The Boston Bruins are a professional ice hockey team based in Boston, Massachusetts. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The team has been in existence since 1924, entering the league as the first American based expansion franchise. They are also an Original Six team, along with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, and Chicago Blackhawks. Their home arena is the 17,565 capacity TD Garden where it has played since 1995, after leaving the Boston Garden which had been their home since 1928.
- 1 Franchise History
- 2 "Unofficial" Theme Songs
- 3 Media and Broadcasters
- 4 Season-by-Season Record
- 5 Table Keys
- 6 Year by Year Record
- 7 Notes
- 8 Current Roster
- 9 Notable Players
- 10 NHL Awards and Trophies
- 11 Franchise Individual Records
- 12 Trivia
- 13 References
- 14 See Also
- 15 External Links
The Pre-World War II years
In 1923, at the convincing of Boston grocery tycoon Charles Adams, the National Hockey League decided to expand to the United States. Adams had fallen in love with hockey while watching the Stanley Cup playoffs. He persuaded the NHL to grant him a franchise for Boston. With the Montreal Maroons, the team was one of the NHL's first two expansion teams.
Adams' first act was to hire Art Ross, a former star player and innovator, as general manager. Ross would be the face of the franchise for thirty years, including four separate stints as coach.
Adams directed Ross to come up with a nickname that would portray an untamed animal displaying speed, agility, and cunning. Ross came up with "Bruins." The team's bearlike nickname also went along with the team's original uniform colors of brown and yellow, which came from Adams' grocery chain, First National Stores.
The team played its first four seasons in the Boston Arena, which still stands today as the Matthews Arena.The team finished last in its inaugural season, and finished just a point out of the playoffs a year later.
In their third season, 1926–27, the team markedly improved. Ross took advantage of the collapse of the Western Hockey League to purchase several western stars, including the team's first great star, a defenseman from Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan named Eddie Shore. The Bruins reached the Stanley Cup Final despite finishing only one game above .500, but lost to the Ottawa Senators. In 1929 the Bruins defeated the New York Rangers to win their first Stanley Cup. Standout players on the first championship team included Shore, Harry Oliver, Dit Clapper, Dutch Gainor, and goaltender Tiny Thompson. The 1928–29 season was the first played at Boston Garden, which Adams had built after guaranteeing his backers $500,000 in gate receipts over the next five years. The season after that, 1929–30, the Bruins posted the best-ever regular season winning percentage in the NHL (an astonishing .875, winning 38 out of 44 games, a record which still stands), but would lose to the Montreal Canadiens in the Final.
The 1930s Bruins team included Shore, Thompson, Clapper, Babe Siebert and Cooney Weiland. The team led the league's standings five times in that decade. For the 1934-35 season, the team changed its uniform colors from brown and yellow to the current black and gold. In 1939, they won the second Stanley Cup in franchise history. That year, Thompson was traded for rookie goaltender Frank Brimsek. Brimsek had an award-winning season, capturing the Vezina and Calder Trophies, becoming the first rookie named to the NHL First All-Star Team, and earning the nickname "Mr. Zero." The team skating in front of Thompson included Bill Cowley, Shore, Clapper and "Sudden Death" Mel Hill (who scored three overtime goals in one playoff series), together with the "Kraut Line" of center Milt Schmidt, right winger Bobby Bauer, and left winger Woody Dumart. In 1940, Shore was traded to the struggling New York Americans for his final NHL season. In 1941 the Bruins won their third Stanley Cup after losing only eight games and finishing first in the regular season. It was their last Stanley Cup for 29 years.
World War II and the "Original Six" Era
World War II affected the Bruins more than most teams; Brimsek and the "Krauts" all enlisted after the 1940–41 Cup win, and lost the most productive years of their careers at war. Cowley, assisted by veteran player Clapper and Busher Jackson, was the team's remaining star. Even though the NHL had by 1943 been reduced to the six teams that would in the modern era be — erroneously — called the "Original Six", talent was depleted enough that freak seasons could take place, as in 1944, when Bruin Herb Cain would set the then-NHL record for points in a season with 82. But the Bruins didn't make the playoffs that season, and Cain would be out of the NHL two years later.
The stars would return for 1945, and Clapper led the team back to the Stanley Cup Final as player-coach. He retired as a player after the next season, becoming the first player in history to play twenty NHL seasons, but stayed on as coach for two more years. Unfortunately, Brimsek was not as good as he was before the war, and after 1946 the Bruins lost in the first playoff round three straight years, resulting in Clapper's resignation. Brimsek was traded to the last-place Chicago Black Hawks in 1949, (citing a wish to help his brother with a business he was starting), which was preceded by the unfortunate banning of young star Don Gallinger for life on suspicion of gambling. The only remaining quality young players who stayed with the team for any length were forwards Johnny Peirson, who would later be the team's television color commentator in the 1970s, Fleming Mackell and Ed Sandford.
During the 1948–49 season, in celebration of the Bruins 25th year in the NHL, a "spoked-B" logo appeared on their white jerseys with a small "24" and "49" on the horizontal spokes. The logo (minus the numbers) has been part of the Bruins jerseys, with variations, ever since.
The 1950s began with Charles Adams' son Weston (who had been team president since 1936) facing financial trouble. He was forced to accept a buyout offer from Walter A. Brown, the owner of the National Basketball Association's Boston Celtics and the Garden, in 1951. Although there were some instances of success (such as making the Stanley Cup Final in 1953, 1957, and 1958, only to lose to the Montreal Canadiens each time), the Bruins mustered only four winning seasons between 1947 and 1967. They missed the playoffs eight straight years between 1960 and 1967.
In 1954, on New Year's Day, Robert Skrak, an assistant to Frank Zamboni, the inventor of the best known ice resurfacing machine of the time, demonstrated a very early model of the machine at Boston Garden to the team management, and as a result, the Bruins ordered one of the then-produced "Model E" resurfacers to be used at the Garden, the first known NHL team to acquire one of the soon-to-be-ubiquitous "Zambonis" for their own use. The Bruins' Zamboni Model E, factory serial number 21, eventually ended up in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto in 1988 for preservation.
During this period, the farm system of the Bruins was not as expansive or well-developed as most of the other five teams. The Bruins sought players not protected by the other teams and in 1958 signed Willie O'Ree, the first black player in the NHL. In like fashion, the team signed Tommy Williams from the 1960 Olympic-gold medal winning American national men's hockey team. At the time, in 1962, he was the second American player in the NHL, the other being Charlie Burns, who also played for the Bruins. The "Uke Line" — named for the Ukrainian heritage of Johnny Bucyk and Vic Stasiuk (their linemate, Bronco Horvath, was largely Hungarian) — came to Boston and enjoyed four productive offensive seasons even as the Bruins were struggling overall.
Expansion and the Big Bad Bruins
Weston Adams repurchased the Bruins in 1964 after Brown's death and set about rebuilding the team. Adams signed a defenseman from Parry Sound, Ontario, named Bobby Orr, who entered the league in 1966 and would become, in the eyes of many, the greatest player of all time. He was announced that season's winner of the Calder Memorial Trophy for Rookie of the Year and named to the Second NHL All-Star Team. When asked about Orr's NHL debut game, October 19, 1966, against the Detroit Red Wings, then-Bruins coach Harry Sinden recalled:
"Our fans had heard about this kid for a few years now. There was a lot of pressure on him, but he met all the expectations. He was a star from the moment they played the national anthem in the opening game of the season."
