Confusion reigned over the Stanley Cup when the Bruins notched their first N. H. L. title. During a transition from an old era to a new one, Boston claimed a double win.
The Boston Bruins claimed their first Stanley Cup in Montreal on a Saturday night in March 1929, sweeping aside the mighty Canadiens. Back home, a crowd of 3,000 met the team’s train at North Station.
Then again, the series with Montreal was only a semi-final. Any doubts to their hold on the trophy were put to rest six days later, when the Bruins definitively won the Cup, conquering the Rangers in New York.
Two Stanley Cups in a week? It’s complicated. And it’s not something that is reflected in the records, either: Those distinctly show that the Bruins have won six championships (so far), not seven.
And yet 90 years before the Bruins were attempting to win this year’s Cup finals and extend a run of Boston-area pro sports dominance, a brief confusion in the hockey continuum seemed to present the Bruins, at least by some accounts, with the opportunity for a one-of-a-kind Stanley Cup double.
The 1928-29 season was a banner year for the 12-year-old N. H. L. From just four teams in the 1923-24 season, the league had spread to 10 cities, six in the United States. Overall attendance was up by 22 percent from the previous season, with the Bruins rated the biggest draw.
They were the first American team to join the N. H. L., bankrolled by the grocery magnate Charles Adams. His first hire in 1924 was Art Ross, a 38-year-old Montrealer with a reputation as a genius of hockey strategy and innovation who had also won two Stanley Cups earlier as a player.

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