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1927–28 Boston Bruins · NHL
Prince of Wales Trophy Winners
American Division Champions
Division 1st American
1927–28 record 20-13-11
Goals for 77 (6th)
Goals against 70 (3rd)
General Manager Art Ross
Coach Art Ross
Captain Lionel Hitchman
Arena Boston Arena
Team Leaders
Goals Harry Oliver (13)
Assists Eddie Shore (6)
Points Harry Oliver (18)
Penalties in minutes Eddie Shore (165)
Wins Hal Winkler (20)
Goals against average Hal Winkler (1.51)
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1926–27 1928–29

The 1927–28 Boston Bruins season was the team's 4th in the NHL. The Bruins finished 1st in the American Division, marking its first division title in franchise history and first win of the Prince of Wales Trophy. Making its second playoff appearance, the team lost in the Semi-finals to the eventual Stanley Cup champion New York Rangers 5 goals to 2.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Hal Winkler's 15 shutouts in 1927-28 is still a Bruins team record.

The Ross goal, developed by Bruins General Manager Art Ross is adopted as the official net of the league.

For the second straight season, Harry Oliver led the Bruins in scoring. Although the team's attack was relatively anemic, the Bruins finished with 77 goals, leading only the last-place teams in both divisions, the Chicago Black Hawks and the New York Americans, they cut down sharply in goals allowed, leading the division behind the goaltending of Hal Winkler. Eddie Shore was the team's star, finishing just one point behind Oliver in scoring and leading the league in penalty minutes by a wide margin.

Winkler in his own turn had fifteen shutouts, tied with Alex Connell for the league lead and a new NHL record. Winkler's mark remains the Bruins' single-season record for shutouts, eighty years later. Although veteran Sprague Cleghorn was fading and missed a quarter of the season with injuries, Shore and defense partner Lionel Hitchman were ironmen, playing most of each game.[1]

Prominent newcomers included Dutch Gainor and Dit Clapper, both of whose rights were purchased from the minor leagues, and who would make a significant impact with the Bruins down the years.[2] Both would be part of the "Dynamite Line" that would play a big part in the Bruins Stanley Cup victory the next season. Clapper would become the first player in NHL history to play 20 seasons, all for the Bruins, coach the team and have his #5 jersey retired.

With Boston winning the American Division, the Bruins became the first team to win the Prince of Wales Trophy, awarded for the first time in this season.[3]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

American Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Boston Bruins 44 20 13 11 77 70 51
New York Rangers 44 19 16 9 94 79 47
Pittsburgh Pirates 44 19 17 8 67 76 46
Detroit Cougars 44 19 19 6 88 79 44
Chicago Black Hawks 44 7 34 3 68 134 17

Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against

Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.


Game Log[edit | edit source]

Regular Season Results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 T November 15, 1927 1–1 OT Chicago Black Hawks (1927–28) 0–0–1
2 W November 19, 1927 5–2 Detroit Cougars (1927–28) 1–0–1
3 W November 22, 1927 1–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1927–28) 2–0–1
4 L November 26, 1927 3–4 OT New York Americans (1927–28) 2–1–1
5 T November 27, 1927 1–1 OT @ New York Rangers (1927–28) 2–1–2
6 W November 29, 1927 4–0 Montreal Maroons (1927–28) 3–1–2
7 T December 1, 1927 0–0 OT @ Pittsburgh Pirates (1927–28) 3–1–3
8 L December 3, 1927 2–3 @ Ottawa Senators (1927–28) 3–2–3
9 T December 6, 1927 1–1 OT Montreal Canadiens (1927–28) 3–2–4
10 W December 10, 1927 2–0 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1927–28) 4–2–4
11 W December 11, 1927 2–1 OT @ Detroit Cougars (1927–28) 5–2–4
12 L December 13, 1927 2–3 New York Rangers (1927–28) 5–3–4
13 L December 17, 1927 1–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1927–28) 5–4–4
14 W December 20, 1927 1–0 Ottawa Senators (1927–28) 6–4–4
15 W December 27, 1927 2–0 New York Rangers (1927–28) 7–4–4
16 L December 29, 1927 1–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1927–28) 7–5–4
17 W January 1, 1928 3–2 @ New York Americans (1927–28) 8–5–4
18 T January 3, 1928 0–0 OT Pittsburgh Pirates (1927–28) 8–5–5
19 L January 7, 1928 1–4 @ Montreal Maroons (1927–28) 8–6–5
20 W January 10, 1928 3–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1927–28) 9–6–5
21 T January 12, 1928 2–2 OT @ New York Rangers (1927–28) 9–6–6
22 W January 14, 1928 4–2 @ Ottawa Senators (1927–28) 10–6–6
23 L January 17, 1928 1–3 Montreal Canadiens (1927–28) 10–7–6
24 T January 21, 1928 1–1 OT @ Chicago Black Hawks (1927–28) 10–7–7
25 L January 22, 1928 2–3 OT @ Detroit Cougars (1927–28) 10–8–7
26 T January 24, 1928 0–0 OT Pittsburgh Pirates (1927–28) 10–8–8
27 L January 28, 1928 0–1 @ Pittsburgh Pirates (1927–28) 10–9–8
28 W January 31, 1928 2–1 New York Americans (1927–28) 11–9–8
29 W February 7, 1928 4–2 Detroit Cougars (1927–28) 12–9–8
30 T February 11, 1928 1–1 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1927–28) 12–9–9
31 W February 14, 1928 1–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1927–28) 13–9–9
32 W February 19, 1928 2–0 @ New York Rangers (1927–28) 14–9–9
33 W February 21, 1928 2–0 Pittsburgh Pirates (1927–28) 15–9–9
34 L February 25, 1928 1–3 @ Montreal Maroons (1927–28) 15–10–9
35 W February 28, 1928 2–1 Montreal Maroons (1927–28) 16–10–9
36 T March 3, 1928 0–0 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1927–28) 16–10–10
37 W March 6, 1928 1–0 Ottawa Senators (1927–28) 17–10–10
38 T March 10, 1928 3–3 OT New York Rangers (1927–28) 17–10–11
39 W March 11, 1928 1–0 @ New York Americans (1927–28) 18–10–11
40 W March 13, 1928 3–0 Detroit Cougars (1927–28) 19–10–11
41 W March 15, 1928 3–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1927–28) 20–10–11
42 L March 17, 1928 1–3 @ Pittsburgh Pirates (1927–28) 20–11–11
43 L March 20, 1928 2–6 Toronto Maple Leafs (1927–28) 20–12–11
44 L March 24, 1928 2–7 @ Detroit Cougars (1927–28) 20–13–11

