Boston Olympics

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This article is about defunct hockey team. For Boston's bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games, see Boston bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics.

The Boston Olympics are a defunct farm team for the Boston Bruins. They began play during the 1940–41 Eastern Amateur Hockey League season. The Olympics were often referred to by the shortened name the ‘Pics and the franchise remained active until the 1951–52 season.[1]

Franchise history[edit]

Founded by Hockey Hall of Fame builder Walter A. Brown, the ‘Pics were an amateur club for the talent around Boston, joing the EAHL for the 1940–1941 season. Not long after joining the EAHL the Olympics were facing a diminished talent pool with World War II beginning in Europe. In order to secure talent for his club Brown worked out an agreement with the Boston Bruins to be their farm team.[1] It was a major success for the Olympics and led to them winning the league championship (Boardwalk Trophy) four consecutive years from 1944 to 1947[2] and a total of five during their 12 year existence.[1] The Olympics success would not translate to a league wide success and by the beginning of the 1948 season only two teams (the Olympics and the New York Rovers) were able to field teams forcing the EAHL to shut down for the season.[1] Both teams would join the Quebec Senior Hockey League (who the EAHL had interleague games with for a few seasons[1]) for the 1948–1949 season[3] with disastrous results. On 17 December 1948[3] citing poor attendance at home games[4] and being unable to compete in a league just a step below pro the Boston Olympics withdrew from the QSHL in midseason.[1] The Olympics would return to the EAHL for the 1949–1950 season, but the league would not last for much longer. Following the 1951–1952 season and losing money thanks to the 1949 Midwest expansion of EAHL[1] the Boston Olympics folded.

Season-by-season results[edit]

Season League Games Won Lost Tied Points Goals
For
Goals
Against
1940–41 EAHL 65 23 36 6 52 203 242
1941–42 EAHL 60 34 20 6 74 263 218
1942–43 EAHL 46 24 21 1 49 186 184
1943–44 EAHL 45 39 4 2 80 Statistics unavailable
1944–45 EAHL 48 32 13 3 67 Statistics unavailable
1945–46 EAHL 52 32 12 8 72 258 162
1946–47 EAHL 56 25 26 5 55 284 273
1947–48 EAHL* 48 14 29 5 33 139 177
1947–48 QSHL* 47 12 35 0 24 178 289
1948–49 QSHL 26 7 18 1 15 99 166
1949–50 EAHL 43 16 20 7 39 146 169
1950–51 EAHL 54 25 24 5 55 187 191
1951–52 EAHL 66 38 27 1 77 246 240
  • - played a split season between the Eastern Hockey League and Quebec Senior Hockey League during the 1947-48 season.

All-time franchise leaders[edit]

Games Played - 174 by Ty Anderson
Goals - 101 by Eddie Barry
Assists - 86 by Bob Schnurr
Points - 161 by Bob Schnurr
PIMs - 272 by Eddie Barry

  • Career information may be inaccurate due to incomplete data made available by the league.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "FROM ATLANTIC CITY TO TORONTO: The Boardwalk Trophy and the Eastern Hockey League" (PDF). Chuck Miller. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  2. ^ "1940s Boston Olympics". HA.com. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Bo". Hockey A-Z Encyclopedia.com. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Boston Olympics Abandon Hockey". Spokane Daily Chronicle - Dec 17, 1948. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 

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