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1934–35 Boston Bruins · NHL
Prince of Wales Trophy Winners
American Division Champions
Division 1st American
1934–35 record 26–16–6
Goals for 129 (3rd)
Goals against 112 (4th)
General Manager Art Ross
Coach Frank Patrick
Captain Dit Clapper
Arena Boston Garden
Team Leaders
Goals Nels Stewart
Dit Clapper (21)
Assists Eddie Shore (26)
Points Marty Barry (40)
Penalties in minutes Babe Siebert (80)
Wins Tiny Thompson (26)
Goals against average Tiny Thompson (2.33)
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1933–34 1935–36

The 1934–35 Boston Bruins season was the Bruins' 11th season in the NHL. The Bruins finished first in the American Division and won their sixth Prince of Wales Trophy. They lost in the Semi-finals to the Toronto Maple Leafs 3 games to 1.

Pre-season[edit | edit source]

The Bruins had their training camp in Quebec City.

They played a four game series against the Montreal Canadiens in eastern Canada:

  • Monday, October 28 Bruins 2 Canadiens 1 @ Saint John
  • Wednesday, October 31 Canadiens 7 Bruins 6 @ Moncton
  • Friday, November 2 Bruins 2 Canadiens 1 @ Halifax
  • Sunday, November 4 Bruins 5 Canadiens 3 @ Quebec City

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Babe Siebert sporting the Black and Gold in 1935.

This season saw the first appearance of the "Black and Gold" as the previous Bruins uniforms were mainly brown and gold. The Bruins changed the brown on their white jerseys to black with a black block "B". The gold trim was retained while the socks changed from predominately white to gold with black and white striping.

The Bruins returned to form in 1934-35 after seeing Eddie Shore miss 18 games due to a contract hold-out and a suspension for the Ace Bailey incident. He led the team in assists and had the lowest penalty minutes of his career. His playmaking was a major reason for the Bruins finishing first in the American Division and returning to the playoffs. He was awarded his second Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL's MVP.

Seasons of 20 goals or more by Marty Barry, Nels Stewart and Dit Clapper drove the offense but secondary scoring from newly acquired Charlie Sands and Max Kaminsky made the Bruins difficult to defend against. Bert McInenly performed well on defense replacing the retired Lionel Hitchman and goalie Tiny Thompson was his stellar self, earning a Second Team All Star berth.

Leighton "Happy" Emms would become the Bruins manager 31 years after playing for them.

The home opener on November 17, 1934 versus the St. Louis Eagles saw all Bruins defensemen wear helmets. They'd continue to do so for the remainder of the season. Leighton "Happy" Emms started the season with the Bruins but was traded to the New York Americans after playing 11 games. He'd become the Bruins general manager prior to the 1965-66 season.

During the third period of the December 11, 1934 match versus the Americans, Nels Stewart and Lloyd Klein were given match penalties for a stick-swinging fight. Stewart received a 1 game suspension while Klein was assessed 3 games. The Bruins also had the first penalty shot in their history in this game. Eddie Shore missed on Roy Worters and then later in the game, Dit Clapper also missed on a penalty shot. The Bruins still defeated the Americans 4-3.

The Bruins held a hockey clinic for children at Newton Pond in December 1934 in which the players signed autographs and gave the kids hockey instruction. See Gallery below.

The February 12, 1935 game versus the Leafs was a 3-3 tie at the end of regulation. Toronto's Regis Kelly scored in the 10 minute overtime, which was not sudden death. The Leafs Hap Day took a penalty at 6:58 mark and Boston responded with power plays goals (penalties didn't end if a goal was scored) by Max Kaminsky and Dit Clapper to send the home town crowd home happy with a 6-5 win.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

American Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Boston Bruins 48 26 16 6 129 112 58
Chicago Black Hawks 48 26 17 5 118 88 57
New York Rangers 48 22 20 6 137 139 50
Detroit Red Wings 48 19 22 7 127 114 45

