Boston Bruins

▪ American hockey team
 American professional ice hockey team based in Boston that plays in the Eastern Conference in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Bruins have won the Stanley Cup five times.

      Established in 1924, the Bruins were the first American team to join the NHL. Success came to the team relatively early, with the Bruins winning the 1929 Stanley Cup over the New York Rangers in the first Stanley Cup finals to feature two American teams. The early Bruins teams featured future Hall of Fame members Eddie Shore, Aubrey “Dit” Clapper, and Cecil “Tiny” Thompson, among others. The Bruins took home two more Stanley Cups, after the 1938–39 and 1940–41 seasons, behind goal-keeping great Frank Brimsek. They returned to the Stanley Cup finals five more times between 1943 and 1958 but lost on each occasion.

      After a dreadful run in the 1960s, during which the Bruins finished last in the NHL in six of the seven seasons from 1960–61 to 1966–67, superstars Bobby Orr (Orr, Bobby) and Phil Esposito (Esposito, Phil) emerged to resurrect the franchise. The two led the Bruins to the Stanley Cup in 1970, in the team's first league championship in 29 years. Orr, a defenseman, was the Bruin's most popular player until he left the team after the 1975–76 season, netting three league Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards (1970–72) and leading the team to another Stanley Cup win in 1972. Future Hall of Fame defenseman Ray Bourque joined the Bruins in 1979 and quickly became the new face of the franchise, playing for the team for almost two decades. The Bruins consistently contended during this period, as evidenced by their NHL-record 26 consecutive play-off appearances between 1968 and 1996, but they often played second fiddle to teams such as the Montreal Canadiens and the Edmonton Oilers.

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