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Fernie Flaman, 1927-2012

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins organization regrets to announce the passing of Hall of Fame defenseman Ferdinand (Fernie) Charles Flaman on Friday, June 22, at the age of 85.

Flaman & Willie O'Ree (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

On Saturday, Bruins President Cam Neely expressed his sympathies for the Flaman family, as well as the organization's admiration for the New England hockey legend.

“The Boston Bruins are very saddened to learn of the passing of Fernie Flaman," said Neely. "Fernie will always be remembered fondly in Boston for his time as the captain of the Bruins as well as the impact he had on hockey in New England after his playing days ended.

"We send our deepest condolences to the Flaman family."

Known for his physically imposing style of play, Flaman began his career in Boston in 1947, anchoring the Bruins defense until being traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1951. Flaman was only the third American player to skate for Toronto, and won a Stanley Cup with the Leafs in his first season with the club.

The hard-nosed defenseman found his way back to Boston following the 1953-54 season, and wore the ‘C’ for four seasons with the Black & Gold. Flaman was named to the NHL Second All-Star Team in 1955, 1957, and 1958 before retiring in 1961. In 910 NHL games, he finished his illustrious career with 34 goals, 174 assists and 1370 penalty minutes.

Flaman’s legacy in New England extends beyond his days in a uniform, as he served as a player, coach, and general manager with the Rhode Island Reds of the American Hockey League. After being named to the Rhode Island Hockey Hall of Fame in 1965, he became the head coach and general manager of the Fort Worth Red Wings of the Canadian Hockey League, before returning to the B’s as a scout in 1969-70.

Perhaps Flaman’s most successful off-ice endeavor was his tenure as head coach of Northeastern University men's ice hockey team, during which he was the ECAC and NCAA coach of the year in 1982, capturing an ECAC Championship in 1988. He also served as a scout for the New Jersey Devils.

In 1990, Fernie Flaman was honored for his countless achievements and contributions to the game, as he was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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