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1949–50 Boston Bruins · NHL
Division 5th NHL
1949–50 record 22–32–16
Goals for 198 (3rd)
Goals against 228 (5th)
General Manager Art Ross
Coach Georges Boucher
Captain Jack Crawford
Arena Boston Garden
Team Leaders
Goals Johnny Peirson (27)
Assists Paul Ronty (36)
Points Paul Ronty (59)
Penalties in minutes Fern Flaman (122)
Wins Jack Gelineau (22)
Goals against average Jack Gelineau (3.28)
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1948–49 1950–51

The 1949–50 Boston Bruins season was the Bruins' 26th season in the NHL. The Bruins finished 5th in the league and did not qualify for the playoffs.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Coach George Boucher, Milt Schmidt, Jack Gelineau and Bill Quackenbush prior to an exhibition game, October 1949. Note the 25th anniversary jerseys from the previous season.

Unhappy with the performance of the Bruins during the 1948 playoffs and growing increasingly uncomfortable coaching those he had played with for many years, Bruins coach Dit Clapper resigned from his position. Clapper's replacement was George Boucher, who had previously coached the Montreal Maroons, Ottawa Senators and St. Louis Eagles after a 457 game NHL career. Boucher was fresh off of assisting the RCAF Flyers win an Olympic gold medal. However, Boucher lasted only one season with the Bruins and never coached in the NHL again.

Pre-season[edit | edit source]

The 3rd National Hockey League All-Star Game was held at Toronto on October 10, 1949. Bruins Paul Ronty and Bill Quackenbush played for the All-Stars against the Toronto Maple Leafs. As in the 2nd game, the All-Stars won 3-1 with a Bruin scoring the winning goal, Ronty getting the marker. Quackenbush had an assist on the third goal.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Pete Horeck sports the white "Spoked B" jersey in 1949-50.

With the success of the "Spoked B" jersey worn for their 25th anniversary in the NHL, the Bruins adopted the white jersey for the 1949-50 season, albeit with the "24" and "49" on the horizontal spokes removed. The "Spoked B" became the Bruins logo and would be worn in one form or another every year afterwards. The black jersey with the gold block "B" introduced in the 1948-49 season was also continued but gold shoulder yolks were added and the arm and body stripes were modified.

The results of the 1949-50 season for the Bruins could be aptly described as puzzling. Although significant turnover occurred during the off-season, the moves and trades were necessary. Despite all the right moves being made and relatively few injuries (Ed Sandford missed 51 games), the Bruins didn't make the playoffs.

Jack Gelineau won rookie of the year honours in the 1949-50 season.

All-Star goalie Frank Brimsek was sold to the Chicago Black Hawks and Jack Gelineau became the Bruins starting keeper. Gelineau performed well and captured the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year. Phil Maloney was called up from the Hershey Bears, where he'd led the team in scoring in 1948-49. Maloney had a great rookie season, scored 46 points and finished second in Calder voting.

Bruins strongman defender Pat Egan was traded and replaced with Bill Quackenbush, who'd lead the Bruins defense for the next seven years and twice be voted an All-Star. Paul Ronty and Johnny Peirson continued their scoring prowess with Ronty finishing 5th and Peirson 8th in league scoring. Veterans Milt Schmidt and Woody Dumart continued to provide depth scoring while mid-season acquisition Bud Poile had 30 points in 39 games for the Bruins. Captain Jack Crawford was in and out of the lineup and missed 24 games in the last of his dozen seasons with the Bruins.

The Bruins played inconsistently, sometimes beating league powerhouses Detroit and Montreal and then losing to weaker teams such as Chicago. This could be attributed to parity in the league. A dismal February in which the Bruins won only once ended their chance for a playoff berth.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

National Hockey league GP W L T Pts GF GA
Detroit Red Wings 70 37 19 14 88 229 164
Montreal Canadiens 70 29 22 19 77 172 150
Toronto Maple Leafs 70 31 27 12 74 176 173
New York Rangers 70 28 31 11 67 170 189
Boston Bruins 70 22 32 16 60 198 228
Chicago Black Hawks 70 22 38 10 54 203 244

