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1959–60 Boston Bruins · NHL
Division 5th NHL
1959–60 record 28-34-8
Goals for 220 (2nd)
Goals against 241 (5th)
General Manager Lynn Patrick
Coach Milt Schmidt
Captain Fern Flaman
Arena Boston Garden
Team Leaders
Goals Bronco Horvath (39)
Assists Don McKenney (49)
Points Bronco Horvath (80)
Penalties in minutes Vic Stasiuk (121)
Wins Harry Lumley (16)
Goals against average Don Simmons (3.25)
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1958–59 1960–61

The 1959–60 Boston Bruins season was the Bruins' 36th season in the NHL. The Bruins finished 5th in the league and did not qualify for the playoffs.

Off-seasonEdit

The Bruins obtained Bruce Gamble, Autry Erickson and Charlie Burns in the 1959 intra-league draft. Gamble would become the Bruins starting goalie the next season, Erickson would play for two years while Burns would become an effective third-line center for four seasons.

The 13th National Hockey League All-Star Game was held at Montreal on October 3, 1959. A team of all-stars that included three Bruins, Fern Flaman, Don McKenney and Jerry Toppazzini played against the Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens won 6-1 with McKenney scoring the lone goal for the All-Stars.

Regular SeasonEdit

1962-Mohns Burns Henry

Doug Mohns and Charlie Burns battle Camille Henry in the 1959 pattern gold jersey.

After going two seasons with no black jersey, it was added back to the uniform for the 1959-60 season. The arm and body stripes on the gold jersey became much thinner while the white jersey remained unchanged. Choices of black or gold pants and mainly black or gold socks made for some interesting combinations over the next five seasons. The white jersey was always matched with the gold socks.

The Bruins had the league's second most powerful offense, led by Bronco Horvath and his linemates John Bucyk and Vic Stasiuk of the "Uke Line." Horvath had a 22 game point scoring streak, finished second in league scoring while Stasiuk and Don McKenney both were in the top ten with McKenney winning the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy. Horvath was voted a Second Team All-Star and was tied for the goal scoring lead with 39.

1953 Mackell

Fleming Mackell led the Bruins in scoring during the 1950's. The 1959-60 season was his last in the NHL.

However, the Bruins defensive game began to slip, which would worsen as the decade continued. The trade of Allan Stanley for Jim Morrison the previous season was a disaster as Stanley would play for the Toronto Maple Leafs until 1968 and be a Second Team All-Star three times. Morrison was then traded for Nick Mickoski who scored once for Boston before being relegated to the minors after the November 22, 1959 game versus Toronto, never to return to the NHL. Dick Meissner took Mickoski's spot on the third line and tallied only 11 points.

Another contributing factor to Boston's defensive slide was the ailing health of Fleming Mackell. The Bruins leading scorer of the 1950's, a former First Team All-Star who had a spectacular 1958 playoffs, setting a new record with 14 assists, Mackell had experienced several knee injuries. He was in and out of the line-up all season and was finally shutdown after the March 1, 1959 game against the Detroit Red Wings. He never played in the NHL again. Mackell's situation resulted in a carousel of linemates for Don McKenney and Jerry Toppazzini who had team worse plus/minus of -18 and -24 respectively.

1960-Don Simmons

Don Simmons was the second NHL goalie to wear a mask regularly.

Lastly, defensemen Bob Armstrong and Fern Flaman were in the twilight of their careers and would play one more season each. Autry Erickson and Don Ward played significant time but neither were up to the standard of play the Bruins had experienced during the 1950's.

After his great play in the 1959 Semi-finals, veteran goalie Harry Lumley played the majority of games for the Bruins in his last NHL season. Don Simmons started in 28 games, forming one of the first goalie tandems in the NHL. After Montreal Canadiens goalie Jacques Plante began wearing a mask regularly on November 1, 1959, Simmons became the second goalie in the NHL to do so during the January 10, 1960 game against the Maple Leafs.

Fern Flaman night was celebrated before the January 31, 1960 game against the Montreal Canadiens. Vic Stasiuk ensured the night wasn't spoiled by scoring a Hat trick in leading the Bruins to a 6-5 win. On February 14, 1960, the Bruins defeated the New York Rangers 3-0 and were in third place. However, losses in 7 of the next 8 games saw Detroit and the Chicago Blackhawks push the Bruins into fifth place. 18 year old defenseman Dallas Smith was called up from the Estevan Bruins of junior hockey for the last five games. The Bruins went 3-1-1 and Smith had two points. This started a trend of Boston rushing defensive prospects into action too early and giving up on them when they didn't perform.

