THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS...
FERENCE FAMILY SPREADING HOLIDAY CHEEER: Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference
, his wife Krista and their two daughters will be decorating holiday cookies for guests staying at the Pine Street Inn on Christmas Eve morning from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Founded in 1969, Pine Street Inn is the largest resource for homeless men and women in New England, providing permanent supportive housing, job training, emergency shelter and street outreach to over 1,300 homeless men and women each day.
PGA PUCK DROP: The PGA’s 2011 Rookie of the Year and New England native Keegan Bradley will drop the ceremonial puck before Friday’s game against the Panthers. Bradley’s rookie year on the tour was highlighted by two wins – including his first major title in the 2011 PGA Championship – and four top ten finishes. Bradley was born in Woodstock, VT but moved to Hopkinton, MA as a teenager and graduated from Hopkinton HS, where he won the Massachusetts Division 2 Individual State Golf Championship in 2004. He currently resides in Jupiter, FL.
“BEAR” ORNAMENT GIVEAWAY: The first 10,000 fans in attendance at the Bruins/Panthers game on Friday will receive a special holiday ornament featuring the popular “Bear.” The ornament features the Bear kissing the Stanley Cup under mistletoe.
MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Following the Bruins/Panthers game on Friday, the team will be on their holiday break through Monday, December 26. The next media availability session will take place on Tuesday, December 27 at Hanscom Airfield before the team departs for Phoenix. Select players will be available at 8:20 a.m. ET at Hanscom’s Signature Terminal. The team’s next practice will take place in Phoenix on the 27th with players and Head Coach Claude Julien available afterwards. The full schedule can be found below.
UPCOMING GAMES: Division leaders clash Friday night as the Bruins host the Panthers at 7:00 p.m. at the TD Garden. Florida currently leads the Southeast Division with 43 points and are coming off a 4-3 overtime loss to Ottawa on Thursday night. The Cats are 2-2-3 in their last seven games. The Bruins meanwhile are 10-1-1 in their last 12 home games, with the lone loss coming against Florida on December 8.Rich Peverley
will not play in Friday’s game due to an undisclosed injury, Claude Julien announced during his morning press briefing.
When the Bruins return from their holiday break, the Black & Gold will head west for the week to face Western Conference foes Phoenix on Wednesday, December 28 and Dallas on Saturday, December 31. The meeting with Dallas will be the first time Stars forward Michael Ryder faces his former team since winning the Stanley Cup with the Bruins last season. As of Friday, Ryder had potted a team leading 12 goals on the year.
Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley will call all three games on NESN and the tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle the radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Start times for the games are as follows:
12/23 vs. FLA, 7:00 p.m. ET
12/28 at PHX, 9:00 p.m. ET
12/31 at DAL, 8:00 p.m. ET
103 AND COUNTING: Entering the Bruins/Panthers game on Friday, the Bruins have now sold out their last 103 home games at the TD Garden, including regular season and playoffs. This sellout streak began nearly two years ago on December 5, 2009 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The last game the Bruins did not have 17,565 in attendance at the Garden was on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning (16,553).
BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK: Matt Kalman from TheBruinsBlog answers back this week, tying the Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa atop the TOTW leaderboard. Kalman and Shinzawa are the only multiple TOTW winners and are now two winning tweets clear of their competition. Kalman’s tweet came during the 6-0 Bruins win over the Flyers on Saturday:
@TheBruinsBlog: “After this, #HBO has to change name of show to 21/7 - #Flyers have taken 3 hours off”
And here are this week’s Honorable Mentions, in no particular order:
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com) during the Bruins/Flyers game upon noticing the different Bruins line combinations: “So is Thornton telling Bergeron that he’s graduated to last year’s Merlot line?”
@JeffIsrael25 (Jeff Israel, ex of Fox25) commenting on what the Bruins win would mean to the Flyers victory song: “Bruins are doing something more important than winning: preventing Mac Miller from being played”
While this space usually isn’t reserved for calling anyone out, the TOTW committee has been wondering where @HacksWithHaggs has been this season on the TOTW leaderboard. After tying for the most winning tweets during the regular season last year and being considered one of the favorites to take the title this year, @HacksWithHaggs is currently mired in an 11 week drought without a winner. Some sources are speculating he is tweeting injured, others saying he lost a step. Either way, perhaps this will provide some motivation.
2011-12 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), 3 (Week 4, Week 5, Week 10)
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, TheBruinsBlog), 3 (Week 3, Week 8, Week 11)
@ScottIsaacs (Scott Isaacs, WCVB), 1 (Week 1)
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com), 1 (Week 2)
@douglasflynn (Doug Flynn, NESN), 1 (Week 6)
@_TyAnderson (Ty Anderson, HockeyBuzz.com), 1 (Week 7)
@JesseNEHJ (Jesse Connolly, New England Hockey Journal), 1 (Week 9)
THE STAT OF THE WEEK, COURTESY OF THE BOSTON BRUINS STAT MACHINE…
The Bruins are 10-3-2 in their last 15 games against Florida with all five losses coming by Panthers shutouts.
