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Why are the Hockey Hall Of Fame and the Boston Bruins unwilling to make this right? Lionel Hitchman was one of the games greatest all time defenders according to those quoted in this book. Read it for yourself and write the HHOF.

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    An All-Star in 1929-1930?

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    E.W. Ferguson, Montreal Herald 1932

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    Hitchmans role in these playoffs is chronicled later in the text.

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    An opinion of C. F. Adams from previous page

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    The above clipping and those on the last few pages come from the following sources:

    Hockey The Illustrated History By Dan Diamond and Charles Wilkins

    An official Publication of the National Hockey League

    Ice Hockey Encyclopedia Stan and Shirley Fischler

    The Bruins 1997-1998 KevinVautour

    The Bruins in Black and White 1924-1966 R. Johnson and B.Codagnone

    Total Hockey The Offical Encyclopedia of the National Hockey league

    Diamond-Duplacey-Dinger-Kuperman-Zweig

    Lord Stanleys Cup Andrew Podnieks

    Hockey hall Of Fame

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    Lionel Hitchman debuted with the 1922-1923 Ottawa Senators.

    Hitchman scored the only goal of the game in the N.H.L. playoffs final game.

    The Ottawa team went on to defeat Vancouver and Edmonton for the Stanley Cup.

    The following year Hitchman was a regular on defence partnered with the great

    George Boucher.

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    Hitchman played a valued role in the 1922-1923 NHL playoffs, scoring in the second game to help Ottawa to the N.H.L Championship.

    He also contributed to weakening the Montreal team by his provocation of Sprague Cleghorn resulting in Cleghorns suspension from the playoffs by Cecil Hart.

    Hitchman went onto score against Edmonton in the Stanley Cup finals to help Ottawa to their victory.

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    A special relationship with Sprague Cleghorn begins.

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    Kid Defense

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    Mr. Gormans comments at the end of the 1923-1924 season.

    The Ottawa Senators sell Lionel Hitchman for cash to the new Boston franchise at the start of next season. Two weeks later Mr. Gorman sells his interest in Ottawa Club to Mr. Ahearn.

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    Lionel Hitchman goes to Boston Jan.10,1925.

    Following the Stanley Cup win of 1923 Lionel Hitchman replaced the great Eddie Girard,

    as George Bouchers defense partner in his first full season with the Ottawa Senators.

    During the 1923-1924 season he won the praise of many hockey experts, including Cecil Hart

    and Art Ross, the coach of the Hamilton Tigers. Mr. Gorman the Ottawa manager and part

    owner afforded Hitchman similar praise as described on the previous page.

    Interestingly during the 1924-1925 pre-season and in early league play Hitchman saw virtually

    no ice time. Ed Gorman a veteran of the amateur ranks played in his place.

    Suddenly Hitchman is off to Montreal on Jan.9th, 1925 to meet with Art Ross and to discuss a

    future with the new Boston franchise.

    While Mr. Hitchman is seeing surprisingly little playing time in Ottawa, Mr. Gorman is quietly

    negotiating his way out of the Ottawa Hockey scene as witnessed by the correspondence between

    Gorman and Ahearn on the next page.

    Given Hitchmans instant success with the struggling Boston Bruins is it possible that the

    two events are connected. It would be interesting to know what C.F. Adams paid for Hitchman

    and if this bit of cash facilitated Mr. Gormans move on to his next venture.

    Mr. Gorman sells his interest Jan. 20th after a negotiation that began at the start of the season.

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    In 1927 Lionel Hitchman becomes first captain of the Boston Bruins.

    Leads Bruins to 5 American Division Championships and a

    Stanley Cup in 1928-29.

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    Lionel Hitchman - before Shore, Clapper, Schmidt or Orr..

    Lionel Hitchmans # 3 first Bruin sweater retired. Feb.22,1934.

    The first captain of the Boston Bruins.

    The first to captain a Stanley Cup winning Boston Bruins team.

    The greatest defensive defenceman of his era. 1922-1934

    The first professional athlete to have his sweater number officially retired by a team?

    This honour bestowed on Lionel Hitchman by the Boston Bruins set a benchmark for future generations of great hockey players. Below are comments from some of those who have met the standard of Lionel Hitchmans legacy.

