Top 25 Bruins of All-Time: 10 - 6
Welcome to week four of the countdown, and don’t forget to check back next week for the thrilling conclusion!
10. Terry O’Reilly - Another Bruin with his number retired, O’Reilly was among the strongest pushers to ever skate at right wing in the history of hockey, let alone the Bruins. Drafted by the Bruins in 1971, O’Reilly played out his entire 14 year career with the team. O’Reilly’s toughness was a hallmark of his play, which even resulted in his being named the favorite player of Adam Sandler’s eponymous Happy Gilmore character. O’Reilly also coached Boston from 1986 to 1989, when he led the Bruins to the post-season in all three years.
9. Brad Marchand - Marchand is another one of the active members of the Bruins on this list. At only 31 years old, he still has a lot of juice in him, too. Marchand is probably best known for being among the most hated players in the league, but he is undoubtedly beloved by the Boston faithful. In his 10 year career with the Bruins, Marchand has already found his way to 11th on the team’s all-time goal list with 262 and 14th on the point list with 559. This is thanks in large part to his squirrely scoring efforts that earned him a spot in two All-Star games.
8. Eddie Shore - Eddie Shore was Milan Lucic before Lucic ever existed. A violent player, Shore set records for the amount of time he spent in the penalty box. But it was this level of grit and tenacity that made him an iconic member of the Boston Bruins. As the premier defenseman of the Bruins from 1926 to 1940, Shore was named an All-Star eight times. His Hall of Fame career was also commemorated with the retiring of his jersey number, two, and marked by two Stanley Cup victories. Shore also won four MVP trophies in the league. Only Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe have ever won more.
7. Zdeno Chara - Chara is a living legend for the Bruins who, at 42 years old, is currently the oldest active player in the entire NHL. The captain and undisputed heart of the Bruins, Chara has been the team’s leader since the 2006-07 season when he came over to Boston after leaving the Ottawa Senators. A top notch defenseman, Chara also impeccable ability as a skater and his 467 points with the Bruins earn him twentieth on the all-time list, which is incredibly solid for a defender. Known for his speedy slap shot, Chara was also an instrumental figure in Boston’s 2011 championship run. He is also a nine-time All-Star and the 2009 recipient of the James Norris Memorial Trophy, which honors the league’s best defenseman.
6. Johnny Bucyk - Few hockey players ever did it better for the Bruins than Johnny Bucyk did. After playing two seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, Bucyk made the leap to Boston where he carried out the remaining twenty-one years of his career. At the time of his retirement in 1978, he was the highest goal scorer among all left wingers, an achievement that earned him a spot in the NHL’s 100 Greatest Players list and enshrinement in the Hockey Hall of Fame. A seven-time All-Star, two-time Stanley Cup winner, and two-time Lady Byng winner, Bucyk is still Boston’s all-time leader in goals scored with 545.
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