Boston Bruins: Top 30 Players In Bruins History

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18 – Lionel Hitchman

Hitchman and Eddie Shore formed one of the best defensive pairs ever seen in the history of the NHL. Hitchman was regarded as the finest defenseman of his era, and was part of the 1929 Stanley Cup team, and is credited for being one of the first players to wear a helmet.  Hitchman was one of those player-coaches who helped set the tone of the storied Bruins-Canadiens rivalry. Hitchman was one of the first bad boys of the NHL, putting up 534 minutes of penalties in his 400 games.

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