    Johnny Bucyk enjoyed a career as notable for its excellence as it was for its longevity. "Having my Number 9 retired at the Boston Garden in 1980 was outstanding. Its very exciting to see your number hanging there along with all the other great players. Its the greatest honour a player can get."

    It was impossible to get a ticket for the Bruins' game January 9, 1979 against the Soviet Wings. It was a very special evening for Boston, as their hero, Bobby Orr, was having his number retired by the Bruins. Johnny Bucyk presented Orr with a home Number 4 jersey, which the crowd urged Bobby to wear one final time. "I've been thinking for a week to try to think of what to say," Bobby laughed. Then, as he pulled the sweater over his head, the fans erupted into an extraordinary ovation as a circular banner bearing the name Robert G. Orr and the Number 4 was raised above centre ice. "I love you so much," he said, choking back tears. "I spent ten years here and they were the ten best years of my life!" After shaking hands with Senator Ted Kennedy and each of the current Bruins, Orr saluted the crowd and walked off the ice to the deafening chant of, 'Baw-bee! Baw-bee! Baw-bee!' The Number 4, now raised to the rafters, would never again be worn by a member of the Boston Bruins.

    In honour of his great contributions to hockey, both the Boston Bruins and Colorado Avalanche retired Ray's #77 jersey. In 2004, Ray Bourque was selected to join hockey's elite in the Hockey Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. "I was hoping to get the call, but when it came, I was completely speechless," said Bourque after receiving notification of his election to the Hall. "When I started out playing in the NHL, my goal was simply to establish myself as a player and I never contemplated this type of honour."

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    A FANtastic perspective of Cam Neely By Bob Snow | Special to NHL.com Nov. 2, 2005

    On Jan. 12, 2004, the Boston Bruins lifted Cameron M. Neely's No. 8 to the TD Banknorth ceiling, a fitting gesture for the power forward who lifted the Bruins for a decade between 1986-96.

    What a thrill to gaze down from the press box as Neely slowly rolled hand-over-hand in methodical gesture that January eve; the same motion was also witnessed first-hand when Terry O'Reilly, Ray Bourque, Bobby Orr, Johnny Bucyk, and Phil Esposito before, all joining Lionel Hitchman, Eddie Shore, Dit Clapper, and Milt Schmidt as the 10 Bruins legends to have their numbers entered into Boston hockey history.

    On Nov. 7, 2005, Neely takes his final bow and emits his last cathartic outpouring of emotion for the game he truly loved to play when he accepts the quintessential honor bestowed upon the very best in the trade of professional hockey -- induction into the

    Hockey Hall of Fame.

    Cam Neely was one the the NHL's top power forwards for a decade in Boston.

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    Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee

    Attention Mr. Bill Hay

    Dear Sirs, this letter respectfully puts forth the name of Frederick Lionel Hitchman to be considered for

    Honoured Membership in the Hockey Hall of Fame. The length of time since Hitchman was

    a player will make the evaluation process a difficult one.To that end I have included a collection of later year

    print materials from reputable sources to support this submission. I have also included access directions

    and excerpts from the complete playing history of Fred Lionel Hitchman as preserved by the National

    Archives of Canada. MG30-C89 (Hitchman fonds)

    This includes numerous leather bound scrapbooks chronicling his play and the Boston Bruins Hockey Club from

    1924-1934 as well as scrapbooks of his amateur athletic endeavours and the 1922-1923 Ottawa Senators

    N.H.L. Championship and Stanley Cup victory in which he debuted.

    Hitchman arrived in the 6 year old NHL in 1923 having played amateur in Toronto and Ottawa. He played a

    vital role when called up to assist Ottawa in their successful bid to win the Stanley Cup that year. In 1924-25

    he was traded for cash to the expansion Boston Bruins franchise. The Bruins record is detailed herein from

    franchise to Stanley Cup in five seasons with Hitchman as their first team captain. Art Ross paid

    a singular tribute to Hitchman on the evening of their Stanley Cup victory celebration referring to Hitchman

    as a cornerstone of the franchise. from Brian Mcfarlane Original Six

    The Boston Bruins of 1926 to 1933 played the kind of hockey that would come to epitomize the term

    Bruins Hockey, a phrase common to hockey aficionados. Rugged, honest, winning hockey.

