More than 70 years ago, dozens of North American professional athletes made a sacrifice most sports stars today could not even fathom.
A season after leading the Bruins to a Stanley Cup championship, the three members of Boston’s legendary “Kraut Line” — Milt Schmidt, Woody Dumart and Bobby Bauer — enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force to serve in World War II. Soon after, the Bruins’ future Hall of Fame goaltender, Frank Brimsek, left for war as well, serving in the U.S. Coast Guard in the South Pacific.
On Veterans Day (Remembrance Day in Canada), NESN takes a look back at the sacrifice made by these five men and the countless other athletes who put country ahead of athletic pursuits. Check it out in the video above.