THE BIG 50: BOSTON BRUINS
$16.95 U.S. / $19.95 CDN, Triumph Books, 304 pgs, 5.5" x 8.5", paperback
Author Fluto Shinzawa took the difficult task of boiling down the Bruins’ 92year history into his 304-page book, The Big 50: The Men and Moments that Made the Boston Bruins. He reaches way back with tales of players such as Dit Clapper and Eddie Shore, Frank Brimsek, Milt Schmidt and the ‘Kraut Line.’ Of course, modern greats get their due as well: Orr, Esposito, Bourque, Neely, Chara, Bergeron and numerous others. But Shinzawa doesn’t just focus on the good times. He also recounts some of the lowest points in the B’s history: Ted Green’s traumatic head injury, Joe Thornton’s trade to the Sharks and the infamous “too many men” call in the 1979 semifinal. Even Ken Dryden – arguably the biggest nemesis the Bruins ever faced – gets his own chapter. Unlike a standard history book, The Big 50 doesn’t go in any order, liberally skipping from era to era. For a new fan, this book serves as a great primer on one of the NHL’s oldest teams. For the veteran, The Big 50 is a mostly-happy trip down memory lane.