    As Bostons first captain Hitchman led the Bruins to 5 American Division championships and won the

    Stanley Cup in 1928/29. The 1929/30 Bruins with a .875 win average hold the National Hockey

    League record to this day.

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    During Hitchmans 10 seasons with the Bruins he was known as a stabilizing force on the ice.

    It is well documented that offensive players would elect to enter the defensive zone on Shores side of the

    ice rather than entering the territory that Hitchman protected so vigorously.

    Hence this quote by Aurel Joliat as reported by Henry J. Disken in 1928, When Les Canadiens play

    against the Boston Bruins I keep away from that fellow Hitchman, that long stick of his can break up

    any play and I dont go down his side if I can help it. The article Hitchman a Master by Disken

    is attached and identifies Hitchman as The hardest man to break through in the National Hockey

    league. and Defensively Hitchman is one of the great stars of hockey, rating second to none in the

    game. (article attached)**

    In 1928, the middle of his 13 year N.H.L. career Art Ross had this to say of him as reported by E. W.

    Ferguson prior to a game in Montreal in an article entitled Hitchman one of the Greatest.

    Yet to Manager Art Ross of the Bruins Hitchman is the best hockey player he has ever employed

    and one of the greatest he has ever seen in the last 25 years.

    Hitchman would continue to receive similar tributes throughout his career.

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    The Family Pet!

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    Hitchman would become heralded as the greatest defensive defenseman of all time at the time of his

    retirement.

    Hitchman Night at the Boston Garden was an event that demonstrated not only his popularity with the

    Boston fans and team personnel but also the regard other players in the league had for him. The articles

    below tell some of the story including the well kept secret that both the Bruins and the Ottawa Senators

    shared that evening. During the game the first time Hitchman got control of the puck the path to Ottawas

    net mysteriously seemed unobstructed, so much so that Hitchman the consummate defender was able to

    wind his way up ice and score on the Ottawa goalie. Unknown to Hitchman that was the leagues way of

    paying him a final tribute.

    After his playing days Hitchman went on to manage and coach the Boston Cubs and helped to mold some of

    the players that kept the Bruins atop the league for much of the 1930s leading up to another Stanley Cup in

    1938-1939 and again in 1940-1941 for the Bruins.

    Although not documented herein I was always amazed that old time sports writers like Ferguson, Westwick ,

    McCabe, Fisher and Dunnell were still writing about Hitchman in the 1960s decades after his playing days

    and yet he was not recognized by the Hockey Hall of Fame. I think Brian Mcfarlane addresses this in his

    book on The Bruins as captured below. If anyone has even a glimmer of doubt a few days at the National

    Archives of Canada will dispel them. The story there is captured through print and images rather than video

    yet clearly identifies Frederick Lionel Hitchman, Hitch, as the greatest defensive defenseman of his era.

    Maybe more than a great defenseman, a great hockey player whose playing ability, leadership qualities

    sense of fair play and selfless zeal for physical play came to define the term Bruin. So much so that

    Mr.Ross and Mr. Adams believed that Mr. Hitchmans contribution to the Boston Bruins and hockey should

    be immortalized for Boston fans and the world to see. They did this by officially retiring his number 3 and

    displaying it in the Boston Garden as a final tribute to this great hockey player and original Bruin.

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    1928/29: On November 20th the Bruins open the Boston Garden by losing to the Montreal Canadiens 1-0. However, it was just a minor setback as the Bruins won their division for the 2nd straight season with a 26-13-5 record. In the semifinals the Bruins would get revenge for opening night by sweeping the Canadiens in 3 straight, led by 2 shutouts from goalie tiny Thompson. In the first All-American Stanley Cup Finals the Bruins claim their first championship by beating the New York Rangers in 2 straight.

    1929/30: Coming off their first Stanley Cup Championship the Bruins dominate the NHL finishing with a league-best 38-5-1 record. Along the way enjoying a 14-game winning streak as Cooney Weiland leads the league in scoring. In the playoffs the Bruins continued to roll as they knocked off the Montreal Maroons 3 games to 1. However, in the finals they would lose 2 straight for the first time all season falling to the Montreal Canadiens.

