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Boston Bruins Week Ahead: April 16-22

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…


UPCOMING MEDIA AVAILABILITY:
Bruins Owner Jeremy Jacobs, CEO for Delaware North’s Boston Holdings Charlie Jacobs and Bruins President Cam Neely will hold their annual season-end press conference on Wednesday, April 20 at 10:00 a.m. in Legends on level 3 of the TD Garden. Media with valid press identification can enter the TD Garden through the Back Security Entrance on Legends Way beginning at 9:00 a.m.

STAT OF THE WEEK:
Forward Brad Marchand led the Bruins and was sixth in the NHL this season with 37 goals – the most by a Bruins player since Glen Murray tallied 44 in 2002-03.

QUOTES OF THE WEEK:
Head Coach Claude Julien during the annual season-end press conference…
And at the end of the day when it’s all said and done I remember coming here nine years ago with this team being in the same situation and I told people that I wanted to be the guy that was going to help them get to the top. And you know I don’t see any reason why I can’t do that again and I’d love to have that opportunity, which I’m being given.

General Manager Don Sweeney during the annual season-end press conference…
It’s still pretty raw. I don’t like losing. People understand that about me pretty quickly. I have a high set of standards as to what I hold myself, and everybody that I enjoy working with I feel like, and I want to continue to impart that upon everybody. But, it was a challenging year, just with the amount of change. It’s one thing to set out a plan, with an opportunity in front of you that you’ve come into, you’ve dreamed about being part of the organization, and obviously having it fall short is disappointing, and that’s how I sit today. I’m not any less driven in terms of finding the fixes, excited about knowing we have a coach that can lead us through what I still consider a transition period, and being very, very excited about what lies in front of us, with the players we have and the core of our group, and how driven they are.

@THEBRUINSBLOG CAPTURES THE BOSTON MEDIA 2015-16 TWEET OF THE WEEK CROWN: Congrats to Matt Kalman (@TheBruinsBlog) for being crowned Tweet of the Week Champion for the 2015-16 season. This is his third overall title since the initiative’s inception in 2011-12 and first since the controversial end to the 2012-13 contest, where he and @GlobeFluto were tied on regular season wins. Also worth note is the win snapped @GlobeFluto’s attempt at a three-peat.

Here are some of Kalman’s highlights from this year…
 
Week 8 (November 7):
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com): Regardless of the month on the calendar, every team should celebrate Movember when Lindy Ruff is in the house
 
Week 9 (November 14):
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com): Vatrano said he's open to be called Frank or Frankie. I wish he'd added "just don't call me late for dinner." An oldie but a goodie.
 
Week 10 (November 21):
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com): Julien calls Tyler Randell "Randy" and that makes me think of Austin Powers, baby.
 
Week 16 (January 2):
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com): Great to hear Pete Smith adding local flavor to #WinterClassic with his press box announcements 
→ Reply: @MikeMiccoli: #lahhs
 
Week 19 (January 23):
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com): Please tell me when No. 7 on Vancouver scores a goal at home everyone yells Oy Vey
 
Week 26 (March 12):
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com): John-Michael Liles still has a chance to play 83 games this season. For you novices, there are only 82 games in a NHL season.

2015-16 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK FINAL STANDINGS
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com), Week 6, Week 8, Week 9, Week 10, Week 16, Week 18, Week 19, Week 26
@ESPNJoeyMac (Joe McDonald, ESPNBoston.com), Week 2, Week 7, Week 13, Week 17, Week 27
@RealJackEdwards (Jack Edwards, NESN), Week 3, Week 14, Week 24
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), Week 1, Week 5, Week 29
@ZackCoxNESN (Zack Cox, NESN), Week 21, Week 28
@GlobeKPD (Kevin Paul Dupont, Boston Globe): Week 20, Week 22
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com), Week 4
@_TyAnderson (Ty Anderson, HockeyBuzz), Week 11
@MickColageo (Mick Colageo, New Bedford Standard Times), Week 12
@BobWCVB (Bob Halloran, WCVB): Week 15
@AmalieBenjamin (Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe): Week 23
@A_Merritt (Andy Merritt, NEHJ): Week 25
@HackswithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com): Week 30

