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Boston Bruins - 1929 Stanley Cup Champions.

The 1929 Stanley Cup Final NHL championship series was contested by the defending champion New York Rangers and the Boston Bruins. This was the first time in Stanley Cup history that two USA-based teams met in the Final. Boston won the series to win its first championship.

Paths to the Final

The playoff format was revised to match the divisional first-place teams in a best-of-five semifinal. The divisional second-place teams and third-place teams played off in a two-game total-goals series to determine the participants for the other best-of-three semifinal. The semifinal winners then played off in a best-of-three series for the Cup.

The Boston Bruins knocked off the Montreal Canadiens, the New York Rangers beat the New York Americans, and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Detroit Cougars. The Rangers beat Toronto and then the Bruins won their first Stanley Cup defeating the Rangers. In the process, Boston became one of the few Cup winners in history to not lose a single game in the playoffs, and the last team until 1952 to win every playoff game they had.

The Series

Boston Bruins 2, New York Rangers 0

Third line center Bill Carson scored the Bruins first Cup winning goal.

In the Stanley Cup finals, Boston faced their divisional rival, the New York Rangers, who had eliminated them from the playoffs the previous season in a best-of-three series. New York had defeated the Detroit Cougars and the Toronto Maple Leafs to earn a spot in the Finals.

Game 1 was played at the Boston Garden where second period goals by Dit Clapper and Dutch Gainor led the Bruins to a 2-0 win. Tiny Thompson posted his third shutout in four playoff games.

Game 2 moved to Madison Square Garden in New York City where the teams played to a scoreless first period. Boston jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a goal by Harry Oliver in the second. Desperate, the Rangers played furiously in the third and Butch Keeling scored his third of the playoffs to tie it up. With less than two minutes to go, Bill Carson was the hero, defeating the Rangers 2–1, to clinch the first Stanley Cup in Bruins history and making them the third American team to win the Cup.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 March 28 New York Rangers 0–2 Boston Bruins 1–0
2 March 29 Boston Bruins 2–1 New York Rangers 2–0

Boston Bruins 1929 Stanley Cup Champions



These players did not qualify, but their names were put on the cup in 1958:

  • Charles Adams (President/Owner), Art Ross (Manager)
  • Win Green (Trainer)
  • Ralph Burkard (Treasurer)†, Frank Ryan (Publicity Director)†.

Stanley Cup Engraving

† Name is listed on the team picture, but not engraved on the Stanley Cup in 1929.

When the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 1928–29 they decided to use the rest of the ring that the 1926–27 Ottawa Senators had put on the cup. There was not enough room to include every official winning members. They had to leave off Red Green, Ed Rodden and Lloyd Klein. When the cup was redone during the 1957–58 season, Green, Rodden, Klein were added to the cup. They also included Hal Winkler (who spent whole season in the minors), Eric Petteringer and Frank Fredrickson (who were traded away from Boston, and under NHL Rules should not be on the cup). By mistake Charles Adams and George Owen were left off the cup, even though there was more than enough room to include them. From 1958 to 1993 the 1928–29 Boston Bruins were on the Stanley Cup in 2 different places. One beside 1926–27 Ottawa, and other on first larger ring with winners from 1927–28 to 1939–40. Cy Denneny name was engraved on the Stanley Cup twice on the larger ring, once as Cy Dennenny Coach, and other time as C Denneny.



  • NHL (2000). Total Stanley Cup. Dan Diamond & Associates. 
  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books, 12, 50. ISBN 1–55168–261–3

See Also

Preceded by
New York Rangers
Boston Bruins
Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
Montreal Canadiens

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