As one of the Original Six NHL franchises, the Boston Bruins have amassed a large fan base and perhaps an equally large group of interested bettors.
Boston Bruins Franchise History
The Bruins have built up quite the resume dating all the way back to their first Stanley Cup in 1929. With more than 70 playoff appearances in their back pocket, Boston is one of the NHL’s most successful franchises.
There’s also been no shortage of NHL legends to play in Boston during the Bruins’ tenure. Some of the sport’s biggest names (literally) have donned a Bruins uniform.
For starters, the tallest player in NHL history, Zdeno Chara, suited up for the Bruins for over a decade and won the James Norris trophy in 2009. Other Bruins stars include Ray Borque, Bobby Orr, and Patrice Bergeron.
On top of the long list of stars who have put on the Bruins’ black and gold, there is a pile of six Stanly Cup trophies. Many of them, however, were won prior to some of the NHL’s expansions.
The Bruins’ most recent contribution to Boston’s championship trophy case was in 2011, when they took down the Vancouver Canucks 4-3.
While the 2021 legislative session ended without notable progress, there’s a chance sports betting becomes part of a larger discussion in 2022.
Senator Eric Lesser claims sports betting is one of his focal points as he runs for lieutenant governor.
Unfortunately for hopeful Bay Staters, sports betting isn’t a priority for other legislators, including Senate President Karen Spilka. It appears legalization is possible in 2022, but it will be a battle to get there.
Governor Charlie Baker, who is not running for re-election, has shown strong support for a sports betting initiative in his state. He even stated he’d sign a bill calling for its legalization on his way out the door.
Whether or not Massachusetts legislators can reach an agreement in 2022 remains to be seen.
If that fateful day comes and Bruins fans are able to place wagers online or at a retail location in their home state, they can expect to see something like this on the betting board:
· Bruins -1.5
· Canadiens +1.5
Here, the Bruins are favored by a goal-and-a-half against their long standing rival, the Montreal Canadiens.
Bruins backers need them to win the game by at least two goals. If the Bruins win by only one goal, or lose the game, the bettor loses their wager.