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1925–26 Boston Bruins · NHL
Division 4th NHL
1925–26 record 17-15-4
Goals for 92 (1st, tie)
Goals against 85 (4th)
General Manager Art Ross
Coach Art Ross
Captain none
Arena Boston Arena
Team Leaders
Goals Carson Cooper (28)
Assists Jimmy Herberts
Sprague Cleghorn (5)
Points Carson Cooper
Jimmy Herberts (31)
Penalties in minutes Jimmy Herberts (50)
Wins Doc Stewart (16)
Goals against average Doc Stewart (2.21)
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1924–25 1926–27

The 1925–26 Boston Bruins season was the team's second in the NHL. The Bruins finished fourth in the league standings, failing to make the playoffs by a single point.

Regular SeasonEdit

The Bruins replaced the jerseys worn in their expansion year with ones that featured brown, gold and white striping. The numbers were changed from white to brown and though the logo was the same as the previous year, the coloring was changed. This would be the only season the Bruins wore these jerseys.

Joe Matte

Joe Matte sporting the Bruins 1925-26 jersey.

Opening the season with a 2-1 loss to the expansion Pittsburgh Pirates, it looked initially as if the Bruins would turn in as poor a season as the year before, as they won only two of their first ten games. After wins on December 29 and January 5 (in which Carson Cooper scored the first Hat trick in Bruins history in a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates), the Bruins went 1-4-3 for the rest of January.

However, from a 5-0 shutout victory over the Montreal Maroons on January 30, the Bruins won 13 of their last 17 games. A 2-1 overtime loss to the Pirates on March 12 being the difference to lose out on a playoff berth to Pittsburgh by a single point. The winning percentage improvement of .328 from the previous season was a NHL record at the time, and remains the third best single season improvement ever.

A healthy Carson Cooper contributed to a near doubling of goals scored to lead the league, while the purchase of veteran star defenseman Sprague Cleghorn from the Montreal Maroons solidified the defense, despite a knee injury in the opener against Pittsburgh that sidelined Cleghorn for a month, and saw goals allowed decline by over a third. Cleghorn finished as the runner-up for the Hart Memorial Trophy. Cooper and Jimmy Herberts finished second and third respectively in the league scoring race, behind Nels Stewart of the Maroons.

Among other debuts was that of goaltender Moe Roberts, at age 19 the second youngest player in the league and its first Jewish player. Roberts would wind up with one of the longest professional careers on record, playing his final game for the Chicago Black Hawks in 1952, the oldest player ever to play in the NHL before Gordie Howe.

Final StandingsEdit

National Hockey League
Teams GP W L T GF GA PIM Pts
Ottawa Senators 36 24 8 4 77 42 341 52
Montreal Maroons 36 20 11 5 91 73 554 45
Pittsburgh Pirates 36 19 16 1 82 70 264 39
Boston Bruins 36 17 15 4 92 85 279 38
New York Americans 36 12 20 4 68 89 361 28
Toronto St. Patricks 36 12 21 3 92 114 325 27
Montreal Canadiens 36 11 24 1 79 108 458 23

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes
Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Game LogEdit

