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Boston Bruins Career Goal Scoring Leaders
The Boston Bruins are one of the NHL’s storied, long-time franchises, having been around since 1924. And while the Bruins have five Stanley Cups to their name, the team has not won it all since 1972. As I write this in 2009, the Bruins have been reborn to an extent and are extremely competitive. Here is a list of the all-time leading goal scorers for Boston to date:
John Bucyk (545)—Left wing John Bucyk began his career with the Red Wings, but then played most of it in Boston for the Bruins, from 1957 to 1978. Bucyk ranks first in Bruins’ history with 545 goals and his best season was 1970-71. That year, Bucyk racked up career highs in goals (51), assists (65) and total points (116). He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1981.
Phil Esposito (459)—Center Phil Esposito might be best known by some for his playing days with the New York Rangers, but he played for Chicago and Boston before that. Esposito was with the Bruins from 1967 to 1976 and ranks second in franchise history with 459 goals. Esposito did have his best years in Boston, including his best season of 1970-71. That year, he led the NHL with a career high 76 goals, adding 76 assists for 152 total points (also career best).
Rick Middleton (402)—Right wing Rick Middleton played most of his career in Boston, from 1976 to 1988. He ranks third in Bruins’ history with 402 goals, and Middleton had a career high 51 goals in 1981-82. But his best overall season was probably 1983-84, when Middleton scored 47 goals and added 58 assists for a career best 105 points.
Raymond Bourque (395)—Defenseman Raymond Bourque played most of his career with the Bruins, from 1979 to 2000. Bourque is highly regarded as one of the best defensemen ever but he also ranks fourth in team history with 395 goals in a Bruins’ uniform. Bourque’s best season was 1983-84, when he had a career high 31 goals, adding 65 assists for 96 total points (also a career best).
Cam Neely (344)—Right wing Cam Neely played for the Bruins most of his career, from 1986 to 1996, and ranks fifth in franchise history with 344 goals. Neely’s best season was 1989-90, when he helped the Bruins reach the Stanley Cup Finals with a career high 55 goals, adding 37 assists for a career best 92 total points.