Best of the Bruins

Boston’s All-Time Great Hockey Players and Coaches


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About the Book

Among the “Original Six” National Hockey League clubs to survive the Great Depression, the Boston Bruins have a vibrant history. Entering the 2019-2020 campaign, the team ranked fourth all-time, with six Stanley Cup championships. Some of the most gifted players in NHL history have skated for the Bruins over the years. This detailed survey tells the individual stories of the players and coaches, past and present, who have helped make the Bruins perennial contenders for close to a century.

About the Author(s)

Jonathan Weeks has authored several sports biographies and two novels. He lives in Malone, New York.

Bibliographic Details

Jonathan Weeks
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 203
Bibliographic Info: 18 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2021
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8397-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4225-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface vi
Introduction: A Brief History of the Bruins 1
1. Centers 5
Cooney Weiland, Marty Barry, Nels Stewart, Bill Cowley, Milt Schmidt, Don McKenney, Bronco Horvath, Derek Sanderson, Fred Stanfield, Phil Esposito, Gregg Sheppard, Jean Ratelle, Peter McNab, Barry Pederson, Steve Kasper, Ken Linseman, Craig Janney, Adam Oates, Joe Thornton, Brian Rolston, Patrice Bergeron, Marc Savard, David Krejci
2. Right-Wingers 36
Harry Oliver, Dit Clapper, Bobby Bauer, Johnny Peirson, Leo Labine, Ed Westfall, John McKenzie, Ken Hodge, Terry O’Reilly, Bobby Schmautz, Rick Middleton, Keith Crowder, Cam Neely, Glen Murray, Steve Heinze, David Pastrnak
3. Left-Wingers 57
Red Beattie, Woody Dumart, Roy Conacher, Herb Cain, Vic Stasiuk, Johnny Bucyk, Wayne Cashman, Don Marcotte, Stan Jonathan, Randy Burridge, Ted Donato, Sergei Samsonov, P.J. Axelsson, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand
4. Defensemen 78
Lionel Hitchman, Eddie Shore, Flash Hollett, Murray Henderson, Fern Flaman, Bill Quackenbush, Doug Mohns, Leo Boivin, Dallas Smith, Ted Green, Gary Doak, Bobby Orr, Rick Smith, Brad Park, Mike Milbury, Ray Bourque, Glen Wesley, Don Sweeney, Kyle McLaren, Hal Gill, Zdeno Chara, Andrew Ference, Johnny Boychuk, Adam McQuaid, Dennis Seidenberg, Torey Krug
5. Goalies 116
Cecil Thompson, Frank Brimsek, Jim Henry, Don Simmons, Eddie Johnston, Gerry Cheevers, Gilles Gilbert, Pete Peeters, Reggie Lemelin, Andy Moog, Byron Dafoe, Tim Thomas, Tuukka Rask
6. Hall of Famers Briefly with the Bruins 136
Sprague Cleghorn, Frank Fredrickson, Duke Keats, Mickey MacKay, Cy Denneny, Billy Burch, Babe Siebert, Bun Cook, Hooley Smith, Sylvio Mantha, Busher Jackson, Babe Pratt, Terry Sawchuk, Allan Stanley, Willie O’Ree, Tom Johnson, Bernie Parent, Jacques Plante, Rogie Vachon, Guy Lapointe, Joe Mullen, Dave Andreychuk, Paul Coffey, Brian Leetch, Mark Recchi, Jaromir Jagr, Jarome Iginla
7. Coaches 156
Art Ross; Claude Julien; Don Cherry; Harry Sinden; Tom Johnson; Cooney Weiland; Mike Milbury; Terry O’Reilly; Gerry Cheevers; Bruce Cassidy
Appendix A: Lifetime Statistics of Featured Players (Through ­2019-20) 161
Appendix B: Bruins Playoff Appearances and Results 165
Chapter Notes 175
Bibliography 183
Index 191