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 October 12, 1949 1–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1949–50) 0–1–0
2 T October 16, 1949 2–2 New York Rangers (1949–50) 0–1–1
3 W October 19, 1949 7–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1949–50) 1–1–1
4 W October 22, 1949 2–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1949–50) 2–1–1
5 T October 23, 1949 0–0 Montreal Canadiens (1949–50) 2–1–2
6 L October 26, 1949 2–5 @ New York Rangers (1949–50) 2–2–2
7 L October 29, 1949 1–8 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1949–50) 2–3–2
8 L October 30, 1949 4–10 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1949–50) 2–4–2
9 L November 2, 1949 3–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1949–50) 2–5–2
10 T November 5, 1949 3–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1949–50) 2–5–3
11 L November 9, 1949 1–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1949–50) 2–6–3
12 L November 12, 1949 5–7 Detroit Red Wings (1949–50) 2–7–3
13 W November 13, 1949 4–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1949–50) 3–7–3
14 L November 16, 1949 1–2 @ New York Rangers (1949–50) 3–8–3
15 L November 17, 1949 3–8 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1949–50) 3–9–3
16 W November 20, 1949 2–1 Montreal Canadiens (1949–50) 4–9–3
17 W November 23, 1949 3–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1949–50) 5–9–3
18 T November 26, 1949 3–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1949–50) 5–9–4
19 T November 27, 1949 1–1 New York Rangers (1949–50) 5–9–5
20 L November 30, 1949 0–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1949–50) 5–10–5
21 L December 1, 1949 4–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1949–50) 5–11–5
22 W December 3, 1949 5–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1949–50) 6–11–5
23 W December 4, 1949 4–2 Montreal Canadiens (1949–50) 7–11–5
24 L December 7, 1949 1–2 Detroit Red Wings (1949–50) 7–12–5
25 T December 8, 1949 2–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1949–50) 7–12–6
26 L December 10, 1949 1–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1949–50) 7–13–6
27 W December 11, 1949 2–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1949–50) 8–13–6
28 L December 14, 1949 2–5 Detroit Red Wings (1949–50) 8–14–6
29 L December 17, 1949 1–3 New York Rangers (1949–50) 8–15–6
30 W December 18, 1949 3–1 Montreal Canadiens (1949–50) 9–15–6
31 W December 21, 1949 4–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1949–50) 10–15–6
32 W December 24, 1949 8–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1949–50) 11–15–6
33 T December 25, 1949 4–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1949–50) 11–15–7
34 T December 28, 1949 2–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1949–50) 11–15–8
35 L December 31, 1949 1–4 @ New York Rangers (1949–50) 11–16–8
36 W January 1, 1950 6–0 New York Rangers (1949–50) 12–16–8
37 L January 5, 1950 3–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1949–50) 12–17–8
38 W January 8, 1950 4–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1949–50) 13–17–8
39 W January 11, 1950 2–1 Detroit Red Wings (1949–50) 14–17–8
40 L January 14, 1950 3–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1949–50) 14–18–8
41 L January 15, 1950 1–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1949–50) 14–19–8
42 W January 18, 1950 4–2 @ New York Rangers (1949–50) 15–19–8
43 L January 21, 1950 1–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1949–50) 15–20–8
44 L January 22, 1950 4–5 Montreal Canadiens (1949–50) 15–21–8
45 T January 25, 1950 4–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1949–50) 15–21–9
46 L January 26, 1950 1–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1949–50) 15–22–9
47 T January 28, 1950 2–2 New York Rangers (1949–50) 15–22–10
48 W January 29, 1950 4–1 Detroit Red Wings (1949–50) 16–22–10
49 W February 1, 1950 3–2 New York Rangers (1949–50) 17–22–10
50 L February 5, 1950 1–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1949–50) 17–23–10
51 L February 8, 1950 1–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1949–50) 17–24–10
52 L February 11, 1950 4–9 Detroit Red Wings (1949–50) 17–25–10
53 T February 12, 1950 3–3 Montreal Canadiens (1949–50) 17–25–11
54 T February 15, 1950 2–2 @ New York Rangers (1949–50) 17–25–12
55 T February 19, 1950 4–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1949–50) 17–25–13
56 L February 22, 1950 1–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1949–50) 17–26–13
57 L February 25, 1950 2–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1949–50) 17–27–13
58 L February 26, 1950 3–4 @ New York Rangers (1949–50) 17–28–13
59 W March 1, 1950 5–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1949–50) 18–28–13
60 W March 4, 1950 5–1 New York Rangers (1949–50) 19–28–13
61 W March 5, 1950 11–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1949–50) 20–28–13
62 L March 8, 1950 3–5 Detroit Red Wings (1949–50) 20–29–13
63 L March 11, 1950 0–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1949–50) 20–30–13
64 T March 12, 1950 2–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1949–50) 20–30–14
65 W March 15, 1950 4–1 @ New York Rangers (1949–50) 21–30–14
66 T March 18, 1950 1–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1949–50) 21–30–15
67 W March 19, 1950 4–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1949–50) 22–30–15
68 L March 22, 1950 5–7 Chicago Black Hawks (1949–50) 22–31–15
69 L March 25, 1950 0–8 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1949–50) 22–32–15
70 T March 26, 1950 3–3 Montreal Canadiens (1949–50) 22–32–16

