February 22nd, 2010 by

Today in Boston Bruins’ history

On Feb. 22, 1927, a flashing red light was used for the first time at the Boston Arena to signal a goal scored. Goal judges — originally named umpires in their inception in 1877 – had waved a flag prior to that time

The Bruins won that game, 83 years ago today, against the Detroit Red Wings, 3-2. Boston also finished in first-place in the American Division that 1927-28 season with 51 points, but lost to the Stanley Cup winning New York Rangers in the Semi-Finals.

On this day in 1937, Bruins’ legend Lionel Hitchman played in his final NHL game with the Boston Bruins. The 6′1″ defenseman played in 414 career NHL games with 27-33–60 totals, with a whopping 523 penalty minutes. Hitchman was also the Bruins’ first ever Captain, and had his No. 3 retired by Boston after spending 10 NHL seasons with the Black-and-Gold.

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