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1936–37 Boston Bruins · NHL
Division 2nd American
1936–37 record 23–18–7
Goals for 120 (3rd)
Goals against 110 (3rd, tie)
General Manager Art Ross
Coach Art Ross
Captain Dit Clapper
Arena Boston Garden
Team Leaders
Goals Charlie Sands (18)
Assists Bill Cowley (22)
Points Bill Cowley (35)
Penalties in minutes Jack Portland (58)
Wins Tiny Thompson (23)
Goals against average Tiny Thompson (2.29)
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1935–36 1937–38

The 1936–37 Boston Bruins season was the Bruins' 13th season in the NHL. The Bruins finished 2nd in the American Division and lost in the Quarter-finals to the Montreal Maroons, 2 games to 1.

Pre-season[edit | edit source]

The Bruins and the Montreal Maroons played a pre-season series of six games in eastern Canada. Each team won three games.

  • Tuesday, October 27 Bruins 2 Maroons 1 @ Saint John
  • Wednesday, October 28 Maroons 3 Bruins 1 @ Saint John
  • Thursday, October 29 Bruins 1 Maroons 0 @ Moncton
  • Saturday, October 31 Maroons 4 Bruins 0 @ Halifax
  • Monday, November 2 Bruins 3 Maroons 2 @ Halifax
  • Wednesday, November 4 Maroons 3 Bruins 1 @ Moncton

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Bill Cowley led the Bruins in scoring in 1936-37, the first of 6 seasons he'd do so.

The season saw an improvement in the Bruin's scoring, led by Bill Cowley who would become a perennial scorer for the Bruins for the next decade. Scoring was balanced throughout the line-up but the loss of Eddie Shore (who cracked a vertebrae crashing into the boards January 28, 1937) for over half the season challenged the Bruins defensively, resulting in a second place finish in the American Division.

Three players who'd be the core of the Bruins offense for over a decade and lead them to two Stanley Cups were in the line-up this season. Milt Schmidt and Woody Dumart were in and out of the roster but started playing on the same line in February 1937 and clicked. Bobby Bauer played his first NHL game during the Bruins last regular season game and promptly scored. The pieces were in place for the Kraut Line.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

American Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Detroit Red Wings 48 25 14 9 128 102 59
Boston Bruins 48 23 18 7 120 110 53
New York Rangers 48 19 20 9 117 106 47
Chicago Black Hawks 48 14 27 7 99 131 35

