One of the most iconic figures in Bruins franchise history has passed away.
Milt Schmidt, who won four Stanley Cups as a B’s player and GM, has died at the age of 98, per the Boston Globe. The Globe reports Schmidt had suffered a stroke recently, and was living in a care facility.
Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1961, Schmidt helped the Bruins win titles as a player in 1939 and ’41, then two more as GM in ’70 and ’72. He also served as head coach immediately following his playing days, leading Boston to back-to-back Cup Finals in ’57 and ’58.
A member of the “Kraut Line” alongside fellow Hall of Famers Woody Dumart and Bobby Bauer, Schmidt was highly revered throughout the Boston hockey community and the NHL.
Upon news of his passing, an outpouring of condolences flooded social media.
Fittingly, Schmidt — along with Bobby Orr — dropped the ceremonial puck this past October at the Bruins’ first home game of the season.