1924–25 Boston Bruins season

1924–25 Boston Bruins
1924–25 record 6–24–0 (12 points)
Goals for 49
Goals against 119
Team information
General Manager Art Ross
Coach Art Ross
Captain none
Arena Boston Arena
Team leaders
Goals Jimmy Herbert (17)
Assists Jimmy Herbert (5)
Points Jimmy Herbert (22)
Penalties in minutes Jimmy Herbert (50)
Wins Doc Stewart (5)
Goals against average Doc Stewart (3.08)

The 1924–25 Boston Bruins season was the team's first in the NHL. Along with the Montreal Maroons, the Bruins were the first expansion franchise in the NHL and the league's first American-based club. The Bruins finished sixth and last in the league standings. The Bruins' debut season home games were played in the only "debut" rink of any of the Original Six NHL teams that has survived into the 21st century — Boston Arena, the world's oldest indoor multi-sports facility, that is still used for ice hockey at any level of competition.[1][2]

Regular season

Despite problems with the ice plant that threatened the home opener [3] the Bruins started the season out auspiciously, defeating their fellow expansion Maroons squad in a nearly sold out Boston Arena 2–1; the first goal in franchise history was scored by Smokey Harris, while Carson Cooper, who assisted on Harris' goal, scored the game winner.[4]

However, Boston lost its next eleven games, as well as having a seven-game losing streak — which included their second home game on December 8, 1924, initiating the Bruins' most intense rivalry over time[5] — and finished in the basement. The Bruins had signed veteran West Coast star goaltender Hec Fowler as their netminder, but behind a weak defense, Fowler and backup Howie Lockhart played very poorly and the Bruins were repeatedly shelled, allowing ten goals in a game twice, one of which saw Toronto player Babe Dye score five goals on December 22.[6]

The signing of senior league star netminder Doc Stewart and the purchase of Lionel Hitchman helped somewhat, but the team was riddled with injuries, and only Jimmy Herbert and Carson Cooper (who spent much of the season hurt) showed any offensive flair. The team's winning percentage of .200 was the second worst in league history to that date, and remains the tenth worst in NHL history.[7]

Final standings

National Hockey League
Hamilton Tigers3019101906039
Toronto St. Patricks3019110908438
Montreal Canadiens3017112935636
Ottawa Senators3017121836635
Montreal Maroons309192456520
Boston Bruins3062404911912


Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
       Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Record vs. opponents

1924-25 NHL Records
Boston 1–52–43–30–60–6
Hamilton 5–13–34–23–2–14–2
M. Canadiens 4–23–34–0–23–33–3
M. Maroons 3–32–40–4–22–42–4
Ottawa 6–02–3–13–34–22–4
Toronto 6–02–43–34–24–2

Schedule and results

1924–25 Game Log


The Bruins did not qualify for the playoffs.

Player statistics

Leading scorers

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
Jimmy Herbert301752250
Carson Cooper125384
Red Stuart2452732
Stan Jackson2450536
George Redding2732510
Smokey Harris63148
Bernie Morris62020
Lionel Hitchman1820222
Normand Shay1811214
Bobby Rowe41010


Note: GP = Games played; Min = Minutes; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average

    Regular season   Playoffs
Doc Stewart21126651606523.08
Hec Fowler74001604306.10


  • November 2, 1924 – Acquired Alf Skinner from Vancouver Maroons (PCHA) for cash
  • November 2, 1924 – Acquired Bobby Rowe from Seattle Metropolitans (PCHA) for cash
  • December 14, 1924 – Acquired Bill "Red" Stuart from Toronto St. Patricks for cash
  • December 17, 1924 – Released Bobby Rowe
  • December 19, 1924 – Acquired George Carroll from Montreal Maroons for the rights to Ernie Parkes
  • December 21, 1924 – Traded Smokey Harris to Vancouver Maroons (WCHL) for cash
  • January 3, 1925 – Traded Alf Skinner to Montreal Maroons for Bernie Morris and Bob Benson
  • January 10, 1925 – Acquired Lionel Hitchman from the Ottawa Senators for cash
  • January 18, 1925 – Traded Stan Jackson to Ottawa Senators for cash


See also


  • Coleman, Charles L. (1964), Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol I., Sherbrooke: National Hockey League, OCLC 7485243 
  • Klein, Jeff Z.; Reif, Karl-Eric (1997), The Klein & Reif Hockey Compendium, Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, ISBN 978-0-7710-4529-5 
  • Vautour, Kevin (1997), The Bruins Book, Toronto: ECW Press, ISBN 978-1-55022-334-7 


  1. Katy Fitzpatrick (October 2, 2009). ""New Season Brings Renovated Arena for Northeastern," ''USCHO.com'', October 2, 2009". Uscho.com. Archived from the original on January 9, 2010. Retrieved March 18, 2011.
  2. "Northeastern University Athletics Official Website". Gonu.com. Retrieved March 18, 2011.
  3. "Hockey Practice at Arena Held Up". Boston Globe. November 28, 1925.
  4. Coleman 1964, p. 468
  5. Canadian Press (December 9, 1924). "Canadiens Downed Boston, Rallying in Final Period". Montreal Gazette. p. 16.
  6. Vautour 1997, p. 38
  7. Klein & Reif 1997, p. 56
  8. Standings: NHL Public Relations Department (2008). Dave McCarthy; et al., eds. THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Official Guide & Record Book/2009. National Hockey League. p. 146. ISBN 978-1-894801-14-0.
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