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Boston Bruins: How Did They Get Their Name?

Have you brushed up on your medieval European children’s fables?

What is a Bruin exactly?  We all know it’s a bear, but how did the Boston chapter of the Original Six get it’s nickname?

Most fans of the Brown and Yellow now Black and Gold may not even know the origins of their favorite hockey team. This is where we come in. Sit back, relax and take a ride in the BST&N time machine.

The year was 1924 and soon to be founder of the Boston Bruins, Charles F. Adams just returned from Montreal for the Cup finals between Calgary and the Canadiens. Adams knew that the States and especially Boston needed to have a professional hockey team sooner than later.

Adams, a native of Vermont and successful Boston area business man, worked for the New England Maple Syrup Company, a brokerage/banking firm and then John T. Connor Company.  At John T. Connor, Charles Adams rose through the ranks and became president of the country’s first retail supermarket chain named Finast (First National Stores, Inc.).

Adams was always a sports fan. He had owned the Suffolk Downs horse track and Boston’s “other” baseball team, the Braves. He had the desire, passion for sport and financial backing to bring a NHL franchise to the Commonwealth.

Adams purchased franchise rights from Thomas Duggan, who was awarded two teams in February 1924.  The asking price was $15,000. Charles Adams put in his application and the NHL awarded him the franchise in November 1924.


Now what to call his new team?

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