CASINO NIGHT: The Boston Bruins Foundation will host its annual Casino Night featuring the current Bruins roster and Bruins alumni on Saturday, January 14 from 5 - 9 p.m. at The Hotel Commonwealth. Spend the evening playing casino games alongside your favorite current and former Bruins players. All proceeds from the event benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation. To purchase tickets visit www.BostonBruins.com/CasinoNight.
BRUINS ACADEMY: Bruins Academy is part of the Bruins' ongoing mission to encourage positive youth development through the sport of hockey. To join the club, download the new mobile app designed specifically for kids called Bruins Academy presented by Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. The app has built-in safety features that provide a safe experience for kids to connect with each other and their favorite team. In the new Bruins Academy app, kids can explore exclusive team content, create their own avatar, learn educational tips, test their trivia skills, and participate in challenges.
Follow along on TV with the new Bruins Academy TV series. Hosted by Emmy award-winning sports personality Charlie Moore and B's Reporter Caryn Switaj, the show will take you up-close and personal with your favorite Bruins players. Learn the latest tips directly from the pros, find out how players are just like you, and discover why hockey is the best sport in the world! Season 2 will premiere on January 8 at 3:30 p.m. on NESN. To learn more or to catch up on past episodes, check out http://www.BostonBruins.com/BruinsAcademy.
THIS WEEK'S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…
STAT OF THE WEEK: During his 16-season NHL career, Milt Schmidt played in a total of 86 playoff games compiling 49 points (24 goals, 25 assists) and led the Bruins to two Stanley Cup Championships (1938-39 and 1940-41). During the Bruins 1940-41 Stanley Cup run, Schmidt registered 11 points in 11 playoff games, finishing first in the NHL playoff point race.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "Tremendous human being. Any time we had a chance to meet him and interact with him, it was such a pleasure to have conversations with a man who's been through so much and accomplished so much. He was very inspirational, very motivational, something that you will never forget." - Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara on the passing of Bruins Legend Milt Schmidt.
TWEET OF THE WEEK (WEEK 17): @GlobeKPD (Kevin Paul DuPont, Boston Globe): "Milt Schmidt (RIP: age 98) learned game on King Edward schoolyard and streets of Kitchener. It's about desire, not $500 skates, $150 sticks."
HONORABLE MENTIONS: @kluedeke29 (Kirk Luedeke): "My favorite memory of Milt Schmidt - woman who answered phone said he was "working out" & would call back. He was 82 at time! #StillFrosty"
@_TyAnderson (Ty Anderson, WEEI.com): "Bobby Orr considered Milt Schmidt the greatest Bruin of all time. Schmidt was the one that scouted Orr when he was 12 years old, too."
@_TimRosenthal (Tim Rosenthal, Bruins Daily): "Being in the same room with Schmidt and Orr opening night was one of my favorite moments covering B's. RIP, Milt."
2016-17 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD:
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe): Week 5, Week 8, Week 9, Week 12
@_TyAnderson (Ty Anderson, WEEI.com): Week 3, Week 11, Week 13, Week 16
@GlobeKPD (Kevin Paul DuPont, Boston Globe): Week 1, Week 2, Week 17
@DaleEArnold (Dale Arnold, NESN): Week 7, Week 15
@HacksWithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE): Week 4
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, CSNNE.com): Week 6
@michaelFhurley (Michael Hurley, CBS Boston Sports): Week 10
@MattKalman (Matt Kalman, NHL.com): Week 14
@_TimRosenthal (Tim Rosenthal, Bruins Daily): Week 16
UPCOMING GAMES AND BROADCAST INFORMATION (TIMES LISTED IN ET):
Saturday, January 7, Bruins at Panthers, BB&T Center, 7 p.m., TV - NESN, Radio - 98.5 The Sports Hub
Sunday, January 8, Bruins at Hurricanes, PNC Arena, 5 p.m., TV - NESN, Radio - 98.5 The Sports Hub
Tuesday, January 10, Bruins at Blues, Scottrade Center, 8 p.m., TV - NESN, Radio - 98.5 The Sports Hub
Thursday, January 12, Bruins at Predators, Bridgestone Arena, 8 p.m., TV - NESN, Radio - 98.5 The Sports Hub
BEHIND THE B: The New England Emmy Award winning series Behind the B has returned for its fourth season. Behind The B, which is narrated by Worcester, MA native Denis Leary, gives fans an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the Bruins players, coaches and front office throughout the 2016-17 season. In this season's latest episode, the B's skate with their families for the holidays and the entire team brings toys to children in local Boston area hospitals. You can watch the previous episode by clicking here.
Season 4, Episode 7: Thursday, January 12, 6:30 p.m.
GROUP TICKETS: Gather your group of ten or more together and take advantage of discounted group pricing - saving you and your group up to $30 per person. To learn more or to purchase your group tickets visit www.BostonBruins.com/Groups.
