In November 1924, the National Hockey League (NHL) approved the option purchased by Charles Adams to franchise the first United States member of their league. Charles Adams was previously a successful owner of grocery stores. The brown and yellow color scheme of his grocery store was chosen to represent the team and soon became synonymous with the Boston Bruins.
In one of his first decisions as president of the team, Charles chose Art Ross to serve as the team’s general manager. He was selected to be head coach four separate times over Ross’s three-decade tenure with the group.
The team had a difficult beginning, losing the vast majority of games in their first seasons. This pattern kept up only until the 196-1927 season, which saw Adams as the Western Canada Hockey League’s new owner. This brought plenty of strong players but none more notable than Eddie Shore. The Hall of Famer was named the league MVP four times and was recognized as an All-Star seven times, setting records and earning a spot in history for the Bruins.
Through the 1930s, the Bruins were dominant, winning five divisional first places and winning two Stanley Cups in their first 15 years. But after their 1941 championship win, the team began an inconsistent streak that would result in an eight-year period between 1959 and 1967 where they didn’t qualify for the playoffs.
The season of 1966-1967 told a refreshing tale nonetheless, with the introduction of a young recruit named Bobby Orr. The winner of that year’s Calder Trophy, Orr positioned himself for a career that would change the Bruins’ trajectory as a team. With the new Milt Shmidt managing the team and Harry Sinden coaching, the Bruins assembled a nearly unstoppable team. They dominated the competition through the majority of the seventies.
After a weak opening and major trades in 1975-76, the team lost much of their consistency. The team wouldn’t truly realize those trades’ strength until a stunning trade team negotiated by Sinden in 1986, rounding out the team with Cam Neely and Glen Wesley. Neely would prove to be one of the most formidable players and put them into another reign as a league powerhouse through the middle of the 1990s.