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Bruins Week Ahead 10/11 - 10/17

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…
 ‘LITTLE BRUINS’ PRESENTED BY FRIENDLY’S EQUIPMENT FITTING EVENT ON SUNDAY 10/12: The Bruins “Little Bruins” Learn to Play Hockey program presented by Friendly’s will kick-off with the Little Bruins Equipment Fitting at MonkeySports in Norwood on Sunday, October 12 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Over 500 children between the ages of five and eight will be at the event to get a professional fitting from a MonkeySports staff member for full head-to-toe CCM equipment (including skates). The equipment fitting will feature stations where each child will receive a helmet, shoulder pads, elbow pads, gloves, pants, shin guards, equipment bag, hockey socks, hockey stick, sharpened ice skates, and a Little Bruins jersey. Bruins Mascot Blades and the Boston Bruins Ice Girls will be at the fitting with Bruins themed games and prizes. Friendly’s will be at the event handing out ice cream. For more information, visit the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.


B’S TO HONOR PETE FRATES DURING MONDAY’S GAME:
The Boston Bruins will invite Pete Frates to the Bruins vs. Avalanche matchup on Columbus Day. Pete and his group will be guests of Patrice Bergeron and will enjoy the game from the Patrice’s Pals suite. This summer the Bruins helped kickstart the Ice Bucket Challenge campaign in support of Frates and ALS research. Gregory Campbell was the first player to post a video and nominate his teammates which created a chain reaction across Boston and beyond.  During Monday’s game the team will recognize Frates and the Bruins involvement with the Ice Bucket Challenge campaign.

BRUINS ANNOUNCE WALGREENS KID CAPTAIN CONTEST: The Boston Bruins announced the “Walgreens Kids Captain” contest for youth hockey players between the ages of eight and twelve. Walgreens Kids Captain contest winners will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to stand on the ice with the Boston Bruins starting lineup during the National Anthem, at select Bruins home games at TD Garden. Winners will also receive four tickets to watch the game, a behind the scenes tour of TD Garden, a chance to high five the Bruins players as they take the ice for pregame warmups, and a custom Bruins jersey with their own name. Parents and legal guardians of youth hockey players between the ages of eight and twelve can sign up in participating Walgreens to enter the sweepstakes or visit bostonbruins.com/kidscaptain. All winners must be current youth hockey players and have complete hockey equipment.  Contest ends on Friday, March 27, 2015 at 11:59 AM.

BRUINS STREET BRIGADE & EQUIPMENT DRIVE WITH NASHOBA YOUTH HOCKEY: The Boston Bruins Street Brigade brings the sport of hockey to schools, community centers and other places where children can play hockey in a safe and structured environment.  Hockey equipment and instructions are provided for children to learn and enjoy hockey free of charge. Nashoba Youth Hockey will be accepting used equipment donations.  For more information, visit the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.

TICKETS FOR OCTOBER GAMES AVAILABLE: Tickets for the Boston Bruins home games are available, including matchups with the Washington Capitals (10/11) and Colorado Avalanche (10/13). Bruins individual regular season home game tickets for the 2014-15 season presented by the Massachusetts State Lottery, are on sale now. For more information on tickets, please visit http://bruins.nhl.com/tickets.

SKATE & SKI TICKET PACKAGE: The Bruins, Loon Mountain and 98.5 The Sports Hub have teamed up again this season to bring you the Skate & Ski ticket package. Purchase a Skate & Ski ticket to select Bruins weekday games during October and November for $99 and receive a complimentary lift ticket to Loon Mountain, New England's most accessible mountain resort destination and the Home of Superior Snow! To learn more or to purchase a Skate & Ski ticket visit: http://bruins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=38915.

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, 13 episodes of “Behind the B” are 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 3 - Wednesday, October 29 at 8:00 p.m. (9:30 p.m. encore)
Episode 4 - Tuesday, November 11 at 8:00 p.m. (9:30 p.m. encore)
Episode 5 - Thursday, December 4 at 9:00 p.m.
Episode 6 - Friday, December 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Episode 7 - Monday, January 5 at 8:00 p.m.
Episode 8 - Tuesday, January 20 at 7:00 p.m.
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.

