Additionally, fans are encouraged to nominate a caregiver who has gone above and beyond in the fight against cancer. Three caregivers will be chosen to attend Hockey Fights Cancer Night courtesy of Lahey Health. Submissions may be made now through Friday, October 21st on BostonBruins.com/HockeyFightsCancer.
Season ticket holders have kindly donated tickets for current pediatric patients, cancer survivors, and individuals who are supporters of those affected by cancer. Organizations who will be receiving tickets to the game include Boston Children's Hospital, Lahey Health, Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, Jimmy Fund, American Cancer Society and Massachusetts General Hospital for Children.
Lavender, which represents awareness for all forms of cancer, will be incorporated into the game in several ways. The Bruins coaches, management, as well as NESN and 98.5 The Sports Hub broadcasters will all be wearing lavender Hockey Fights Cancer ties. Bruins players will be using lavender stick tape during Thursday's game and will have Hockey Fight Cancer helmet decals throughout the month of October. Boston Bruins employees will also be wearing lavender ribbons.
The Boston Bruins Foundation will be raffling and auctioning off the team signed, warm-up worn purple jerseys both in game and online following the game. Proceeds from the 50/50 raffle will benefit the Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care. The Boston Bruins Foundation will also be holding a check presentation directly after the first period to honor the 2016 Pan-Mass Challenge team for raising a total of $211,125.00.
Patrice Bergeron will host pediatric cancer patients through his program, Patrice's Pals.
The Bruins will incorporate a number of in-game elements surrounding Hockey Fights Cancer presented by Lahey Health as well. Tommy Scardina, a 9-year-old boy from Marshfield, MA who was recently diagnosed with NUT Midline Carcinoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer, will be participating in the ceremonial puck drop prior to the game. Tommy is undergoing treatment at Dana Faber and Boston Children's Hospital. The 8-Spoked Salute, presented by Massachusetts State Lottery, will honor cancer survivor and Worcester Police Officer Jonathan Daige who served in Iraq in the U.S. Army Reserves. Many cancer survivors will be in attendance like Carlie Gonzalez, who will be signing the National Anthem, was diagnosed with localized Ewing Sarcoma last October.
WIN TICKETS TO OPENING NIGHT PRESENTED BY TD BANK: The Boston Bruins Foundation is raffling off four (4) loge tickets for the home opener on October 20 against the New Jersey Devils, presented by TD Bank. Visit bruinsrafflies.org to purchase your raffle tickets today! Tickets can be purchased until noon on October 18. All net proceeds will benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation.
THIS WEEK'S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…
STAT OF THE WEEK: Brad Marchand (2 goals, 3 assists) became the second player in Bruins history to record five points in a season-opener (Phil Esposito on Oct. 10, 1973, 3 goals, 2 assists vs. Vancouver) on Thursday night against Columbus.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "Yeah, whenever there's young guys on the team, they just bring a little more excitement. They have a lot of energy. They're like little puppies. And that's kind of what Pasta's [David Pastrnak ] like; he's always buzzing around and excited all the time. So it's fun to have that young energy in the room and it gives us all a little more energy for sure." - Brad Marchand on the energy the rookies bring to the team
TWEET OF THE WEEK (WEEK 5): @DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, CSNNE.com) "Brad Marchand will have a phone hearing for this game. Dirty in general"
HONORABLE MENTION: @HacksWithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com) "Three broken sticks for Brandon Carlo . Either he's squeezing the lumber a little tight tonight or he's the NHL's strongest man alive"
2016-17 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD:
@GlobeKPD (Kevin Paul DuPont, Boston Globe): Week 1, Week 2
@_TyAnderson (Ty Anderson, hockeybuzz.com): Week 3
@HacksWithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE): Week 4
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, CSNNE.com): Week 5
UPCOMING GAMES AND BROADCAST INFORMATION:
Saturday, October 15, Bruins at Maple Leafs, Air Canada Centre, 7 p.m. ET, TV - NESN, Radio - 98.5 The Sports Hub
Monday, October 17, Bruins at Jets, MTS Centre, 8 p.m. ET, TV - NESN, Radio - 98.5 The Sports Hub
Thursday, October 20, Bruins vs. Devils, TD Garden, 7 p.m. ET, TV - NESN, Radio - 98.5 The Sports Hub
BEHIND THE B: The New England Emmy Award winning series Behind the B returned for its fourth season on Monday, September 26. Behind The B, which is narrated by Worcester, MA native Denis Leary, gives fans an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the Bruins players, coaches and front office throughout the 2016-17 season. In this season's first episode, the B's draft Boston University defenseman Charlie McAvoy, Matt Beleskey and David Pastrnak visit China and David Backes shows fans his hometown in Minnesota. In the second episode, which aired on Wednesday, October 12, Patrice Bergeron made a wish come true for one of his biggest fans and was mic'd up for a game against the Canadiens in his hometown of Quebec. Behind the B won the New England Emmy Award for "Best Sports Series" in 2016.
Watch Season 4, Episode 1: here.
BRUINS ACADEMY: The New England Emmy Award winning series is a fast-paced, educational, Black & Gold-themed program created for youth who love the game of hockey. One 30-minute episode will air per month on NESN, and the first 11 episodes can be viewed on www.BostonBruins.com and on the Bruins mobile app. In Episode 11, Torey Krug gets a pitching lesson, Colin Miller hits the links, Joe Morrow shows off his unique collection and the players share their craziest autograph stories.
Watch Season 1, Episode 11: here.
HOME OPENER: Be at TD Garden for Bruins Opening Night presented by TD Bank on Thursday, October 20. Select tickets still available. Puck drops at 7 p.m. To get your tickets, visit BostonBruins.com/tickets or the Bruins mobile app.
