Today in Boston Bruins History: October 17

By Emma Harger
Mark Stuart, shown in 2009, kept the Bruins from being shut out that year on Oct. 17. Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE

Boston Bruins history for October 17:

1937: Ross Brooks (Donald Ross Brooks) is born in Toronto, Ontario. While he helped mind the net for the Bruins for three seasons, he didn’t make his NHL debut until he was 36 years old, one year older than the requirement to run for president. Before he suited up in the NHL, though, he had a long minor league career and shared the lowest goals-against average distinction in the AHL for 1972. Injuries to and trades of other Bruins goalies allowed Brooks the chance to make the big time, where he made a big splash. He put up a 14-game win streak, matching Tiny Thompson‘s then-team record, and out of three seasons of play he had a 37-7-6 total record.

When he retired after one more year in the AHL, he was an executive for the Bruins’ Providence farm team for a long time until he left there in 2000. Now he is the operations manager of the Schneider Arena, where the Providence College team plays. Brooks was the first Jewish goalie in NHL history.

1951: A visit to Toronto ends with a 4-2 loss for Boston.

1953: Going to Montreal to take on the Canadiens results in a 5-2 loss for the Bruins.

1954: The Bruins welcome the Maple Leafs to Boston and tie with them 1-1.

1956: Beginning a road trip to the other NHL cities of the time, the Bruins start it off badly, being shut out 2-0 by the New York Rangers.

1957: Boston puts up four wins in a row to start the season with a 5-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on the road.

1959: In another shutout on Oct. 17, the Bruins score nothing while Toronto puts up three goals.

1961: The Bruins start a small three-game road trip by being beaten 5-3 in Chicago.

1964: Toronto beats Boston again with a 7-2 loss on the road for the Bruins.

1968: A visit to Los Angeles to see the Kings ends with a 2-1 loss for Boston.

1971: This time with the Maple Leafs, the Bruins just tie it 2-2.

1973: The Bruins go down south and lose 4-3 to the Atlanta Flames.

1974: A trip to Philadelphia results in a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

1976: The Bruins defeat the Canadiens 5-3.

1981: Another trip to Los Angeles, in the middle of a road trip, sees the Bruins win 5-4 and extend a win streak that began just before their roadie.

1987: In Edmonton on the second stop of a road trip, the Bruins lose 4-3.

1989: Out in Los Angeles once again, the Bruins eke out a 3-2 win.

1990: The Bruins drop their game with the Vancouver Canucks 3-1, the second straight loss of a western road trip–and not the last of this outing, either.

1991: Back in Vancouver once more, the Bruins tie it this time 3-3.

1992: Another visit to L.A. ends with an 8-6 loss–after the Bruins put up an 8-2 win previously.

1995: This 7-4 win over the St. Louis Blues is a special one. It marks general manager Harry Sinden‘s 1,000th win, making him the first GM in league histroy to hit that marker.

1996: The Kings, becoming a common Oct. 17 destination, beat the Bruins 4-2.

1997: The Canucks, also a common Oct. 17 destination, fall to the Bruins 2-0.

2000: A visit to Edmonton brings a 6-1 Boston loss, the third straight loss on a western road trip.

2001: On the western road trip, the Bruins tie 2-2 with the Anaheim Ducks.

2002: Another tie on another roadie as the Bruins and Calgary Flames knot it at three.

2009: The first Oct. 17 Bruins game in seven years sees the team out in Arizona taking on the Phoenix Coyotes, who beat them 4-1. Mark Stuart gets Boston’s only goal.

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