THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…
BERGERON HEADING TO THE NHL ALL-STAR GAME: On January 10, the NHL announced that forward Patrice Bergeron was named to the 2015 NHL All-Star team, marking his first selection to the roster in his 10-year NHL career. The Columbus Blue Jackets and city of Columbus will host the 2015 NHL All-Star festivities from January 24 to 25, marking a first for the city and Club. The 2015 NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft will take place on January 23 and will be televised on the NBC Sports Network. The League’s midseason showcase will include the Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ on Saturday, January 24 (7:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports) and the Honda NHL All-Star Game® on Sunday, January 25 (5:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).
BOSTON BRUINS TO VISIT PARLIN MEMORIAL LIBRARY: On Tuesday, January 27th, the Boston Bruins will be hosting a kick-off event for the 8th Annual Bruins PJ Drive at the Parlin Memorial Library in Everett, MA. A member of the current Bruins roster will read a story to children and participate in a craft activity. The Bruins PJ Drive collects new, unused pajamas and funds for Cradles to Crayons to benefit children in need across Massachusetts. For more information, visit the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.
BRUINS INVITE UNDER-RESOURCED CHILDREN TO PLAY LASER TAG: On Tuesday, January 27th, two Bruins players will invite under-resourced children to play laser tag at Laser Quest in West Roxbury. The players will join the children in laser tag team building activities. For more information, visit the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.
BRUINS ALUMNI TO SKATE IN ROCKLAND, MA: On Saturday, January 24 at 3:00 p.m., Bruins legends Ray Bourque, Rick Middleton and Terry O’Reilly are expected to hit the ice at Rockland Ice Rink (599 Summer Street, Rockland, MA) when the Bruins Alumni take on the Ice Huggers to benefit the HUG Foundation. For more information please see the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.
SUITES AVAILABLE FOR BRUINS VS. CANADIENS & MORE: Limited suite rentals are available now for upcoming games, including match-ups against the Canadiens on February 8, Flyers on March 7, Red Wings on March 8 and more. Suites accommodate 18 to 60 fans and feature a living room area, private restroom and many other great amenities. To book your suite now visit BostonBruins.com/SuiteRental or call 617.624.1VIP (1847).
LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE: Limited tickets are available Saturday’s (1/31) game against the LA Kings at TD Garden. For tickets please visit www.bostonbruins.com/tickets.
SEASON 2 OF BEHIND THE B: Season Two of the Black & Gold’s all-access television series “Behind the B” presented by Alex and Ani has begun, with 13 episodes slated to air during the 2014-15 season. All episodes will again be narrated by actor and Worcester, MA native, Denis Leary.
“Behind the B” presented by Alex and Ani Episode air dates (all televised on NESN):
Episode 9 - Thursday, February 5 at 8:00 p.m.
Episode 10 - Thursday, February 26 at 8:00 p.m.
Episode 11 - Monday, March 16 at 8:00 p.m.
Episode 12 - Monday, March 30 at 8:00 p.m.
Episode 13 - Sunday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m.
BOSTON BRUINS FOUNDATION 50/50 RAFFLE: During each Boston Bruins home game, the Boston Bruins Foundation conducts the 50/50 raffle presented by Health Services Administrators. Fifty percent of the proceeds go towards the beneficiary hosted by the Bruins Foundation that night, while the other fifty percent of the proceeds go to one lucky winner. The 50/50 program comprises one third of the annual fundraising for the Boston Bruins Foundation. After the winning ticket is selected, the number will be announced in-game giving the winner the opportunity to claim their prize at Guest Services on the Loge Level, Section 4 or by checking the numbers posted on the Bruins Foundation Website within 30 days of the winning game, which can be found at the following link: http://bruins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=101168.