    1930/31: The Bruins continue their dominance of the American Division finishing in 1st place for the 4th straight year with a 28-10-6 record. However in the playoffs the Bruins would lose in heartbreaking fashion losing to the Montreal Canadiens in overtime of Game 5.

    Retired Numbers: (11)

    2 Eddie Shore D 192627-1939/40 3 Lionel Hitchman D 1925/26-1933/34 4 Bobby Orr D 1966/67-1975/76 5 Dit Clapper D 1927/28-1946/47 7 Phil Esposito C 1967/68-1975/76 8 Cam Neely RW 1986/87-1995/96 9 John Bucyk LW 1955/56-1977/78 15 Milt Schmidt C 1936/37-1941/42; 1946/47-1954/55 24 Terry O'Reilly RW 1971/72-1984/85 77 Ray Bourque D 1979/80-1999/00 99 Wayne Gretzky (Retired by NHL)

    Boston Bruins Past Managers, Coaches and Captains

    Year Coach Captain General Manager

    1924 Arthur Ross No captain Arthur Ross

    1925 Arthur Ross No captain Arthur Ross

    1926 Arthur Ross No captain Arthur Ross

    1927 Arthur Ross No captain Arthur Ross

    1928 Arthur Ross Lionel Hitchman Arthur Ross

    1929 Cy Denneny Lionel Hitchman Arthur Ross

    1930 Arthur Ross Lionel Hitchman Arthur Ross

    1931 Arthur Ross Lionel Hitchman Arthur Ross

    1932 Arthur Ross George Owen Arthur Ross

    1933 Arthur Ross "Dit" Clapper Arthur Ross

    1934 Arthur Ross "Dit" Clapper Arthur Ross

    1935 Frank Patrick "Dit" Clapper Arthur Ross

    1936 Frank Patrick

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    Hart Memorial Trophy Awarded annually to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team. The original trophy was donated by Dr. David A. Hart, father of Cecil Hart, former manager-coach of the Montreal Canadiens. Wayne Gretzky won the award nine times in the 1980s. Year Winner Runner-Up 2001 Joe Sakic, Colorado Jagr, Pit./Lemieux, Pit. 2000 Chris Pronger, St. Louis Jaromir Jagr, Pittsburgh 1999 Jaromir Jagr, Pittsburgh Alexei Yashin, Ottawa 1998 Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Jagr, Pitt./Selanne, Ana. 1997 Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Paul Kariya, Anaheim

    1996 Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Mark Messier, NY Rangers 1995 Eric Lindros, Philadelphia Jaromir Jagr, Pittsburgh 1994 Sergei Fedorov, Detroit Dominik Hasek, Buffalo 1993 Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Doug Gilmour, Toronto 1992 Mark Messier, NY Rangers Patrick Roy, Montreal 1991 Brett Hull, St. Louis Wayne Gretzky, Los Angeles 1990 Mark Messier, Edmonton Ray Bourque, Boston 1989 Wayne Gretzky, Los Angeles Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh 1988 Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Grant Fuhr, Edmonton 1987 Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Ray Bourque, Boston 1986 Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh 1985 Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Dale Hawerchuk, Winnipeg 1984 Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Rod Langway, Washington 1983 Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Pete Peeters, Boston 1982 Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Bryan Trottier, NY Islanders 1981 Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Mike Liut, St. Louis 1980 Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Marcel Dionne, Los Angeles 1979 Bryan Trottier, NY Islanders Guy Lafleur, Montreal 1978 Guy Lafleur, Montreal Bryan Trottier, NY Islanders 1977 Guy Lafleur, Montreal Bobby Clarke, Philadelphia 1976 Bobby Clarke, Philadelphia Denis Potvin, NY Islanders 1975 Bobby Clarke, Philadelphia Rogatien Vachon, Los Angeles 1974 Phil Esposito, Boston Bernie Parent, Philadelphia 1973 Bobby Clarke, Philadelphia Phil Esposito, Boston 1972 Bobby Orr, Boston Ken Dryden, Montreal 1971 Bobby Orr, Boston Phil Esposito, Boston 1970 Bobby Orr, Boston Tony Esposito, Chicago 1969 Phil Esposito, Boston Jean Beliveau, Montreal 1968 Stan Mikita, Chicago Jean Beliveau, Montreal 1967 Stan Mikita, Chicago Ed Giacomin, New York 1966 Bobby Hull, Chicago Jean Beliveau, Montreal 1965 Bobby Hull, Chicago Norm Ullman, Detroit 1964 Jean Beliveau, Montreal Bobby Hull, Chicago