The Bruins then obtained young forwards Phil Esposito, Ken Hodge, and Fred Stanfield from Chicago in a deal that turned out to be very one-sided. Hodge and Stanfield became key elements of the Bruins' success, and Esposito, who centered a line with Hodge and Wayne Cashman, would become the league's top goal-scorer and the first NHL player to break the 100–point mark, setting many goal and point records. Esposito remains one of four players to win the Art Ross Trophy four consecutive seasons (the other three are Jaromir Jagr, Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe). With other stars like forwards Bucyk, John McKenzie, Derek Sanderson and Hodge, steady defenders like Dallas Smith and goaltender Gerry Cheevers, the "Big Bad Bruins" became one of the league's top teams from the late 1960s through the 1970s.
In 1969-70, a 29 year Stanley Cup drought came to an end in Boston, as the Bruins defeated the St. Louis Blues in four games in the Final. Orr scored the game-winning goal in overtime to clinch the Stanley Cup. The same season was Orr's most awarded — the third of eight consecutive years he won the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the top defenseman in the NHL — and he won the Art Ross Trophy, the Conn Smythe Trophy, and the Hart Memorial Trophy, the only player to win those four awards all in the same season.
The 1970-71 season was, in retrospect, the high watermark of the Seventies for Boston. While Sinden temporarily retired from hockey to enter business (he was replaced by ex-Bruin and Canadien defenceman Tom Johnson) the Bruins' set dozens of offensive scoring records: they had seven of the league's top ten scorers — a feat not achieved before or since — set the record for wins in a season, and in a league that had never seen a 100–point scorer before 1969 (Esposito had 126), the Bruins had four that year. Orr, Esposito, Bucyk and Hodge were named First Team All-Stars, a feat matched in the expansion era only by the 1977 Canadiens. Boston were favorites to repeat as Cup champions, but ran into a roadblock in the playoffs. Up 5–1 at one point in game two of the quarterfinals against the Canadiens (and rookie goaltender Ken Dryden), the Bruins squandered the lead to lose 7–5. The Bruins never recovered and lost the series in seven games.
While the Bruins were not quite as dominant the next season (although only three points behind the 1971 pace), Esposito and Orr were once again one-two in the scoring standings (followed by Bucyk in ninth place) and they regained the Stanley Cup by defeating the New York Rangers in six games in the Finals. Rangers blue liner Brad Park, who came runner-up to Orr's five-year (then) monopoly, said, "Bobby Orr was — didn't make — the difference."
Boston continued to dominate through the 1970s (despite losing Cheevers, McKenzie, Sanderson, and other stars to the World Hockey Association), only to come up short in the playoffs. Although they had three 100–point scorers on the team (Esposito, Orr, and Hodge), they lost the 1974 Final to the Philadelphia Flyers.
Don Cherry stepped behind the bench as the new coach in 1974–75. The Bruins stocked themselves with enforcers and grinders, and remained competitive under Cherry's reign, the so-called "Lunch Pail A.C.," behind players such as Gregg Sheppard, Terry O'Reilly and Stan Jonathan, and Peter McNab.
Orr left the Bruins for the Hawks in 1976, and retired after many knee operations in 1979. The Bruins traded Esposito and Carol Vadnais for Brad Park, Jean Ratelle and Joe Zanussi to the Rangers. They made the Semi-finals again, losing to the Flyers.
Cheevers returned from the WHA in 1976, and the Bruins got past the Flyers in the semifinals, but lost to the Canadiens in the Final for the Cup. The story would repeat itself in 1978 - with a balanced attack that saw Boston have eleven players with 20+ goal seasons, still the NHL record - as the Bruins made the Final once more, but lost to a Canadiens team that had recorded the best regular season in modern history, after which Johnny Bucyk retired, holding virtually every Bruins' career longevity and scoring mark to that time.
The 1979 semifinal series against the Habs proved to be Cherry's undoing. In the deciding seventh game, the Bruins, up by a goal, were called for having too many men on the ice in the late stages of the third period. Montreal tied the game on the ensuing power play and won in overtime. Never popular with Harry Sinden, by then the Bruins' general manager, Cherry left the team in the off-season for the Colorado Rockies.
At Madison Square Garden, on December 23, 1979, a New York Rangers fan stole Stan Jonathan's stick, hitting him with it during a post-game scrum. When other fans got involved, Terry O'Reilly charged into the stands followed by his teammates. The game's TV commentator remarked that "they're going to pull that guy apart". O'Reilly, a future team captain, received an eight-game suspension for the brawl. TV Clip
The Eighties and Nineties
Coupled with front-office dislike of Cherry's outspoken ways, 1979 saw new head coach Fred Creighton, a newly-retired Cheevers the following year, and the coming of Ray Bourque. The defenseman remained with the team for over two decades.
The Bruins made the playoffs every year through the 1980s behind stars such as Park, Bourque, and Rick Middleton — and had the league's best record in 1983 behind a Vezina Trophy-winning season from ex-Flyer goaltender Pete Peeters — but usually did not get very far in the playoffs.
By the late 1980s, Bourque, Cam Neely, Keith Crowder and Bob Sweeney would lead the Bruins to another Cup Final appearance in 1988 against the Edmonton Oilers. The Bruins lost in a four-game sweep, but created a memorable moment in the would-be fourth game when in the second period with the game tied 3–3, a blown fuse put the lights out at the Boston Garden. The rest of the game was cancelled and the series shifted to Edmonton. The Oilers completed the sweep, 6–3, back at Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton, in what was originally scheduled as Game Five.
Boston returned to the Stanley Cup Final in 1990 (with Neely, Bourque, Craig Janney, Bobby Carpenter and rookie Don Sweeney, and former Oiler goalie Andy Moog and Rejean Lemelin splitting goaltending duties), but would again lose to the Oilers, this time in five games.
In 1988, 1990-92, and 1994, they defeated their Original Six arch-nemesis in the playoffs, the Montreal Canadiens, getting some revenge for a rivalry which had up to then been lopsided in the Canadiens' favor in playoff action. In 1991 and 1992, they suffered two consecutive Conference Final losses to the eventual Cup champion, the Mario Lemieux-led Pittsburgh Penguins.
Since the 1993 season, Boston has not gotten past the second round of the playoffs despite the talent of Adam Oates, Rick Tocchet, and Jozef Stumpel. The 1993 season ended disappointingly for several reasons. Despite finishing with the second-best regular season record after Pittsburgh, Boston was swept in the first-round by the Buffalo Sabres. During the postseason awards ceremony, Bruin players finished as runner-up on many of the honors (Bourque for the Norris, Oates for the Art Ross and Lady Byng Trophy, Joe Juneau [who had broken the NHL record for assists in a season by a left-winger, a mark he still holds] for the Calder Trophy, Dave Poulin for the Frank J. Selke Trophy, Moog for the William M. Jennings Trophy, and Brian Sutter for the Jack Adams Award), although Bourque made the NHL All-Star First Team and Juneau the NHL All-Rookie Team.
In 1997, Boston missed the playoffs for the first time in 30 years, having set the North American major professional record for most consecutive seasons in the playoffs.
Historically, their most bitter arch rivals have been the Montreal Canadiens, whom the Bruins have played a record 30 times in the playoffs. The Bruins also have a rivalry with the New York Rangers, much like the rivalry between the Yankees and Red Sox, although the rivalry with the Habs(the Canadiens nickname) is much more intense.
