Boston Bruins: Top 30 Players In Bruins History

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#11 Dit Clapper

Aubrey “Dit” Clapper was a player for the Boston Bruins for twenty seasons, the first NHL player to do so.  He scored his first NHL goal ten seconds into his first shift, and he never looked back. He was one of those rare players who was an All-Star forward and defenseman.

Clapper was a player who earned singular honors that have yet to be matched by any other Boston Bruin. He is the only Bruin to be a member of three separate Stanley Cup teams. (1929, 1939, 1941) Clapper was the only player-coach in the history of the organization. On his last game as a player, the Bruins chose to retire his number. The Hockey Hall of Fame also chose to induct him that same day, making him the only active player to be awarded that honor.

He coached the team for four more seasons, getting the Bruins to the Cup Finals in the 1945-46 season. The Bruins never finished below third in the standings during his tenure as a coach.

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