For the first time in Stanley Cup® history, a team has won game seven in three series en route to winning the Stanley Cup. The Boston Bruins, champions for the first time since 1972, beat Montreal in seven in the opening round, Tampa Bay in seven to get to the Stanley Cup Final, and then Vancouver, 4–0, in the final game of the Stanley Cup Final to win hockey’s most prized trophy.
The team was led by the goaltending of the Conn Smythe Trophy winner Tim Thomas, timely goals from Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, great leadership on the blue-line from captain Zdeno Chara, and tremendous inspiration from Nathan Horton.
The Year of the Bruins is a celebration of Boston’s incredible 2010–11 season, from training camp through the rigours of the eighty-two-game regular season, and then four rounds of challenging Stanley Cup Playoffs. Lavishly illustrated with more than one hundred colour photographs, this is a must-have keepsake for any fan of the Bruins or, indeed, the history of the Stanley Cup.
ANDREW PODNIEKS is the Globe and Mail bestselling author of more than 50 works about hockey. A respected hockey insider, Podnieks is visible at most IIHF international hockey tournaments, where his reporting of the games and off-ice stories of the players, entertains hockey fans from around the globe. Podnieks' recent titles include: Retired Numbers; Canada's Olympic Hockey History, and Sid vs. Ovi. Podnieks lives with his wife Jane in Toronto, Canada.