Photos: RIP Milt Schmidt, Boston Bruins legend, 1918-2017

 

Milt Schmidt, a Hockey Hall of Famer who was a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Boston Bruins, has passed away at age 98.

Schmidt’s NHL career spanned 1936 to 1955, all with the Bruins, and he scored 229 goals and 575 points in 776 career games, adding 24 goals and 49 points in 86 playoff games. He led Boston to Stanley Cup championships in 1939 and 1941, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1961. Schmidt also won the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s leading scorer in 1940 and the Hart Trophy as the NHL MVP in 1951.

A native of Kitchener, Ont., he missed the entire 1942-43, ’43-44 and ’44-45 seasons to serve in the Canadian air force during World War Two.

From the Hockey Hall of Fame:

Although he played 16 years in the NHL, Schmidt missed much time during the height of his career when he left the team to join the air force, a stint that lasted three and a half seasons. He always maintained that the night of January 10, 1942, was his biggest thrill in hockey. “That was the last game Bobby Bauer, Pork Dumart and I played before going into the service,” he explained. “It was against the Canadiens, and we beat them badly. I don’t think I’ll ever forget what happened after the game. The players on both teams lifted the three of us on their shoulders and carried us off the ice and the crowd gave us an ovation. A man couldn’t ever forget a thing like that.”

Here’s a look at Bruins legend Milt Schmidt over the years.

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Canadian professional hockey player Milt Schmidt of the Boston Bruins on the ice, late 1930s. (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)

Milt Schmidt On The Ice

Canadian professional hockey player Milt Schmidt of the Boston Bruins skates on the ice, md 20th Century. (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)

Detroit Red Wings v Boston Bruins

BOSTON, MA – OCTOBER 14: Alumni legend Milt Schmidt of the Boston Bruins poses in front of the locker room prior to the game against the Detroit Red Wings at the TD Garden on October 14, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

1941 Stanley Cup Finals – Game 4: Boston Bruins v Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT, MI – APRIL 12: The Boston Bruins celebrate in the locker room with coach Cooney Weiland and general manager Art Ross (both in suits) after Game 4 of the 1941 Stanley Cup Finals against the Detroit Red Wings on April 12, 1941 at the Olympia Stadium in Detroit, Michigan. The players are Bobby Bauer #17, Dit Clapper #5, Milt Schmidt #15, Roy Conacher #9, Herb Cain #4, Des Smith #8, Terry Reardon #19, Mel Hill #16 and Woody Dumart #14. (Photo by B Bennett/Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)

New York Rangers v Boston Bruins

BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 17: Milt Schmidt #15 of the Boston Bruins falls on Bill Moe of the New York Rangers during a struggle for the puck on January 17, 1946 at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)

Boston’s Kraut Line

Canadian professional hockey players and childhood friends (left to right) Bobby Bauer (1915 – 1964), Woody Dumart (1916 – 2001), and Milt Schmidt of the Boston Bruins’ legendary ‘Kraut Line’ sit on a bench in the locker room and pose for a photograph before their last professional game before joining the Royal Canadian Air Force, 1942. (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)

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1946: Milt Schmidt #15 and Dit Clapper #5 of the Boston Bruins talk on the ice circa 1946. (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)

Schmidt w/Lester Patrick Award

1996 Season: Milt Schmidt with his 1996 Lester Patrick Award. (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)

Boston Bruins Milt Schmidt Number

BOSTON – AUGUST 18: Milt Schmidt retired number banner at the TD Garden in Boston on Aug. 18, 2000. (Photo by Mark Wilson/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Bruins Legends Bobby Orr, Milt Schmidt, And Terry O’Reilly

BOSTON – DECEMBER 18: Boston Bruins legend Bobby Orr, left, helps another Bruins legend Milt Schmidt off the ice with help from another Bruins legend Terry O’Reilly for the First Skate at Fenway Park on Dec. 18, 2009. As part of the Winter Classic, the Boston Bruins Legends took to the ice. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Toronto Maple Leafs v Boston Bruins

BOSTON – OCTOBER 28: Alumni Milt Schmidt #15 and Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins shakes hands after the ceremony for “Milt Schmidt Night” before the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the TD Garden on October 28, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Toronto Maple Leafs v Boston Bruins

BOSTON, MA – MARCH 7: Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins helps alumni legend Milt Schmidt out to the ice for a ceremonial puck drop prior to the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the TD Garden on March 7, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Detroit Red Wings v Boston Bruins

BOSTON, MA – OCTOBER 14: Alumni legend Milt Schmidt and Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins shake hands before the game against the Detroit Red Wings at the TD Garden on October 14, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Vancouver Canucks v Boston Bruins – Game Six

BOSTON, MA – JUNE 13: Milt Schmidt legend and former player of the Boston Bruins waves a towel before a game against the Vancouver Canucks in Game Six of the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on June 13, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

New Jersey Devils v Boston Bruins

BOSTON, MA – OCTOBER 20 : Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins with alumni players Bobby Orr and Milt Schmidt before the start of the season opener against the New Jersey Devils at the TD Garden on October 20, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)