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12-01-2012, 03:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Dennis Bonvie View Post
Were Thompson's teams really that good?

31/32 - 15-21-12 4th in Division
33/34 - 18-25-5 4th in Division
35/36 - 22-20-6 2nd in Division
36/37 - 23-18-7 2nd in Division
These were the Eddie Shore/Dit Clapper Bruins who finished 1st overall 4 times in 9 years in the 1930s without winning the Cup. They were definitely hurt by the goofy playoff structure at the time (6 teams make the playoffs, the 2 division winners play in the first round for the right to advance to the finals, the next 4 best teams play a minitournament for the other spot in the finals, so 1 of the 2 division winners is guaranteed a 1st round loss). But still, 1st overall 4 times and no Cups after 1929.

Not sure what happened in 1932. 1934 is the year Eddie Shore was injured and missed a good portion of the year and the Bruins missed the playoffs. It was brought up in the defenseman project in the case for Eddie Shore.

Here are the top 5 finishes in Hart voting for Bruins during Thompson's time there

1929: Eddie Shore (3rd)
1930: Lionel Hitchman (2nd), Cooney Weiland (3rd)
1931: Eddie Shore (2nd)
1932: none
1933: Eddie Shore (1st)
1934: none
1935: Eddie Shore (1st)
1936: Eddie Shore (1st)
1937: Tiny Thompson (4th)
1938: Eddie Shore (1st)

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