Boston Bruins History
The Boston Bruins are the oldest professional hockey team in the United States, and the third
oldest in the NHL. They were formed in 1924 and joined the NHL during its inaugural season as one of the Original Six franchises.
It did not take long for the Bruins to establish their dominance in the league as they reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 1927
but lost to the Ottawa Senators. The Bruins would go on to win their first Stanley Cup Championship two years later, in 1929.
To date the franchise has won 24 division championships, 4 conference championships, one President's Trophy, and 6 Stanley
Cups, most recently in 2011. Prior to the 2011 championship the Bruins had not won a Stanley Cup Championship since the early
Seventies and fans in Boston were starved for another big win. Since winning it all a few years back, the Bruins have remained
one of the top contenders for the Stanley Cup, and a deep playoff run in 2014 that results in a championship is not unlikely.
About the Team
The Boston Bruins currently sit in first place in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference
and are locked in a heated battle with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the number one spot in the Eastern Conference. With a considerable
lead over the Toronto Maple Leafs, who are second in the Atlantic Division, the Bruins appear to have a division championship
locked up, but getting the top overall seed in the Eastern Conference would assure the team of home ice advantage all the
way up to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Bruins are statistically dominating the NHL and are 4th in the league in goals scored
per game, 2nd in goals allowed, and 3rd on power plays. The offense is led by assistant captain center David Krejci who leads
the team in points and assists, while left winger Brad Marchand leads the team in goals. Goalie Tuukka Rask and captain Zdeno
Chara anchor the Bruins defense which is one of the best in the NHL and could help the team make it all the way through the
Eastern Conference and potentially to a Stanley Cup title. Be there for the thrilling finish to the 2014 season as the Bruins
try to bring another Stanley Cup to Boston.
Hockey fans in general are some of the most
passionate sports fans around, but nothing quite matches the fanaticism surrounding the NHL playoffs and fans of the Montreal
Canadiens are some of the most dedicated and vociferous fans in the entire NHL. On game day at Bell Centre the fans file in
and take their seats and that is when the cheering and chanting begins. As the clock winds down closer and closer to the dropping
of the puck the crowd works itself into a frenzy. Finally both teams are ready for face off and the excitement really begins.
Thunderous, bone rattling hits, incredible displays of speed and agility, powerful slapshots, and tremendous saves set the
arena on fire for the following three periods of world class college hockey. By the time the final buzzer sounds your voice
is hoarse and your palms are stinging from clapping and giving high fives and you will already be planning a return trip.
Everything is ratcheted up a notch during the NHL playoffs and the further teams advance the more intense the competition
becomes. If you thought regular season NHL games were exciting, just wait until you experience an NHL playoff game live and
NHL Eastern Conference Atlantic Division
The Atlantic Division is comprised of eight teams:
the Boston Bruins, the Buffalo Sabres, the Detroit Red Wings, the Florida Panthers, the Montreal Canadiens, the Ottawa Senators,
the Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Many of the teams in the division are among the top franchises in the
history of the NHL including the Montreal Canadiens who have won 24 Stanley Cup Championships. The Boston Bruins are the most
recent current member of the division to have won a Stanley Cup, having done so in 2010. The Atlantic Division is in some
ways new to the NHL after the 2013 realignment when the former Atlantic Division was renamed the Northeast Division and the
current Atlantic Division was created out of teams the Northeast Division, the Southeast Division, and the Central Division.
From the 2013-2014 season on look for the newly reconstructed Atlantic Division to be one of the premiere divisions not only
in the Eastern Conference but in the entire NHL.
Legendary defenseman Ray Borque is the Bruins'
all-time leading points scorer with 1,506 during his stellar career. Ten former Bruins have had their numbers retired: Ray
Borque, Eddie Shore, Lionel Hitchman, Bobby Orr, Aubrey Clapper, Phil Esposito, Cam Neely, Johnny Bucyk, Mit Schmidt, and
Terry O'Reilly. The Bruins mascot is Blades the Bruin, an anthropomorphic bear who travels around Boston to raise money for
the Bruins Foundation in the offseason.