The 21st century
The following season, 2001–02, the Bruins improved again with another thirteen points, winning their first Northeast Division title since 1993 with a core built around Joe Thornton, Sergei Samsonov, Brian Rolston, Bill Guerin, and the newly acquired Glen Murray. Their regular season success didn't translate to the postseason, as they lost in six games to the underdog eighth-place Canadiens in the first round.
The 2002–03 season found the Bruins platooning their goaltending staff between Steve Shields and John Grahame for most of the season. A mid-season trade brought in veteran Jeff Hackett. The Bruins managed to finish seventh in the East, but lost to the eventual Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils in five games.
In 2003–04, the Bruins began the season with ex-Toronto Maple Leaf goalie Felix Potvin. Later in the season, the Bruins put rookie Andrew Raycroft into the starting role. Raycroft eventually won the Calder Award that season. The Bruins went on to win another division title and appeared to get past the first round for the first time in five years with a 3–1 series lead on the rival Canadiens. The Canadiens rallied back, however, to win three straight games, upsetting the Bruins.
The 2004–05 NHL season was wiped out by a lockout, and the Bruins had a lot of space within the new salary cap implemented for 2005–06. Bruins management eschewed younger free agents in favor of older veterans such as Alexei Zhamnov and Brian Leetch. The newcomers were oft-injured, and by the end of November, the Bruins team traded their captain and franchise player, Joe Thornton (who went on to win the Art Ross and Hart Trophies). In exchange, the Bruins received Marco Sturm, Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau from the San Jose Sharks.
After losing ten of eleven games before the trade (while the Sharks won Thornton's first seven games in San Jose), the Bruins came back with a 3–0 victory over the league-leading Ottawa Senators, as rookie goaltender Hannu Toivonen earned his first career NHL shutout victory. When Toivonen went down (for the rest of the season) with an injury in January, journeyman goalie Tim Thomas started sixteen straight games and brought the Bruins back into the playoff run. Two points out of eighth place at the Winter Olympic break, the Bruins fired general manager Mike O'Connell in March and the Bruins missed the playoffs for the first time in five years. They finished thirteenth in the Eastern Conference and earned the fifth pick in the NHL Draft Lottery, which they used to draft U.S. college player Phil Kessel, who dropped out of college early to sign with the team on August 17, 2006.
Peter Chiarelli was hired as the new GM of the team. Head coach Mike Sullivan was fired and Dave Lewis, former coach of the Detroit Red Wings, was hired to replace him while Marc Habscheid and Doug Houda were named associate coaches. The Bruins signed Zdeno Chara, one of the most coveted defensemen in the NHL and a former NHL All-Star, from the Senators, and Marc Savard, who finished just three points short of a 100–point season in '05–'06 with the Atlanta Thrashers, to long-term deals. Bergeron was re-signed by the Bruins on August 22, 2006, to a multi-year contract, keeping the developing player on the team for some years to come.
The 2007–08 campaign saw the Bruins regain some respectability, finishing 41–29–12 (94 points) and making the playoffs. Despite many injuries and questions about their offense, the Bruins pushed the top-seeded Canadiens to seven games in the first round of the playoffs before falling. Their performance, even in a losing cause, rekindled interest in the team in sports-mad New England, where the Bruins had lagged behind the Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics in popularity. On May 13, the Bruins resigned second-leading scorer Chuck Kobasew to a multi-year extension.
Rejuvenation in Boston
After the disappointing 2007 season, Lewis was fired as coach, and the Bruins announced on June 21, 2007, that Claude Julien had been named as the new head coach. The Bruins also unveiled a new logo, and a brand new shoulder patch closely based on the main jersey logo used until 1932.
The 2008 campaign saw the Bruins regain some respectability, finishing 41–29–12 and making the playoffs. Despite many injuries, the Bruins pushed the top-seeded Canadiens to seven games in the first round of the playoffs before falling. Their performance, despite a 5-0 loss in the seventh game, rekindled interest in the team in New England, where the Bruins had for years been heavily overshadowed by the Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics.
After a slow start to the 2008–09 season, the Bruins won seventeen of their next twenty games leading many to see them as a revival of the "Big Bad Bruins" from the 1970s and '80s. During the 2009 All-Star Weekend's Skills Competition, captain Zdeno Chara fired the NHL's fastest measured "hardest shot" ever, with a clocked in speed of 105.4 mph (169.7 km/h) velocity. The number of injured players in the season saw many call-ups from the Bruins' AHL Providence Bruins farm team, with rookie defenseman Matt Hunwick and forward Byron Bitz seeing success. The Bruins went on to have the best record in the Eastern Conference and qualified for the playoffs for the fifth time in nine years, facing the Canadiens in the playoffs for the fourth time during that span, defeating them in a four game sweep before losing in seven games to the Carolina Hurricanes in the conference semifinals.
The 2009 summer off-season saw the departure of long-time defensive forward P.J. Axelsson from Sweden, who signed a multi-year contract  with his hometown Frolunda HC team. With Maple Leafs G.M. Brian Burke threatening an offer sheet and Bruins management unable to meet his salary demands, forward Phil Kessel was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a trio of future draft picks.
On January 1, 2010, the Bruins won the 2010 NHL Winter Classic over the Philadelphia Flyers in a 2-1 overtime decision at Fenway Park, thus becoming the first home team to win an outdoor classic game. However, following the New Year's Day game, the Bruins, hobbled by injuries, would go through a five-week long period of lackluster play, with only two wins and compiling ten regulation losses earning them only eight points in the Eastern Conference standings in that 15-game long period, before breaking the losing streak in an away game against the Canadiens on February 7, with Tuukka Rask shutting out the Habs 3-0. The win over the Canadiens was the first of four successive victories leading into the break in play for the NHL's participation in the 2010 Winter Olympics, and established Tuukka Rask as the number one goaltender for the Bruins, as Tim Thomas would only start eight of the 22 games remaining in the post-Olympic period of the season, with Rask winning eight of his post-Olympic starts, including two shutouts.
The importance of former Sabre forward Daniel Paille's acquisition by the Bruins, and his emergence as a penalty killing forward, was emphasized on April 10, 2010, as Paille, Steve Begin, and Blake Wheeler combined for the first-ever known trio of short handed goals within one penalty kill, in only 1:04 of game time, in a home game against the Carolina Hurricanes, helping the Bruins to sixth place in the NHL Eastern Conference, and a 2010 NHL playoff opening round appearance against the Buffalo Sabres, which they won 4 games to 2 games. Boston became only the third team in NHL history to lose a playoff series after leading 3-0 when they lost in Game 7 to the Philadelphia Flyers after losing a 3-0 lead in the second round on May 14, 2010.
On April 13, 2010 the Boston Bruins received the second overall draft pick for the 2010 draft to be held in Los Angeles, CA at the Staples Center, selecting Tyler Seguin in the first round on June 25, 2010. After the season ended, Cam Neely was named on June 16, 2010 as the new team president of the Bruins.
The Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup again in 2011 beating the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 in the final.
"Unofficial" Theme Songs
When Boston television station WSBK-TV began showing Bruins games on television in 1967, the television station's managers wanted to come up with a suitable piece of music to air for the introduction of each Bruins game. Because the Boston Ballet's annual Christmas performance of The Nutcracker had become closely identified with Boston, The Ventures' instrumental rock version of the Nutcracker's overture, known as "Nutty", itself likely being inspired by the somewhat earlier Nut Rocker, was selected as the opening piece of music for Bruins telecasts. The song "Nutty" has been identified with the Bruins ever since, even though NESN, who now airs almost all of the Bruins' regular season and playoff games, has used a piece of original instrumental rock music for Bruins telecasts, that it also uses with all its Boston Red Sox televised games. The song "Nutty" is still sometimes played at the TD Banknorth Garden during Bruins games. "Nutty" has also been covered by a popular Boston Irish rock band, Dropkick Murphys. Dropkick Murphys have also written a song about the Bruins, called "Time To Go", and have performed at Bruins games several times.