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 Schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L November 8, 1934 3–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1934–35) 0–1–0
2 W November 11, 1934 4–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1934–35) 1–1–0
3 W November 17, 1934 1–0 St. Louis Eagles (1934–35) 2–1–0
4 W November 20, 1934 1–0 Detroit Red Wings (1934–35) 3–1–0
5 W November 24, 1934 4–1 @ St. Louis Eagles (1934–35) 4–1–0
6 L November 25, 1934 0–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1934–35) 4–2–0
7 L November 27, 1934 2–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1934–35) 4–3–0
8 W December 1, 1934 2–0 @ Montreal Canadiens (1934–35) 5–3–0
9 L December 4, 1934 0–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1934–35) 5–4–0
10 W December 8, 1934 4–0 Montreal Canadiens (1934–35) 6–4–0
11 W December 11, 1934 4–3 New York Americans (1934–35) 7–4–0
12 L December 13, 1934 3–4 OT @ New York Americans (1934–35) 7–5–0
13 L December 16, 1934 1–2 @ New York Rangers (1934–35) 7–6–0
14 W December 18, 1934 5–3 New York Rangers (1934–35) 8–6–0
15 W December 22, 1934 4–3 Detroit Red Wings (1934–35) 9–6–0
16 L December 25, 1934 3–5 Montreal Maroons (1934–35) 9–7–0
17 L December 27, 1934 0–1 @ Montreal Maroons (1934–35) 9–8–0
18 T December 30, 1934 0–0 OT @ New York Rangers (1934–35) 9–8–1
19 W January 1, 1935 5–2 New York Rangers (1934–35) 10–8–1
20 W January 3, 1935 2–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1934–35) 11–8–1
21 L January 5, 1935 0–6 Chicago Black Hawks (1934–35) 11–9–1
22 W January 8, 1935 3–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1934–35) 12–9–1
23 W January 10, 1935 2–1 @ St. Louis Eagles (1934–35) 13–9–1
24 T January 13, 1935 1–1 OT @ Chicago Black Hawks (1934–35) 13–9–2
25 W January 15, 1935 5–3 St. Louis Eagles (1934–35) 14–9–2
26 L January 19, 1935 1–4 Montreal Canadiens (1934–35) 14–10–2
27 W January 22, 1935 4–3 Montreal Maroons (1934–35) 15–10–2
28 L January 26, 1935 2–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1934–35) 15–11–2
29 T January 27, 1935 2–2 OT @ Detroit Red Wings (1934–35) 15–11–3
30 W January 29, 1935 4–0 New York Americans (1934–35) 16–11–3
31 L February 2, 1935 1–3 @ Montreal Maroons (1934–35) 16–12–3
32 W February 5, 1935 4–2 Detroit Red Wings (1934–35) 17–12–3
33 T February 7, 1935 4–4 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1934–35) 17–12–4
34 L February 10, 1935 5–7 @ New York Americans (1934–35) 17–13–4
35 W February 12, 1935 6–5 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (1934–35) 18–13–4
36 L February 16, 1935 0–3 @ St. Louis Eagles (1934–35) 18–14–4
37 W February 17, 1935 2–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1934–35) 19–14–4
38 W February 19, 1935 3–1 Montreal Canadiens (1934–35) 20–14–4
39 T February 24, 1935 0–0 OT @ New York Rangers (1934–35) 20–14–5
40 W February 26, 1935 5–0 St. Louis Eagles (1934–35) 21–14–5
41 T March 2, 1935 2–2 OT @ Montreal Maroons (1934–35) 21–14–6
42 W March 5, 1935 3–1 New York Rangers (1934–35) 22–14–6
43 W March 9, 1935 7–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1934–35) 23–14–6
44 W March 10, 1935 2–1 OT @ Detroit Red Wings (1934–35) 24–14–6
45 W March 12, 1935 4–1 New York Americans (1934–35) 25–14–6
46 W March 14, 1935 5–4 @ New York Americans (1934–35) 26–14–6
47 L March 16, 1935 2–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1934–35) 26–15–6
48 L March 19, 1935 2–4 Montreal Maroons (1934–35) 26–16–6

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Boston Bruins 1[edit | edit source]

In a repeat of two years before, the league's two best teams met in the second round of the playoffs, both teams having received byes in the first round. Although two games went into overtime, the Leafs had an easier time beating the Bruins than in the 1933 playoffs and held them to just two goals in the series.

Game 1 was a close checking affair with the only goal scored by Dit Clapper at 13:26 of the second OT period giving the Bruins their only win of the series and Tiny Thompson the shutout.

Game 2 was scoreless until goals from Charlie Conacher and Busher Jackson in the third period carried the Leafs to a 2-0 victory and tied the series 1-1.

Game 3 saw the Leafs score goals in each period on goals by Bill Thoms, Nick Metz and Busher Jackson to lead the Leafs to a 3-0 win. George Hainsworth posted his second shutout of the series.

