The program for the Boston Bruins the night Eddie Barry made his first NHL appearance in 1947 features a story about the dearth of U.S.-born skaters in the league. There were only three players in the league with U.S. passports Barry's teammate Frank Brimsek, Johnny Mariucci with Chicago, and Bill Moe of the Rangers and Barry made it four Americans for a few months in his home state.
The 27-year-old winger served during the Second World War and was a star on the Coast Guard Cutters, a travelling team that played exhibitions in 1943-44. Before and after the war he was a fixture with the Boston Olympics in the EHL, earning an all-star berth in 1946 and the call from the big-league Bruins for 19 games. In 1950, at the end of his playing career with the Olympics, Barry became the head coach of the team.