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    1963 Gordie Howe, Detroit Stan Mikita, Chicago 1962 Jacques Plante, Montreal Doug Harvey, New York 1961 Bernie Geoffrion, Montreal Johnny Bower, Toronto 1960 Gordie Howe, Detroit Bobby Hull, Chicago 1959 Andy Bathgate, New York Gordie Howe, Detroit 1958 Gordie Howe, Detroit Andy Bathgate, New York 1957 Gordie Howe, Detroit Jean Beliveau, Montreal 1956 Jean Beliveau, Montreal Tod Sloan, Toronto 1955 Ted Kennedy, Toronto Harry Lumley, Toronto 1954 Al Rollins, Chicago Red Kelly, Detroit 1953 Gordie Howe, Detroit Al Rollins, Chicago 1952 Gordie Howe, Detroit Elmer Lach, Montreal 1951 Milt Schmidt, Boston Maurice Richard, Montreal 1950 Charlie Rayner, New York Ted Kennedy, Toronto 1949 Sid Abel, Detroit Bill Durnan, Montreal 1948 Buddy O'Connor, New York Frank Brimsek, Boston 1947 Maurice Richard, Montreal Milt Schmidt, Boston 1946 Max Bentley, Chicago Gaye Stewart, Toronto 1945 Elmer Lach, Montreal Maurice Richard, Montreal 1944 Babe Pratt, Toronto Bill Cowley, Boston 1943 Bill Cowley, Boston Doug Bentley, Chicago 1942 Tom Anderson, Brooklyn Syl Apps, Toronto 1941 Bill Cowley, Boston Dit Clapper, Boston 1940 Eddie Goodfellow, Detroit Syl Apps, Toronto 1939 Toe Blake, Montreal Syl Apps, Toronto 1938 Eddie Shore, Boston Paul Thompson, Chicago 1937 Babe Siebert, Mtl Canadiens Lionel Conacher, Mtl Maroons 1936 Eddie Shore, Boston Hooley Smith, Mtl Maroons 1935 Eddie Shore, Boston Charlie Conacher, Toronto 1934 Aurel Joliat, Mtl Canadiens Lionel Conacher, Chicago 1933 Eddie Shore, Boston Bill Cook, NY Rangers 1932 Howie Morenz, Mtl Canadiens Joe Primeau, Toronto 1931 Howie Morenz, Mtl Canadiens Eddie Shore, Boston 1930 Nels Stewart, Mtl Maroons Lionel Hitchman, Boston 1929 Roy Worters, NY Americans Ace Bailey, Toronto 1928 Howie Morenz, Mtl Canadiens Roy Worters, Pittsburgh 1927 Herb Gardiner, Mtl Canadiens Bill Cook, NY Rangers 1926 Nels Stewart, Mtl Maroons Sprague Cleghorn, Boston 1925 Billy Burch, Hamilton Howie Morenz, Mtl Canadiens 1924 Frank Nighbor, Ottawa Sprague Cleghorn, Montreal

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    Montreal Canadiens

    Retired Numbers: (8) 1 Jaques Plante G 1950/51-1962/63 2 Doug Harvey D 1947/48-1960/61 4 Jean Beliveau C 1950/51, 1952/53-1970/71 7 Howie Morenz C 1926/27-1936/37 9 Maurice Richard RW 1942/43-1959/60 10 Guy Lafleur RW 1971/72-1984/85 16 Henri Richard C 1955/56-1974/75 99 Wayne Gretzky (Retired by NHL) Wanderers and Maroons (0) Chicago Black Hawks