In the early 1970s, WSBK ran a weekly highlights show hosted by Tom Larson. The instrumental song "Toad" by the late-60s British supergroup Cream was the opening and closing theme for the show.
On ice, the song "Paree," a 1920s hit tune written by Leo Robin and Jose Padilla, has been played as an organ instrumental for decades, typically as the players enter the arena just before the start of each period. It was introduced by John Kiley, the organist for the Bruins, the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Celtics from the 1950s through the 1980s, and is still played during Bruins' games.
The song "Kernkraft 400 (Sport Chant Stadium Remix)", by the band Zombie Nation, is also a popular song at Bruins games as it is played after every Bruins goal.
Media and Broadcasters
- WBZ 1030AM (Boston Flagship)
The Boston Bruins are a professional ice hockey team based in Boston, Massachusetts. They are members of the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL) and are one of the Original Six teams of the league. Founded in 1924, the 2014–15 season was the 91st for the franchise. Since their founding the Bruins have won 2,979 regular season games, accumulated 25 division championships and 4 conference championships, led the league in points 13 times, appeared in the playoffs 69 times, and won six Stanley Cup titles.
|Stanley Cup champions|
|Led league in points|
|Term or abbreviation||Definition|
|Finish||Final position in division or league standings|
|GA||Goals against (goals scored by the Bruins' opponents)|
|GF||Goals for (goals scored by the Bruins)|
|GP||Number of games played|
|L||Number of losses|
|OT||Number of losses in overtime (since the 1999–2000 season)|
|Pts||Number of points|
|T||Number of ties|
|TG||Two-game total goals series|
|W||Number of wins|
|—||Does not apply|
Year by Year Record
|NHL season||Franchise season||Conference||Division||Regular season||Postseason|
|1924–25||1924–25||—||—[a]||6th||30||6||24||0||—||12||49||119||—||—||—||—||—||—||Did not qualify|
|1925–26||1925–26||—||—||4th||36||17||15||4||—||38||92||85||—||—||—||—||—||—||Did not qualify|
|1926–27||1926–27||—||American||2nd||44||21||20||3||—||45||97||89||8||2||2||4||16||13||Won Quarterfinals vs. Chicago Black Hawks, 10–5 (TG)|
Won Semifinals vs. New York Rangers, 3–1 (TG)
Lost Stanley Cup Finals to Ottawa Senators, 0–2–2
|1927–28||1927–28||—||American||1st||44||20||13||11||—||51||77||70||2||0||1||1||2||5||Lost Semifinals to New York Rangers, 2–5 (TG)|
|1928–29||1928–29||—||American||1st||44||26||13||5||—||57||89||52||5||5||0||0||9||3||Won Semifinals vs. Montreal Canadiens, 3–0|
Won Stanley Cup Finals vs. New York Rangers, 2–0
|1929–30||1929–30||—||American||1st||44||38||5||1||—||77||179||98||6||3||3||0||14||12||Won Semifinals vs. Montreal Maroons, 3–1|
Lost Stanley Cup Finals to Montreal Canadiens, 0–2
|1930–31||1930–31||—||American||1st||44||28||10||6||—||62||143||90||5||2||3||0||13||13||Lost Semifinals to Montreal Canadiens, 2–3|
|1931–32||1931–32||—||American||4th||48||15||21||12||—||42||122||117||—||—||—||—||—||—||Did not qualify|
|1932–33||1932–33||—||American||1st||48||25||15||8||—||58||124||88||5||2||3||0||7||9||Lost Semifinals to Toronto Maple Leafs, 2–3|
|1933–34||1933–34||—||American||4th||48||18||25||5||—||41||111||130||—||—||—||—||—||—||Did not qualify|
|1934–35||1934–35||—||American||1st||48||26||16||6||—||58||129||112||4||1||3||0||2||7||Lost Semifinals to Toronto Maple Leafs, 1–3|
|1935–36||1935–36||—||American||2nd||48||22||20||6||—||50||92||83||2||1||1||0||6||8||Lost Quarterfinals to Toronto Maple Leafs, 6–8 (TG)|
|1936–37||1936–37||—||American||2nd||48||23||18||7||—||53||120||110||3||1||2||0||6||8||Lost Quarterfinals to Montreal Maroons, 1–2|
|1937–38||1937–38||—||American||1st||48||30||11||7||—||67||142||89||3||0||3||0||3||6||Lost Semifinals to Toronto Maple Leafs, 0–3|
|1938–39||1938–39||—||—[c]||1st||48||36||10||2||—||74||156||76||12||8||4||0||26||18||Won Semifinals vs. New York Rangers, 4–3|
Won Stanley Cup Finals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 4–1
|1939–40||1939–40||—||—||1st||48||31||12||5||—||67||170||98||6||2||4||0||9||15||Lost Semifinals to New York Rangers, 2–4|
|1940–41||1940–41||—||—||1st||48||27||8||13||—||67||168||102||11||8||3||0||27||23||Won Semifinals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 4–3|
Won Stanley Cup Finals vs. Detroit Red Wings, 4–0
|1941–42||1941–42||—||—||3rd||48||25||17||6||—||56||160||118||5||2||3||0||10||16||Won Quarterfinals vs. Chicago Black Hawks, 2–1|
Lost Semifinals to Detroit Red Wings, 0–2
|1942–43||1942–43||—||—||2nd||50||24||17||9||—||57||195||176||9||4||5||0||23||33||Won Semifinals vs. Montreal Canadiens, 4–1|
Lost Stanley Cup Finals to Detroit Red Wings, 0–4
|1943–44||1943–44||—||—||5th||50||19||26||5||—||43||223||268||—||—||—||—||—||—||Did not qualify|
|1944–45||1944–45||—||—||4th||50||16||30||4||—||36||179||219||7||3||4||0||22||22||Lost Semifinals to Detroit Red Wings, 3–4|
|1945–46||1945–46||—||—||2nd||50||24||18||8||—||56||167||156||10||5||5||0||29||29||Won Semifinals vs. Detroit Red Wings, 4–1|
Lost Stanley Cup Finals to Montreal Canadiens, 1–4
|1946–47||1946–47||—||—||3rd||60||26||23||11||—||63||190||175||5||1||4||0||10||16||Lost Semifinals to Montreal Canadiens, 1–4|
|1947–48||1947–48||—||—||3rd||60||23||24||13||—||59||167||168||5||1||4||0||13||20||Lost Semifinals to Toronto Maple Leafs, 1–4|
|1948–49||1948–49||—||—||2nd||60||29||23||8||—||66||178||163||5||1||4||0||10||16||Lost Semifinals to Toronto Maple Leafs, 1–4|
|1949–50||1949–50||—||—||5th||70||22||32||16||—||60||198||228||—||—||—||—||—||—||Did not qualify|
|1950–51||1950–51||—||—||4th||70||22||30||18||—||62||178||197||6||1||4||1||5||17||Lost Semifinals to Toronto Maple Leafs, 1–4–1|
|1951–52||1951–52||—||—||4th||70||25||29||16||—||66||162||176||7||3||4||0||12||18||Lost Semifinals to Montreal Canadiens, 3–4|
|1952–53||1952–53||—||—||3rd||70||28||29||13||—||69||152||172||11||5||6||0||30||37||Won Semifinals vs. Detroit Red Wings, 4–2|