ALL-TIME BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK SEASON CHAMPIONS:
2011-12: @TheBruinsBlog
2012-13: @TheBruinsBlog*
2013-14: @GlobeFluto
2014-15: @GlobeFluto
2015-16: @TheBruinsBlog

* - regular season ended in a tie between @GlobeFluto and @TheBruinsBlog, @TheBruinsBlog won on the playoff tiebreaker

VATRANO NAMED AHL CO-ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:
The American Hockey League announced Thursday, April 14, that Providence Bruins forward Frank Vatrano was named co-winner of the 2015-16 Dudley Garrett Memorial Award, presented to the league’s outstanding rookie. Vatrano shares the honor with San Antonio Rampage forward Mikko Rantanen (24 goals, 36 assists). Vatrano has had a remarkable first season with Providence, tallying a league-leading 34 goals in 34 games. The former UMass standout could become just the fourth AHL player ever to average a goal per game in a 30-goal season. The 22-year-old also recorded 17 assists to give him 51 points – good for a league-best 1.50 points per game – and registered three hat tricks, including a league-record three unassisted goals in a game against Portland on March 6. Vatrano also played 39 games with Boston, notching eight goals and three assists. The native of East Longmeadow, Mass., who was named a First-Team AHL All-Star last week, was assigned to Providence after Boston’s season ended and will be with the P-Bruins for their playoff run.

APRIL VACATION MINI CAMP:
The Boston Bruins and Pro Ambitions have teamed up to host the second annual Boston Bruins April Vacation Mini Camp, taking place at Phillips Academy’s Harrison Rink in Andover, MA from April 19-21. To register or to learn more, visit www.BostonBruins.com/YouthHockey.

BRUINS ACADEMY:
The 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 five episodes can be viewed on www.BostonBruins.com and on the Bruins mobile app.
Watch Episode 5: https://www.nhl.com/bruins/video/bruins-academy-s1-episode-5/t-277463860/c-43376703

BEHIND THE B:
To catch up on Episodes 1–12 of Behind the B presented by ALEX AND ANI, head to www.bostonbruins.com/behindtheb. There is just one final episode left in this season’s series, which is narrated by actor and Worcester, MA native Denis Leary. Go to the Bruins website to see the latest episode, in which Lee Stempniak and Loui Eriksson are mic’d up, Claude Julien receives a special gift and the rookies bond in L.A.
Watch Episode 12: https://www.nhl.com/bruins/video/behind-the-b-season-3-episode-12/t-277437088/c-43096403

Remaining Behind the B Season 3 Air Dates on NESN:
Episode 13: TBD

UPCOMING BRUINS ALUMNI GAMES:
On Saturday, April 16, the Boston Bruins Alumni will play the Why Me All Stars at the New England Sports Center (Donald Lynch Blvd.) in Marlboro, MA in a benefit game for the Why Me Foundation. The game starts at 4:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at the door for $10 (all ages). Rick Smith, Andrew Alberts and Ralph Barahona will be in the lineup. And on Sunday, April 17, the Boston Bruins Alumni will celebrate their 25th Annual game against the Black & Blues. Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter will be the honorary coach for the game. The puck drops at 5:30 p.m. at the Asiaf Arena (470 Forest Ave. Brockton, MA). Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Mike Mottau, Bill Bennett and Rick Smith are expected in the lineup.

GUSTAVSSON NOMINATED FOR BILL MASTERTON MEMORIAL TROPHY:
The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is an annual award under the trusteeship of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and is given to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. The winner is selected in a poll of all chapters of the PHWA at the end of the regular season. A grant from the PHWA is awarded annually to the Bill Masterton Scholarship Fund, based in Bloomington, Minn., in the name of the Masterton Trophy winner. The NHL Writers' Association presented the award in 1968 to commemorate the late William Masterton, a player for the Minnesota North Stars, who exhibited, to a high degree, the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Masterton died on Jan. 15, 1968, after an injury sustained during a game. It was first awarded following the 1967–68 regular season. The Boston chapter of the PHWA (Professional Hockey Writers Association) voted for Jonas Gustavsson as the nominee for the Bruins, and three finalists from the 30 NHL nominees will be present at the NHL Awards this summer where a final winner for the Masterton Trophy will be recognized. Gustavsson, who battled a health scare earlier this season, appeared in 24 games this year and finished 11-9-1 with one shutout and a 2.72 GAA.

