Top 25 Bruins of All-Time: #15 - #11
Welcome to the third week of this countdown. (For those who missed it, here's week two.)
15. Gerry Cheevers - Cheevers is one of the best goalies in the history of the Boston Bruins franchise (and wore one of the best and most iconic goalie masks in the history of hockey). He ranks fourth among Bruins goalies in wins with 226, but his most notable contributions to the franchise came during the 1970 and 1972 seasons as he led the Bruins to Stanley Cup victories in both. His ten year stint in Boston will always be best known for his 12-1 post-season record in '70 and a 6-2 record in '72. An All-Star in 1969, Cheevers was also inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1985.
14. David Krejci - David Krejci has the disadvantage of being an active player for the Bruins, so we don't know how his time with Boston will end. But it also means that his contributions to the team are still growing. Krejci was drafted by the Bruins in 2004 and has played for the team since 2006. He led the league in plus/minus twice, in 2008 and 2013, and has been one of Boston's most consistent contributors. During the 2011 and 2013 post-season campaigns, Krejci led every player in points with 23 and 26, respectively. Without Krejci's efforts, the Bruins would not have won the 2011 Stanley Cup. He is the embodiment of everything a Bruin should be.
13. Rick Middleton - Middleton played for the Bruins from 1976 to 1988, and his number 16 was retired by the franchise. His twelve years in Boston resulted in 898 points, the fourth most of any Bruin. Middleton was also a four-time All-Star with the Bruins and won the Lady Byng trophy in 1982.
12. Tuukka Rask - There's an argument that can be made for Cheevers, Tiny Thompson, or Tim Thomas to be the best goalie in the history of the Bruins, but I believe that honor goes to Rask. While he's never led a team to a title, he was a part of the 2011 championship and in his 12 years (and counting!) with the Bruins he's already their all-time winningest goalie, with 265 wins and just 150 losses. If Rask can help bring the Cup (which he has almost done twice already) to Boston, there would be no denying his status as the greatest goaltender in the franchise. For now, his playoff heroics and regular season dominance will have to be enough.
11. Milt Schmidt - Schmidt is one of the most iconic players from the earlier days of the Bruins. As a center, Schmidt played 16 seasons for the Bruins from 1936 to 1955 with a gap in between for service in the Canadian military during World War II. Schmidt still ranks thirteenth overall for Bruins all-time assists with 346. Schmidt skated his way to championships in 1939 and 1941, but as a general manager for the Bruins, he also helped construct the teams that won the 1970 and 1972 titles. When Schmidt retired, he was in fourth place among all hockey players in history in points scored, which earned him a spot in the Hall of Fame. Additionally, Schmidt was the MVP of the league in 1951 and he led hockey in scoring in 1940. Schmidt also recorded six All-Star appearances.
Check back next week as the countdown reaches #10 to #6!
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