There are a couple of things that the Bruins franchise has been known for during its long history as an Original Six NHL charter member.
One is certainly No. 1 defensemen with Eddie Shore, Bobby Orr, Ray Bourque and Zdeno Chara topping the list. Another is the long line of great goaltenders with names like Tiny Thompson, Frank Brimsek, Gerry Cheever, Tim Thomas and Tuukka Rask among the all-time greats to man the pipes.
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Another staple for the franchise is toughness with players unafraid to thrown down with an offending opponent. Whether it was the Bobby Orr-era Bruins, the Lunchpail AC crew or the modern-day team that won the Cup in 2011, they have long lived up to the Big Bad Bruins moniker that’s long been a part of their history.
With apologies to true Bruins tough guys like John Wensink, Teddy Green, Nevin Markwart, Bruce Shoebottom, Ken Belanger, Adam McQuaid and even Hall of Famer Zdeno Chara, and old timers like Eddie Shore and Fern Flaman, here is the all-time top-10 list of Bruins tough guys: