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Bruins are in Charge During the Super Series

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
John Bishop is the beat writer for He covers the Black & Gold hoping to offer a positive look at the team, not only from the stands and the press box, but also from inside the locker room. A graduate of Boston U. and Northeastern, 'Bish' grew up in Connecticut and moved to the Hub of Hockey in 1993. Since then he has made all four rinks at the Beanpot schools, as well as both Gardens, his icebound homes away from home. Prior to joining the TD Banknorth Garden staff in 2005, Bishop had written for several publications, with his primary focus being college hockey. He coauthored the book Bygone Boston in 2003 and hopes someday to pen a bio of Hobey Baker.
This morning is a pretty exciting one for B's fans as four Bruins draft picks will be competing in the Canada/Russia Super Series commemoration of the 1972 Summit Series between the Soviet Union and Canada.

The first game in the eight game series will be held at 9 a.m. EST in Ufa, Russia.

And, to boot, Milan Lucic, Boston's third pick (50th overall, in the second round) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft has been named as the captain of Team Canada and joins future teammates Zach Hamill and Brad Marchand on the squad. caught up with Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli on Sunday and he weighed in on Lucic being given the "C."

"We were excited to hear that Milan was named captain," said Chiarelli.  "He will be playing on a world stage and developing but it is just as significant that he will be leading at this level.  His physical style of play allows him to lead by example and to do it with and against the world's best will be outstanding for the development of his style of play and leadership"

And now we've also been able to confirm that Boston's entry on the Russian squad, Yuri Alexandrov, the B's second pick (37th overall, in the second round) during the 2006 Draft, has also been named captain of his squad.

Surely it was a boon to have four players playing in the tournament, but to have Bruins draft choices captaining both teams in this very prestigious series is a feather in the cap for the organization.

Congrats again to the scouting staff, best wishes to both teams and, of course, GO BRUINS!

And now the bad news…
I have been unable to determine a way for those of us fans in the U.S. to watch the series, as both TSN and Sportsnet are unable to show the feed via broadband to customers below the border.

As a consolation (albeit small) I will post news about the games, and the play of the Bruins prospects, here, on and there will (no doubt) be plenty of coverage from our Internet neighbors to the north.

The Nova Scotians invaded!
A victorious Rilely Hughes
I had the distinct pleasure of welcoming some energetic and enthusiastic Nova Scotians to the TD Banknorth Garden on Thursday thanks to a little help from Glen Murray.

The Nova Scotia 97's hockey team graced myself, and Bruins promotions manager Brian Hayes, with their presence in the building and we B's staffers were able to show them the press box, the Sports Museum and the Bruins locker room.

Then the boys went out and defeated all comers at a weekend tournament held at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough. They went undefeated and outdistanced the Philadelphia Junior Flyers, 7-0, to take a nice medal back home to Halifax.

It seems that the 97's (named for the year they were all born -- jeesh, am I getting old) were actually a little shorthanded. Their coach, and the man who arranged the tour through Mr. Murray, Tyler Naugler, and his wife Jenn, are expecting and the baby is due any moment.

You see, Tyler grew up with Murray in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, and the two have remained in contact.

But with the baby on its way imminently, Tyler left the 16-member squad in the capable hands of his assistant coach and their moms and dads and they all took the 12-hour drive from the metro Halifax area to the greater Boston area.

The weekend was nearly flawless and, despite having a little trouble with MBTA maps, everyone was impressed with Boston, the Garden and the tournament in general.

Here's hoping that we hook up in Halifax when the B's take on the Habs, boys. Thanks for coming to visit and congrats on the tournament win.

Oh and thanks to Ed Beazley and Ian Pickard, fathers who suffered through a round of questioning from me at the rink on Saturday!

More later…
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