BOSTON - When the Bruins welcome Milt Schmidt back to the Garden on Thursday night, the Black & Gold will be recognizing one of the greatest individuals in the club's storied history.
|The Kraut Line:Bauer, Schmidt and Dumart |
Not only is Schmidt the only man to play, captain, coach and manage the Bruins, but Milt, who last played in 1955 continues to pepper the team's media guide.
Milt played 16 seasons (tied for 4th), had 346 assists (tied 10th) and remains in the all-time top 10 for Bruins centers with 776 games (1st), 229 Goals (3rd), 346 Assists (3rd) and 575 points (3rd).
Schmidt stands eleventh all-time amongst all Bruins players with a 229-345-575 line.
All that production from a man who missed three years in the prime of his career while serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force (1942-45).
Beyond that, Schmidt, Who coached the Bruins from Dec. 25 1954 through the 1960-61 season, remains second in coached games (726) and coached wins (245).
|Coach Schmidt |
Perhaps best known as a member of the famed "Kraut" Line with Bobby Bauer and Woody Dumart, the trio, who were friends from Kitchener, Ontario finished 1-2-3 (Schmidt, Dumart, Bauer) in scoring in 1940.
Schmidt credits much of his success to his friends and linemates, but pointed out that he, Bauer and Dumart worked hard to be so productive.
"Let me put it this way," said Schmidt to BostonBruins.com. "We did not 'expect,' due to the fact that we had a half-decent name, you know, with several All-Star teams and finishing 1-2-3 in the league; the first time that was ever done.
"That meant nothing to us," continued Schmidt. "The general public, yes. But as far as Bobby, Woody, and I were concerned, we worked just as hard in our practices as we did in the game.
"We used to room together...in Brookline, Mass, and after practice...and we’d talk, 'That practice didn’t go over so well,' or 'Gee, we had a great day in practice,' and then we’d kick things around.
"After a game, if we had a good game, why, we would go through the good things, yes. And we would accept each other’s criticism.
"That was one of the big points why we got along so well together was due to the fact that Bobby would criticize me for not doing something, or Woody would, we all did an equal amount, but we said it in real nice language. No getting mad at one another, which we never, ever did. And that’s the key to success."