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1924–25 Boston Bruins · NHL
1924–25 record 6-24-0
Goals for 49 (5th)
Goals against 119 (6th)
General Manager Art Ross
Coach Art Ross
Captain none
Arena Boston Arena
Team Leaders
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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- 1925–26

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 sixth and last in the league standings.

Regular SeasonEdit

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George Redding's jersey from the Bruins first year.

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 [1] 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. [2]

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Jimmy Herberts led the 1924-25 Bruins in goals, assists, points and penalty minutes.

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. [3]

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. [4]

Final StandingsEdit

National Hockey League
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Hamilton Tigers 30 19 10 1 90 60 39
Toronto St. Patricks 30 19 11 0 90 84 38
Montreal Canadiens 30 17 11 2 93 56 36
Ottawa Senators 30 17 12 1 83 66 35
Montreal Maroons 30 9 19 2 45 65 20
Boston Bruins 30 6 24 0 49 119 12


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 LogEdit

Regular Season Schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1WDecember 1, 19242-1 Montreal Maroons 1–0–0
2LDecember 3, 19245-3 Toronto St. Pats (1924–25) 1–1–0
3LDecember 8, 19244-3 Montreal Canadiens (1924–25) 1–2–0
4LDecember 10, 19247-1 Hamilton Tigers (1924–25) 1–3–0
5LDecember 15, 192410-2 Ottawa Senators 1–4–0
6LDecember 17, 19246-2 Montreal Maroons 1–5–0
7LDecember 22, 192410-1 Toronto St. Pats (1924–25) 1–6–0
8LDecember 25, 19245-0 Montreal Canadiens (1924–25) 1–7–0
9LDecember 29, 19242-1 Hamilton Tigers (1924–25) 1–8–0
10LJanuary 1, 19255-2 Ottawa Senators 1–9–0
11LJanuary 3, 19254-3 Montreal Maroons 1–10–0
12LJanuary 5, 19253-2 Toronto St. Pats (1924–25) 1–11–0
13WJanuary 10, 19253-2 (OT) Montreal Canadiens (1924–25) 2–11–0
14LJanuary 12, 19254-2 Hamilton Tigers (1924–25) 2–12–0
15LJanuary 17, 19253-2 Ottawa Senators 2–13–0
16LJanuary 20, 19252-0 Montreal Maroons 2–14–0
17LJanuary 24, 19254-3 Toronto St. Pats (1924–25) 2–15–0
18LJanuary 27, 19254-0 Montreal Canadiens (1924–25) 2–16–0
19LJanuary 31, 19258-3 Hamilton Tigers (1924–25) 2–17–0
20LFebruary 3, 19253-1 Ottawa Senators 2–18–0
21WFebruary 7, 19251-0 Montreal Maroons 3–18–0
22LFebruary 10, 19255-1 Toronto St. Pats (1924–25) 3–19–0
23LFebruary 14, 19255-1 Montreal Canadiens (1924–25) 3–20–0
24LFebruary 17, 19252-1 Hamilton Tigers (1924–25) 3–21–0
25LFebruary 21, 19253-0 Ottawa Senators 3–22–0
26WFebruary 24, 19252-1 (OT) Montreal Maroons 4–22–0
27LFebruary 28, 19255-1 Toronto St. Pats (1924–25) 4–23–0
28WMarch 3, 19253-2 Montreal Canadiens (1924–25) 5–23–0
29WMarch 7, 19252-0 Hamilton Tigers (1924–25) 6–23–0
30LMarch 9, 19254-1 Ottawa Senators 6–24–0

PlayoffsEdit

The Bruins did not qualify for the playoffs.

Player StatsEdit

Leading ScorersEdit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

    Regular season   Playoffs
# Player GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
4 Jimmy Herberts 30 17 5 22 50 - - - - -
7 Carson Cooper 12 5 3 8 4 - - - - -
14 Red Stuart 24 5 2 7 32 - - - - -
3, 18 Stan Jackson 24 5 0 5 36 - - - - -
10 George Redding 27 3 2 5 10 - - - - -
8 Smokey Harris 6 3 1 4 8 - - - - -
6 Herb Mitchell 27 3 0 3 42 - - - - -
5 Bernie Morris 6 2 0 2 0 - - - - -
2 Lionel Hitchman 18 2 0 2 22 - - - - -
7 Normand Shay 18 1 1 2 14 - - - - -
4 Bobby Rowe 4 1 0 1 0 - - - - -
2 Lloyd Cook 4 1 0 1 0 - - - - -
11, 12 Fern Headley 16 1 0 1 4 - - - - -
11 Robert Benson 8 0 1 1 4 - - - - -
15 Frank Ingram 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
12, 15 Emory Sparrow 6 0 0 0 4 - - - - -
2, 3 George Carroll 11 0 0 0 9 - - - - -
5 Alf Skinner 18 0 0 0 25 - - - - -
9 Werner Schnarr 24 0 0 0 0 - - - - -

GoaltendersEdit

Note: GP = Games played; Min = Minutes; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player GP Min W L T GA SO GAA GP Min W L GA SO GAA
Doc Stewart 21 1266 5 16 0 65 2 3.08 - - - - - - -
Howie Lockhart 2 120 0 2 0 11 0 5.50 - - - - - - -
Hec Fowler 7 400 1 6 0 43 0 6.16 - - - - - - -

TransactionsEdit

TriviaEdit

  • 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.

GalleryEdit

See AlsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • 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

FootnotesEdit

  1. "Hockey Practice at Arena Held Up", Boston Globe, November 28, 1925. Retrieved on 2008-09-18. 
  2. Coleman 1964, p. 468
  3. Vautour 1997, p. 38
  4. Klein & Reif 1997, p. 56
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