About Boston Bruins
Boston Bruins are the oldest American team in the NHL and third oldest overall, founded in 1924. The franchise also belonged to the Original Six. It took the Bruins three seasons to reach the playoffs but the first postseason appearance led the team all the way to Stanley Cup Finals where they lost to Ottawa Senators.
The franchise has won 6 Stanley Cups, most recently in 2010-11, the 6 Cups places the team in fourth, for most all time championships, equally with the Blackhawks. They won the President’s Trophy (most points in the regular season) twice, and have 25 division titles to their name.
After the NHL realignment in 2013 the Bruins were placed in Atlantic Division in Eastern Conference and they have one title on their records in this particular division.
The team’s colours are black, gold and white and their mascot is a children friendly bear, Blades the Bruin.
The team is coached by Claude Julien, who used to play defenceman, mainly in the eighties. He’s the longest tenured head coached in the NHL, having been a head coach since 2003 and becoming the Bruins coach in 2007. He led the franchise to its sixth championship which they claimed in 2010-11. He was also an assistant coach during the 2014 Olympics for the team Canada which won gold medal.
Defending the goal for the Bruins is mainly Tuukka Rask’s job. A Finnish goaltender famous for his tenacious grip, that sparked naming a recently discovered wasp in Kenya, Thaumatodryinus tuukkaraski after the goalie. Whilst he isn’t an inspiration to insect doctors, Rask does hell of a lot of great job defending his goal that earned him Vezina Trophy (adjudged to be best at this position) in 2014.
The Bruins captain is Zdeno Chara, Czech defenseman who joined the franchise in 2006 and who is the tallest player ever to play in NHL. Chara is considered to be the best at the craft of slap shooting by winning the hardest shot competition five consecutive times during the All-Star Games. He was also named Norris Trophy Finalist 6 times and won the James Noirris Award (best rounded defensive man) in 2009.
He is supported by left wingman, Brad Marchand who was selected by the Bruins in NHL draft in 2006. He didn’t make his NHL start until 2009 but he quickly managed to establish himself as two-way player for the franchise and he was awarded the Bruins’ 7th Player award in the season 2010-11.
He is also known for a brutal approach to his duties and that earned him few suspensions during his career.
With the franchise not reaching the playoffs in last season there’s plenty of expectations and pressure for the whole team to make sure it doesn’t happen again.