Lost Stanley Cup Finals to Montreal Canadiens, 1–4
|1953–54||1953–54||—||—||4th||70||32||28||10||—||74||177||181||4||0||4||0||4||16||Lost Semifinals to Montreal Canadiens, 0–4|
|1954–55||1954–55||—||—||4th||70||23||26||21||—||67||169||188||5||1||4||0||9||16||Lost Semifinals to Montreal Canadiens, 1–4|
|1955–56||1955–56||—||—||5th||70||23||34||13||—||59||147||185||—||—||—||—||—||—||Did not qualify|
|1956–57||1956–57||—||—||3rd||70||34||24||12||—||80||195||174||10||5||5||0||21||29||Won Semifinals vs. Detroit Red Wings, 4–1|
Lost Stanley Cup Finals to Montreal Canadiens, 1–4
|1957–58||1957–58||—||—||4th||70||27||28||15||—||69||199||194||12||6||6||0||42||32||Won Semifinals vs. New York Rangers, 4–2|
Lost Stanley Cup Finals to Montreal Canadiens, 2–4
|1958–59||1958–59||—||—||2nd||70||32||29||9||—||73||205||215||7||3||4||0||21||20||Lost Semifinals to Toronto Maple Leafs, 3–4|
|1959–60||1959–60||—||—||5th||70||28||34||8||—||64||220||241||—||—||—||—||—||—||Did not qualify|
|1960–61||1960–61||—||—||6th||70||15||42||13||—||43||176||254||—||—||—||—||—||—||Did not qualify|
|1961–62||1961–62||—||—||6th||70||15||47||8||—||38||177||306||—||—||—||—||—||—||Did not qualify|
|1962–63||1962–63||—||—||6th||70||14||39||17||—||45||198||281||—||—||—||—||—||—||Did not qualify|
|1963–64||1963–64||—||—||6th||70||18||40||12||—||48||170||212||—||—||—||—||—||—||Did not qualify|
|1964–65||1964–65||—||—||6th||70||21||43||6||—||48||166||253||—||—||—||—||—||—||Did not qualify|
|1965–66||1965–66||—||—||5th||70||21||43||6||—||48||174||275||—||—||—||—||—||—||Did not qualify|
|1966–67||1966–67||—||—||6th||70||17||43||10||—||44||182||253||—||—||—||—||—||—||Did not qualify|
|1967–68||1967–68||—||East||3rd||74||37||27||10||—||84||259||216||4||0||4||0||8||15||Lost Quarterfinals to Montreal Canadiens, 0–4|
|1968–69||1968–69||—||East||2nd||76||42||18||16||—||100||303||221||10||6||4||0||40||20||Won Quarterfinals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 4–0|
Lost Semifinals to Montreal Canadiens, 2–4
|1969–70||1969–70||—||East||2nd||76||40||17||19||—||99||277||216||14||12||2||0||65||33||Won Quarterfinals vs. New York Rangers, 4–2|
Won Semifinals vs. Chicago Black Hawks, 4–0
Won Stanley Cup Finals vs. St. Louis Blues, 4–0
|1970–71||1970–71||—||East||1st||78||57||14||7||—||121||399||207||7||3||4||0||26||28||Lost Quarterfinals to Montreal Canadiens, 3–4|
|1971–72||1971–72||—||East||1st||78||54||13||11||—||119||330||204||15||12||3||0||64||34||Won Quarterfinals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 4–1|
Won Semifinals vs. St. Louis Blues, 4–0
Won Stanley Cup Finals vs. New York Rangers, 4–2
|1972–73||1972–73||—||East||2nd||78||51||22||5||—||107||330||235||5||1||4||0||11||22||Lost Quarterfinals to New York Rangers, 1–4|
|1973–74||1973–74||—||East||1st||78||52||17||9||—||113||349||221||16||10||6||0||58||44||Won Quarterfinals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 4–0|
Won Semifinals vs. Chicago Black Hawks, 4–2
Lost Stanley Cup Finals to Philadelphia Flyers, 2–4
|1974–75||1974–75||Wales||Adams||2nd||80||40||26||14||—||94||345||245||3||1||2||0||15||12||Lost Preliminary Round to Chicago Black Hawks, 1–2|
|1975–76||1975–76||Wales||Adams||1st||80||48||15||17||—||113||313||237||12||5||7||0||38||33||Won Quarterfinals vs. Los Angeles Kings, 4–3|
Lost Semifinals to Philadelphia Flyers, 1–4
|1976–77||1976–77||Wales||Adams||1st||80||49||23||8||—||106||312||240||14||8||6||0||50||48||Won Quarterfinals vs. Los Angeles Kings, 4–2|
Won Semifinals vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 4–0
Lost Stanley Cup Finals to Montreal Canadiens, 0–4
|1977–78||1977–78||Wales||Adams||1st||80||51||18||11||—||113||333||218||15||10||5||0||53||42||Won Quarterfinals vs. Chicago Black Hawks, 4–0|
Won Semifinals vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 4–1
Lost Stanley Cup Finals to Montreal Canadiens, 2–4
|1978–79||1978–79||Wales||Adams||1st||80||43||23||14||—||100||316||270||11||7||4||0||36||32||Won Quarterfinals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 4–0|
Lost Semifinals to Montreal Canadiens, 3–4
|1979–80||1979–80||Wales||Adams||2nd||80||46||21||13||—||105||310||234||10||4||6||0||35||33||Won Preliminary Round vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 3–2|
Lost Quarterfinals to New York Islanders, 1–4
|1980–81||1980–81||Wales||Adams||2nd||80||37||30||13||—||87||316||272||3||0||3||0||13||20||Lost Preliminary Round to Minnesota North Stars, 0–3|
|1981–82||1981–82||Wales||Adams||2nd||80||43||27||10||—||96||323||285||11||6||5||0||43||39||Won Division Semifinals vs. Buffalo Sabres, 3–1|
Lost Division Finals to Quebec Nordiques, 3–4
|1982–83||1982–83||Wales||Adams||1st||80||50||20||10||—||110||327||228||17||9||8||0||65||61||Won Division Semifinals vs. Quebec Nordiques, 3–1|
Won Division Finals vs. Buffalo Sabres, 4–3
Lost Conference Finals to New York Islanders, 2–4
|1983–84||1983–84||Wales||Adams||1st||80||49||25||6||—||104||336||261||3||0||3||0||2||10||Lost Division Semifinals to Montreal Canadiens, 0–3|
|1984–85||1984–85||Wales||Adams||4th||80||36||34||10||—||82||303||287||5||2||3||0||17||19||Lost Division Semifinals to Montreal Canadiens, 2–3|
|1985–86||1985–86||Wales||Adams||3rd||80||37||31||12||—||86||311||288||3||0||3||0||6||10||Lost Division Semifinals to Montreal Canadiens, 0–3|
|1986–87||1986–87||Wales||Adams||3rd||80||39||34||7||—||85||301||276||4||0||4||0||11||19||Lost Division Semifinals to Montreal Canadiens, 0–4|
|1987–88||1987–88||Wales||Adams||2nd||80||44||30||6||—||94||300||251||23||12||10||1||85||72||Won Division Semifinals vs. Buffalo Sabres, 4–2|
Won Division Finals vs. Montreal Canadiens, 4–1
Won Conference Finals vs. New Jersey Devils, 4–3
Lost Stanley Cup Finals to Edmonton Oilers, 0–4–1
|1988–89||1988–89||Wales||Adams||2nd||80||37||29||14||—||88||289||256||10||5||5||0||29||30||Won Division Semifinals vs. Buffalo Sabres, 4–1|
Lost Division Finals to Montreal Canadiens, 1–4
