Hall of Bruins
2 EDDIE SHORE: Because of the way our technology is today, there are no videos of Eddie Shore playing hockey, at least I couldn’t find any. So when in doubt, just throw in a Slap Shot video because, well let’s be realistic, the Chiefs whole game plan is based around Eddie Shore and old time hockey.
3 LIONEL HITCHMAN: The first Bruins captain, spent time with Bruins being paired on the blue-line with Eddie Shore. Hitchman was a defensive-minded player which aloud Eddie Shore to be the player he was because Hitchman always had the blue line covered. Hitchman was also a member of the greatly coached Art Ross teams during the early years of the Bruins.
4 BOBBY ORR: Number four Bobby Orr, only a great player would have his name go so well with his number. One of the best defenseman to play the greatest game on earth, Orr will forever be known for his Stanley Cup clinching goal over St. Louis in the 1970 Stanley Cup Finals. The image is forever frozen in the minds of Bruins fans, even if you were not old enough to watch the game live. Even to this day, in moments like taking the ceremonial faceoff at the Winter Classic, Bobby Orr still get’s the loudest ovation in the stadium.
5 AUBREY “DIT” CLAPPER: Clapper was a lifelong Bruin who had his number retired in 1947. Clapper once held two different accomplishments while playing, first was the honer of being the longest serving captain in the league until the likes of Ray Bourque and Steve Yzerman. He was also once the only active player to be in the Hall of Fame. He announced he was going to retire and be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
7 PHIL ESPOSITO: When sent to Boston in a blockbuster deal, Esposito began to come into his game. While in Boston he was the first NHL player to score 100 points in a season, he had 126 in 1969, which was one of six time he reached the 100 plateau in his career. Esposito also held the single season scoring record with 76 goals, until it was broken in 1982 by Gretzky.
8 CAM NEELY: One of the reasons the tradition of the Big Bad Bruins was continued. Neely brought a passion to the game that not many players have, he was able to take the puck and not allow the opposing player to get it back, until they had an opportunity on the face-off following one of his highlight reel goals. If someone did get the puck from Neely, and thats a big IF, he would got beat you up to get the puck back.
9 JOHNNY BUCYK: The Chief, as he was known during his time in Boston. He was a member of the cup winning teams in 1970 and 1972, he is also still the Bruins all-time leader in three categories; seasons (21), games (1,436), and goals (545). He was also the holder of the points and assist records but he was passed by Ray Bourque. The two time winner of the NHL’s most gentlemanly player, Bucky was still one to throw the body around to get the team going, like a great captain often does.
15 MILT SCHMIDT: Who can be compared to Johnny Pesky, Mr. Boston Bruin, Milt Schmidt skated his last game as a Bruin in 1955. Schmidt was one of the best players of his era, but with the lack of video footage, like with Shore, Clapper, & Hitchman, there is not much of a way of showing how great these players are. Schmidt was still voted as one of the top 50 players of all-time (#27) in a 2000 Hockey News article. One of the few players ranked ahead of him from his era, was Eddie Shore.
24 TERRY O’REILLY: The tazmanian devil, O’Reilly feared no one when he laced em up, he played like a man on a mission every shift. Of the many great O’Reilly moments, the best is when he is squaring off for a fight and to get the fight started he throws his glove in the face of the opponent and then attacks him with a right hook. O’Reilly was never the falshiest player but he is one of those few Boston players who are still looked at as an icon because he became, some what, of a cult legend while in Boston. I mean how can a guy who climbs into the stand at MSG not be loved among all of Bruin-kind.
77 RAY BOURQUE: How the word “class” was never added to Ray Bourque’s name in his lifetime will forever have me stumped. This is a guy who came into the league and after making his name with the Bruins wearing the number 7, a number of a soon to be retired Bruin Phil Esposito. So on the night of the ceremony Bourque skates up to the microphone at center ice, where he takes off his number 7 jersey and gives it to Esposito and Bourque doubles his number to 77. One of the most under-rated moments in sports. When if ever has another player, in any sport, has a player done what Bourque did. Just one of the many reason “class” belongs with Bourque’s name. Unfortunately, the one thing he wanted to accomplish as a Bruin he couldn’t…