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The Kraut Line

Updated Tuesday January 7, 2014 by Kitchener Sports Association.

 

 

PHOTO: The players pictured here, left to right, Bobby Bauer(17), Milt Schmidt (15) and Woody Dumart (14) were known as the "Kitchener Kids" and, more famously, as the "Kraut Line".

 

 

 

 

Woody Dumart, Bobby Bauer and Milt Schmidt were three of the most famous hockey players produced in this area. When teenagers, their skills attracted National Hockey League scouts which resulted in contracts with the Boston Bruins for Bauer and Dumart in 1935 and for Schmidt in 1936.

By the end of the 1937 season all three had been called up by the Bruins where they starred for many seasons as a unit and individually including 1938-39 and 1940-41 when the Bruins won the Stanley Cup.

While playing for Providence in 1936, a Boston farm club, they were given the name "The Sauerkraut Line" shortened later to "The Kraut Line" now considered one of the finest in hockey history.

Bauer, who died in 1946 was born in Waterloo in 1915. Schmidt was born in Kitchener in 1918 and Dumart in Kitchener in 1916. Dumart died in 2001. Schmidt currently (1972) lives in the Boston.

Milt Schmidt was in town on October 13, 2003 for the unveiling of KSA's the Kraut Memorial in the lobby of Kitchener Memorial Auditorium and was guest speaker at KSA's 15th annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner that same evening.




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