    Retired Numbers: (6) 1 Glenn Hall G 1957/58-1966/67 9 Bobby Hull LW 1957/58-1971/72 18 Dennis Savard C 1980/81-1989/90, 1995/96-1996/97 21 Stan Mikita 1958/59-1979/80 35 Tony Esposito G 1969/70-1983/84 99 Wayne Gretzky (Retired by NHL)

    New York Rangers

    Retired Numbers: (4) 1 Eddie Giacomin G 1965/66-1975/76 7 Rod Gilbert D 1960/61-1977/78 35 Mike Richter G 1988/89-2002/03 99 Wayne Gretzky C 1996/97-1998/99 (Retired by NHL) New York Americans- no retired sweater

    Pittsburg Tigers (0)

    Toronto Maple Leafs

    Retired Numbers: (3) 5 Bill Barilko D 1946/47-1950/51 6 Ace Bailey RW 1926/27-1933/34 99 Wayne Gretzky C (Retired by NHL)

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    Lionel Hitchman spent 13 seasons in the NHL, always totaling up far more penalty minutes than points. He started his career with the Ottawa Senators, and played with them from 1922-23 until midway through1924-25, when he was traded to Boston.

    Hitchman played the rest of his career with the Bruins, consistently playing between three and four-dozen game and scoring the occasional goal or assist. Hitchman played 414 NHL games and scored 27 goals and 33 assists, and spent 523 minutes in the penalty box.

    REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM 1919-20 Toronto Aura Lee OHA-Jr. 4 0 0 0 0 1920-21 Toronto Aura Lee OHA-Jr. 3 1 0 1 4 1921-22 Ottawa New Edinburghs OCHL 8 2 1 3 14 1922-23 Ottawa New Edinburghs OCHL 16 5 1 6 30 3 0 0 0 18 1922-23 Ottawa Senators NHL 3 0 1 1 12 2 0 0 0 0 1922-23 Ottawa Senators St-Cup 5 1 0 1 4 1923-24 Ottawa Senators NHL 24 2 6 8 24 2 0 0 0 4 1924-25 Ottawa Senators NHL 12 0 0 0 2 1924-25 Boston Bruins NHL 19 3 1 4 22 1925-26 Boston Bruins NHL 36 7 4 11 70 1926-27 Boston Bruins NHL 41 3 6 9 70 8 1 0 1 31 1927-28 Boston Bruins NHL 44 5 3 8 87 2 0 0 0 2 1928-29 Boston Bruins NHL 38 1 0 1 64 5 0 1 1 22 1929-30 Boston Bruins NHL 39 2 7 9 58 6 1 0 1 14 1930-31 Boston Bruins NHL 41 0 2 2 40 5 0 0 0 0 1931-32 Boston Bruins NHL 48 4 3 7 36 1932-33 Boston Bruins NHL 45 0 1 1 34 5 1 0 1 0 1933-34 Boston Bruins NHL 27 1 0 1 4 1933-34 Boston Cubs Can-Am 4 0 0 0 2

    NHL Totals 417 28 34 62 523 35 3 1 4 73

    OCHL Second All-Star Team (1922, 1923) Signed as a free agent by Ottawa, February 28, 1923. 1922-23 Stanley Cup totals includes series with Regina (WCHL) and Edmonton (PCHA). Traded to Boston by Ottawa for cash, January 10, 1925.

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    Yearly Records: Reg. Season Playoffs Year Location W L T OL PTS Pos Div W L PCT. --------------------------------------------------------------------------

