Milt Schmidt played for Boston Bruins from 1936 to 1955, except for three years when he served with the RCAF during the Second World War. He centered the "Kraut Line," one of the NHL's most famous ensembles, with Woody Dumart and Bobby Bauer on the wings. He led the league in scoring 1939-40 and won the Hart Trophy (MVP) in 1951-52, his final season as a player.
In all, Schmidt amassed two Stanley Cup wins during his career as a player (1939 and 1941). He was first all-star centre three times. He scored 229 goals and 346 assists in 16 seasons, adding 24 goals and 25 assists in playoffs. After retirement he was coach for 11 seasons and then general manager of the Bruins from 1967 to 1975, helping them to two Stanley Cup victories. Schmidt was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1961, and in 1996 he won the Lester Patrick Trophy in honour of his contribution to the game. The Bruins retired his number (15) in 1966.