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
2 W November 15, 1936 2–1 Montreal Canadiens (1936–37) 1–1–0
4 W November 21, 1936 4–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1936–37) 2–2–0
5 W November 22, 1936 2–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1936–37) 3–2–0
6 T November 24, 1936 1–1 OT Chicago Black Hawks (1936–37) 3–2–1
7 W November 26, 1936 3–2 OT Montreal Maroons (1936–37) 4–2–1
8 T November 28, 1936 2–2 OT @ New York Rangers (1936–37) 4–2–2
9 L December 5, 1936 3–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1936–37) 4–3–2
10 L December 8, 1936 3–4 Detroit Red Wings (1936–37) 4–4–2
11 W December 13, 1936 4–3 @ New York Americans (1936–37) 5–4–2
12 W December 15, 1936 5–3 OT New York Americans (1936–37) 6–4–2
13 W December 17, 1936 5–0 @ Montreal Maroons (1936–37) 7–4–2
14 L December 20, 1936 3–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1936–37) 7–5–2
15 L December 22, 1936 2–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1936–37) 7–6–2
16 W December 26, 1936 2–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1936–37) 8–6–2
17 W December 29, 1936 3–0 Montreal Maroons (1936–37) 9–6–2
18 T December 31, 1936 2–2 OT @ New York Rangers (1936–37) 9–6–3
19 W January 3, 1937 3–2 New York Rangers (1936–37) 10–6–3
20 L January 5, 1937 2–3 Detroit Red Wings (1936–37) 10–7–3
21 W January 7, 1937 2–0 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1936–37) 11–7–3
22 L January 10, 1937 2–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1936–37) 11–8–3
23 L January 12, 1937 2–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1936–37) 11–9–3
24 W January 17, 1937 3–0 @ New York Americans (1936–37) 12–9–3
25 L January 19, 1937 2–6 Toronto Maple Leafs (1936–37) 12–10–3
26 W January 21, 1937 2–1 @ Montreal Maroons (1936–37) 13–10–3
27 T January 23, 1937 6–6 OT New York Americans (1936–37) 13–10–4
28 L January 26, 1937 0–3 New York Rangers (1936–37) 13–11–4
29 T January 28, 1937 1–1 OT @ New York Rangers (1936–37) 13–11–5
30 L January 31, 1937 1–2 Detroit Red Wings (1936–37) 13–12–5
31 L February 2, 1937 0–1 Montreal Canadiens (1936–37) 13–13–5
32 W February 4, 1937 6–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1936–37) 14–13–5
33 L February 7, 1937 0–8 @ Detroit Red Wings (1936–37) 14–14–5
34 L February 9, 1937 0–2 Montreal Maroons (1936–37) 14–15–5
35 W February 13, 1937 3–0 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1936–37) 15–15–5
36 W February 14, 1937 2–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1936–37) 16–15–5
37 W February 16, 1937 3–2 New York Rangers (1936–37) 17–15–5
38 W February 18, 1937 2–1 @ Montreal Maroons (1936–37) 18–15–5
39 T February 21, 1937 2–2 OT Montreal Canadiens (1936–37) 18–15–6
40 W February 23, 1937 5–2 New York Americans (1936–37) 19–15–6
41 L February 25, 1937 1–3 @ New York Americans (1936–37) 19–16–6
42 L March 2, 1937 2–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1936–37) 19–17–6
43 W March 7, 1937 1–0 @ New York Rangers (1936–37) 20–17–6
44 W March 9, 1937 6–1 Detroit Red Wings (1936–37) 21–17–6
45 W March 11, 1937 6–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1936–37) 22–17–6
46 L March 14, 1937 1–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1936–37) 22–18–6
47 T March 16, 1937 1–1 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (1936–37) 22–18–7
48 W March 21, 1937 6–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1936–37) 23–18–7

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Montreal Maroons 2, Boston Bruins 1[edit | edit source]

The last playoff series win for the Montreal Maroons saw them defeat the Bruins 2-1 in a best of three first round series. The Bruins were without all-star defenseman Eddie Shore who was sidelined with a cracked vertebrae.

Game 1 at Montreal was dominated by the Maroons who went ahead 2-0 on goals by Carl Voss and Baldy Northcott before Jack Beattie cut the lead to 2-1. Late third period goals by Herb Cain and Bob Gracie sealed a 4-1 victory. Dit Clapper received a major penalty for punching referees Dave Trottier and Clarence Campbell. He was also fined $100 but not suspended for any games.

Game 2 at Boston saw the Maroons Lionel Conacher take a minor penalty in the first period after a collision with the Bruins Leroy Goldsworthy in which he broke Goldsworthy's nose. Dit Clapper scored on the Power play at 4:54. A brilliant performance by Tiny Thompson who posted a shutout and a pair of goals by Ray Getliffe in addition to a tally by Charlie Sands lead the Bruins to a 4-0 win and tied the series.

Game 3 at Boston saw the Bruins took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Dit Clapper. The Maroons scored four straight to take the series 2-1. The Maroons would lose their second round series to the New York Rangers.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 March 23 Boston Bruins 1-4 Montreal Maroons 0-1
2 March 26 Montreal Maroons 0-4 Boston Bruins 1-1
3 March 28 Montreal Maroons 4-1 Boston Bruins 2-1

