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Bruins Academy: Teaching, Learning, Growing the Game

by Caryn Switaj / Boston Bruins

“Class is in session!”

A fast-paced, educational Black & Gold themed children’s television series, “Bruins Academy,” was launched in December of 2015 for youth who love the game of hockey.

Just as hockey is for everyone, though, so is Bruins Academy.

The 30-minute long episodes air each month on NESN, with segments geared towards teaching, learning and growing the game. All episodes are hosted by Emmy award-winning sports personality Charlie Moore and BostonBruins.com news and feature reporter Caryn Switaj.

Bruins Academy, in partnership with Mad Fish Productions, was awarded the Boston/New England Emmy in June for Best Children/Youth Series.

“Growing the game of hockey in our region is a top priority for the Bruins organization,” Boston Bruins President Cam Neely said in anticipation of the show’s launch. “We hope that Bruins Academy is equal parts entertaining and educational for kids throughout New England, who love our game and want to learn more about it.”

From month to month, viewers are fed every aspect of the game. The first episode kicked off with Bruin Frank Vatrano reflecting on his NHL debut in Montreal, in which he scored his first NHL goal.

One recurring segment on the show, “Sports Science,” has explored the science of foot injuries, Patrice Bergeron’s nutrition routine and the importance of mouth guards.

A “Know The Rules” segment features NHL officials explaining the rules of the game — from faceoffs, to highsticking and the process of the Coach’s Challenge.

The “Around the NHL” section gives viewers an opportunity to learn about prominent players of other NHL teams like Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid, New York Islanders Captain John Tavares, Ottawa Senators Captain Erik Karlsson and Dallas Stars Captain Jamie Benn, among others. New England Patriots’ Rob Ninkovich even made a guest appearance on the program.

Through its “Youth Team Spotlight” and area high school and collegiate segments, Bruins Academy continually aims to spotlight hockey around New England at all levels. The show visits teams all across the region to profile the players, coaches and parents of the respective programs, including Haverhill Youth Hockey, Boston College Women’s Hockey and Harvard University Men’s Hockey.

“In the System” is another recurring element that covers what is happening with Bruins prospects in Providence and across the Canadian and European minor leagues.

There is also time for light-hearted pieces. In Episode 9, which aired in August, B’s prospects Brandon Carlo, Ryan Donato, Ryan Fitzgerald, Zane McIntyre and Malcolm Subban attempt their best Boston accents. Earlier in the episode, Matt Beleskey and David Pastrnak learn Chinese during a trip to Beijing to help grow the game.

All episodes of Bruins Academy are available to stream on the Bruins’ website, at BostonBruins.com/BruinsAcademy, along with other exclusive related content.

Ask the Bruins

Want to be on Bruins Academy? Kids ages 8-14 years old can submit their questions to a Boston Bruins player for their chance to have their question answered on the show! Head to BostonBruins.com/BruinsAcademy for details.

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