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Playoffs[edit | edit source]

New York Rangers 5 Goals, Boston Bruins 2 Goals[edit | edit source]

The Bruins gained a first-round bye by virtue of winning the division, and played the New York Rangers in the second round in a two-game, total goal series. Their scoring problems of the regular season continued, exacerbated by a flu bug going through the dressing room and various minor injuries; Shore, Clapper, Gainor and Connor were particularly affected.[5]

Boston tied the first game 1-1 in New York, the Rangers' final home game of the playoffs - this was the first of perennial disruptions to the Rangers' playoff schedule due to Madison Square Garden hosting the circus in the spring. The Bruins lost the second match in Boston 4-1, on three Ranger third-period goals as the weakened Brown-and-Gold folded at last, to drop the total-goal series five goals to two. Harry Oliver, who scored a goal in each game, was the sole offensive threat.[6]

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
# Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
9 Oliver, HarryHarry Oliver RW 43 13 5 18 20
2 Shore, EddieEddie Shore D 43 11 6 17 165
5 Fredrickson, FrankFrank Fredrickson C 41 10 4 14 83
8 Gainor, DutchDutch Gainor C 42 8 4 12 35
4 Herberts, JimmyJimmy Herberts C/RW 12 8 3 11 22
6 Galbraith, PercyPercy Galbraith LW/D 42 6 5 11 26
7 Connor, HarryHarry Connor LW 42 9 1 10 36
3 Hitchman, LionelLionel Hitchman D 44 5 3 8 87
12 Clapper, DitDit Clapper RW/D 40 4 1 5 20
10 Gordon, FredFred Gordon RW 43 3 2 5 40
1 Cleghorn, SpragueSprague Cleghorn D 37 2 2 4 14
14 Harrington, HagoHago Harrington LW 22 1 0 1 7
14 Lauder, MartinMartin Lauder D/C 3 0 0 0 2
15 Clark, NobbyNobby Clark D 5 0 0 0 0
11 Winkler, HalHal Winkler G 44 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Winkler, HalHal Winkler 2780 44 20 13 11 70 1.51 15
Team: 2780 44 20 13 11 70 1.51 15

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
# Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
9 Oliver, HarryHarry Oliver RW 2 2 0 2 4
5 Fredrickson, FrankFrank Fredrickson C 2 0 1 1 4
6 Galbraith, PercyPercy Galbraith LW/D 2 0 1 1 6
12 Clapper, DitDit Clapper RW/D 2 0 0 0 2
1 Cleghorn, SpragueSprague Cleghorn D 2 0 0 0 0
7 Connor, HarryHarry Connor LW 2 0 0 0 0
8 Gainor, DutchDutch Gainor C 2 0 0 0 6
10 Gordon, FredFred Gordon RW 2 0 0 0 0
14 Harrington, HagoHago Harrington LW 2 0 0 0 0
3 Hitchman, LionelLionel Hitchman D 2 0 0 0 2
2 Shore, EddieEddie Shore D 2 0 0 0 8
11 Winkler, HalHal Winkler G 2 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Winkler, HalHal Winkler 120 2 0 1 5 2.50 0
Team: 120 2 0 1 5 2.50 0

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals

MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts

Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Hal Winkler recorded 15 shutouts, still a Bruins record for most shutouts in a season.
  • Although Dit Clapper would later wear #5 for Bruins (and have it retired), he wore #12 for both the 1927-28 and 1928-29 seasons.
  • Bruins who recorded a Hat trick this season include:

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  • Coleman, Charles L. (1964), Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol I., Kendall-Hunt Publishing
  • Coleman, Charles L. (1969), Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol II., Sherbrooke: National Hockey League, OCLC 7485243
  • 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]

  1. Coleman 1969, p. 39
  2. Coleman 1969, p. 35
  3. Vautour 1997, p. 45
  4. 1927–28 Boston Bruins Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-11.
  5. Coleman 1964, p. 49
  6. Coleman 1964, p. 50
  7. Hockey Hall of Fame website. Dutch Gainor. Retrieved on 2008-09-23.
  8. Hockey Hall of Fame website. Dit Clapper. Retrieved on 2008-09-23.
  9. Vautour 1997, p. 45
  10. Boston Bruins website. Jimmy Herberts. Retrieved on 2008-09-23.
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