Game 4 saw the Bruins lead for the first time in the series on a first period goal by Jack Beattie. With a little over two minutes left in the game, the Leafs Baldy Cotton scored with the Bruins Babe Siebert in the box, but the goal was disallowed as Cotton was in the crease. Arguments ensued and a bench-clearing brawl broke out with Siebert leaving the penalty box to join in. When order was restored, the Leafs had a 4 on 3 Power play and at 18:11, "Pep" Kelly tied it up. Kelly then took a late penalty and overtime started with the teams playing 3 men aside. In overtime, once Kelly's penalty was served, he jumped out of the box, retrieved the puck behind the Bruins next, wheeled out front and scored at 1:36 to win the series for the Leafs. The Leafs would lose the Stanley Cup finals to the Montreal Maroons.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 March 23 Toronto 0-1 (2OT) Boston Bruins 0-1
2 March 26 Toronto 2-0 Boston Bruins 1-1
3 March 28 Boston Bruins 0-3 Toronto 1-2
4 March 30 Boston Bruins 1-2 (OT) Toronto 1-3

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
# Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
8 Barry, MartyMarty Barry C 48 20 20 40 33
7 Stewart, NelsNels Stewart C 47 21 18 39 45
5 Clapper, DitDit Clapper RW/D 48 21 16 37 21
2 Shore, EddieEddie Shore D 48 7 26 33 32
6 Sands, CharlieCharlie Sands C/RW 41 15 12 27 0
15 Kaminsky, MaxMax Kaminsky C 38 12 15 27 4
11 Beattie, RedRed Beattie LW 48 9 18 27 27
12 Siebert, BabeBabe Siebert LW/D 48 6 18 24 80
14 O'Neil, JimJim O'Neil C/RW 48 2 11 13 35
18 Shill, JackJack Shill C 45 4 4 8 22
17 Haynes, PaulPaul Haynes C 37 4 3 7 8
4, 15 McInenly, BertBert McInenly LW/D 33 2 1 3 24
17 Emms, HapHap Emms LW/D 11 1 1 2 8
4, 10 Portland, JackJack Portland D 15 1 1 2 2
16 Shannon, GerryGerry Shannon LW 17 1 1 2 4
9 Gagnon, JohnnyJohnny Gagnon RW 24 1 1 2 9
4 Pusie, JeanJean Pusie D 4 1 0 1 0
16 Giroux, ArtArt Giroux RW 10 1 0 1 0
10 Davie, BobBob Davie D 30 0 1 1 17
15, 17 Motter, AlexAlex Motter C 3 0 0 0 0
17 Jerwa, FrankFrank Jerwa LW/D 5 0 0 0 0
4, 15 Williams, BurrBurr Williams D 7 0 0 0 6
10 Savage, TonyTony Savage D 8 0 0 0 2
1 Thompson, TinyTiny Thompson G 48 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Thompson, TinyTiny Thompson 2970 48 26 16 6 112 2.26 8
Team: 2970 48 26 16 6 112 2.26 8

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
# Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
11 Beattie, RedRed Beattie LW 4 1 0 1 2
5 Clapper, DitDit Clapper RW/D 3 1 0 1 0
2 Shore, EddieEddie Shore D 4 0 1 1 2
7 Stewart, NelsNels Stewart C 4 0 1 1 0
8 Barry, MartyMarty Barry C 4 0 0 0 2
9 Haynes, PaulPaul Haynes C 3 0 0 0 0
15 Kaminsky, MaxMax Kaminsky C 4 0 0 0 0
4 McInenly, BertBert McInenly LW/D 4 0 0 0 2
17 Motter, AlexAlex Motter C 4 0 0 0 0
14 O'Neil, JimJim O'Neil C/RW 4 0 0 0 9
4 Pusie, JeanJean Pusie D 4 0 0 0 0
6 Sands, CharlieCharlie Sands C/RW 4 0 0 0 0
16 Shannon, GerryGerry Shannon LW 4 0 0 0 2
18 Shill, JackJack Shill C 2 0 0 0 0
12 Siebert, BabeBabe Siebert LW/D 4 0 0 0 6
1 Thompson, TinyTiny Thompson G 4 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Thompson, TinyTiny Thompson 275 4 1 3 7 1.53 1
Team: 275 4 1 3 7 1.53 1

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]

  • The first penalty shot in Bruins history occurred during the December 11, 1934 game versus the New York Americans. Eddie Shore missed on Roy Worters in the Bruins 4-3 win.
  • During the January 15, 1935 game at the Boston Garden versus the St. Louis Eagles, an ice-making problem caused a patch with no ice to appear at the east end of the rink. A rubber mat was placed over the patch and the teams switched ends every 10 minutes. The Bruins won 5-3.
  • No Bruins recorded a Hat trick this season.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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