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The Boston Bruins play in the Northeast Division of the Eastern Conference.

The team was founded in 1924 and was the first United States-based expansion franchise.

The Boston Bruins are an “Original Six” franchise (1 of 6 teams to play in the NHL from 1942-1967 when the league expanded) and have the second most Stanley cup Championships (5), behind the Detroit Red Wings (11) among US teams.

They played their first four seasons in the Boston Arena. After calling The Boston Garden home since 1928, they moved to TD Banknorth Garden in 1995 (soon to be called TD Garden).

The first game for Bobby Orr on October 19, 1966 was the beginning of great things for the Bruins. Along with Phil Esposito, Ken Hodge, Bobby Orr and the Bruins dominated the NHL scoring through most of the late 60′s and the early 70′s.

Bobby Orr is considered to be one of the greatest hockey players of all time. Orr won two Stanley Cup championships with the Bruins when Boston defeated the St. Louis Blues in the 1970 Stanley Cup Finals in four games and the New York Rangers in the 1972 Stanley Cup Finals in six games, respectively, scoring the clinching goals in both series, and was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP both years.
He also led Boston to the 1974 Stanley Cup Finals where they were defeated by the Philadelphia Flyers in six games.

Winning a record eight Norris Trophies as the league’s best defenceman, Orr is often credited for revolutionizing his position. He remains the only defenceman to have won the league scoring title with two Art Ross Trophies and holds the record for most points and assists in a single season by a defenceman.

As a Boston Bruin, Phil Esposito blossomed into the greatest scorer of his day, becoming the first NHL player to score 100 points in a season with 126 in the 1969 season. He would top the “century” mark six times in all, including five consecutive seasons between 1971 and 1975 (plus a 99-point season in 1970). Esposito would also capture the Art Ross Trophy in 1969 and 1971–74 as the top regular season scorer.

Having not won the cup since 1972, the hey-days in beantown, the Bruins returned to the top of the Eastern Conference in 2008-09. Claude Julien has been chosen as the NHL’s coach of the year for 2008-09, earning 35 first-place votes from the NHL Broadcasters’ Association. After losing in the second round of the playoffs the Boston Bruins will be looking to stars like Vesina Trophy winner in 2008-09 for goaltending Tim Thomas, Norris Trophy winner for the leagues best defenceman in 2008-09 Zdeno Chara, and Marc Savard to carry them to Finals in the coming seasons.

1st Round Draft Picks

Franchise Scoring Leaders
Year # Player Player
G
A
Pts
2009 25 Jordan Caron Ray Bourque
395
1,111
1,506
2008 16 Joe Colborne Johnny Bucyk
545
794
1,339
2007 8 Zach Hamill Phil Esposito
459
553
1,012
2006 5 Phil Kessel Rick Middleton
402
496
898
2005 22 Matt Lashoff Bobby Orr
264
624
888
2004 Traded pick Wayne Cashman
277
516
793
2003 21 Mark Stuart Ken Hodge
289
385
674
2002 29 Hannu Toivonen Terry O’Reilly
204
402
606
2001 19 Shaone Morrisonn Cam Neely
344
246
590
2000 7 Lars Jonsson Peter McNab
263
324
587
2000 27 Martin Samuelsson
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