The Boston Bruins have won the Stanley Cup five times; that's the second highest total of any American hockey team. The only team with more Stanley Cup victories is the Detroit Red Wings (11). While successful on the ice, the Bruins have a couple of other prominent claims to fame. In 1953, the franchise became the first NHL team to acquire an ice resurfacing machine, more commonly known as a "Zamboni." The team used the machine well into the late 1980's. It now rests in the Hockey Hall of Fame. In 1958, left winger Willie O'Ree became the first black man to play in the NHL when he took the ice for the Bruins. O'Ree played in over forty games for the Bruins between 1958 and 1961. He finished his career with six goals and ten assists.
The Bruins entered the NHL in 1924 as the first United States-based expansion team. One of the league's "Original Six" teams, the Bruins are aligned in the Northeast Division of the Eastern Conference. Boston plays its home games at TD Garden. After every Bruins home victory, the song "Dirty Water" by The Standells is blasted through the arena. The song is the unofficial anthem of the city of Boston. A similar tradition is employed by the Red Sox.
Often acknowledged as one of the greatest hockey players of all-time, defenseman Bobby Orr played ten seasons in Boston. During his tenure, he not only helped sell a lot of Bruins tickets but he led the team to two Stanley Cup Championships, 1970 and 1972—both times he was named playoff MVP. Orr was named the NHL's best defenseman a record eight consecutive times and named the league's most valuable player three times. Due to his scoring prowess, Orr revolutionized playing defense in the NHL. As of 2010, Orr is the only defenseman to have won a scoring title—a feat he accomplished twice. Other great Bruins include Ray Bourque, Phil Esposito, Cam Neely, Milt Schmidt, Terry O'Reilly, and Lionel Hitchman.