1959-Bronco Horvath

Bronco Horvath had his best NHL season in 1959-60.

Going into the last game of the season against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Bruins had been eliminated from the playoffs. However, the Art Ross Trophy was still up for grabs between Bronco Horvath and Chicago's Bobby Hull. Horvath led the scoring race with 39 goals and 41 assists, while Hull had 38 goals and 41 assists. With Chicago leading 1-0, as the first period neared its end, Bob Armstrong's shot from the point hit Horvath on the left jaw. He collapsed and was rushed to hospital by taxi while still wearing his uniform. While receiving x-rays, he missed a seven goal second period in which Hull scored once that ended with the score tied 4-4. With the x-rays negative, Horvath returned for the third period but was dazed and didn't record any points. Doug Mohns put the Bruins up 5-4 but at 13:01, Hull's pass to the front of the Bruins net bounced off the skate of teammate Eric Nesterenko and into the Boston goal. The game ended in a 5-5 tie with Hull winning the Art Ross Trophy by one point. Horvath was given a $1000 bonus by the Bruins for his accomplishment and ended tied with Hull for the goal scoring lead with 39.

Final StandingsEdit

National Hockey League
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Montreal Canadiens 70 40 18 12 255 178 92
Toronto Maple Leafs 70 35 26 9 199 195 79
Chicago Black Hawks 70 28 29 13 191 180 69
Detroit Red Wings 70 26 29 15186 197 67
Boston Bruins 70 28 34 8 220 241 64
New York Rangers 70 17 38 15 187 247 49

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Game LogEdit

Regular season schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1LOctober 8, 19591–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1959–60) 0–1–0
2WOctober 10, 19596–4 New York Rangers (1959–60) 1–1–0
3WOctober 11, 19598–4 Montreal Canadiens (1959–60) 2–1–0
4WOctober 14, 19594–3 @ New York Rangers (1959–60) 3–1–0
5LOctober 17, 19590–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1959–60) 3–2–0
6TOctober 18, 19592–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1959–60) 3–2–1
7LOctober 22, 19591–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1959–60) 3–3–1
8LOctober 24, 19591–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1959–60) 3–4–1
9WOctober 29, 19592–1 Detroit Red Wings (1959–60) 4–4–1
10LOctober 31, 19593–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1959–60) 4–5–1
11WNovember 1, 19596–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1959–60) 5–5–1
12WNovember 3, 19596–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1959–60) 6–5–1
13WNovember 5, 19598–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1959–60) 7–5–1
14WNovember 8, 19595–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1959–60) 8–5–1
15LNovember 11, 19593–6 @ New York Rangers (1959–60) 8–6–1
16LNovember 12, 19595–6 Detroit Red Wings (1959–60) 8–7–1
17LNovember 14, 19591–8 @ Montreal Canadiens (1959–60) 8–8–1
18LNovember 15, 19591–4 Montreal Canadiens (1959–60) 8–9–1
19TNovember 21, 19593–3 Detroit Red Wings (1959–60) 8–9–2
20LNovember 22, 19591–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1959–60) 8–10–2
21TNovember 25, 19593–3 @ New York Rangers (1959–60) 8–10–3
22WNovember 26, 19594–3 New York Rangers (1959–60) 9–10–3
23TNovember 28, 19592–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1959–60) 9–10–4
24LNovember 29, 19592–4 Montreal Canadiens (1959–60) 9–11–4
25TDecember 2, 19592–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1959–60) 9–11–5
26LDecember 5, 19593–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1959–60) 9–12–5
27LDecember 6, 19593–6 Chicago Black Hawks (1959–60) 9–13–5
28WDecember 10, 19596–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1959–60) 10–13–5
29LDecember 12, 19593–4 New York Rangers (1959–60) 10–14–5
30LDecember 13, 19593–4 @ New York Rangers (1959–60) 10–15–5
31LDecember 16, 19590–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1959–60) 10–16–5
32LDecember 20, 19592–4 Detroit Red Wings (1959–60) 10–17–5
33WDecember 25, 19595–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1959–60) 11–17–5
34LDecember 27, 19591–6 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1959–60) 11–18–5
35WDecember 29, 19594–3 @ New York Rangers (1959–60) 12–18–5
36WJanuary 1, 19607–3 New York Rangers (1959–60) 13–18–5
37LJanuary 2, 19605–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1959–60) 13–19–5
38LJanuary 3, 19603–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1959–60) 13–20–5
39WJanuary 7, 19605–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1959–60) 14–20–5
40WJanuary 9, 19603–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1959–60) 15–20–5
41WJanuary 10, 19604–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1959–60) 16–20–5
42WJanuary 14, 19606–0 New York Rangers (1959–60) 17–20–5
43LJanuary 16, 19602–8 @ Montreal Canadiens (1959–60) 17–21–5
44LJanuary 17, 19601–3 Montreal Canadiens (1959–60) 17–22–5
45LJanuary 20, 19601–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1959–60) 17–23–5
46LJanuary 21, 19602–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1959–60) 17–24–5
47TJanuary 23, 19603–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1959–60) 17–24–6
48WJanuary 24, 19606–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1959–60) 18–24–6
49WJanuary 30, 19603–2 Detroit Red Wings (1959–60) 19–24–6
50WJanuary 31, 19606–5 Montreal Canadiens (1959–60) 20–24–6
51LFebruary 4, 19602–7 Chicago Black Hawks (1959–60) 20–25–6
52LFebruary 6, 19603–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1959–60) 20–26–6
53WFebruary 7, 19603–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1959–60) 21–26–6
54WFebruary 11, 19603–2 Detroit Red Wings (1959–60) 22–26–6
55WFebruary 13, 19607–6 Montreal Canadiens (1959–60) 23–26–6
56WFebruary 14, 19603–0 New York Rangers (1959–60) 24–26–6
57LFebruary 17, 19601–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1959–60) 24–27–6
58LFebruary 20, 19601–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1959–60) 24–28–6
59LFebruary 21, 19602–7 @ New York Rangers (1959–60) 24–29–6
60WFebruary 27, 19603–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1959–60) 25–29–6
61LMarch 1, 19602–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1959–60) 25–30–6
62LMarch 3, 19600–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1959–60) 25–31–6
63LMarch 5, 19602–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1959–60) 25–32–6
64LMarch 6, 19601–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1959–60) 25–33–6
65TMarch 10, 19603–3 New York Rangers (1959–60) 25–33–7
66WMarch 12, 19605–1 Detroit Red Wings (1959–60) 26–33–7
67WMarch 13, 19603–2 Montreal Canadiens (1959–60) 27–33–7
68WMarch 16, 19603–2 @ New York Rangers (1959–60) 28–33–7
69LMarch 19, 19601–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1959–60) 28–34–7
70TMarch 20, 19605–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1959–60) 28–34–8