    1924-25 Boston 6 24 0 12 (6) 1925-26 Boston 17 15 4 38 (4) 1926-27 Boston 21 20 3 45 (2) Amer. 2 2 .500 1927-28 Boston 20 13 11 51 (1) Amer. 0 1 .000 1928-29 Boston 26 13 5 57 (1) Amer. 5 0 .000 Champions 1929-30 Boston 38 5 1 77 (1) Amer. 3 3 .500 1930-31 Boston 28 10 6 62 (1) Amer. 2 3 .400 1931-32 Boston 15 21 12 42 (4) Amer. 1932-33 Boston 25 15 8 58 (1) Amer. 2 3 .400 1933-34 Boston 18 25 5 41 (4) Amer. 1934-35 Boston 26 16 6 58 (1) Amer. 1 3 .250 1935-36 Boston 22 20 6 50 (2) Amer. 1 1 .500 1936-37 Boston 23 18 7 53 (2) Amer. 1 2 .333 1937-38 Boston 30 11 7 67 (1) Amer. 0 3 .000 1938-39 Boston 36 10 2 74 (1) 8 4 .667 Champions 1939-40 Boston 31 12 5 67 (1) 2 4 .333 1940-41 Boston 27 8 13 67 (1) 8 3 .727 Champions 1941-42 Boston 25 17 6 56 (3) 2 3 .400 1942-43 Boston 24 17 9 57 (2) 4 5 .444 1943-44 Boston 19 26 5 43 (5) 1944-45 Boston 16 30 4 36 (4) 3 4 .429 1945-46 Boston 24 18 8 56 (2) 5 5 .500 1946-47 Boston 26 23 11 63 (3) 1 4 .200 1947-48 Boston 23 24 13 59 (3) 1 4 .200 1948-49 Boston 29 23 8 66 (2) 1 4 .200 1949-50 Boston 22 32 16 60 (5) 1950-51 Boston 22 30 18 62 (4) 1 4 .200 1951-52 Boston 25 29 16 66 (4) 3 4 .429 1952-53 Boston 28 29 13 69 (3) 5 6 .455 1953-54 Boston 32 28 10 74 (4) 0 4 .000 1954-55 Boston 23 26 21 67 (4) 1 4 .200 1955-56 Boston 23 34 13 59 (5) 1956-57 Boston 34 24 12 80 (3) 5 5 .500 1957-58 Boston 27 28 15 69 (4) 6 6 .500 1958-59 Boston 32 29 9 73 (2) 3 4 .429 1959-60 Boston 28 34 8 64 (5) 1960-61 Boston 15 42 13 43 (6) 1961-62 Boston 15 47 8 38 (6) 1962-63 Boston 14 39 17 45 (6) 1963-64 Boston 18 40 12 48 (6) 1964-65 Boston 21 43 6 48 (6) 1965-66 Boston 21 43 6 48 (5) 1966-67 Boston 17 43 10 44 (6) 1967-68 Boston 37 27 10 84 (3) East 0 4 .000 1968-69 Boston 42 18 16 100 (2) East 6 4 .600 1969-70 Boston 40 17 19 99 (2) East 12 2 .857 Champions 1970-71 Boston 57 14 7 121 (1) East 3 4 .429 1971-72 Boston 54 13 11 119 (1) East 12 3 .800 Champions 1972-73 Boston 51 22 5 107 (2) East 1 4 .200 1973-74 Boston 52 17 9 113 (1) East 10 6 .625 1974-75 Boston 40 26 14 94 (2) Adams 1 2 .333 1975-76 Boston 48 15 17 113 (1) Adams 5 7 .417 1976-77 Boston 49 23 8 94 (2) Adams 8 6 .571 1977-78 Boston 51 18 11 113 (1) Adams 10 5 .667

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    1978-79 Boston 43 23 14 100 (1) Adams 7 4 .636 1979-80 Boston 46 21 13 105 (2) Adams 4 6 .400 1980-81 Boston 37 30 13 87 (2) Adams 0 3 .000 1981-82 Boston 43 27 10 96 (2) Adams 6 5 .545 1982-83 Boston 50 20 10 110 (1) Adams 9 8 .529