Regular Season Schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1LNovember 26, 19251–2 Pittsburgh Pirates (1925–26) 0–1–0
2WNovember 28, 19253–2 @ Toronto St. Patricks (1925–26) 1–1–0
3LDecember 1, 19252–3 Montreal Canadiens (1925–26) 1–2–0
4LDecember 3, 19250–2 @ Ottawa Senators (1925–26) 1–3–0
5LDecember 5, 19250–4 @ Montreal Maroons (1925–26) 1–4–0
6WDecember 8, 19253–2 Montreal Maroons (1925–26) 2–4–0
7LDecember 11, 19253–5 @ Pittsburgh Pirates (1925–26) 2–5–0
8LDecember 15, 19251–2 Ottawa Senators (1925–26) 2–6–0
9LDecember 19, 19255–6 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1925–26) 2–7–0
10LDecember 22, 19252–3 New York Americans (1925–26) 2–8–0
11WDecember 29, 19253–0 Toronto St. Patricks (1925–26) 3–8–0
12WJanuary 5, 19263–0 Pittsburgh Pirates (1925–26) 4–8–0
13TJanuary 7, 19262–2 OT @ New York Americans (1925–26) 4–8–1
14LJanuary 9, 19262–3 @ Toronto St. Patricks (1925–26) 4–9–1
15LJanuary 12, 19262–4 Montreal Canadiens (1925–26) 4–10–1
16LJanuary 15, 19261–5 @ Pittsburgh Pirates (1925–26) 4–11–1
17TJanuary 19, 19263–3 OT Montreal Maroons (1925–26) 4–11–2
18TJanuary 23, 19262–2 OT @ New York Americans (1925–26) 4–11–3
19LJanuary 26, 19262–8 Ottawa Senators (1925–26) 4–12–3
20WJanuary 30, 19265–0 @ Montreal Maroons (1925–26) 5–12–3
21WFebruary 2, 19263–2 Toronto St. Patricks (1925–26) 6–12–3
22WFebruary 4, 19263–2 @ Ottawa Senators (1925–26) 7–12–3
23TFebruary 6, 19263–3 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1925–26) 7–12–4
24WFebruary 9, 19264–0 New York Americans (1925–26) 8–12–4
25WFebruary 13, 19267–4 @ Toronto St. Patricks (1925–26) 9–12–4
26WFebruary 16, 19263–2 OT Pittsburgh Pirates (1925–26) 10–12–4
27WFebruary 18, 19267–3 @ New York Americans (1925–26) 11–12–4
28WFebruary 20, 19263–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1925–26) 12–12–4
29WFebruary 22, 19262–1 OT Toronto St. Patricks (1925–26) 13–12–4
30LFebruary 27, 19262–3 @ Ottawa Senators (1925–26) 13–13–4
31WMarch 2, 19264–1 Montreal Canadiens (1925–26) 14–13–4
32WMarch 4, 19263–2 @ Montreal Maroons (1925–26) 15–13–4
33WMarch 6, 19261–0 Ottawa Senators (1925–26) 16–13–4
34LMarch 9, 19260–1 New York Americans (1925–26) 16–14–4
35LMarch 12, 19261–2 OT @ Pittsburgh Pirates (1925–26) 16–15–4
36WMarch 16, 19261–0 Montreal Maroons (1925–26) 17–15–4

PlayoffsEdit

  • The Bruins did not qualify for the post season.

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
7 Carson Cooper 36 28 3 31 10 - - - - -
4 Jimmy Herberts 36 26 5 31 47 - - - - -
2 Lionel Hitchman 36 7 4 11 70 - - - - -
3, 13 Sprague Cleghorn 25 6 5 11 49 - - - - -
11, 14 Hago Harrington 26 7 2 9 6 - - - - -
8 Red Stuart 33 6 1 7 41 - - - - -
9 George Geran 33 5 1 6 6 - - - - -
12 Stan Jackson 28 3 3 6 30 - - - - -
6 Herb Mitchell 26 3 0 3 14 - - - - -
5 Normand Shay 18 1 1 2 14 - - - - -
3, 10, 14 Charles "Moose" Cahill 4 1 0 1 4 - - - - -
14 Werner Schnarr 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
3 Fred Bourdginon 2 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
8 Joe Matte 3 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
6 Charles Larose 6 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
11 John Brackenborough 7 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
10 George Redding 8 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
5 Phil Stevens 17 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 35 2173 16 14 4 80 6 2.21 - - - - - - -
Moe Roberts 2 85 1 1 0 5 0 3.53 - - - - - - -

Awards and RecordsEdit

  • The Bruins did not win any awards this season.

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.
  • Firsts in Bruins history accomplished during this season include:
    • First Hat trick by Jimmy Herberts during the 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on January 5, 1926. Herberts repeated the feat on February 13, 1926 in the 7-4 win over the Toronto St. Pats.
    • First 6 game winning streak from February 9-22, 1926 and first 10 game point streak from January 3-February 22, 1926.
  • Other Bruins who recorded a Hat trick this season include:
    • Carson Cooper during the 3-2 win over the Toronto St. Pats on February 2, 1926.
    • Hago Harrington during the 7-4 win over the Toronto St. Pats on February 13, 1926.

GalleryEdit

See AlsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Klein, Jeff Z. & Reif, Karl-Eric (1997), The Klein & Reif Hockey Compendium, Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, ISBN 978-0-7710-4529-5

NotesEdit

  1. Coleman 1964, p. 488.
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