Thirteenth in our series to appear on the first Friday of each month: Boston Firsts Fridays. #BostonFirsts
First Realty Management Corp. was founded in Boston over 50 years ago. We are proud to call this wonderful city our home, and call focus to some of the events & innovations that happened FIRST in Boston.
BF#13 First U.S. Hockey Team: Boston Bruins (1924)
Ninety years ago, on November 1, 1924, Charles Francis Adams acquired the right from the National Hockey League (NHL)* to create a new franchise in the United States, the Boston Bruins. Boston has been a hockey town ever since.
In addition to being the first US team, the Bruins are the third-oldest team in the NHL, after only the Toronto Maple Leafs and the hated Montreal Canadiens (the only club to predate the founding of the NHL).
The team is part of the fabled “Original Six”, the six current teams that were the only teams in existence from 1942 until 1967 when the league expanded.
The club’s first general manager was former hockey player Art Ross, who came up with the team name “Bruins”.
Spending their first four years at Boston Arena (now Northeastern University’s Matthews Arena), the club moved to the famous Boston Garden in 1928, the year they would win their first of 6 Stanley Cups. (The 7th will be here shortly…)
*Possibly forgotten at this point or maybe never even reflected on is the fact that with the introduction of the Bruins the name of “National” Hockey League ceased to make any real sense, as the Nation referred to was Canada. It really should be called the International Hockey League…
Fun fact #2:
The team’s original uniform colors were brown and yellow, because those were the colors of team owner Adams’ grocery chain, First National Stores.
Team site: http://bruins.nhl.com/index.html
Team history: http://bruins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=39032