|1989–90||1989–90||Wales||Adams||1st||80||46||25||9||—||101||289||232||21||13||8||0||62||59||Won Division Semifinals vs. Hartford Whalers, 4–3|
Won Division Finals vs. Montreal Canadiens, 4–1
Won Conference Finals vs. Washington Capitals, 4–0
Lost Stanley Cup Finals to Edmonton Oilers, 1–4
|1990–91||1990–91||Wales||Adams||1st||80||44||24||12||—||100||299||264||19||10||9||0||60||62||Won Division Semifinals vs. Hartford Whalers, 4–2|
Won Division Finals vs. Montreal Canadiens, 4–3
Lost Conference Finals to Pittsburgh Penguins, 2–4
|1991–92||1991–92||Wales||Adams||2nd||80||36||32||12||—||84||270||275||15||8||7||0||40||51||Won Division Semifinals vs. Buffalo Sabres, 4–3|
Won Division Finals vs. Montreal Canadiens, 4–0
Lost Conference Finals to Pittsburgh Penguins, 0–4
|1992–93||1992–93||Wales||Adams||1st||84||51||26||7||—||109||332||268||4||0||4||0||12||19||Lost Division Semifinals to Buffalo Sabres, 0–4|
|1993–94||1993–94||Eastern||Northeast||2nd||84||42||29||13||—||97||289||252||13||6||7||0||39||42||Won Conference Quarterfinals vs. Montreal Canadiens, 4–3|
Lost Conference Semifinals to New Jersey Devils, 2–4
|1994–95||1994–95||Eastern||Northeast||3rd||48||27||18||3||—||57||150||127||5||1||4||0||5||14||Lost Conference Quarterfinals to New Jersey Devils, 1–4|
|1995–96||1995–96||Eastern||Northeast||2nd||82||40||31||11||—||91||282||269||5||1||4||0||16||22||Lost Conference Quarterfinals to Florida Panthers, 1–4|
|1996–97||1996–97||Eastern||Northeast||6th||82||26||47||9||—||61||234||300||—||—||—||—||—||—||Did not qualify|
|1997–98||1997–98||Eastern||Northeast||2nd||82||39||30||13||—||91||221||194||6||2||4||0||13||15||Lost Conference Quarterfinals to Washington Capitals, 2–4|
|1998–99||1998–99||Eastern||Northeast||3rd||82||39||30||13||—||91||214||181||12||6||6||0||30||27||Won Conference Quarterfinals vs. Carolina Hurricanes, 4–2|
Lost Conference Semifinals to Buffalo Sabres, 2–4
|1999–2000||1999–2000||Eastern||Northeast||5th||82||24||33||19||6[h]||73||210||248||—||—||—||—||—||—||Did not qualify|
|2000–01||2000–01||Eastern||Northeast||4th||82||36||30||8||8||88||227||249||—||—||—||—||—||—||Did not qualify|
|2001–02||2001–02||Eastern||Northeast||1st||82||43||24||6||9||101||236||201||6||2||4||0||18||20||Lost Conference Quarterfinals to Montreal Canadiens, 2–4|
|2002–03||2002–03||Eastern||Northeast||3rd||82||36||31||11||4||87||245||237||5||1||4||0||8||13||Lost Conference Quarterfinals to New Jersey Devils, 1–4|
|2003–04||2003–04||Eastern||Northeast||1st||82||41||19||15||7||104||209||188||7||3||4||0||14||19||Lost Conference Quarterfinals to Montreal Canadiens, 3–4|
|2004–05||2004–05||Eastern||Northeast||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||No playoffs due to lockout|
|2005–06||2005–06||Eastern||Northeast||5th||82||29||37||—[j]||16||74||230||266||—||—||—||—||—||—||Did not qualify|
|2006–07||2006–07||Eastern||Northeast||5th||82||35||41||—||6||76||219||289||—||—||—||—||—||—||Did not qualify|
|2007–08||2007–08||Eastern||Northeast||3rd||82||41||29||—||12||94||212||222||7||3||4||0||15||19||Lost Conference Quarterfinals to Montreal Canadiens, 3–4|
|2008–09||2008–09||Eastern||Northeast||1st||82||53||19||—||10||116||274||196||11||7||4||0||34||22||Won Conference Quarterfinals vs. Montreal Canadiens, 4–0|
Lost Conference Semifinals to Carolina Hurricanes, 3–4
|2009–10||2009–10||Eastern||Northeast||3rd||82||39||30||—||13||91||206||200||13||7||6||0||36||37||Won Conference Quarterfinals vs. Buffalo Sabres, 4–2|
Lost Conference Semifinals to Philadelphia Flyers, 3–4
|2010–11||2010–11||Eastern||Northeast||1st||82||46||25||—||11||103||246||195||25||16||9||0||81||53||Won Conference Quarterfinals vs. Montreal Canadiens, 4–3|
Won Conference Semifinals vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 4–0
Won Conference Finals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, 4–3
Won Stanley Cup Finals vs. Vancouver Canucks, 4–3
|2011–12||2011–12||Eastern||Northeast||1st||82||49||29||—||4||102||269||202||7||3||4||0||15||16||Lost Conference Quarterfinals to Washington Capitals, 3–4|
|2012–13||2012–13||Eastern||Northeast||2nd||48||28||14||—||6||62||131||109||22||14||8||0||65||47||Won Conference Quarterfinals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 4–3|
Won Conference Semifinals vs. New York Rangers, 4–1
Won Conference Finals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 4–0
Lost Stanley Cup Finals to Chicago Blackhawks, 2–4
|1st||82||54||19||—||9||117||261||177||12||7||5||0||30||26||Won First Round vs. Detroit Red Wings, 4–1|
Lost Second Round to Montreal Canadiens, 3–4
|2014–15||2014–15||Eastern||Atlantic||5th||82||41||27||—||14||96||213||211||—||—||—||—||—||—||Did not qualify|
|2015–16||2015–16||Eastern||Atlantic||4th||82||42||31||—||9||93||240||230||—||—||—||—||—||—||Did not qualify|
|2016–17||2016–17||Eastern||Atlantic||3rd||82||44||31||—||7||95||234||212||6||2||4||0||13||15||Lost First Round to Ottawa Senators, 2–4|
|2017–18||2017–18||Eastern||Atlantic||2nd||82||50||20||—||12||112||270||214||12||5||7||0||41||37||Won First Round vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 4–3|
Lost Second Round vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 1–4
|2018–19||2018–19||Eastern||Atlantic||2nd||82||49||24||—||9||107||259||215||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD||W First Round vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3|
Won Second Round (Columbus Blue Jackets) 4-2
Won Conf. Final (Carolina Hurricanes) 4-0
Lost Stanley Cup Final (St. Louis Blues) 3-4
|NHL season||Franchise season||Conference||Division||Regular season||Postseason|
- a From the 1924–25 season through the 1925–26 season, the NHL had no divisions.
- b From the 1926–27 season through the 1937–38 season, Boston played in the American Division.
- c From the 1938–39 season through the 1966–67 season, the NHL had no divisions.
- d Prior to the 1967–68 season, the NHL split into East and West Divisions because of the addition of six expansion teams.