INDIVIDUAL TICKETS: Select tickets are still available for loge and balcony seats to watch the Bruins take on the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, January 14. Puck drops at 1 p.m. at TD Garden. If you can't make Saturday's game, the B's will be back in action Monday, January 16 to play the New York Islanders at 1 p.m. To purchase visit BostonBruins.com/Tickets.
BRUINS SUITES: If you want to watch the B's from your own private suite, some are still available for upcoming home games - accommodating 18 to 60 fans, each suite has in-house catering and exclusive views of the ice. For additional information, visit www.BostonBruins.com/SuiteRentals or call 617-624-1847.
SKATE & SKI: Bruins fans who love to ski, get the best of both worlds this winter. The Bruins have teamed up with Loon Mountain and 98.5 The Sports Hub to offer you $99 tickets to select games October through December and receive a complimentary ski ticket pass to Loon Mountain, New England's most accessible mountain. To purchase tickets, visit www.BostonBruins.com/SkateandSki.
BOBBY ORR 50th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION: This season we celebrate Bobby Orr's 50th anniversary of joining the Boston Bruins. Celebrate this legend with his exclusive collection of hats, jerseys, jackets, and more at the ProShop powered by Reebok on Level 2 at TD Garden. This commemorative apparel is also available online at www.BostonProShop.com.
BOSTON'S TEAM SINCE 1924: Show your Bruins pride this season with the team's exclusive Boston's Team Since 1924 T-shirt only available at the ProShop powered by Reebok located on Level 2 at TD Garden. To shop the Boston's Team Since 1924 gear and view other authentic Bruins and Celtics gear, visit www.BostonProShop.com.
THIRD JERSEY: This holiday season, pick up the new Official Bruins Third Jersey at the ProShop powered by Reebok or on BostonProShop.com. The uniform is inspired by the original look sported by the B's in their inaugural season in 1924-25 but has been updated with the Bruins current colors of Black & Gold, connecting the past with the present.
REEBOK CENTER ICE: With the B's regular season underway, make sure you are supporting Boston's Team with the latest Reebok Center Ice gear that matches the authentic players gear in the locker room. Visit www.BostonProShop.com to get yours today.
ALEX AND ANI: Have your loved one rep Boston's Team Since 1924 all year long by making Alex and Ani bracelets the perfect gift. Special Buy One, Get One Free deal for both Bruins and Celtics bracelets while supplies last. Stop by the ProShop powered by Reebok on Level 2 of TD Garden to get yours today!
GEAR UP FOR WINTER IN BOSTON: Gear up for Boston's ice-cold winter with Black & Gold knits from the Boston Bruins. With a variety of knit hats, scarves, and gloves, The ProShop powered by Reebok on Level 2 of TD Garden is your source for the warmest authentic gear straight from the team. Check out the latest selection at www.BostonProShop.com
NHL 100TH ANNIVERSARY PATCH AND PUCK: Celebrate all year long with the NHL as they commemorate their 100th anniversary. To join in, stop by the ProShop powered by Reebok on level 2 of TD Garden to check out the authentic patch that will be worn by the players all year long or puck. The ProShop powered by Reebok will put the patch on any shirt or jersey free of charge. If you aren't able to make it, head to BostonProShop.com.
MEIGRAY: Want to bring home a piece of the Bruins? Meigray Group is the Bruins official game-worn jersey source, and the only place to go to get an authenticated game-worn jersey from your favorite Bruins player. Meigray takes Bruins jerseys right off the ice. Every jersey comes with a Bruins Meigray letter of authenticity. Get your game-worn jersey today by visiting www.Meigray.com.
BRUINS ON SOCIAL: If you don't already, be sure to follow the Boston Bruins on all social channels:
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OFF THE ICE & AROUND TOWN…
FIRST RESPONDER CHALLENGE: Know a Firefighter, Police Officer, or EMT? The Boston Bruins are looking for first responders to take part in the BFit First Responder Challenge presented by National Grid on Sunday, January 22 from 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Individuals or teams of 4-10 will participate in the in-arena TD Garden course that finishes on ice level. The team that raises the most funds for The 100 Club will be awarded the BFit Cup in-game on Tuesday, February 28. Visit BostonBruins.com/FirstResponderChallenge to sign up today.
BOSTON BRUINS SCHOOL ASSEMBLY PROGRAM POWERED BY BFIT: Are you struggling to find ways to inspire your kids and students to lead healthier lifestyles? The Boston Bruins have launched the Boston Bruins School Assembly Program powered by BFit where the Youth Hockey Department comes to your children's school to teach them the importance of being active and eating healthy. To register, visit http://www.BostonBruins.com/SchoolAssembly. Please notify school contacts if submitting on their behalf. Submitting a school does not guarantee a visit.
CONCORD YOUTH HOCKEY PASS CLINIC: Concord Youth Hockey Association has been chosen to be the recipient of one of ten TD Bank PASS Clinics throughout New England this winter and has been awarded a one-hour ice hockey clinic run by the Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development team on Wednesday, January 11. The Concord Youth Hockey Association will also receive $1,000 courtesy of TD Bank, as well as 100 tickets to a Bruins game.
