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1933–34 Boston Bruins · NHL
Division 4th American
1933–34 record 18–25–5
Goals for 111 (6th)
Goals against 130 (7th)
General Manager Art Ross
Coach Art Ross
Captain Dit Clapper
Arena Boston Garden
Team Leaders
Goals Marty Barry (27)
Assists Nels Stewart (17)
Points Marty Barry (39)
Penalties in minutes Nels Stewart (68)
Wins Tiny Thompson (18)
Goals against average Tiny Thompson (2.70)
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1932–33 1934–35

The 1933–34 Boston Bruins season was the Bruins' 10th season in the NHL. The Bruins finished fourth in the American Division and missed qualifying for the playoffs.

Pre-season[edit | edit source]

The Bruins held their training camp in Quebec City, Quebec.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Eddie Shore missed the first two games of the season while holding out for a $7,500 contract.

Aftermath of the Bailey-Shore incident.

The December 12, 1933 game versus the Toronto Maple Leafs was filled with violence. Just before the 13:00 mark of the second period, Eddie Shore was rushing the puck into the Leafs zone when he was checked by Red Horner into the boards, hitting his head. Horner retrieved the puck and rushed up the ice so Ace Bailey hung back to cover for Horner. Dazed and angry, Shore mistook Bailey for Horner and hit Bailey low from behind. Bailey fell backwards and his head hit the ice, fracturing it and sending him into convulsions. Red Horner then punched Shore who fell backwards, hitting his head on the ice, knocking him out. Both received game misconducts and Shore had to be carried off the ice by his teammates where 18 stitches were required to Shore's head. Bailey's life hung in the balance but he survived after two surgeries. The first all-star game was held on February 14, 1934 to benefit Bailey which Shore participated in. He apologized and Bailey forgave Shore. Shore was suspended for 16 games and wore a helmet for the rest of his career.

See also Ace Bailey Benefit All-Star Game.

Shore carried from the ice with #10 Joe Lamb, #15 Art Chapman.

Shore and Bailey at the first All-Star game.


Shore returned to action on January 28, 1934 at Madison Square Garden in the Bruins 4-2 loss to the Rangers. Wearing a helmet, due to the injury he suffered in the Bailey incident, he racked up assists on both Bruin goals. The entire Bruins team also wore helmets for the remainder of the season.

The February 20, 1934 game against the Detroit Red Wings was attended by only 1,500 fans due to a snowstorm. "Lionel Hitchman Night" was celebrated on February 22, 1934 against the Ottawa Senators. A great defensive defenseman, Hitchman's jersey #3 was retired and Hitchman played his last game. It was the first number retired by the Bruins and the second in pro sports.

As in the 1931-32 season in which the Bruins missed the playoffs, line-up instability was again a factor in missing the post season in 1933-34. Injuries saw 28 different players suit up for the Bruins, the most in their history to that point. Goals against shot up largely due to Shore missing 18 games (the Bruins went 4-9-3 while he was suspended for the Bailey incident) and Hitchman's retirement with 19 games left in the season. Marty Barry finished 4th in league scoring and 2nd in goals with 27.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

American Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Detroit Red Wings 48 24 14 10 113 98 58
Chicago Black Hawks 48 20 17 11 88 83 51
New York Rangers 48 21 19 8 120 113 50
Boston Bruins 48 18 25 5 111 130 41

