The Boston Bruins are one of the most storied franchises in hockey. The Bruins are the oldest NHL team based in the U.S. and the third-oldest team in the entire league. Winning 25 division titles, four conference titles and six Stanley Cups, the Boston Bruins are among the most successful hockey teams ever to exist.
Between 1929 and 1941, the Bruins won three Stanley Cups and were consistently among the premier franchises in the NHL. In 1970, after a 29-year Stanley Cup drought the Bruins returned to glory behind the play of superstars Phil Esposito and Bobby Orr. The future Hall of Famers led the Bruins to a Stanley Cup victory over the St. Louis Blues, where Orr scored the game-winning goal in overtime of the deciding game to clinch the Cup. Orr was tripped during the play and he basically flew through the air as the puck entered the net for the series-clinching goal.
The Bruins stumbled to repeat as champions the next season and eventually lost in a quarterfinals match-up. The following year, though, Boston returned to glory behind the consistent high level of play from Orr and Esposito. The dynamic duo was the top two scorers in the league during the year and they brought the Stanley Cup back to Boston after taking down the New York Rangers in the finals.
After suffering another Stanley Cup drought, the Bruins recaptured the title after an epic run through the 2011 playoffs. Boston won its first-round series in seven games despite not converting on a single power play throughout the series. The franchise then overcame being down 2 games to none to win the following series, before sweeping the Philadelphia Flyers to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. In the ECF, the Bruins defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in another seven-game series to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1990.
The Bruins dropped the first two games of the Stanley Cup against the Vancouver Canucks, but eventually fought back to force a Game 7. In the deciding game, the Bruins dominated the Canucks and claimed the title after a 4-0 victory. The win marked the sixth Stanley Cup in franchise history and broke a 39-year Cup drought – even more remarkable about the Bruins’ title run is that they became the first team in NHL history to win a Game 7 three times in the same playoff run.
The Bruins have one of the most storied histories in all of hockey that much is obvious. All across the U.S. and the world, fans proudly wear their Bruins gear. After suffering through a couple of Stanley Cup droughts, Boston has consistently overcome the odds and reestablished their winning ways and that’s why investing in Bruins memorabilia is such an easy decision. With a list of Hall of Famers like Phil Esposito, Bobby Orr, Milt Schmidt and Cam Neely there isn’t a shortage of available classic Bruins memorabilia. Any piece of Bruins memorabilia would be a great addition to all sports collections considering Boston has produced some of the greatest athletes in hockey history.