made. Having said that, we are holding our breath in anticipation for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals between the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers tonight in Boston.
If the Flyers come out on top, they will become just the fourth professional sports team to come back from a 3-0 series deficit and win a 7-game series. Should this feat occur, they will join the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs, the 1975 New York Islanders and the 2004 Boston Red Sox .
So, the question is…will Mitchell & Ness bloggers be writing about ‘this date in history’ 10, 15 or 20 years from now? We sure hope so.
What do you think?
The Mitchell & Ness office is buzzing about the excitement brought by the NHL playoffs right now. Last night, the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Washington Capitals in game 7 to became the first No. 8 team to come back from a 3-1 series deficit to knock off a No. 1 team since the NHL adopted its new playoff format in 1994. Next up for the Habs are the defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
One M&N staffer even yelled, 'Go Habs', as he walked in this morning, not because he is a Canadiens fan, but because the outcome of last night's game determined the Flyers' opponent for the Conference Semifinals...the rival Boston Bruins. These two teams have not met in the postseason since 1978 when the Bruins defeated the Flyers in five games. Four years prior, the Flyers upset the Bruins in the 1974 Finals and went on to win the Stanley Cup. Obviously, we are hoping for a repeat of '74...
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