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
# Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
17 Cowley, BillBill Cowley C 46 13 22 35 4
16 Getliffe, RayRay Getliffe C/LW 48 16 15 31 28
5 Clapper, DitDit Clapper RW/D 48 17 8 25 25
18 Sands, CharlieCharlie Sands C/RW 47 18 5 23 6
6 Smith, HooleyHooley Smith C/RW 44 8 10 18 36
11 Beattie, RedRed Beattie LW 48 8 7 15 10
7 Weiland, CooneyCooney Weiland C 48 6 9 15 6
9 Goldsworthy, LeroyLeroy Goldsworthy RW 47 8 6 14 8
12 Hollett, FlashFlash Hollett D 48 3 7 10 22
14, 15 Schmidt, MiltMilt Schmidt C/D 26 2 8 10 15
10 Cook, BunBun Cook LW 40 4 5 9 8
14 Dumart, WoodyWoody Dumart LW 17 4 4 8 2
4 Jerwa, JoeJoe Jerwa D 26 3 5 8 30
8 Portland, JackJack Portland D 46 2 4 6 58
2, 15 Stewart, NelsNels Stewart C 11 3 2 5 6
2 Shore, EddieEddie Shore D 20 3 1 4 12
4 Shields, AlAl Shields D 18 0 4 4 15
6, 14 O'Neil, JimJim O'Neil C/RW 21 0 2 2 6
10 Bauer, BobbyBobby Bauer RW 1 1 0 1 0
2 Duguid, LorneLorne Duguid LW 2 1 0 1 2
4 Graham, TedTed Graham D 1 0 0 0 0
2 Kalbfleisch, WalterWalter Kalbfleisch D 1 0 0 0 0
15 McManus, SammySammy McManus LW 1 0 0 0 0
2 Mantha, SylvioSylvio Mantha D 4 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 23 18 7 110 2.22 6
Team: 2970 48 23 18 7 110 2.22 6

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
# Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
16 Getliffe, RayRay Getliffe C/LW 3 2 1 3 2
18 Sands, CharlieCharlie Sands C/RW 3 1 2 3 0
10 Cowley, BillBill Cowley C 3 0 3 3 0
5 Clapper, DitDit Clapper RW/D 3 2 0 2 5
11 Beattie, RedRed Beattie LW 3 1 0 1 0
10 Bauer, BobbyBobby Bauer RW 1 0 0 0 0
14 Dumart, WoodyWoody Dumart LW 3 0 0 0 0
9 Goldsworthy, LeroyLeroy Goldsworthy RW 3 0 0 0 0
12 Hollett, FlashFlash Hollett D 3 0 0 0 2
8 Portland, JackJack Portland D 3 0 0 0 4
15 Schmidt, MiltMilt Schmidt C/D 3 0 0 0 0
4 Shields, AlAl Shields D 3 0 0 0 2
6 Smith, HooleyHooley Smith C/RW 3 0 0 0 0
7 Weiland, CooneyCooney Weiland C 3 0 0 0 0
1 Thompson, TinyTiny Thompson G 3 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Thompson, TinyTiny Thompson 180 3 1 2 8 2.67 1
Team: 180 3 1 2 8 2.67 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]

  • The Bruins did not win any awards this season.

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Milt Schmidt wore #14 for his first two games as a Bruin (December 8 and 13, 1936) until switching to #15, which would be retired in his honour in 1980. He received a game misconduct in his second NHL game.
  • After Eddie Shore was injured during the November 21, 1936 versus the Toronto Maple Leafs, Nels Stewart wore his #2 jersey for several games until switching to #15.
  • Shore returned but was shutdown for the season after the January 28, 1937 game versus the New York Rangers. Walter Kalbfleisch, Lorne Davis and Sylvio Mantha wore Shore's #2.
  • Schmidt and Woody Dumart played their first game together on February 4, 1937 in a 6-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens. They wore the jersey numbers they would make famous, #15 and #14 respectively.
  • Dumart scored his first NHL goal, assisted by Schmidt, on February 21, 1937 in a 2-2 tie with the Canadiens.
  • Schmidt scored his first NHL goal, assisted by Dumart, on March 11, 1937 in a 6-2 win over the Chicago Black Hawks. Schmidt added another goal and an assist in the game.
  • Bobby Bauer played his first NHL game in the last game of the season and scored in a 6-1 win over Chicago.
  • No Bruins record a Hat trick this season.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

1936 Defense.jpg
31Dec1936-Thompson vs Rangers.gif
9Feb1937-Bruins Maroons.jpg

Video[edit | edit source]

A fascinating early 1937 video featuring hockey instruction from Art Ross, Eddie Shore, Bun Cook, Bill Cowley, Tiny Thompson, Jack Portland, Jack Beattie and Cooney Weiland. Footage from the January 17, 1937 video versus the New York Americans is at video end including the first (and winning) goal of the game by Hooley Smith. Bruins won 3-0.

BOSTON BRUINS HOCKEY TEAM 1937 w COACH ART ROSS "WORLD'S FASTEST GAME" 47344

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