SKATE AND SKI: Bruins fans who love to ski get the best of both worlds this winter. The Bruins have teamed up with Loon Mountain and 98.5 The Sports Hub to offer you $99 tickets to select games from October through December and receive a complimentary ski ticket pass to Loon Mountain, New England's most accessible mountain. To purchase tickets, visit BostonBruins.com/tickets or the Bruins mobile app.
PICK-A-PLAN: Create the plan that works best for your busy schedule. Pick one game from a lineup that includes Original Six teams and two from a number of other key matchups. If three games isn't enough action for you, you can pick up to eight games. To create your plan visit BostonBruins.com/pickaplan.
LAST MINUTE TICKET ALERTS: Be the first to know when last minute tickets become available! Sign up for free and get a text alert delivered right to your phone on Game Days for discounted ticket offers. Sign up for free today at BostonBruins.com/Pass.
BOBBY ORR: This season we celebrate Bobby Orr's 50th anniversary of joining the Boston Bruins. Celebrate this Legend with his exclusive collection of hats, jerseys, jackets, and more at the ProShop powered by Reebok on Level 2 at TD Garden. This commemorative apparel is also available online at BostonProShop.com.
BOSTON'S TEAM SINCE 1924: Show your Bruins pride this season with the team's exclusive "Boston's Team Since 1924" t-shirt only available at the ProShop powered by Reebok located on Level 2 at TD Garden. To shop the "Boston's Team Since 1924" gear and view other authentic Bruins gear, visit BostonProShop.com.
LITTLE BRUINS LEARN TO PLAY PROGRAM: The Little Bruins Learn to Play program presented by Friendly's Restaurants, in partnership with the National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players Association, will begin its third season in October. The Little Bruins Learn to Play program is an initiative designed to introduce the game of ice hockey by overcoming affordability barriers that limit involvement at the beginner level in an effort to increase participation in youth hockey and grow the game. Over 1,200 youth players will have the opportunity to participate at one of 24 locations across New England. Each participant will be outfitted with gear from head-to-toe and receive four weeks of on-ice instruction for $100. In addition, each player will get a custom fitting at TSR Hockey. The Little Bruins program has helped to increase hockey participation, and over 60% of the youth hockey players who participated in the Little Bruins program last year subsequently enrolled in organized hockey. The Little Bruins program is open to children ages five to eight. Registration for the program is open on www.BostonBruins.com/littlebruins on a first come, first serve basis.
MEIGRAY: Want to bring home a piece of the Bruins? Meigray Group is the Bruins official game-worn jersey source, and the only place to go to get an authenticated game-worn jersey from your favorite Bruins player. Meigray takes Bruins jerseys right off the ice. Every jersey comes with a Bruins Meigray letter of authenticity. Get your game-worn jersey today by visiting Meigray.com.
PASS: TD Bank and the Boston Bruins have teamed up to bring you PASS, the Partnership to Assist Skaters and Shooters clinic series. Enter your child's youth hockey team for the chance to win a free hockey clinic, a thousand dollar grant and tickets to a B's game this season. To enter, visitBostonBruins.com/youthhockey.
BRUINS ON SOCIAL: If you don't already, be sure to follow the Boston Bruins on all social channels:
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UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE & MEDIA AVAILABILITY
-(Warrior Ice Arena, 80 Guest Street, Brighton, MA, 02135)
-All times are local to where the practice or game is taking place
-Practices at Warrior Ice Arena are open to the public
-Schedule is subject to change
Saturday, October 15 (Air Canada Centre, Toronto)
-Pregame Skate, 11:30 a.m. (Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Canada)
-Game at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7 p.m.
Sunday, October 16 (MTS Centre, Winnipeg)
-Practice, 2 p.m.
Monday, October 17 (MTS Centre, Winnipeg)
-Pregame Skate, 11:30 a.m. (MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Canada)
-Game at Winnipeg Jets, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, October 18
Wednesday, October 19 (Warrior Ice Arena, Boston, MA)
-Practice, 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, October 20 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame Skate, 10:30 a.m. (Warrior Ice Arena)
-Game vs. New Jersey Devils, 7 p.m. (TD Garden, Boston, MA)
Friday, October 21 (Warrior Ice Arena, Boston, MA)
-Practice, 11 a.m.
Saturday, October 22 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame Skate, 10:30 a.m. (Warrior Ice Arena)
-Game vs. Montreal Canadiens, 7 p.m. (TD Garden, Boston, MA)
2016-17 BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS
T-1. D. Backes, 2
T-1. B. Marchand, 2
T-1. D. Pastrnak, 2
1. B. Marchand, 3
2. D. Pastrnak, 2
T-3. 5 players, 1
1. B. Marchand, 5
2. D. Pastrnak, 4
3. D. Backes, 3
1. D. Pastrnak, 6
T-2. D. Backes, 5
T-2. B. Carlo, 5
T-2. Z. Chara, 5
T-2. B. Marchand, 5
T-1. N. Acciari, 2
T-1. D. Backes, 2
T-1. A. Czarnik, 2
T-1. D. Heinen, 2
-Brad Marchand leads the NHL in points (5) and is tied for the league lead in assists (3)
-David Pastrnak leads the NHL in plus/minus (+6) and is tied for second in the league in points (4)
-David Backes, Brandon Carlo, Zdeno Chara and Brad Marchand are tied for second in the NHL in plus/minus (+5)
-David Backes, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak are tied for second in the NHL in goals (2)
-David Backes is tied for fifth in the NHL in points (3)
10/13 @ CBJ: Brandon Carlo
10/13 @ CBJ: Austin Czarnik
10/13 @ CBJ: Danton Heinen
10/13 @ CBJ: Rob O'Gara
First NHL Assist
10/13 @ CBJ: Brandon Carlo