BOSTON BRUINS ALUMNI GAMES:
Saturday, January 7, 2017, 6 p.m. - The Bruins Alumni will faceoff against Team Renzi at the Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA. The game will benefit the Renzi Family Scholarship Fund named in honor of Mike Renzi, who has killed in a car accident in 2015 and had coached youth hockey in the Berkshire area for over 18 years. Tickets must be purchased in advance by contacting Deb Renzi at email@example.com and are $20.
Sunday, January 8, 2017, 1 p.m. - The team will travel to Springfield, MA for a game at the Olympia Ice Center. The game will benefit members of the Holy Name Youth Hockey Association. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door the day of the event. Making the trip and expected on the ice for both games are Terry O'Reilly, Rick Middleton, Glen Featherstone, and Bill Bennett, along with the rest of the Bruins Alumni team.
Sunday, January 15, 2017, 3:05 p.m. - The Bruins Alumni will play the Stephen Cmar ROTC Crusaders at the Everett Arena in Concord, NH. This will be the 3rd annual game to benefit the Stephen Cmar ROTC Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at http://www.cmarfund.com/bruins-fundraiser. Ken Linseman, Rick Middleton and Terry O'Reilly are expected to take the ice.
UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE & MEDIA AVAILABILITY
-(Warrior Ice Arena, 90 Guest Street, Brighton, MA, 02135)
-All times are local to where the practice or game is taking place
-Practices at Warrior Ice Arena are open to the public
-Schedule is subject to change
Saturday, January 7 (BB&T Center, Sunrise, FL)
-Game at Florida Panthers, 7 p.m.
-Travel to Carolina
Sunday, January 8 (PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC)
-Game at Carolina Hurricanes, 5 p.m.
-Travel to St. Louis
Monday, January 9 (Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO)
-Practice, 2 p.m.
Tuesday, January 10 (Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO)
-Pregame skate, 11:30 a.m.
-Game at St. Louis Blues, 7 p.m.
-Travel to Nashville
Wednesday, January 11 (Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN)
-Practice, 2 p.m.
Thursday, January 12 (Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN)
-Pregame skate, 11:30 a.m.
-Game at Nashville Predators, 7 p.m.
-Travel to Boston
Friday, January 13 (Warrior Ice Arena, Boston, MA)
-Practice, 1 p.m.
Saturday, January 14 (TD Garden, Boston, MA)
-Game vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 1 p.m.
2016-17 BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS
1. D. Pastrnak, 19
2. B. Marchand, 10
T-3. D. Backes, 9
T-3. D. Krejci, 9
T-4. D. Moore, 8
T-4. P. Bergeron, 8
1. B. Marchand, 22
2. T. Krug 21
3. D. Krejci, 16
4. R. Spooner, 12
5. D. Backes, 10
1. B. Marchand, 32
2. D. Pastrnak, 27
3. D. Krejci, 25
4. T. Krug, 22
T-5. D. Backes, 19
T-5. R. Spooner, 19
1. D. Pastrnak, 12
2. Z. Chara, 5
T-3. A. McQuaid, 4
T-3. D. Moore, 4
T-5. B. Marchand, 2
T-5. B. Carlo, 2
T-1. A. McQuaid, 42
T-1. B. Marchand, 42
3. Z. Chara, 34
4. D. Backes, 31
5. T. Krug, 24
-David Pastrnak is tied for fifth in the NHL in goals (19)
-Brad Marchand is tied for 29th in the NHL in points (32) and 20th in the NHL in assists (22)
-Tuukka Rask is tied for fourth in the NHL in wins (19), is tied for fourth in the NHL in GAA (2.00), is tied for seventh in the NHL Save % (.926), and is tied for second in the NHL in shutouts (4)
10/13 @ CBJ: Brandon Carlo
10/13 @ CBJ: Austin Czarnik
10/13 @ CBJ: Danton Heinen
10/13 @ CBJ: Rob O'Gara
10/25 vs. MIN: Zane McIntyre (1st NHL start: 10/26 @ NYR)
11/3 @ TBL: Sean Kuraly
12/3 @ BUF: Anton Blidh
12/14 @ PIT: Matt Grzelcyk
100th NHL Game:
10/17 @ WPG: David Pastrnak
1,300th NHL Game:
12/14 @ PIT: Zdeno Chara
First NHL Goal:
10/17 @ WPG: Brandon Carlo
10/26 @ NYR: Austin Czarnik
12/20 vs. NYI: Anton Blidh
20,000th Bruins Goal:
11/22 vs. STL: David Backes
First NHL Assist:
10/13 @ CBJ: Brandon Carlo
11/7 vs. BUF: Austin Czarnik
12/7 @ WSH: Anton Blidh
100th NHL Assist:
11/22 vs. STL: Torey Krug
400th NHL Assist:
11/12 at ARI: Zdeno Chara
300th NHL Point:
11/1 @ FLA: Brad Marchand
400th Win as NHL Head Coach:
11/7 vs. BUF: Claude Julien