BOSTON BRUINS PROSPECT PAGE:
The Boston Bruins have created a page solely dedicated to prospects in the Bruins organization. Keep up with the latest news, read in-depth features and find all of their schedules and statistics at: www.BostonBruins.com/prospects. Read the latest feature on forward Danton Heinen, who helped lead Denver University to a berth in the Frozen Four: http://bruins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=877531

BRUINS ON SOCIAL:
If you don’t already, be sure to follow the Boston Bruins on all social channels:
Twitter: @NHLBruins
Facebook: Boston Bruins
Snapchat: bruinsnhl
Instagram: nhlbruins

ECHOSTOR GOALS FOR CHARITY:
For every goal the Bruins scored during the 2015-16 season, EchoStor donated $100 to the Boston Bruins Foundation. To date, EchoStor raised $24,000 for the Bruins Foundation.

2016-17 GAME PLAN DEPOSITS:
Boston Bruins Game Plans offer a selection of games throughout the season along with great Game Plan Holder benefits. Place a $100 per seat deposit to secure a Game Plan for the 2016-17 season. To place your deposit or explore the benefits of a B’s Game Plan, visit www.BostonBruins.com/GamePlans.

2016-17 GROUP TICKET DEPOSITS:
Gather your group and place a $200 group ticket deposit for the 2016-17 season for a truly unique fan experience. Boston Bruins Group Tickets offer a wide variety of options to suit your group’s specific needs. To place a Group Ticket Deposit, head to www.BostonBruins.com/Groups.

SHOP THE PROSHOP POWERED BY REEBOK’S SPRING COLLECTION:
Welcome in spring by shopping the latest arrivals of Bruins apparel at the ProShop powered by Reebok. Check out the newest arrivals of B’s gear, including hats, t-shirts, hoodies and more, available at the ProShop powered by Reebok located on Level 2 of TD Garden and on www.BostonProShop.com.

DENNA LAING & BOSTON BRUINS CHARITY KNIT HAT:
Show your support for Denna Laing with a Denna Laing & Boston Bruins Charity Knit Hat featuring the Bruins 2016 NHL Winter Classic logo and Denna’s number, 24.  All net proceeds will benefit the Denna Laing Fund.  To place your order, visit www.BostonProShop.com or stop by the ProShop powered by Reebok on Level 2 of TD Garden.

MEDIA INFORMATION:
The Bruins Communications staff will provide schedule updates, releases and transcripts on the Boston Bruins Media Site, which can be accessed at www.bostonbruins.com/media using the follow combination: E-mail: media@bostonbruins.com, Password: media.

UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE & MEDIA AVAILABILITY
Wednesday, April 20
-Annual season-end press conference with CEO Charlie Jacobs and President Cam Neely, Legends on Level 3 of TD Garden, 10 a.m.

SPECIAL TEAMS:
At the end of the regular season, Boston’s power play was ranked seventh in the NHL, going 48-for-234 (20.5%). The Bruins’ penalty kill was 82.2%, good for 11th best in the league. The Bruins ended the season in sixth place in the NHL in shorthanded goals against with four in 82 games. They were ranked seventh in shorthanded goals for with nine in 82 games.

2015-16 STATISTICAL LEADERS - FINAL

Goals
1. B. Marchand, 37
2. P. Bergeron, 32
3. L. Eriksson, 30
4. L. Stempniak, 19
5. D. Krejci, 17

Assists
1. D. Krejci, 46
2. T. Krug, 40
T3. P. Bergeron, 36
T3. R. Spooner, 36
5. L. Eriksson, 33

Points
1. P. Bergeron, 68
T2. L. Eriksson, 63
T2. D. Krejci, 63
4. B. Marchand, 61
5. L. Stempniak, 51

Plus/Minus
1. B. Marchand, +21
2. K. Miller, +15
3. L. Eriksson, +13
T4. P. Bergeron, +12
T4. Z. Chara, +12