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

  • The Bruins did not qualify for the postseason.

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
# Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
20 Ronty, PaulPaul Ronty C 70 23 36 59 8
23 Peirson, JohnnyJohnny Peirson RW 57 27 25 52 49
21 Maloney, PhilPhil Maloney C 70 15 31 46 6
15 Schmidt, MiltMilt Schmidt C/D 68 19 22 41 41
18 Smith, KennyKenny Smith LW 66 10 31 41 12
14 Dumart, WoodyWoody Dumart LW 69 14 25 39 14
17 Creighton, DaveDave Creighton C 64 18 13 31 13
4 Poile, BudBud Poile RW 39 16 14 30 6
16 Harrison, EdEd Harrison C/LW 70 14 12 26 23
11 Quackenbush, BillBill Quackenbush D 70 8 17 25 4
9 Bettio, SilvioSilvio Bettio LW 44 9 12 21 32
22 Kryzanowski, EdEd Kryzanowski D 57 6 10 16 12
8 Henderson, MurrayMurray Henderson D 64 3 8 11 42
24, 25 Horeck, PetePete Horeck LW 34 5 5 10 22
19 Toppazzini, ZellioZellio Toppazzini RW 36 5 5 10 18
6 Crawford, JackJack Crawford D 46 2 8 10 8
10 Flaman, FernFern Flaman D 69 2 5 7 122
7 Sandford, EdEd Sandford LW 19 1 4 5 6
26 Ferguson, LorneLorne Ferguson LW 3 1 1 2 0
8 Byers, GordGord Byers D 1 0 1 1 0
7 McIntyre, JackJack McIntyre D 1 0 1 1 0
12 Sullivan, RedRed Sullivan C 3 0 1 1 0
24 Kullman, ArnieArnie Kullman C 12 0 1 1 11
25 Bradley, BartBart Bradley C 1 0 0 0 0
24 Corcoran, NormNorm Corcoran C/RW 1 0 0 0 0
6 Lowe, RossRoss Lowe D/LW 3 0 0 0 0
1 Bittner, RichardRichard Bittner G 1 0 0 0 0
1 Henry, GordGord Henry G 2 0 0 0 0
1 Gelineau, JackJack Gelineau G 67 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Gelineau, JackJack Gelineau 4020 67 22 30 15 220 3.28 3
Bittner, RichardRichard Bittner 60 1 0 0 1 3 3.00 0
Henry, GordGord Henry 120 2 0 2 0 5 2.50 0
Team: 4200 70 22 32 16 228 3.26 3

[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]

  • Pete Horeck wore jersey #25. This was the first time a Bruin wore #25 and was the highest number, up to that time, that a Bruin had ever worn.
  • Later in the season, Lorne Ferguson wore jersey #26. This was the first time a Bruin wore #26 and was the highest number, up to that time, that a Bruin had ever worn.
  • The Bruins loaded the line-up with call-ups from the minors for the third last game against the Chicago Black Hawks on March 22, 1950. John McIntyre, Gord Byers, Ross Lowe, Norm Corcoran, Barton Bradley and Lorne Ferguson all played their first NHL games. For Bradley, it would be his only game. Ferguson would score a goal and an assist and go on to have a 400+ game NHL career as would McIntyre.
  • The Bruins were the first team to put a European trained player on their reserve list when they added Jaroslav Drobný in 1949.[2]
  • No Bruins recorded a Hat trick this season.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1949-50 Boston Bruins Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-11.
  2. The Official NHL 75th Anniversary Commemorative Book, p.96.
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