Last five winning 50/50 numbers:
1/17 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets: 04901220 (Total: $16,000, beneficiary: Positive Coaching Alliance)
1/15 vs. New York Rangers: 03001731 (Total was $12,175, Beneficiary: Boston Bruins Foundation)
1/13 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning: 03001725 (Total was $12,800, Beneficiary: Heart Health Association)
1/8 vs. New Jersey Devils: 03011259 (Total was $9,650, Beneficiary: Boston Bruins Foundation)
1/3 vs. Ottawa Senators: 03201259 (Total: $15,550, Beneficiary: Boston Bruins Foundation)
BRUINS ON THE AIRWAVES: Bruins defenseman Torey Krug has been confirmed as a weekly call-in guest with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Andy Gresh and Scott Zolak (Gresh and Zo), which airs weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., while forward Reilly Smith is expected to be regular a guest with 98.5's Fred Toucher and Rich Shertenlieb (Toucher and Rich), which airs weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and Bruins President Cam Neely will also be a guest with Mike Felger and Tony Massarotti (Felger and Mazz) on their show, which airs weekdays from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Chris Kelly will be a regular guest on 100.7 WZLX with Kevin Karlson and Pete McKenzie (Karlson & McKenzie), which airs weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Call-in days and times are dependent upon the B’s schedule.
OFF THE ICE…
PATRICE’S PALS: As a part of his continuing charitable initiative Patrice’s Pals, Bruins alternate captain Patrice Bergeron invites children from local hospitals and other organizations to experience a Bruins home game from his luxury suite. Children and their families receive goodie bags filled with Bruins memorabilia, a visit from the Bruins Mascot Blades and Bruins Ice Girls, as well as a feature on the Garden HDX. After the game, Patrice’s Pals are escorted to ice level and introduced to Patrice himself who signs autographs and takes pictures with his Pals.
COMMUNITY TICKET PROGRAM: For the entirety of the Boston Bruins 2014-15 regular season, Bruins Chief Executive Officer Charlie Jacobs is donating ten balcony tickets to every home game to children from charitable organizations across New England, who are invited to enjoy a Bruins home game from these donated seats.
BRUINS ALUMNI TO SKATE IN ROCKLAND, MA
WHAT: On Saturday, January 24 at 3:00 p.m., Bruins legends Ray Bourque, Rick Middleton and Terry O’Reilly are expected to hit the ice at Rockland Ice Rink (599 Summer Street, Rockland, MA) when the Bruins Alumni take on the Ice Huggers to benefit the HUG Foundation.
WHEN: Saturday, January 24 at 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Rockland Ice Rink, 599 Summer Street, Rockland, MA
BRUINS ALUMNI PARTICIPATING: Ray Bourque, Rick Middleton and Terry O’Reilly
BOSTON BRUINS TO VISIT PARLIN MEMORIAL LIBRARY
WHAT: On Tuesday, January 27th, the Boston Bruins will be hosting a kick-off event for the 8th Annual Bruins PJ Drive at the Parlin Memorial Library in Everett, MA. A member of the current Bruins roster will read a story to the children and participate in a craft activity. The Bruins PJ Drive collects new, unused pajamas and funds for Cradles to Crayons to benefit children in need across Massachusetts.
WHEN: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Parlin Memorial Library, 410 Broadway, Everett, MA
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Current Boston Bruins Player
BRUINS INVITE INNER CITY CHILDREN TO PLAY LASER TAG:
WHAT: Bruins players will participate in team building laser tag games with inner city children. Laser Quest experience to demonstrate the Four Pillars of Effective Teamwork; Communication, Cooperation, Trust and Fun.
WHEN: Tuesday, January 27th from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Laser Quest, 158 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: 2 Current Boston Bruins Players
STATS YOU MAY FIND INTERESTING…
MILESTONE: On January 21 vs. the Avs, David Krejci notched his 400th NHL and Bruins point (116 goals and 284 assists) in his 532nd career game. He currently ranks 25th on the Bruins all-time leading scorers list behind Fred Stanfield (409).
STRONG JANUARY: The Bruins have taken points out of 11 of their last 12 games at 7-1-4 going into the All-Star Break.
TEACH ME HOW TO DOUGIE: Dougie Hamilton recorded a goal and an assist on Tuesday night vs. Dallas, which set new career season-highs in both goals (eight) and points (26). Hamilton also engaged in his first NHL fight on Wednesday night in Denver in a bout with Colorado Avalanche Captain Gabriel Landeskog.
