Honouring Kitchener Born Hockey Legend, Milt Schmidt
Kitchener born Hockey Hall of Famer, Milt Schmidt who spent more than 80 years at all levels of Hockey, has died at the age 98.
Born on March 5, 1918 in Kitchener, Milt Schmidt began playing junior in his hometown at 14 years of age. In 1934-35, Schmidt played Centre for the junior Kitchener Greenshirts, leading the OHA with 20 goals.
Milt was signed by the Boston Bruins in 1936, but it was a deal that almost did not happen. A year prior, at the age of 17, Schmidt had been invited to the team's training camp by Bruins legendary coach, Art Ross, who had heard about Schmidt from Bobby Bauer. Schmidt impressed Ross who wanted to sign him, offering $2,000 to join the Bruins organization. Schmidt however, declined and moved back home to Kitchener.
Playing for the Bruins from 1937-1942 and again from 1945-1955, he was the NHL's scoring leading in 1939-1940, collecting 52 points. He won the Hart Trophy as league MVP in 1951-1952 at the age of 33. A four-time NHL All-Star, he retired in 1955 after scoring 575 points (229 goals) in 778 games over 16 seasons. He finished top ten in scoring on five occasions, including 1950-1951 when he was awarded the Hart Trophy emblematic of the NHL's most valuable player.
Schmidt went on to become the Bruins General Manager from 1967-1972 and had a natural business savvy and an eye for talent. He played an integral role in the signing of Bobby Orr.
Schmidt was the oldest living former NHL player. On Sunday in Toronto, he was named one the 100 Greatest NHL Players as part of the League's Centennial Celebration.
Learn more about this hockey legend and the Kraut Line at our monument in The Aud foyer.