After many long months of waiting, the Bruins will hit the ice Saturday night in their first official game since the lockout began in September! Fans packed the TD Garden Tuesday for the Bruins Black and Gold scrimmage and will do so again for the 7 p.m. home opener against the New York Rangers. To celebrate the resurrected season, we thought we’d share some Bruins fun facts from Christopher Klein’s book The Die-Hard Sports Fan’s Guide to Boston.
- The Bruins’ first game took place in the fall of 1924 against the Montreal Maroons. The Maroons eventually joined up with the Montreal Canadiens—arguably the Bruins’ biggest modern-day rival. Four years later, the Canadiens went on to beat Boston in the Bruins’ first game at the Boston Garden.
- Charles F. Adams, the initial owner of the Bruins, chose the black and gold color scheme because it matched the palette of his grocery store chain.
- The Adams family owned the team for six decades, during which the Bruins brought home five Stanley Cups.
- Want to ride shotgun on the Zamboni during intermission? Make a donation of at least $150 to the Boston Bruins Foundation.
- If you’re trying to score a free autograph from your favorite Bruin, stake out the entrance to the players’ parking lot on Causeway Street two to four hours before games. If you just want to catch a glimpse of your favorite player, head to Wilmington’s Ristuccia Memorial Arena, where the team holds practice (autographs are banned).
For more great information about the Bruins (and all of Boston’s sports teams!) pick up a copy of The Die-Hard Sports Fan’s Guide to Boston. It’s available through our website; online through Amazon or Barnes & Noble; or pick up a copy at your favorite local bookstore. If your favorite shop doesn’t have it in stock, just ask—they’ll be happy to order it for you!