According to multiple reports, Bruins legend Milt Schmidt has died at the age of 98 from an apparent stroke. The Hall of Fame center spent his entire career with the Boston Bruins, including stints as a player, coach, and general manager. The Canadian born four-time All Star won the 1939 and 1941 Stanley Cup as a player, as well as the 1970 and 1972 Stanley Cup as a general manager.
The former oldest living NHL player was the scoring champion in 1940 and was listed 27th on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players. In 1941, in his final game with the Bruins before his leave of absence from the team during World War II, his rival Canadiens teammates carried him off the ice in a show of their appreciation for his sacrifice.
After his playing career, Schmidt became the team's coach for 11 seasons before being promoted to the role of general manager. During this time, in 1961, Schmidt was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Schmidt may be most well known for his acquisition of Phil Esposito, Ken Hodge and Fred Stanfield from the Chicago Black Hawks for Pit Martin, Gilles Marotte and Jack Norris, which completely altered the face of the Bruins franchise.
After almost 40 years with the Bruins, Schmidt became the first general manager in the history of the Washington Capitals in 1975 in part of a new expansion effort. Unfortunately for Schmidt and the Caps, this marked the lowest point total in NHL history, with only 21 points amassed in 80 games (8-67-5). Upton retiring after the 1975-1976 season, Schmidt's #15 was retired by the Boston Bruins in 1980.
In recent years, Schmidt had been active within the Bruins organization and could frequently be seen at the TD Garden for ceremonial puck drops and pregame festivities.
Thank you, Mr. Bruin.