|1924–25 Boston Bruins · NHL|
|Goals for||49 (5th)|
|Goals against||119 (6th)|
|General Manager||Art Ross|
|Goals||Jimmy Herberts (17)|
|Assists||Jimmy Herberts (5)|
|Points||Jimmy Herberts (22)|
|Penalties in minutes||Jimmy Herberts (50)|
|Wins||Doc Stewart (5)|
|Goals against average||Doc Stewart (3.08)|
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The 1924–25 Boston Bruins season was the team's first in the NHL. Along with the Montreal Maroons, the Bruins were the first expansion franchise in the NHL and the league’s first American-based club. The Bruins finished last in the league and did not qualify for the playoffs.
Pre-season[edit | edit source]
The NHL confirmed the entries of two expansion franchises, the Montreal Maroons and the Boston Bruins on October 12, 1924. The Bruins had their first practice on November 15, 1924, and played their first game on Thanksgiving, November 27, 1924. It was an exhibition game against the Saskatoon Sheiks of the Western Canada Hockey League in which Boston lost 2-1.
Regular Season[edit | edit source]
The Bruins first jersey was predominately brown with yellow stripes and white numbers on the back. A small bear with "Boston Bruins" wrapped around it formed the logo. The brown and yellow were taken from Bruins owner Charles Adam's grocery store chain, First National Stores. This would be the only season the Bruins wore these jerseys.
Despite problems with the ice plant that threatened the home opener  the Bruins started the season out auspiciously, defeating their fellow expansion Maroons squad in a nearly sold out Boston Arena 2-1. The first goal in franchise history was scored by Smokey Harris, while Carson Cooper, who assisted on Harris' goal, scored the game winner. 
However, Boston lost its next eleven games. After beating the Montreal Canadiens on January 10, 1925 with the first overtime goal in Bruins history scored by #5 Bernie Morris, they then went on another seven game losing streak, finishing the season in last place. The Bruins had signed veteran West Coast star goaltender Hec Fowler as their netminder, but behind a weak defense, Fowler and backup Howie Lockhart played very poorly and the Bruins were repeatedly shelled, allowing ten goals in a game twice, one of which saw Toronto player Babe Dye score five goals on December 22. 
The signing of senior league star netminder Doc Stewart (a practising dentist) and the purchase of Lionel Hitchman helped somewhat, but the team was riddled with injuries, and only Jimmy Herberts and Carson Cooper (who spent much of the season hurt) showed any offensive flair. The team's winning percentage of .200 was the second worst in league history to that date, and remains the tenth worst in NHL history. 
Final Standings[edit | edit source]
|Toronto St. Patricks||30||19||11||0||90||84||38|
Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.
Game Log[edit | edit source]
|1||W||December 1, 1924||2-1||Montreal Maroons||1–0–0|
|2||L||December 3, 1924||5-3||Toronto St. Pats (1924–25)||1–1–0|
|3||L||December 8, 1924||4-3||Montreal Canadiens (1924–25)||1–2–0|
|4||L||December 10, 1924||7-1||Hamilton Tigers (1924–25)||1–3–0|
|5||L||December 15, 1924||10-2||Ottawa Senators||1–4–0|
|6||L||December 17, 1924||6-2||Montreal Maroons||1–5–0|
|7||L||December 22, 1924||10-1||Toronto St. Pats (1924–25)||1–6–0|
|8||L||December 25, 1924||5-0||Montreal Canadiens (1924–25)||1–7–0|
|9||L||December 29, 1924||2-1||Hamilton Tigers (1924–25)||1–8–0|
|10||L||January 1, 1925||5-2||Ottawa Senators||1–9–0|
|11||L||January 3, 1925||4-3||Montreal Maroons||1–10–0|
|12||L||January 5, 1925||3-2||Toronto St. Pats (1924–25)||1–11–0|
|13||W||January 10, 1925||3-2 (OT)||Montreal Canadiens (1924–25)||2–11–0|
|14||L||January 12, 1925||4-2||Hamilton Tigers (1924–25)||2–12–0|
|15||L||January 17, 1925||3-2||Ottawa Senators||2–13–0|
|16||L||January 20, 1925||2-0||Montreal Maroons||2–14–0|
|17||L||January 24, 1925||4-3||Toronto St. Pats (1924–25)||2–15–0|
|18||L||January 27, 1925||4-0||Montreal Canadiens (1924–25)||2–16–0|
|19||L||January 31, 1925||8-3||Hamilton Tigers (1924–25)||2–17–0|
|20||L||February 3, 1925||3-1||Ottawa Senators||2–18–0|
|21||W||February 7, 1925||1-0||Montreal Maroons||3–18–0|
|22||L||February 10, 1925||5-1||Toronto St. Pats (1924–25)||3–19–0|
|23||L||February 14, 1925||5-1||Montreal Canadiens (1924–25)||3–20–0|
|24||L||February 17, 1925||2-1||Hamilton Tigers (1924–25)||3–21–0|
|25||L||February 21, 1925||3-0||Ottawa Senators||3–22–0|
|26||W||February 24, 1925||2-1 (OT)||Montreal Maroons||4–22–0|
|27||L||February 28, 1925||5-1||Toronto St. Pats (1924–25)||4–23–0|
|28||W||March 3, 1925||3-2||Montreal Canadiens (1924–25)||5–23–0|
|29||W||March 7, 1925||2-0||Hamilton Tigers (1924–25)||6–23–0|
|30||L||March 9, 1925||4-1||Ottawa Senators||6–24–0|
Playoffs[edit | edit source]
- The Bruins did not qualify for the post season.