STATS YOU MAY FIND INTERESTING…

BERGERON ON TRACK TO TIE OATES: Patrice Bergeron is 3 points shy of his 500th NHL point and is 2 points from tying Adam Oates for 13th place on the team’s all-time scoring list at 499 points.

ZEE REIGNS KING IN NHL D-MEN:  Zdeno Chara’s career plus/minus rating of +188 is the best of active NHL defensemen and is 6th overall among all active players.

BERGY + MARCHY KEEP IT POSITIVE: Cumulative plus/minus ratings of Patrice Bergeron (+93) and Brad Marchand (+90) over the last three seasons are the NHL’s best over that span

PAILLE PLAYS 500TH GAME: On Wednesday, October 8, Daniel Paille played in the 500th NHL Career regular season game, his 305th game in the Spoked-B. In 500 games played, Paille has 79 goals and 80 assists for 159 total points.

UPCOMING GAMES…

UPCOMING GAMES: The Bruins will take on the Washington Capitals on Saturday 10/11 at 7:00 p.m. when they will look to avoid losing consecutive games in regulation for the first time since January 7, 2014 (5-2 at Anaheim) and January 9, 2014 (4-2 at Los Angeles). The team faces off against the Avalanche on Columbus Day (10/13) at 1:00 p.m. then hit the road for back to back original six matchups starting in Detroit on 10/15 at 8:00 p.m. followed by Montreal on 10/16 at 7:30 p.m.

UPCOMING GAMES BROADCAST SCHEDULE: NESN reporters Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Guerin Austin will be covering the Bruins upcoming games vs. Washington (10/11), Colorado (10/13), and Montreal (10/16). The B’s matchup against Detroit on 10/15 will air on NBC Sportsnet. The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub.

214 AND COUNTING: Counting the Bruins season opener vs. the Flyers on Wednesday, October 8, the Boston Bruins have sold out 214 straight regular season and playoff games. This sellout streak began more than four 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).

UPCOMING BRUINS PROGRAMMING ON NESN:
Big Bad Bruins LIVE
-Saturday, October 11 at 6:00 p.m.
-Saturday, October 18 at 6:00 p.m.
-Saturday, October 25 at 6:00 p.m.

The Instigators LIVE
-Thursday, October 16 at 11:00 p.m.
-Thursday, October 23 at 10:30 p.m.
-Thursday, October 30 at 10:30 p.m.

BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK (TOTW): With another hockey season comes another year of the Boston Bruins Media Tweet of the Week competition. With his first TOTW win this season, Eric Wilbur makes a pun during the B’s season opener vs. Philadelphia.


@GlobeEricWilbur (Eric Wilbur, Boston Globe): Paille got jarred by Mason. Yes, I'll stop.

This week’s honorable mentions listed in no particular order:
@AmalieBenjamin (Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe): Claude Julien referred to Dougie Hamilton as Doug tonight. Thought he was going to send him to his room, too.
@DJ Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com): Sure, they traded him, but remember: Bruins can always sign Lester as a free agent in the offseason.
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com): You can read my story in a little bit. But Dougie Hamilton's use of the term "brain farts" was better than PK Subban's real farts.

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: media@bostonbruins.com, Password: media. The Boston Bruins 2014-15 Media Guide is available for download on the Bruins Media Site.

