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The Bruins
McFarlane, Brian.
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Toronto : Stoddart, 1999.
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xv, 238 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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In 1924, Charles Adams of Brookline, Massachusetts, journeyed to Montreal to see the Stanley Cup finals and fell in love with the game. "Those pros in the NHL can really play the game," Adams said. "I'm determined to get a team for Boston." When two new NHL franchises became available that same year, Adams snapped one up for $15,000 and set up shop in Boston. The new team was dubbed the Boston Bruins.

Author Notes

Brian McFarlane received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award in a ceremony at the Hockey Hall of Fame. He is one of Canada's best and most prolific hockey writers, the author of more than 40 books, including Stanley Cup Fever, The Best of It Happened in Hockey, Proud Past, Bright Future, and the first four titles in his series on the Original Six: The Leafs, The Habs, The Rangers, and The Red Wings. As a broadcaster, he spent 27 years with CBC's Hockey Night in Canada, and has also been a commentator with NBC, CBS, and ESPN.

Table of Contents

Don Cherry
Forewordp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
1 Big-League Hockey Comes to Boston
Adams Brings Big-League Hockey to Bostonp. 3
Montreal Woman Names Bruinsp. 5
First Game at the Boston Gardenp. 6
Shore's Arduous Journeyp. 7
Bruins Win Their First Stanley Cupp. 10
Bruins Top the Listp. 12
Cleghorn a Tough SOBp. 13
Shore's Sharp Skatesp. 15
Art Ross a Bruin Legendp. 16
Dit Was Durablep. 17
Coutu Gets the Bootp. 19
Hitchman an Unsung Herop. 20
Bruins Hockey Bewilders the Babep. 21
2 Schmidt, Cowley, and Shore Become Stars
Football Farce at the Gardenp. 25
Hall of Fame Inducts Conacherp. 26
Pusie Loved Penalty Shotsp. 28
Referee and Manager Battlep. 29
Roses for Rossp. 31
Milt Schmidt Signs with Bostonp. 31
Top Defense Duo Hated Each Otherp. 33
Mel Hill Earns a Nicknamep. 34
Cowley's Record Snapped by Gretzkyp. 36
Brimsek Makes a Sensational Debutp. 38
Eddie Shore's Quirksp. 40
The Eddie Shore-Ace Bailey Incidentp. 42
3 War-Time Hockey and Another Stanley Cup
Bitter Memories of Bostonp. 49
A Goalie from Heavenp. 50
Cowley's Sporting Gesturep. 51
Flaman Had a Sense of Humorp. 53
Bruins Capture '41 Cup in Record Timep. 54
Krauts Go to Warp. 55
Don Gallinger's Suspensionp. 56
Equipment Woes in the Fortiesp. 57
Milt Was a Superstarp. 59
4 Fireworks in the Fifties
The First Black Playerp. 63
When Laycoe and the Rocket Collidedp. 65
Bruins Can't Stop the Rocketp. 67
Sugar Jim a Survivorp. 69
Talking with Topperp. 71
Labine Was a Mean Little Buggerp. 74
Boivin's Body Checks Earned Him Hall of Fame Berthp. 75
The Boston Shadowsp. 76
The Lindsay-Ezinicki Feudp. 77
5 Orr Comes to Town
A Dreadful Incidentp. 83
Unbelievable! A Defenseman Wins the Scoring Crownp. 85
A Heartbreaking Loss for Horvathp. 86
Swedish Humorist Sent Packingp. 88
A Night for the Chiefp. 89
A Writer Remembers Orrp. 90
Scoring with a Broken Backp. 91
Orr Almost Kills Teammatep. 93
Keep Your Head Up, Storeyp. 94
Kilrea on Shorep. 95
Bruins Accused of Racial Slursp. 97
Quinn Nails Orrp. 100
6 The Big Bad Bruins
Plimpton in Goalp. 105
Don's Favorite Puckstopperp. 108
Cheevers' Maskp. 109
Espo Almost Missed Outp. 109
Another Huge Dealp. 112
Tough Ticket to a Meaningless Gamep. 113
With Reece in the Crease ...p. 117
Sinden Walks Awayp. 119
Three Holes for Forty Grand!p. 121
Goodrich Gets a Shotp. 123
Ross Brooks: The 36-Year-Old Rookie Goaliep. 124
A Legend Turns Fiftyp. 125
Sinden, Cherry, Gave Referee Griefp. 130
The Famous Orr Photop. 132
Comments from a Candid Refp. 133
The Bruins' Bad Boyp. 134
Drinking and Drugs Almost Killed Sandersonp. 135
No Swollen Head for Brad Parkp. 137
Bruins Among First to Suspect Eaglesonp. 139
Espo's Wild Ridep. 142
Middleton Becomes a Gemp. 143
Forbes Battles Boucha with Tragic Resultsp. 144
Big Bad Bruins Meet Big Bad North Starsp. 146
Do You Know Who I Am?p. 149
Cashman a Ruffian and a Roguep. 151
Guidolin Does Not Leave Quietlyp. 153
Don Cherry Reminiscesp. 154
7 Bourque and O'Reilly Rule the Eighties
Grahame Deal Nets Bourquep. 165
Bourque's Stats Are Truly Awesomep. 166
Kasper Versus Gretzkyp. 169
The Irascible Irishmanp. 170
Sinden Should Have Kept Fergusp. 172
Bruins Score Impossible Recordp. 173
Bruins Part of Meadowlands Fiascop. 174
Stardom Was Imminent for Leveillep. 175
MacTavish Gets a Second Chancep. 177
Summer of '86p. 179
Bruins Couldn't Give Courtnall Awayp. 181
Sinden Sizzles over Vicious Check by Cheliosp. 182
Hawgood Scores First Playoff Goal in Phantom Gamep. 183
8 The Fascinating Nineties
Neely's Unwashed Mouthpiece Fetches a Fortunep. 187
Drafted Dead Lastp. 188
Shooting in Vainp. 188
Bring Your Wallet to the FleetCenterp. 190
Bruins Welcome Allison and Khristichp. 192
Bruins' Last-Minute Collapsep. 194
Michael J. Fox and Two Gullible Bruinsp. 195
Retired Numbersp. 196
Nilan Sets a Markp. 198
McLaren's the Manp. 198
Dafoe Makes Goodp. 199
Fascinating Facts About the Bruinsp. 201
Burns, Samsonov Take the Spotlightp. 204
Thornton Coming Onp. 206
Bruins Rewarded for Excellencep. 209
The Bruin Through the Yearsp. 215
Bruins in the Hall of Famep. 237