Player Stats[edit | edit source]
Leading Scorers[edit | edit source]
Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes
|3, 18||Stan Jackson||24||5||0||5||36||-||-||-||-||-|
|11, 12||Fern Headley||16||1||0||1||4||-||-||-||-||-|
|12, 15||Emory Sparrow||6||0||0||0||4||-||-||-||-||-|
|2, 3||George Carroll||11||0||0||0||9||-||-||-||-||-|
Goaltenders[edit | edit source]
Note: GP = Games played; Min = Minutes; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average
Awards and Records[edit | edit source]
- The Bruins did not win any awards this season.
Transactions[edit | edit source]
- Purchase Ernie Parkes from the Toronto St. Pats on December 8, 1924.
- Purchase Red Stuart from the St. Pats on December 14, 1924.
- Trade Ernie Parkes to the Montreal Maroons for George Carroll on December 19, 1924.
- Trade Alf Skinner to the Maroons for Robert Benson and Bernie Morris on January 3, 1925.
- Purchase Lionel Hitchman from the Ottawa Senators on January 25, 1925.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Although Lionel Hitchman would later wear #3 for Bruins (and have it retired), he wore #2 for both the 1924-25 and 1925-26 seasons.
- Jimmy Herberts led the Bruins in goals, assists, points and penalty minutes in 1924-25. He's the only Bruin in team history to lead in all four categories in a season.
- Firsts in Bruins history accomplished during this season include:
- First goal was scored by Smokey Harris from Port Arthur, Ontario, assisted by Carson Cooper in the Bruins first game, a 2-1 win over the Montreal Maroons on December 1, 1924.
- First winning goal was in the same game by Carson Cooper.
- First game on Christmas Day. The Bruins lost 5-0 to the Montreal Canadiens.
- First overtime goal was by Bernie Morris in a 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on January 10, 1925.
- First shutout was by Charles Stewart in a 1-0 win over the Maroons on February 7, 1925.
- First winning streak (2 games) with a 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens and a 2-0 win over the Hamilton Tigers on March 5 and 7, 1925.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
See Also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Coleman, Charles L. (1964), Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol I., Sherbrooke: National Hockey League
- Klein, Jeff Z. & Reif, Karl-Eric (1997), The Klein & Reif Hockey Compendium, Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, ISBN 978-0-7710-4529-5
- Vautour, Kevin (1997), The Bruins Book, Toronto: ECW Press, ISBN 978-1-55022-334-7
Footnotes[edit | edit source]
|The Franchise||Franchise • Original Six • Team History • All-time Roster • Seasons • Players • Records • GMs • Head Coaches|
|Arenas||Boston Arena • Boston Garden • TD Garden|
|Head Coaches||Ross • Denneny • Patrick • Weiland • Clapper • Boucher • Patrick • Schmidt • Watson• Sinden • Johnson • Guidolin • Cherry • Creighton • Cheevers • Goring • O'Reilly • Milbury • Bowness • Sutter • Kasper • Burns • Keenan • Ftorek • O'Connell • Sullivan • Lewis • Julien • Cassidy|
|Retired Numbers||2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 7 • 8 • 9 • 15 • 16 • 24 • 77 • 99|
|Affiliates||Providence Bruins • Atlanta Gladiators|
|Rivals||Montreal Canadiens • Toronto Maple Leafs • Philadelphia Flyers • New York Rangers|
|Stanley Cups||1929, 1939, 1941, 1970, 1972, 2011|
|1924–25 NHL season by team|
|NHL||Boston • Hamilton • Montreal Canadiens • Montreal Maroons • Ottawa • Toronto|
|See also||Stanley Cup Finals|