    1983-84 Boston 49 25 6 104 (1) Adams 0 3 .000 1984-85 Boston 36 34 10 82 (4) Adams 2 3 .400 1985-86 Boston 37 31 12 86 (3) Adams 0 3 .000 1986-87 Boston 39 34 7 85 (3) Adams 0 4 .000 1987-88 Boston 44 30 6 94 (2) Adams 12 6 .667 1988-89 Boston 37 29 14 88 (2) Adams 5 5 .500 1989-90 Boston 46 25 9 101 (1) Adams 13 8 .619 1990-91 Boston 44 24 12 100 (1) Adams 10 9 .526 1991-92 Boston 36 32 12 84 (2) Adams 8 7 .533 1992-93 Boston 51 26 7 109 (1) Adams 0 4 .000 1993-94 Boston 42 29 13 97 (2) N/East 6 7 .462 1994-95 Boston* 27 18 3 57 (3) N/East 1 4 .200 1995-96 Boston 40 31 11 91 (2) N/East 1 4 .200 1996-97 Boston 26 47 9 61 (6) N/East 1997-98 Boston 39 30 13 91 (2) N/East 2 4 .333 1998-99 Boston 39 30 13 91 (3) N/East 6 6 .500 1999-00 Boston 24 33 19 6 73 (4) N/East 2000-01 Boston 36 30 8 8 88 (5) N/East 2001-02 Boston 43 24 6 9 101 (1) N/East 2 4 .333 2002-03 Boston 36 31 11 4 87 (4) N/East 1 4 .200 2003-04 Boston 41 19 15 7 104 (1) N/East 3 4 .429 2004-05 Boston Season Cancelled

    * Lockout-Shortened Season

    Overall Regular Season Record: 2564 - 2039 - 781 Overall Post Season Record: 242 - 264 (.478) 11/07 12:59:06 ET

    1928/29: The National Hockey League had changes it's Playoff format from the exciting and crowd-building Canada-United States showdown to one which made almost no sense at all. The new arrangement saw the first place team in each division play off in the first round, thus eliminating one of the top teams in the league before the semi-finals had even begun. The Beantowners captured the Yankee Division, while the Montreal Canadiens took the Canuck section. Only one of the champions would go on to play for the Cup. In three straight one-goal decisions, the Bruins capsized the Canadiens, and took a one-way ticket to the final series. Meanwhile among the lesser lights, the defending Cup champion Rangers mowed through first the New York Americans, then the Toronto Maple Leafs to set up the first all-American Stanley Cup final set. The Bruins were not only the better team, but they were also a well-rested team. The Bruin defense, led by the incorrigible Eddie Shore and the stalwart Lionel Hitchman, allowed only one Ranger to penetrate the inner sanctum of Tiny Thompson's web. The Rangers played two close games, but were shut out of the winner's circle as Boston swept the series two game straight.

    Credits: The Stanley Cup - Joseph Romain and James Duplacey

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    Honoured Players

    Boston Bruins

    Martin A. (Marty) Barry Robert Theodore (Bobby) Bauer

    Leo Joseph Boivin Raymond Jean Bourque

    Francis Charles (Frank) Brimsek John Paul (Johnny) Bucyk

    William (Billy) Burch Gerald Michael (Gerry) Cheevers

    Aubrey V. (Dit) Clapper Sprague Cleghorn

    Paul Douglas Coffey Roy Gordon Conacher

    Frederick Joseph (Bun) Cook William Mailes (Bill) Cowley Cyril Joseph (Cy) Denneny

    Woodrow Clarence (Woody) Dumart Philip Anthony (Phil) Esposito

    Ferdinand Charles (Fernie) Flaman Frank Fredrickson

    Harvey (Busher) Jackson Thomas Christian (Tom) Johnson Gordon Blanchard (Duke) Keats

    Joseph Jacques Hughes Laperriere Guy Gerard Lapointe

    Harry (Apple Cheeks) Lumley Duncan McMillan (Mickey) MacKay

    Sylvio Mantha Joseph Mullen

    Cam Neely Harold (Harry) Oliver

    Robert Gordon (Bobby) Orr Bernard Marcel (Bernie) Parent Douglas Bradford (Brad) Park

    Joseph Jacques (Jake the Snake) Plante Walter (Babe) Pratt

    Hubert George (Bill) Quackenbush Joseph Gilbert Yvon (Jean) Ratelle Terrance Gordon (Terry) Sawchuk

    Milton Conrad (Milt) Schmidt Edward William (Eddie) Shore Albert Charles (Babe) Siebert

    Reginald (Hooley) Smith Allan Herbert Stanley

    Nelson (Old Poison) Stewart Cecil R. (Tiny) Thompson Ralph (Cooney) Weiland

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    Lionel Fred Hitchman

    The Original Bruin