LAST BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Thursday, December 15, 2011
NEXT BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Tuesday, January 3, 2012
PREVIOUS PROSPECT REPORT SUMMARY: The Bruins Communications Staff sent out their third edition of the Boston Bruins Prospect Report on December 15. It can be viewed online at BostonBruins.com and on the Bruins Media Website. In addition to notes on all players in the Bruins system and features on David Warsofsky
and Brian Ferlin
, here are some of the other Prospect Report’s highlights (stats current as of 12/14/11):
WHITFIELD RETURNS: Trent Whitfield
returned to action on Dec. 2 after being out since Oct. 16 with an injury. It took him a few games to kick the rust off but was back into his old form as he helped the P-Bruins break an eight-game losing skid with a 2-1 shootout win vs. Manchester on Dec. 9. Whitfield had the only regulation goal for the P-Bruins with helpers from Kirk MacDonald and Lane MacDermid
. In the shootout, Jamie Arniel
scored the first Providence goal while Whitfield finished with the second, giving Providence the win. Whitfield also earned the Number One Star honor for the night.
WORLD JUNIORS: The 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships (2012 WJHC) will be heading back to Canada to be hosted in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta. The tournament will begin on Dec. 26 with the gold medal game played in Calgary on Jan. 5, 2012. Dougie Hamilton
will represent Team Cananda. Ryan Spooner
was also invited to Team Canada’s evaluation camp but will miss the WJHC because of mononucleosis. Brian Ferlin
has made the 29-man preliminary roster for Team USA. Alexander Khokhlachev
has been invited to the final Team Russia camp, he will report to the club on Dec. 18 in Calgary. Goaltender Lars Volden
will represent Team Norway in Division I.
GAME TO WATCH: Team Canada will take on Team USA at Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta at 8:00 p.m. EST on Saturday Dec. 31 in the preliminary round of the 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship. Dougie Hamilton
will be representing Team Canada while Brian Ferlin
will look to represent Team USA. Team USA’s final roster will be announced on Dec. 22.
MEDIA AND FAN INFO LINE: The Boston Bruins Media and Fan Information Line (617.624.1910) has been experiencing intermittent problems. We apologize for the inconvenience. The practice and availability schedules can always be confirmed on the Media Website.
OFF THE ICE:
BOSTON BRUINS ICE GIRLS: BostonBruins.com launched a revamped version of their Ice Girl homepage that now includes animated bios and video. Fans can check out the new features and this year’s Ice Girl squad on BostonBruins.com.
ALL STAR VOTING ON NHL.COM: Six B’s made the NHL all-star ballot: Patrice Bergeron
, Zdeno Chara
, Nathan Horton
, David Krejci
, Milan Lucic
and Tim Thomas
. Voting began on nhl.com on Monday, Nov. 14.
THOMAS STARS IN DISCOVER COMMERCIAL: Discover launched two new national television ads Tuesday, November 1 featuring the popular Peggy character along with Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas
and Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane. Both 30-second spots showcase each player’s frustration as they face some of the challenges consumers face when calling their card’s customer service departments. To see the ad, visit BostonBruins.com.
FULL 60 TO HISTORY: The Bruins official championship season commemorative book Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins is on sale now in the Bruins Proshop, select AT&T retail stores throughout New England and on BostonBruins.com/full60. Full 60 to History gives readers unprecedented behind-the-scenes access into the Bruins championship season. Check out a preview on bostonbruins.com/full60.
CROSS INSURANCE BECOMES FIRST PRACTICE PARTNER: The Boston Bruins announced on October 4 that Cross Insurance will be the first partner of the Bruins practice jerseys. In addition to the practice jerseys Cross Insurance will have a visible presence at the Bruins primary practice facility at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, MA.
UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AND MEDIA AVAILABILITY
- (Ristuccia Arena, 190 Main Street, Wilmington, MA 01887) (TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)
- Schedule is subject to change. Please check the Bruins Media Website for the latest updates
-All times are local.
-Practices at the TD Garden are closed to the public. Practices at Ristuccia Arena are open to the public.