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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 L November 9, 1933 1–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1933–34) 0–1–0
2 L November 11, 1933 2–3 @ Montreal Maroons (1933–34) 0–2–0
3 L November 14, 1933 2–4 Detroit Red Wings (1933–34) 0–3–0
4 W November 18, 1933 2–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1933–34) 1–3–0
5 W November 21, 1933 2–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1933–34) 2–3–0
6 W November 23, 1933 6–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1933–34) 3–3–0
7 L November 26, 1933 0–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1933–34) 3–4–0
8 W November 28, 1933 2–1 Ottawa Senators (1933–34) 4–4–0
9 L November 30, 1933 1–2 @ Ottawa Senators (1933–34) 4–5–0
10 L December 2, 1933 0–3 New York Rangers (1933–34) 4–6–0
11 W December 5, 1933 5–2 Montreal Canadiens (1933–34) 5–6–0
12 W December 9, 1933 4–2 New York Americans (1933–34) 6–6–0
13 L December 12, 1933 1–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1933–34) 6–7–0
14 W December 14, 1933 5–4 OT @ New York Americans (1933–34) 7–7–0
15 T December 17, 1933 2–2 OT @ New York Rangers (1933–34) 7–7–1
16 W December 19, 1933 1–0 OT Montreal Maroons (1933–34) 8–7–1
17 L December 23, 1933 1–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1933–34) 8–8–1
18 T December 26, 1933 2–2 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (1933–34) 8–8–2
19 W December 28, 1933 4–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1933–34) 9–8–2
20 L January 2, 1934 0–1 Montreal Maroons (1933–34) 9–9–2
21 L January 4, 1934 2–9 @ Ottawa Senators (1933–34) 9–10–2
22 L January 6, 1934 2–4 @ Montreal Maroons (1933–34) 9–11–2
23 L January 9, 1934 1–2 New York Americans (1933–34) 9–12–2
24 T January 11, 1934 0–0 OT @ Chicago Black Hawks (1933–34) 9–12–3
25 L January 14, 1934 0–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1933–34) 9–13–3
26 W January 16, 1934 4–0 Montreal Canadiens (1933–34) 10–13–3
27 L January 18, 1934 2–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1933–34) 10–14–3
28 L January 21, 1934 2–4 @ New York Americans (1933–34) 10–15–3
29 L January 23, 1934 1–3 Detroit Red Wings (1933–34) 10–16–3
30 L January 28, 1934 2–4 @ New York Rangers (1933–34) 10–17–3
31 W January 30, 1934 2–1 New York Rangers (1933–34) 11–17–3
32 T February 1, 1934 2–2 OT @ Detroit Red Wings (1933–34) 11–17–4
33 W February 4, 1934 2–1 OT @ Chicago Black Hawks (1933–34) 12–17–4
34 L February 6, 1934 0–1 New York Americans (1933–34) 12–18–4
35 L February 10, 1934 0–1 @ Montreal Maroons (1933–34) 12–19–4
36 L February 13, 1934 4–6 New York Rangers (1933–34) 12–20–4
37 T February 15, 1934 4–4 OT Montreal Maroons (1933–34) 12–20–5
38 L February 17, 1934 4–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1933–34) 12–21–5
39 L February 20, 1934 1–4 Detroit Red Wings (1933–34) 12–22–5
40 L February 22, 1934 1–3 OT Ottawa Senators (1933–34) 12–23–5
41 L February 24, 1934 4–9 @ Ottawa Senators (1933–34) 12–24–5
42 W February 27, 1934 3–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1933–34) 13–24–5
43 W March 1, 1934 3–1 Montreal Canadiens (1933–34) 14–24–5
44 L March 3, 1934 1–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1933–34) 14–25–5
45 W March 6, 1934 7–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1933–34) 15–25–5
46 W March 13, 1934 2–1 Ottawa Senators (1933–34) 16–25–5
47 W March 15, 1934 3–2 @ New York Rangers (1933–34) 17–25–5
48 W March 18, 1934 9–5 @ New York Americans (1933–34) 18–25–5

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

  • The Bruins did not qualify for the post season.

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
# Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
8 Barry, MartyMarty Barry C 48 27 12 39 12
7 Stewart, NelsNels Stewart C 48 22 17 39 68
10 Lamb, JoeJoe Lamb RW 48 10 15 25 47
5 Clapper, DitDit Clapper RW/D 48 10 12 22 6
11 Beattie, RedRed Beattie LW 48 9 13 22 26
9 Oliver, HarryHarry Oliver RW 48 5 9 14 6
2 Shore, EddieEddie Shore D 30 2 10 12 57
12 Siebert, BabeBabe Siebert LW/D 32 5 6 11 31
4 Smith, AlexAlex Smith D 45 4 6 10 32
6 Gracie, BobBob Gracie C/LW 24 2 6 8 8
15 Chapman, ArtArt Chapman C 21 2 5 7 7
14, 17 Smillie, DonDon Smillie LW 12 2 2 4 4
14, 15 O'Neil, JimJim O'Neil C/RW 23 2 2 4 15
12 Ripley, VicVic Ripley LW 14 2 1 3 6
2, 3, 17, 18 Lane, MylesMyles Lane D 25 2 1 3 17
16 Galbraith, PercyPercy Galbraith LW/D 42 0 2 2 6
6 Gross, LloydLloyd Gross LW 5 1 0 1 6
3 Hitchman, LionelLionel Hitchman D 27 1 0 1 4
18 Patterson, GeorgeGeorge Patterson W 10 0 1 1 2
15 Wilcox, ArchieArchie Wilcox RW/D 12 0 1 1 2
2 Jerwa, JoeJoe Jerwa D 2 0 0 0 2
14 Filmore, TommyTommy Filmore RW 3 0 0 0 0
14 Jerwa, FrankFrank Jerwa LW/D 5 0 0 0 2
3, 15 McInenly, BertBert McInenly LW/D 6 0 0 0 2
6 Harnott, WalterWalter Harnott LW 6 0 0 0 2
15, 16, 18 Davie, BobBob Davie D 9 0 0 0 6
1 Thompson, TinyTiny Thompson G 48 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Thompson, TinyTiny Thompson 2980 48 18 25 5 130 2.62 5
Team: 2980 48 18 25 5 130 2.62 5

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]

  • Eddie Shore, Defence, NHL Second Team All-Star

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • While Eddie Shore missed the first two games of the season holding out for a richer contract, Joe Jerwa wore his #2 jersey. After Shore was suspended 16 games for the December 12, 1933 incident with Ace Bailey, Myles Lane wore #2 for 4 games. When the Bruins met the Leafs on December 26, Lane switched to jersey #17 before going back to wearing #2.
  • Lane wore four different numbers - 2, 3, 17 and 18.
  • All Bruins wore a helmet for the January 4, 1934 game versus the Ottawa Senators and lost 9-2.
  • Bruins who recorded a Hat trick this season include:

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Standings: NHL Public Relations Department (2008). in Dave McCarthy et al: THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Official Guide & Record Book/2009. National Hockey League, 147. ISBN 978-1-894801-14-0. 
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