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Bruins honor Milt Schmidt

BOSTON -- Former Boston Bruins player, coach and general manager Milt Schmidt is a lot of things.

He’s a four-time Stanley Cup champion. He’s a Hall of Famer. He’s a four-time NHL All-Star. He's a scoring-title winner (1940). He a Hart Trophy winner as the league’s MVP (1951). He’s a World War II veteran.

And, Milt Schmidt is 92.

Listening to him talk about his career, the game of hockey, his family and Bobby Orr, you would never believe Schmidt was born in 1918.

“To be honest, I didn’t know how old he was because he doesn’t look as old as he is,” said current Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas.

Schmidt was at TD Garden on Thursday night as the Bruins honored him in a pregame ceremony. The Sports Museum, located on Levels 5 and 6 at the Garden, also unveiled an exhibit dedicated to his career.

“There’s not a better game in the world than hockey,” Schmidt said. “That’s the only way I can put it.”

Schmidt’s best memory was winning a pair of Stanley Cup titles in 1939 and 1941 as a player, and as a general manager in 1970 and 1972.

“The first Stanley Cup team in 1938-39 was by far the best thing that ever happened to me,” he said. “We all know there are great hockey players in the National Hockey League today but who were never on a Stanley Cup team. I had the privilege -- not as many as the Montreal Canadiens, but I was on four of them, which I am very highly privilege to be.”