- e The NHL realigned prior to the 1974–75 season. The Bruins were placed in the Prince of Wales Conference's Adams Division.
- f The NHL realigned into Eastern and Western conferences prior to the 1993–94 season. Boston was placed in the Northeast Division of the Eastern Conference.
- g The season was shortened to 48 games because of the 1994–95 NHL lockout.
- h Beginning with the 1999–2000 season, teams received one point for losing a regular season game in overtime.
- i The season was cancelled because of the 2004–05 NHL lockout.
- j Prior to the 2005–06 season, the NHL instituted a penalty shootout for regular season games that remained tied after a five-minute overtime period, which prevented ties.
- k The season was shortened to 48 games because of the 2012–13 NHL lockout.
- l The NHL realigned prior to the 2013–14 season. The Bruins were placed in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference.
- Lionel Hitchman, 1927–31
- George Owen, 1931–32
- Dit Clapper, 1932–38, 1939–47
- Cooney Weiland, 1938–39
- John Crawford, 1947–50
- Milt Schmidt, 1950–55
- Ed Sandford, 1955
- Fernie Flaman, 1955–61
- Don McKenney, 1961–63
- Leo Boivin, 1963–66
- John Bucyk, 1966–67, 1973–77
- Wayne Cashman, 1977–83
- Terry O'Reilly, 1983–85
- Ray Bourque & Rick Middleton, 1985–88
- Ray Bourque, 1988–2000
- Jason Allison, 2000–01
- Joe Thornton, 2002–05
- Zdeno Chara , 2006–present
Hall of Famers
- Marty Barry, C, 1929–35, inducted 1965
- Bobby Bauer, RW, 1935–52, inducted 1996
- Leo Boivin, D, 1954–66, inducted 1986
- Ray Bourque, D, 1979–00, inducted 2004
- Frank Brimsek, G, 1938–49, inducted 1966
- John Bucyk, LW, 1957–78, inducted 1981
- Billy Burch, LW, 1932–33, inducted 1974
- Gerry Cheevers, G, 1965–80, inducted 1985
- Dit Clapper, D, 1927–47, inducted 1947
- Sprague Cleghorn, D, 1925–28, inducted 1948
- Paul Coffey, D, 2000–01, inducted 2004
- Roy Conacher, LW, 1938–45, inducted 1998
- Bun Cook, LW, 1936–37, inducted 1995
- Bill Cowley, C, 1935–47, inducted 1968
- Cy Denneny, LW, 1928–29, inducted 1959
- Woody Dumart, LW, 1935–54, inducted 1992
- Phil Esposito, C, 1967–76, inducted 1984
- Fernie Flaman, D, 1944–50 & 1954–61, inducted 1990
- Frank Frederickson, C, 1926–28, inducted 1958
- Busher Jackson, LW-D, 1941–44, inducted 1971
- Tom Johnson, D, 1963–65, inducted 1970
- Duke Keats, C, 1926, inducted 1958
- Guy Lapointe, D, 1983–84, inducted 1993
- Harry Lumley, G, 1957–60, inducted 1980
- Mickey Mackay, C, 1928–1930, inducted 1952
- Sylvio Mantha, D, 1937, inducted 1960
- Joe Mullen, RW, 1995–96, inducted 2000
- Cam Neely, RW, 1986–96, inducted 2005
- Harry Oliver, C, 1926–34, inducted 1967
- Bobby Orr, D, 1966–76, inducted 1979
- Brad Park, D, 1975–83, inducted 1988
- Bernie Parent, G, 1965–67, inducted 1984
- Jacques Plante, G, 1973, inducted 1978
- Babe Pratt, D, 1946–47, inducted 1966
- Bill Quackenbush, D, 1949–56, inducted 1976
- Jean Ratelle, C, 1975–81, inducted 1985
- Terry Sawchuk, G, 1955–57, inducted 1971
- Milt Schmidt, C, 1936–55, inducted 1961
- Eddie Shore, D, 1926–40, inducted 1947
- Babe Siebert, D, 1933–36, inducted 1964
- Hooley Smith, C, 1936–37, inducted 1972
- Allan Stanley, D, 1956–58, inducted 1981
- Nels Stewart, RW-D, 1933–37, inducted 1962
- Tiny Thompson, G, 1928–39, inducted 1959
- Cooney Weiland, C, 1928–32 & 1935–39, inducted 1971
- Charles Adams, President, 1924–36, inducted 1960
- Weston Adams, Sr., Director; President, 1936–51, inducted 1972
- Walter A. Brown, President, 1951–64, inducted 1962
- Frank Patrick, Head coach, 1934–36, inducted 1958
- Art Ross, Head coach; General Manager, 1924–54, inducted 1945
- Harry Sinden, Head coach; General Manager; President; Senior Advisor, 1966–present, inducted 1983
- 2 Eddie Shore, D, 1926–40, number retired January 1, 1947
- 3 Lionel Hitchman, D, 1925–34, number retired February 22, 1934, first professional hockey player to have number retired
- 4 Bobby Orr, D, 1966–76, number retired January 9, 1979
- 5 Aubrey "Dit" Clapper, D, 1927–47, number retired February 12, 1947
- 7 Phil Esposito, C, 1967–75, number retired December 3, 1987
- 8 Cam Neely, RW, 1986–96, number retired January 12, 2004
- 9 Johnny Bucyk, LW, 1955–78, number retired March 13, 1980
- 15 Milt Schmidt, LW, 1936–55, number retired March 13, 1980
- 24 Terry O'Reilly, RW, 1972–85, number retired October 24, 2002
- 77 Ray Bourque, D, 1979–2000, number retired October 4, 2001
- 99 Wayne Gretzky, number retired league-wide February 6, 2000
First-Round Draft Picks
- 1963: Orest Romashyna (3rd overall)
- 1964: Alex Campbell (2nd overall)
- 1965: Joe Bailey (4th overall)
- 1966: Barry Gibbs (1st overall)
- 1967: Meehan Bonnar (10th overall)
- 1968: Danny Schock (12th overall)
- 1969: Don Tannahill (3rd overall), Frank Spring (4th overall), & Ivan Boldirev (11th overall)
- 1970: Reggie Leach (3rd overall), Rick MacLeish (4th overall), Ron Plumb (9th overall), & Bob Stewart (13th overall)
- 1971: Ron Jones (6th overall) & Terry O'Reilly (14th overall)
- 1972: Mike Bloom (16th overall)
- 1973: Andre Savard (6th overall)
- 1974: Don Larway (18th overall)
- 1975: Doug Halward (14th overall)
- 1976: Clayton Pachal (16th overall)
- 1977: Dwight Foster (16th overall)
- 1978: Al Secord (16th overall)
- 1979: Ray Bourque (8th overall) & Brad McCrimmon (15th overall)
- 1980: Barry Pederson (18th overall)
- 1981: Normand Leveille (14th overall)
- 1982: Gord Kluzak (1st overall)
- 1983: Nevin Markwart (21st overall)
- 1984: Dave Pasin (19th overall)
- 1985: None
- 1986: Craig Janney (13th overall)
- 1987: Glen Wesley (3rd overall) & Stephane Quintal (14th overall)
- 1988: Robert Cimetta (18th overall)
- 1989: Shayne Stevenson (17th overall)
- 1990: Bryan Smolinski (21st overall)
- 1991: Glen Murray (18th overall)
- 1992: Dmitri Kvartalnov (16th overall)
- 1993: Kevyn Adams (25th overall)
- 1994: Evgeni Ryabchikov (21st overall)
- 1995: Kyle McLaren (9th overall) & Sean Brown (21st overall)
- 1996: Johnathan Aitken (8th overall)
- 1997: Joe Thornton (1st overall) & Sergei Samsonov (8th overall)
- 1998: None
- 1999: Nick Boynton (21st overall)
- 2000: Lars Jonsson (7th overall) & Martin Samuelsson (27th overall)
- 2001: Shaone Morrisonn (19th overall)
- 2002: Hannu Toivonen (29th overall)
- 2003: Mark Stuart (21st overall)
- 2004: None
- 2005: Matt Lashoff (22nd overall)
- 2006: Phil Kessel (5th overall)
- 2007: Zach Hamill (8th overall)
- 2008: Joe Colborne (16th overall)
- 2009: Jordan Caron (25th overall)
- 2010: Tyler Seguin (2nd overall)
- 2011: Dougie Hamilton (9th overall)
- 2012: Malcolm Subban (24th overall)
- 2013: none
- 2014: David Pastrňák (25th overall)
- 2015: Jakub Zboril, Jake DeBrusk, Zachary Senyshyn (13th, 14th, 15th overall)
- 2016: Charles McAvoy (14th overall)
- 2017: Urho Vaakanainen (18th overall)
- 2018: none
- 2019: John Beecher (30th overall)
Franchise Scoring Leaders
These are the top point-scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed NHL regular season.
Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game; * = current Bruins player
NHL Awards and Trophies
- 1927–28, 1928–29, 1929–30, 1930–31, 1932–33, 1934–35, 1937–38, 1938–39, 1939–40, 1940–41, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1973–74, 1987–88, 1989–90, 2010-11, 2012-13, 2018-19
- Phil Esposito: 1968–69, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1973–74
- Bobby Orr: 1969–70, 1974–75
- Joe Thornton*: 2005–06
- Frank Brimsek: 1938–39 (trophy known as "Calder Trophy")
- Jack Gelineau: 1949–50
- Larry Regan: 1956–57
- Bobby Orr: 1966–67
- Derek Sanderson: 1967–68
- Ray Bourque: 1979–80
- Sergei Samsonov: 1997–98
- Andrew Raycroft: 2003–04
- Eddie Shore: 1932–33, 1934–35, 1935–36, 1937–38
- Bill Cowley: 1940–41, 1942–43
- Milt Schmidt: 1950–51
- Phil Esposito: 1968–69, 1973–74
- Bobby Orr: 1969–70, 1970–71, 1971–72
- Joe Thornton*: 2005–06
- Bobby Orr: 1967–68, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1974–75
- Ray Bourque: 1986–87, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1993–94
- Zdeno Chara: 2008-09
- Bobby Bauer: 1939–40, 1940–41, 1946–47
- Don McKenny: 1959–60
- John Bucyk: 1970–71, 1973–74
- Rick Middleton: 1981–82
- Charles F. Adams: 1966–67
- Walter A. Brown: 1967–68
- Eddie Shore: 1969–70
- Cooney Weiland: 1971–72
- John Bucyk: 1976–77
- Phil Esposito: 1977–78
- Bobby Orr: 1978–79
- Milt Schmidt: 1995–96
- Harry Sinden: 1998–99
- Willie O'Ree: 2002–03
- Ray Bourque: 2002–03
NHL Leading Scorer (prior to awarding of Art Ross Trophy)
- Tiny Thompson: 1929–30, 1932–33, 1935–36, 1937–38
- Frank Brimsek: 1938–39, 1941–42
- Pete Peeters: 1982–83
- Tim Thomas: 2010-11
- Tuukka Rask: 2013-14
Franchise Individual Records
- Most goals in a season: Phil Esposito, 76 (1970–71)
- Most assists in a season: Bobby Orr, 102 (1970–71)
- Most points in a season: Phil Esposito, 152 (1970–71)
- Most penalty minutes in a season: Jay Miller, 304 (1987–88)
- Lowest goals against average in a season: Frank Brimsek, 1.56, (1938-39)
- Most points per game in a season: Bill Cowley, 1.97 (1943–44)
- Most points in a season, defenseman: Bobby Orr, 139 (1970–71)
- Most points in a season, rookie: Joe Juneau, 102 (1992–93)
- Most wins in a season: Pete Peeters, 40 (1982–83)
- Most shutouts in a season: Hal Winkler, 15 (1927–28)
- Consecutive games streak: John Bucyk, 418 (January 23, 1969 - March 2, 1975)
- Longest point scoring streak: Bronco Horvath, 22 games, (1959-60)
- The Bruins have a number of notable firsts, including:
- First team to pull their goalie. In the second game of the 1931 Stanley Cup semi-finals on March 26, trailing 1-0 to the Montreal Canadiens, Art Ross pulled Tiny Thompson for an extra attacker which didn't succeed in tying the game.
- First goalie to be credited with an assist. Tiny Thompson accomplished the feat on January 14, 1936 versus the Toronto Maple Leafs.
- First team to sweep an NHL seven game series. Accomplished in the 1941 Stanley Cup Finals versus the Detroit Red Wings.
- First team to employ a third jersey. In the 1955–56 Boston Bruins season, the team added a gold jersey, in addition to the white and black ones.
- First team to use three goalies in regular rotation. In the 1966–67 Boston Bruins season, the team used Eddie Johnston, Gerry Cheevers and Bernie Parent for 34, 22 and 18 games respectively.
- First defenseman to score a hat trick in a playoff game. Bobby Orr accomplished the feat in Boston's 5-2 win in game 4 of the 1971 Quarter-finals against Montreal.
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|National Hockey League|
|Structure||Playoffs (Streaks • Droughts • All-time playoff series) • Conference Finals • Finals|
|Annual events||Seasons • Stanley Cup (Champions • Winning players • Traditions and anecdotes) • Presidents' Trophy • All-Star Game • Draft • Awards • All-Star Teams|
|Players||List of players • Association • Retired jersey numbers • Captains|
|History||Lore • Organizational changes :: • Defunct teams • NHA • Original Six • 1967 Expansion • WHA Merger • Lockouts|
|Others||Outdoor games (Winter Classic • Heritage Classic • Stadium Series) • Potential expansion • Hall of Fame (Members) • Rivalries • Arenas • Rules • Fighting • Violence : International games • Kraft Hockeyville • Collective bargaining agreement • Television and radio coverage|
|Category • 2019–20 Season • 2020–21 Season • 2021–22 Season|
|The Franchise||Franchise • Original Six • Team History • All-time Roster • Seasons • Players • Records • GMs • Head Coaches|
|Arenas||Boston Arena • Boston Garden • TD Garden|
|Head Coaches||Ross • Denneny • Patrick • Weiland • Clapper • Boucher • Patrick • Schmidt • Watson• Sinden • Johnson • Guidolin • Cherry • Creighton • Cheevers • Goring • O'Reilly • Milbury • Bowness • Sutter • Kasper • Burns • Keenan • Ftorek • O'Connell • Sullivan • Lewis • Julien • Cassidy|
|Retired Numbers||2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 7 • 8 • 9 • 15 • 16 • 24 • 77 • 99|
|Affiliates||Providence Bruins • Atlanta Gladiators|
|Rivals||Montreal Canadiens • Toronto Maple Leafs • Philadelphia Flyers • New York Rangers|
|Stanley Cups||1929, 1939, 1941, 1970, 1972, 2011|