The First American Based Team In The NHL

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. 

Fast Facts:

  • 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.

Eddie Shore

  • 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.

Boston Bruins 1960 Pennant


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