Being the first NHL franchise based in the United States, the Boston Bruins played no small role in paving the road to the point where Hockey Weekend Across America is now an annual event in mid-February.
With the help of three following, lasting Original Six franchises in New York, Detroit and Chicago, the Bruins set a precedent for the sport’s appeal in the country. In addition, they densely emboldened the puck culture of New England, where grassroots, high-school and college programs have fostered revered histories and traditions of their own.
As one will find in the following slides, many of those communities and programs have given back to the region’s pioneering professional team through their alumni.
As USA Hockey celebrates the two components of its name, here is an invitation to the rink of dreams for those who bleed alternating and equal gushes of red, white and blue, and black and gold.
The following is a depth chart comprised of the best American players in Bruins history.
Unless otherwise indicated, all stats and information were found via the Internet Hockey Database.