Milton Conrad “Milt” Schmidt

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Born March 5, 1918 in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Height: 6'0"  Weight: 185 lbs

Milt Schmidt, the center on hockey’s famous “Kraut line,” which first skated together with the Reds in 1936, was inducted into the NHL Hockey Hall of Fame in 1961 He was the first of the famous trio to be so enshrined. On January 1, 2017, as part of the NHL’s centennial, Milt was selected as one of the “100 Greatest Players” in NHL history. One of the great ambassadors of the game, he was also an inductee into the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame in 2005.

Milt, along with Wood Dumart and Bobby Bauer, skated for Providence in the 1936-37 season, lighting the red light for eight goals in 23 games. That same year, the talented all-around athlete was also invited to try out for baseball’s St. Louis Cardinals. He declined.

Despite missing nearly 3 years while serving on a bomber squadron in WWII, he scored 229 goals and 575 points in a total of 776 games over 16 NHL seasons between 1936 and 1955. He won two Stanley Cups with Boston in 1938 and 1940. In 1952, he was named the league’s MVP.

Schmidt also coached the Bruins for 13 seasons and compiled a 250-394-126 record between 1954 and 1976. He was promoted to General Manager in 1967 and was the architect of the Bruins’ powerhouse teams of the 70’s that began with his discovery and signing of Bobby Orr.

Milton Conrad “Milt” Schmidt

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