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The Boston Bruins is one of the most established teams in the NHL. With its extensive and decorated history, the Bruins have won six Stanley Cups, five Conference Championships, 26 Division Championships, and a host of other accolades.
Of course, the Bruins will not be the franchise that it is without its players that have undeniably shaped the team’s storied history. Boston has been home to great players across generations. These players have not just made an incredible impact to the Bruins but have also left remarkable legacies in the NHL itself.
These are the Bruins’ 10 best players of all time:
10. Tuukka Rask
Although Tuukka Rask is now retired, he’s already proven himself as one of the best to play for Boston. The 34-year-old goaltender has the most games played by a goaltender in franchise history, and the most wins as well. Rask is a two-time All-Star who has made the NHL First All-Star Team once. He is also a part of the Bruins squad that won the 2011 Stanley Cup. With a save percentage of 0.921 – the best in the NHL’s salary cap era – Rask was always dependable and as safe as houses during a wonderfully consistent career.
With US sportsbooks now offering prop bets on goalkeeper saves, amongst many other NHL betting offers, Rask would have been a very popular selection with Bruins bettors all through the season!
9. Brad Marchand
Brad Marchand has been one of the highlights of the Bruins’ recent history. The 2006 71st overall draft pick exceeded expectations and has left his mark on Boston.
Marchand is a two-time All-Star who was part of the Bruins team that won the 2011 Stanley Cup. He holds the records for the most overtime goals, most regular season penalty shot goals, and most shorthanded goals in Bruins history.
8. Milt Schmidt
Milt Schmidt was known as the center of the Bruins’ “Kraut Line.” Although Schimdt’s career was interrupted by serving in World War II, he was still able to retire as one of the best to play in the NHL, finishing his career as fourth all-time in points and third all-time in assists in 1955.
Schmidt was named to four NHL All-Star Teams and has won two Stanley Cups as a player with Boston in 1939 and 1941. Schmidt was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1961 and was named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players in history in 2017.
7. Eddie Shore
Eddie Shore is a four-time winner of the Hart Memorial Trophy, and holds the record for the most Hart Memorial Trophies by a defenseman.
Shore was instrumental in two Stanley Cup championship wins by Boston in 1929 and 1939. The eight-time All-Star was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1947 and was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1975.
6. Cam Neely
Cam Neely developed into one of the best players in the NHL when he was traded to the Boston Bruins. Neely has scored at least 50 goals three times in his career, and his number was retired by the Bruins in 2004.
Neely is a four-time All-Star and is an awardee of the Masterton Trophy. Despite being forced to retire early due to injuries, Neely was able to turn in a spectacular career and was inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2005.
5. Johnny Bucyk
Johnny Bucyk is indisputably the greatest left-winger to ever play for the Boston Bruins. Bucyk played an astounding 21 straight seasons for Boston, winning two Stanley Cups with the team in the process.
Bucyk has the most goals and consecutive games played for the Bruins. The Hall of Fame left wing was also named in 2017 as one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players in History.
4. Patrice Bergeron
Patrice Bergeron’s contributions to the Bruins are arguably unmatched in his generation. Bergeron has been incredibly consistent throughout his career and has proven to be a reliable weapon for Boston in clutch situations.
Bergeron was crucial in the 2011 Stanley Cup victory of the Bruins, where he scored two clutch playoff goals that brought the championship to Boston. Bergeron is a four-time Frank J. Selke Trophy winner, a record he holds with Bob Gainey, and has been nominated for the award a record 9 straight times. Bergeron also holds the record for the most playoff overtime goals in Bruins history.
3. Phil Esposito
Phil Esposito was the Bruins’ center during what was perhaps the franchise’s best years.
Esposito is a two-time Hart Memorial Trophy Winner and has won the Stanley Cup twice with Boston. The Hall of Famer retired second all-time in goals and points and third all-time in assists. In the 1970s, he became the first player ever to score 1000 points in a decade.
2. Ray Bourque
One of the best NHL defensemen of all time, Ray Bourque was drafted by the Bruins 8th overall in 1979, and played for the Bruins for 21 seasons.
Bourque won the Norris Trophy an astounding five times and is a 19-time All-Star who won the Stanley Cup once with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001. In 2004, Bourque was inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
1. Bobby Orr
Widely acknowledged as one of the greatest players to ever play in the NHL, there’s no denying that Bobby Orr is the greatest player in Bruins history.
Orr is a three-time winner of the Hart Memorial Trophy, winning the award three consecutive times from 1970 to 1972, and led the Bruins to Stanley Cup victories in 1970 and 1972. The Hall of Fame defenseman was ranked 31st in ESPN’s 50 Greatest Athletes of the 20th Century in recognition of his legacy.