AROUND TOWN…

OVER 500 MASSACHUSETTS CHILDREN TO PARTICIPATE IN  ‘LITTLE BRUINS’ PRESENTED BY FRIENDLY’S EQUIPMENT FITTING EVENT AT MONKEYSPORTS NORWOOD: The Bruins “Little Bruins” Learn to Play Hockey program presented by Friendly’s will kick-off with the Little Bruins Equipment Fitting at MonkeySports in Norwood on Sunday, October 12 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Over 500 children between the ages of five and eight will be at the event to get a professional fitting from a MonkeySports staff member for full head-to-toe CCM equipment (including skates). The equipment fitting will feature stations where each child will receive a helmet, shoulder pads, elbow pads, gloves, pants, shin guards, equipment bag, hockey socks, hockey stick, sharpened ice skates, and a Little Bruins jersey. Bruins Mascot Blades and the Boston Bruins Ice Girls will be at the fitting with Bruins themed games and prizes. Friendly’s will be at the event handing out ice cream.
WHEN: Sunday, October 12 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
WHERE: MonkeySports (949 Providence Highway (Route 1), Norwood, MA)
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins Mascot Blades and the Boston Bruins Ice Girls

BRUINS STREET BRIGADE & EQUIPMENT DRIVE WITH NASHOBA YOUTH HOCKEY
WHAT: The Boston Bruins Street Brigade brings the sport of hockey to schools, community centers and other places where children can play hockey in a safe and structured environment.  Hockey equipment and instructions are provided for children to learn and enjoy hockey free of charge.  Nashoba Youth Hockey will be accepting used equipment donations. 
WHEN: Thursday, October 16, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Westford Academy, 30 Patten Road, Westford, MA
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Alumni Tommy Songin

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 Principal and Alternate Governor 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.

UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE

-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, October 11 (Boston, MA)
-Pre-game skate at TD Garden, 10:30 a.m.
-Players available to the media after session
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available after player availability
-Media Meal in Will McDonough Press Room, 4:30 p.m.
-Home Game vs Washington Capitals, 7:00 p.m.
-TV Broadcast: NESN; Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Sunday, October 12 (Boston, MA)
-Practice at TD Garden, 11:00 a.m.
-Players available to the media after practice
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available after player availability

Monday, October 13 (Boston, MA)
-Pre-game skate at TD Garden, 8:00 a.m.
-Pregame media availability TBD
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available after player availability
-Media Meal in Will McDonough Press Room, 10:30 a.m.
-Home Game vs Colorado Avalanche, 1:00 p.m.
-TV Broadcast: NESN; Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Tuesday, October 14 (Wilmington, MA/Detroit, MI)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m.
-Players available to the media after practice
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available after player availability
-Travel to Detroit, MI

Wednesday, October 15 (Detroit, MI/Montreal, QC)
-Pre-game skate at Joe Louis Arena (19 Steve Yzerman Dr, Detroit, MI 48226), 11:30 a.m.
-Players available to the media after session
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available after player availability
-Away Game vs Detroit Red Wings, 8:00 p.m.
-TV Broadcast: NBCSN; Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Montreal, QC

Thursday, October 16 (Montreal, QC/Buffalo, NY)
-Pre-game skate at Bell Centre (1909 Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal, Montreal, QC H4B 5G0, Canada), 11:30 a.m.
-Players available to the media after session
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available after player availability
-Away Game at Montreal Canadiens, 7:30 p.m.
-TV Broadcast: NESN; Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Buffalo, NY

Friday, October 17 (Buffalo, NY)
-TBD

2014-15 STATISTICAL LEADERS


Goals
T1. P. Bergeron, 1
T1. C. Kelly, 1
T1. R. Smith, 1

Assists
1. C. Soderberg, 2
T2. P. Bergeron, 1
T2. A. McQuaid, 1

Points
T1. P. Bergeron, 2
T1. C. Soderberg, 2
T2. C. Kelly, 1
T2. A. McQuaid, 1
T2. R. Smith, 1

Penalty Minutes
1. B. Robins, 7
T2. P. Bergeron, 4
T2. B. Marchand, 4
T2. D. Seidenberg, 4
T3. Z. Chara, 2
T3. L. Eriksson, 2
T3. D. Paille, 2

Plus/Minus
T1. P. Bergeron, 1
T1. C. Kelly, 1
T1. A. McQuaid, 1
T1. K. Miller, 1


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.
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