The Bruins were founded in 1924 and are one of the NHL’s Original Six teams. These franchises each have a unique history and a long list of standout players, and the Bruins are no exception.
The Original Six era lasted from 1942 to 1967. During this time, the Bruins won three Stanley Cups. Their Stanley Cup championship rosters included old time hockey greats like Bobby Bauer, Eddie Shore, and Dit Clapper.
Though many great players have played for the Bruins, the most famous of them all was Bobby Orr. Orr was a defenseman who practically rewrote the book on how the position could be played. His skating ability and natural talent allowed him to contribute offensively — often even more than the forwards. In his best season, Orr scored 46 goals and added 89 assists for a total of 135 points. He led the Bruins to two Stanley Cups and scored a Cup-clinching goal in overtime against the St. Louis Blues (which produced one of the more iconic hockey images of all time). Orr was forced to retire at age 30 after multiple knee surgeries. He finished his career with 953 points in just 657 games.
Orr’s retirement began what would become a long Stanley Cup drought for the Bruins. But the Bruins were often a good team despite their lack of championship success. In 1979, they drafted another generational defenseman: Ray Bourque. Much like Bobby Orr, Bourque put up impressive offensive numbers and often appeared to be the most talented player on the ice. Bourque led the Bruins to the playoffs in 17 consecutive years, from his rookie season to 1996.
With a combination of strong drafting, which brought in players like Patrice Bergeron, Tyler Seguin, Milan Lucic, and Brad Marchand, and smart trades and free agent signings that brought in Zdeno Chara and Mark Recchi, the Bruins finally ended their Stanley Cup drought in 2011. Led by captain Zdeno Chara and an MVP performance from goaltender Tim Thomas, the Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.