Since being formed in 1924, the Boston Bruins seemingly have always been true to the principles on which they were founded. Decade after decade, they have prided themselves on playing a tough but honorable style of hockey. Through intimidation, determination and a team-first attitude, these hard-working warriors have accrued countless fans throughout the Hub of Hockey and beyond.
Sure, there have been ups and downs, as is true of every franchise in sports. When at their very best, however, each and every Bruin faithfully has followed the unwritten rules laid forth nearly a century ago. Now, we write them down. Herewith is the Code of the Black and Gold:
Thou shalt …
1. Never dive, whine, perform an overly excessive celebration, bite thy enemy or commit any other act that tarnishes the hallowed Spoked-B.
2. Respect the hockey gods and all of their mysterious ways, even when they inexplicably let anything good happen to the Flyers.
3. Always stand up for a teammate and be willing to drop the gloves against any enemy who unjustly attacks him, punishing the offender with a flurry of jabs and uppercuts he shan’t soon forget.
4. Never kill, even though many a Canuck may tempt thee.
5. Never take Eddie Shore, Bobby Orr or Cam Neely’s name in vain.
6. Feel shame when one gives 99.9 percent in any endeavor; only 100 percent will suffice.
7. Never let a broken eye socket, a cracked rib, a kidney stone or any other non-fatal injury slow thee down; there’s plenty of aspirin, duct tape and maybe even an eye patch or two in the trainer’s room.
8. Never covet playing time or a paycheck from the Montreal Canadiens if thy hope is to not be hated in the Hub of Hockey.
9. Do everything in thy power to lift the loyal masses to their feet and make the Garden rock (Of note: This shall happen often against the Maple Leafs).
10. Expel every ounce of blood, sweat and tears necessary to capture the Stanley Cup.
This article originally appeared in the August 2012 issue of New England Hockey Journal.