Jan. 30, 1949

Sad times for Bruins goaltender Frank Brimsek.

His 10-month old son died a week earlier. While Brimsek asked to make a quick return to work, meeting the team in Montreal and getting back in goal immediately, he was told to stay home in Minnesota for another week.

The Bruins planned to give him a practice session before Brimsek would return to active duty. 

At the end of the season Brimsek asked for a trade to Chicago so he could be closer to his family. Considering the Hall of Famer’s work for the Bruins for nine seasons, Brimsek was sent to the Black Hawks for what turned out to be his final season before retiring.

Brimsek, who had two NHL games under his belt before being sent back to the Providence Reds, wasn’t very popular when he joined the Bruins for good in 1938. Coach Art Ross made him the starting goalie, demoting the popular Tiny Thompson.

Fans quickly warmed up to Mr. Zero as he earned his nickname by recording six shutouts in his first seven starts.