1924–25 Boston Bruins season

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1924–25 Boston Bruins
1924–25 record 6-24-0 (12 points)
Goals for 49
Goals against 119
Team information
General Manager Art Ross
Coach Art Ross
Captain none
Arena Boston Arena
Team leaders
Goals Jimmy Herbert (17)
Assists Jimmy Herbert (5)
Points Jimmy Herbert (22)
Penalties in minutes Jimmy Herbert (50)
Wins Doc Stewart (5)
Goals against average Doc Stewart (3.08)
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The 1924–25 Boston Bruins season was the team's first in the NHL. Along with the Montreal Maroons, the Bruins were the first expansion franchise in the NHL and the league’s first American-based club. The Bruins finished sixth and last in the league standings.

Regular season[edit]

Despite problems with the ice plant that threatened the home opener [1] the Bruins started the season out auspiciously, defeating their fellow expansion Maroons squad in a nearly sold out Boston Arena 2-1; the first goal in franchise history was scored by Smokey Harris, while Carson Cooper, who assisted on Harris' goal, scored the game winner.[2]

However, Boston lost its next eleven games, as well as having a seven game losing streak, and finished in the basement. The Bruins had signed veteran West Coast star goaltender Hec Fowler as their netminder, but behind a weak defense, Fowler and backup Howie Lockhart played very poorly and the Bruins were repeatedly shelled, allowing ten goals in a game twice, one of which saw Toronto player Babe Dye score five goals on December 22.[3]

The signing of senior league star netminder Doc Stewart and the purchase of Lionel Hitchman helped somewhat, but the team was riddled with injuries, and only Jimmy Herbert and Carson Cooper (who spent much of the season hurt) showed any offensive flair. The team's winning percentage of .200 was the second worst in league history to that date, and remains the tenth worst in NHL history.[4]

Final standings[edit]

National Hockey League
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Hamilton Tigers 30 19 10 1 90 60 39
Toronto St. Patricks 30 19 11 0 90 84 38
Montreal Canadiens 30 17 11 2 93 56 36
Ottawa Senators 30 17 12 1 83 66 35
Montreal Maroons 30 9 19 2 45 65 20
Boston Bruins 30 6 24 0 49 119 12

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Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
       Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Schedule and results[edit]

1924-25 Game Log

Playoffs[edit]

The Bruins did not qualify for the playoffs.

Player statistics[edit]

Leading scorers[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
Jimmy Herbert 30 17 5 22 50 - - - - -
Carson Cooper 12 5 3 8 4 - - - - -
Red Stuart 24 5 2 7 32 - - - - -
Stan Jackson 24 5 0 5 36 - - - - -
George Redding 27 3 2 5 10 - - - - -
Smokey Harris 6 3 1 4 8 - - - - -
Bernie Morris 6 2 0 2 0 - - - - -
Lionel Hitchman 18 2 0 2 22 - - - - -
Normand Shay 18 1 1 2 14 -- -- -- -- --
Bobby Rowe 4 1 0 1 0 - - - - -

Goaltenders[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; Min = Minutes; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player GP Min W L T GA SO GAA GP Min W L GA SO GAA
Doc Stewart 21 1266 5 16 0 65 2 3.08 - - - - - - -
Hec Fowler 7 400 1 6 0 43 0 6.10 - - - - - - -

Transactions[edit]

  • November 2, 1924 - Acquired Alf Skinner from Vancouver Maroons (PCHA) for cash
  • November 2, 1924 - Acquired Bobby Rowe from Seattle Metropolitans (PCHA) for cash
  • December 14, 1924 - Acquired Bill "Red" Stuart from Toronto St. Patricks for cash
  • December 17, 1924 - Released Bobby Rowe
  • December 19, 1924 - Acquired George Carroll from Montreal Maroons for the rights to Ernie Parkes
  • December 21, 1924 - Traded Smokey Harris to Vancouver Maroons (WCHL) for cash
  • January 3, 1925 - Traded Alf Skinner to Montreal Maroons for Bernie Morris and Bob Benson
  • January 10, 1925 - Acquired Lionel Hitchman from the Ottawa Senators for cash
  • January 18, 1925 - Traded Stan Jackson to Ottawa Senators for cash

Roster[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Coleman, Charles L. (1964), Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol I., Sherbrooke: National Hockey League, OCLC 7485243 
  • Klein, Jeff Z.; Reif, Karl-Eric (1997), The Klein & Reif Hockey Compendium, Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, ISBN 978-0-7710-4529-5 

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Hockey Practice at Arena Held Up". Boston Globe. November 28, 1925. 
  2. ^ Coleman 1964, p. 468
  3. ^ Vautour 1997, p. 38
  4. ^ Klein & Reif 1997, p. 56
  5. ^ Standings: NHL Public Relations Department (2008). Dave McCarthy et al, ed. THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Official Guide & Record Book/2009. National Hockey League. p. 146. ISBN 978-1-894801-14-0.