THIS WEEK'S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "There's a lot of hockey fans out there …but when you get to these cities that you don't normally travel to and you see the turnout that comes from that, It s great to see the support that our team gets and our players get." - Cam Neely on the support from fans around New England
PROSPECTS CHALLENGE: The Bruins rookies will participate in the 2017 Prospects Challenge from September 8-11 at HarborCenter in Buffalo (100 Washington St., Buffalo, NY 14203). This marks the third consecutive year the Bruins have participated in the challenge. The Bruins defeated New Jersey (4-3) and Buffalo (4-3) in last year's Prospects Challenge. Bruins prospects who participated in last year's tournament and also played in at least one regular season game with Boston in 2016-17 include forwards Anton Blidh, Peter Cehlarik, Danton Heinen, Sean Kuraly, defensemen Brandon Carlo, Matt Grzelcyk, Rob O'Gara and goaltender Zane McIntyre.
The Bruins' rookies will compete against the Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins, and New Jersey Devils' rookies in the round-robin challenge featuring prospects from each team. The event is being held entirely at HarborCenter. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the Sabres Box Office at the KeyBank Center, online at Sabres.com, or by calling 1-(888)-223-6000.
BOSTON BRUINS ROOKIE CAMP/PROSPECTS CHALLENGE ROSTER
Forwards: Anders Bjork, Shawn Boudrias*, Jake DeBrusk, Ryan Fitzgerald, Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, Jesse Gabrielle, Alex Gacek*, James Hamblin*, Danton Heinen, Justin Hickman, Joona Koppanen, Sean Kuraly, Cedric Pare, Zach Senyshyn, Oskar Steen, Jack Studnicka
Defensemen: Victor Berglund, Connor Clifton*, Matt Grzelcyk, Owen Headrick*, Emil Johansson, Jeremy Lauzon, Charlie McAvoy, Rob O'Gara, Ethan Sakowich*, Jakub Zboril
Goaltenders: Kyle Keyser*, Luke Richardson*
*Denotes player attending rookie camp on an invite basis
BOSTON BRUINS ROOKIE CAMP/PROSPECTS CHALLENGE SCHEDULE
Thursday, September 7
-Boston Bruins 2017 Rookie Camp presented by AT&T opens (Warrior Ice Arena, Boston, MA)
-Players will be available to the media at approximately 10:30 a.m.
-Travel to Buffalo
-Player media availability at HarborCenter, TBD
Friday, September 8 (HarborCenter, Buffalo, NY)
-Boston morning skate, 9 a.m.
-Boston vs. Pittsburgh, 3:30 p.m.
-Buffalo vs. New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Saturday, September 9 (HarborCenter, Buffalo, NY)
-Boston morning skate, 10:30 a.m.
-New Jersey vs. Pittsburgh, 3:30 p.m.
-Boston vs. Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, September 10 (HarborCenter, Buffalo, NY)
-Boston practice, 12:30 p.m.
Monday, September 11 (HarborCenter, Buffalo, NY)
-Boston morning skate, 10 a.m.
-Boston vs. New Jersey, 12 p.m.
-Buffalo vs. Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
STUDNICKA NAMED OSHAWA GENERALS CAPTAIN: Forward Jack Studnicka, the Bruins' 53rd overall selection in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, was named captain of the OHL's Oshawa Generals Thursday. Studnicka enjoyed a breakout sophomore campaign with Oshawa in 2016-17, tallying 18 goals and 34 assists for 52 points in 64 games. The 6-foot-1, 174-pounder led the Generals with five goals and 12 assists in 11 postseason games. He also scored three goals in three games for Team Canada at the Under-18 World Junior Championships.
BRUINS ACADEMY THE SHOW: 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 each month on NESN, and the first eight episodes of this season can viewed on www.BostonBruins.com/BruinsAcademy and on the Bruins mobile app. In Episode 8, Bruins prospects learned what it takes to be a Bruin on and off the ice and Anders Bjork answered fan questions. To watch episode 8, visit www.bostonbruins.com/BruinsAcademy.
Season 2, Episode 9: Sunday, September 3, 6:30 pm
BRUINS ACADEMY THE APP: Bruins Academy is part of the Bruins' ongoing mission to encourage positive youth development through the sport of hockey. To join the club, download the new mobile app designed specifically for kids called Bruins Academy presented by Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. The app has built-in safety features that provide a safe experience for kids to connect with each other and their favorite team. In the new Bruins Academy app, kids can explore exclusive team content, create their own avatar, learn educational tips, test their trivia skills, and participate in challenges.
To download go to BostonBruins.com/BruinsAcademy.
BRUINS ACADEMY LEARN TO PLAY PROGRAM: The program debuted in 2014 with just six locations and 300 participants, and has grown each year since. To date, over 2,000 local youth have participated in the Bruins Academy Learn to Play program. This year, $2,000,000 (retail value) worth of equipment will be dispersed throughout the community through this program.
For a registration fee of $100, participants will receive a full set of CCM hockey equipment to keep valued at $500 retail, which includes skates, a professional fitting, and four weeks of on-ice instruction led by certified coaches and NHL Alumni. The Bruins Academy Learn to Play program has helped to increase hockey participation, and over 60% of the youth hockey players who participated in this program last year subsequently enrolled in organized hockey.
For more information go to BostonBruins.com/LearnToPlay.
SINGLE GAME TICKETS: Single Game Tickets for the 2017-18 season will go on sale Thursday, September 7 at 11a.m. To purchase, go to BostonBruins.com/SingleGameTickets or the NHL Bruins mobile app. For early access to tickets before the general public, sign up for the Bruins Newsletter at BostonBruins.com/Presale.
GROUPS ONSALE: Group Ticket Packages on sale for the 2017-18 Bruins season. Group Ticket Packages offer a unique opportunity for you to enjoy a game with friends, colleagues, or teams. These experiences include birthday parties, bachelor and bachelorette parties, client events, and team outings. Choose the package that's right for you. Visit BostonBruins.com/Groups to purchase yours.
GAME PLANS ONSALE: Become a Game Plan Holder this season and enjoy all the benefits. Save an average of $600 off Box Office prices and pay no facility fee when you secure your Game Plan. In addition, receive the same seat location for all games*, the ability to choose from multiple payment plans, and access to 2018 Stanley Cup® Playoff tickets before they go on sale to the general public. Choose from Half Season Plans, 11-Game Plans, 6-Game Plans, and 5-Game Plans. Visit BostonBruins.com/GamePlans to purchase.
PREORDER ADIDAS JERSEY: For the 2017-18 season, the Bruins will be wearing the new Adidas jersey with lighter, cooler, and stronger technology. The ProShop located at TD Garden is offering exclusive access to preorder today. You will also receive a 100th anniversary centennial patch and cinch bag when you preorder the jersey. Call 617-742-0202 or get yours at The ProShop on Level 2 at TD Garden.
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