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Three Bruins Legends Among "The First 33"

Bucyk, Schmidt, Shore part of first portion of NHL's 100 Greatest Players

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BostonBruins.com - Three Bruins legends were honored as members of the 100 Greatest NHL Players, which are being celebrated during the league's 100th Anniversary season.

Johnny Bucyk, Milt Schmidt, and Eddie Shore were named to The First 33 during Sunday's Centennial Classic between the Maple Leafs and Red Wings in Toronto. The First 33 are players that suited up predominantly during the NHL's first half century, from 1917-1966.

The remaining 67 members of the list, who played predominantly from 1967-present, will be revealed at THE NHL 100 celebration on Jan. 27 during All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles.

Johnny Bucyk (Boston Bruins: 1957-1978)

The Edmonton native, affectionately known as "Chief" played 23 seasons in the NHL, 21 of which came in Black & Gold. Bucyk, who captained the Bruins for five seasons, helped lead Boston to two Stanley Cup titles in 1970 and 1972.

Bucyk finished his career with 556 goals, 813 assists, and 1,369 points in 1,540 games. The winger, who twice won the Lady Byng trophy as the league's most gentlemanly player, remains the Bruins' all-time goals leader (545), while ranking second in games played (1,436), assists (794), and points (1,339).

His No. 9 is retired and hangs from the TD Garden rafters. Bucyk remains a part of the organization and is celebrating 60 years with the club this season. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1981. Read full story here.

Video: Johnny Bucyk became leader of 'Big Bad Bruins'

Milt Schmidt (Boston Bruins: 1936-1955)

Mr. Bruin played all 16 of his seasons in Boston, claiming the Hart Trophy as the league's MVP in 1950-51 and four other times finishing in the top four. A native of Ontario, Schmidt compiled 229 goals, 346 assists, and 575 points in 776 career games.

He missed three seasons (1942-1945) to enroll in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II, along with fellow "Kraut Line" members Bobby Bauer and Woody Dumart.

Schmidt - the Bruins' captain from 1950-54 - recently dropped the puck ahead of the Bruins' home opener to commemorate the 80th anniversary of his first game.

He is the only Bruin to have his name on the Stanley Cup four times, winning twice as a player (1939, 1941) and twice as a general manager (1970, 1972). Schmidt whose No. 15 is retired by Boston, also coached the team for parts of 11 seasons. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1961. Read full story here.

Video: Milt Schmidt centered Bruins' legendary 'Kraut Line'

Eddie Shore (Boston Bruins: 1926-1940)

Shore was the first in a line of all-time great defensemen for Boston, setting the tone for Bobby Orr, Ray Bourque, and Zdeno Chara. The Saskatchewan native suited up in Boston for 14 seasons and four times won the Hart Trophy as the league's MVP, while four other times finishing in the top five.

The blue liner won two Stanley Cups with the Bruins, leading Boston to its first-ever title in 1929 and another in 1939, his final full season with the club.

Shore tallied 105 goals, 179 assists, and 284 points in 550 career games. His 1,038 penalty minutes rank sixth in Bruins history. His No. 2 is retired by the Bruins and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1947. Read full story here.

Video: Eddie Shore was Bruins' first great defenseman

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