PlayoffsEdit

The Bruins did not qualify for the post season.

Player StatsEdit

Regular SeasonEdit

Scoring
# Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
6 Horvath, BroncoBronco Horvath C 68 39 41 80 60
17 McKenney, DonDon McKenney C 70 20 49 69 28
7 Stasiuk, VicVic Stasiuk LW 69 29 39 68 121
9 Bucyk, JohnJohn Bucyk LW 56 16 36 52 26
19 Mohns, DougDoug Mohns LW/D 65 20 25 45 62
21 Toppazzini, JerryJerry Toppazzini RW 69 12 33 45 26
16 Labine, LeoLeo Labine RW 63 16 28 44 58
23 Gendron, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Gendron LW 67 24 11 35 64
10 Burns, CharlieCharlie Burns C 62 10 17 27 46
20 Boivin, LeoLeo Boivin D 70 4 21 25 66
8 Mackell, FlemingFleming Mackell C 47 7 15 22 19
14 Flaman, FernFern Flaman D 60 2 18 20 112
24 Leach, LarryLarry Leach C 69 7 12 19 47
4 Armstrong, BobBob Armstrong D 69 5 14 19 96
22 Meissner, DickDick Meissner RW 60 5 6 11 22
11 Erickson, AutAut Erickson D 58 1 6 7 29
18 Smith, DallasDallas Smith D 5 1 1 2 0
12 Davis, LorneLorne Davis RW 10 1 1 2 10
12 Mickoski, NickNick Mickoski LW 18 1 0 1 2
12 Hillman, LarryLarry Hillman D 2 0 1 1 2
18 Ward, DonDon Ward D 31 0 1 1 16
16 Gagne, PierrePierre Gagne LW 2 0 0 0 0
12 Turlick, GordonGordon Turlick LW/C 2 0 0 0 2
25 Rolfe, DaleDale Rolfe D 3 0 0 0 0
25 Baluik, StanStan Baluik C 7 0 0 0 2
1 Simmons, DonDon Simmons G 28 0 0 0 4
1 Lumley, HarryHarry Lumley G 42 0 0 0 12
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Lumley, HarryHarry Lumley 2520 42 16 21 5 146 3.48 2
Simmons, DonDon Simmons 1680 28 12 13 3 91 3.25 2
Team: 4200 70 28 34 8 237 3.39 4

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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 RecordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

TriviaEdit

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1959-60 Boston Bruins Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-09.
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