Saturday, December 24
-Off, Holiday Break
Sunday, December 25
-Off, Holiday Break
Monday, December 26
-Off, Holiday Break
Tuesday, December 27 (Bedford, MA/Phoenix AZ)
-Select player availability at Hanscom Air Field, Civilian/Signature Flight Support Terminal, 8:20 a.m. ET (Civil Air Terminal, 200 Hanscom Drive, Bedford, MA 01730)
-Travel to Phoenix, AZ
-Practice at Jobing.com Arena, 2:30 p.m. local (9400 W. Maryland Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85305)
-Players available after practice
-Head Coach Claude Julien available after practice
Wednesday, December 28 (Phoenix, AZ/Scottsdale, AZ)
-Morning Skate, Jobing.com Arena, 11:30 a.m. local
-Players available after morning skate
-Claude Julien available after players
- Bruins vs. Phoenix Coyotes, Jobing.com Arena, 7:00 p.m. local (9400 W. Maryland Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85305)
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN(HD) RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Scottsdale, AZ
Thursday, December 29 (Phoenix, AZ)
-Practice, Jobing.com Arena, 12:15 p.m. local
-Players available after practice
-Claude Julien available after players
Friday, December 30 (Phoneix, AZ/Dallas, TX)
-Travel to Dallas, media availability TBD
WHAT: PGA PUCK DROP
PGA Tour golfer and New England's own Keegan Bradley will drop the ceremonial first puck at the start of Friday night’s Bruins/Panthers game at 7:00 p.m. Bradley was recently named 2011 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year.
WHEN: Friday, December 23 at 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114
WHAT: BRUINS ORNAMENT GIVE AWAY PRESENTED BY TD BANK
The first 10,000 Bruins fans attending tonight’s Bruins/Panthers game will receive a special holiday ornament presented by TD Bank. Fans will take home an ornament of the “Bear” kissing the Stanley Cup under the mistletoe.
WHEN: Friday, December 23 beginning at 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114 at the entrance turnstiles
WHAT: BRUINS MAKE-A-WISH
The Boston Bruins and the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Massachusetts and Rhode Island will be fulfilling a wish for 5 year-old Nolan Harrison from Norwood, MA, on Friday, December 23 after the Bruins/Panthers game. Nolan, who celebrates his sixth birthday on December 24, is being treated for heart disease and his “wish” is to meet a Boston Bruin. The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Massachusetts and Rhode Island has organized for Nolan and his family to travel to Boston in style to watch the game from Patrice Bergeron
’s private suite. After the game, Nolan will meet Nathan Horton
where he will present him with brand new hockey skates and hockey gear. A birthday cake will also be presented to Nolan and Horton will join his family to sing Happy Birthday.
WHEN: Friday, December 23 - postgame
WHERE: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114 on level 3 in the Grey Walls area
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Nathan Horton
WHAT: FERENCE FAMILY TO VISIT PINE STREET INN
On Christmas Eve morning, Saturday, December 24, from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference
, his wife Krista and daughters, Ava and Stella will decorate holiday cookies at the Pine Street Inn (444 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118). Ference and his family hope to bring some holiday cheer to the men and women currently staying at the Pine Street Inn during Christmas.
WHEN: Saturday, December 24 from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Pine Street Inn, 444 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference
WHAT: BRUINS HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
The Boston Bruins are returning to the Haverhill Valley Forum to host the fourth annual “Boston Bruins Holiday Tournament” from Tuesday, December 27 through Friday, December 30. The tournament features six Mite and Squirt divisions. The Mite divisions participating are: Mite 1, Mite 2, and Mite 3. The Squirt divisions participating are: Squirt 1, Squirt 2, and Squirt 3. Each team is guaranteed three full games with three 12-minute periods. The teams will be competing in a round-robin style tournament, with qualifying teams advancing to the semi-final and final rounds. The tournament champion and runner-up from each division will be presented with individual awards. Tournament champions from each division will also be highlighted on the Boston Bruins website, BostonBruins.com. No one will go home empty handed, as each of the participants will receive a Bruins gift bag which includes a tournament t-shirt. Throughout the event the Boston Bruins mascot, Blades, will be mingling and taking photographs with fans.
WHEN: Tuesday, December 27 through Friday, December 30
WHERE: Haverhill Valley Forum, 7 Parkridge Road, Haverhill, MA 01835
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins mascot, Blades
BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, December 23)
1. T. Seguin, 14
T2. C. Kelly, 12
T2. B. Marchand, 12
4. M. Lucic, 11
5. N. Horton, 8
T1. P. Bergeron, 19
T1. R. Peverley, 19
3. T. Seguin, 15
4. Z. Chara, 14
5. M. Lucic, D. Krejci, J. Corvo tied w/ 13
1. T. Seguin, 29
T2. P. Bergeron, 25
T2. R. Peverley, 25
T4. B. Marchand, 24
T4. M. Lucic, 24
1. T. Seguin, +22
2. B. Marchand, +20
T3. P. Bergeron, +19
T3. C. Kelly, +19
5. Z. Chara, +17
1. M. Lucic, 63
2. B. Marchand, 58
3. S. Thornton, 49
4. Z. Chara, 47
5. N. Horton, 41
BRUINS 2011-12 STARS:Tim Thomas
, First Star of the Month (November)Tyler Seguin
, First Star of the Week (Week ending November 13)
The 2011-2012 Boston Bruins season is presented by the Massachusetts State Lottery.