Penalty Minutes
1. B. Marchand, 90
T2. A. McQuaid, 89
T2. Z. Rinaldo, 83
4. Z. Chara, 71
5. M. Beleskey, 65

NHL Leaders at the end of the NHL Regular Season
-Patrice Bergeron finished 18th in individual scoring with 32+36=68 totals, 15th in goals with 32, 12th in power play goals with 12 and seventh in shots with 282.
-Brad Marchand finished sixth in the NHL in goals with 37, fourth in shorthanded goals with four and fourth in shorthanded points with six.
-David Krejci finished tied for first in shorthanded assists with three.
-Ryan Spooner finished fourth in the NHL in shootout game-deciding goals with three.
-Loui Eriksson finished 15th in shooting percentage with 16.3%.

2015-2016 Milestones

NHL Debuts
10/8 vs. WPG: Joonas Kemppainen
10/10 vs. MTL: Colin Miller
10/14 @ COL: Tommy Cross
10/14 @ COL: Tyler Randell
11/7 @ MTL: Frank Vatrano
3/1 vs. CGY: Noel Acciari

First NHL Goal
10/14 @ COL: Tyler Randell
10/23 @ NYI: Joonas Kemppainen
11/3 vs. DAL: Colin Miller
11/7 @ MTL: Frank Vatrano

First NHL Assist
10/14 @ COL: Colin Miller
11/23 @ TOR: Landon Ferraro
11/25 @ DET: Frank Vatrano
12/5 @ VAN: Joe Morrow

NHL Points
12/29 vs. OTT: Torey Krug 100th NHL point
2/20 at DAL: Patrice Bergeron 600th NHL point

NHL Goals:
2/13 at MIN: Loui Eriksson 200th NHL goal

Bruins Stars
-David Krejci named third star of the month for October
-Brad Marchand named first star of the week for the week ending November 1
-Brad Marchand named third star of the week for the week ending February 14

Games Played Milestone
-Zdeno Chara played in his 1,200th NHL game on 10/23 at NYI
-Kevan Miller played in his 100th NHL game on 11/5 at WSH
-Adam McQuaid played in his 300th NHL game on 11/17 vs. SJS
-Dennis Seidenberg played in his 700th NHL game on 11/17 vs. SJS
-Brad Marchand played in his 400th NHL game on 12/5 at VAN
-Jimmy Hayes played his 200th NHL game on 12/26 vs. BUF
-Torey Krug played in his 200th NHL game on 1/11 at NYR
-Ryan Spooner played in his 100th NHL game on 1/16 vs. TOR
-Tuukka Rask played in his 300th NHL game on 1/21 vs. VAN
-Loui Eriksson played in his 700th NHL game on 2/16 at COL
-David Krejci played in his 600th NHL game on 2/20 at DAL
-Patrice Bergeron played in his 800th NHL game on 2/26 at CAR
-Matt Beleskey played in his 400th NHL game on 3/19 at LAK
-John-Michael Liles played in his 800th NHL game on 4/9 vs. OTT

NHL All-Star Team
-Patrice Bergeron named to the 2016 NHL All-Star Team

Regular Season Award Winners
-Matt Beleskey won the Eddie Shore Award for demonstrating exceptional hustle and determination throughout the 2015-16 season
-Loui Eriksson won the Elizabeth Dufrense Trophy for his outstanding performance during Bruins home games
-Jimmy Hayes won the John P. Bucyk Award for off-ice charitable contributions
-Brad Marchand won the NESN 7th Player Award for exceeding expectations during the 2015-16 season
-Patrice Bergeron was named the First Star of the 2015-16 season
-Tuukka Rask was named the Second Star of the 2015-16 season
-David Krejci was named the Third Star of the 2015-16 season

Coaching Milestone
-Head Coach Claude Julien coached his 900th game on 1/8 at NJD
-Head Coach Claude Julien won his 500th NHL game on 2/13 at MIN
-Head Coach Claude Julien passed Art Ross for the most wins in Bruins history (388) on 3/7 at FLA

Franchise Record
-The Boston Bruins recorded their 3,000th win as a franchise on 1/8 at NJD

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