UPCOMING GAMES BROADCAST SCHEDULE: NESN reporters Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Guerin Austin will be covering the Bruins upcoming game at New York Islanders (1/29). The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub.
1/29 at New York Islanders, 7:00 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
239 AND COUNTING: Following Saturday’s home game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Boston Bruins have sold out 239 straight regular season and playoff games. This sellout streak began more than five 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 (TOTW): With his first TOTW win of the season, Dan Cagen critiques the Bruins’ diet:
@DanCagen (Dan Cagen, MetroWest Daily News): They should know better than to eat burgers during games. RT @Avalanche: Bruins back at five guys.
This week’s honorable mention:
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com, Big Bad Blog): Chris Kelly is the Dave Grohl of the Bruins. #gum
2014-15 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe) Week 8, Week 10, Week 12, Week 15
@RealJackEdwards, (Jack Edwards, NESN) Week 1, Week 14, Week 16
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com, Big Bad Blog) Week 2, Week 4, Week 11
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com, TheBruinsBlog.net, CBSSports.com) Week 3, Week 13
@HacksWithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com) Week 7, Week 9
@DanCagen (Dan Cagen, MetroWest Daily News) Week 19
@kluedeke29 (Kirk Luedeke, New England Hockey Journal) Week 18
@ESPNJoeyMac (Joe McDonald, ESPN.com) Week 17
@AmalieBenjamin (Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe) Week 6
@GlobeEricWilbur (Eric Wilbur, Boston Globe) Week 5
MEDIA INFORMATION: Throughout the 2014-15 season, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org, Password: media.
UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE & MEDIA AVAILABILITY
-Schedule is subject to change.
-(Ristuccia Arena, 190 Main Street, Wilmington, MA 01887) (TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)
-All times are local to where the practice or game is taking place
-Practices at Ristuccia Arena are open to the public.
Saturday, January 24
Sunday, January 25
Monday, January 26
Tuesday, January 27 (Wilminton, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, January 28 (Wilmington, MA/Uniondale, NY)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m.
-Travel to Uniondale, NY
Thursday, January 29 (Uniondale, NY/Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate at Nassau Coliseum (1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, NY 11553), 11:30 a.m.
-Away Game at New York Islanders, 7:00 p.m.
-TV Broadcast: NESN, Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Boston, MA
Friday, January 30 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m.
2014-15 STATISTICAL LEADERS
1. B. Marchand, 13
T2. P. Bergeron, 11
T2. L. Eriksson, 11
4. C. Soderberg, 10
T5. T. Krug, 9
T5. M. Lucic, 9
T5. R. Smith, 9
T1. P. Bergeron, 21
T1. C. Soderberg, 21
T3. L. Eriksson, 18
T3. D. Hamilton, 18
T5. C. Kelly, 16
T5. D. Krejci, 16
T5. M. Lucic, 16
1. P. Bergeron, 32
2. C. Soderberg, 31
3. L. Eriksson, 29
4. D. Hamilton, 26
T5. M. Lucic, 25
T5. B. Marchand, 25
1. K. Miller, 13
2. B. Marchand, 12
3. L. Eriksson, 9
T4. P. Bergeron, 7
T4. M. Lucic, 7
T4. C. Soderberg, 7
1. M. Lucic, 71
2. B. Marchand, 64
3. A. McQuiad, 57
T4. P. Bergeron, 32
T4. G. Campbell, 32
T4. Z. Chara, 32
T4. C. Kelly, 32
-Patrice Bergeron selected to the 2015 NHL All-Star game
-Patrice Bergeron ranks second in the league in faceoff wins with 631 and second in face-off percentage with 58.9%
-Loui Eriksson and Dougie Hamilton are tied for second in the league in overtime points with three
-Zdeno Chara is tied for first in the league in shorthanded assists with three
-Milan Lucic ranks eighth in the league in hits with 145
Fans interested in learning more about Boston Bruins players, or ticket options, should visit the team website at www.bostonbruins.com or call 617.624.BEAR. The 2014-15 season is presented by the Massachusetts State Lottery.