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Bruins Week Ahead: 2.19 - 2.25

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS...


HOW’D YOU SPEND YOUR FRIDAY?: Here’s a look at how Friday unfolded for the newest Bruin, Tomas Kaberle:

After being notified of the trade after Toronto’s practice on Friday, Kaberle boarded a flight in his gameday attire (full suit and tie) from Toronto to Ottawa on Friday afternoon with his sticks and hockey equipment in tow. He touched down in Ottawa at approximately 5:25 p.m. local time and after gathering his gear from baggage claim, jumped in a town car headed to ScotiaBank Place. Kaberle arrived at ScotiaBank at 6:19 p.m. and was greeted by Bruins equipment manager Keith Robinson who met him at the loading dock to help him with his equipment. Kaberle proceeded to walk in the arena and greeted some of his new teammates including Mark Recchi, Tyler Seguin, Milan Lucic, Michael Ryder and Dennis Seidenberg while they were playing their pregame soccer game in the locker room hallway. He then caught up briefly (in Czech) with fellow Czech Olympic teammate David Krejci before being brought into the Bruins Coaches Room for a short introduction to the B’s coaching staff. Kaberle then proceeded to change out of his suit and into his hockey gear, got a stretch in while Robinson outfitted him in his new Bruins hockey pants, helmet (with #12 decals), gloves and laces, While getting in his uniform, Assistant Coach Doug Houda reviewed some pointers on video and by 7:00 p.m. he was taking the ice with his new squad for warm-ups. He joined NESN’s Naoko Funayama for her warmup bench interview and TSN’s Brent Wallace for their pregame interview as well following warm-ups.

Kaberle logged 19:34 of ice time in his Bruins debut on Friday night in Ottawa and was on the ice for Seidenberg’s gamewinning power play goal at15:20 in the third period.

Following the Bruins 4-2 win, Kaberle met with the Canadian and Boston media and then departed ScotiaBank Place for the Bruins team hotel in Ottawa. After spending the night in Ottawa, he flew back to Toronto Saturday morning. He will rejoin the Bruins on Monday in Calgary for the team’s upcoming four-game road trip through Canada.

NEW FACES: The Bruins made two deals on Friday, acquiring defenseman Tomas Kaberle in a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs, in exchange for the Bruins own first-round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, forward Joe Colborne, and a conditional second-round pick in 2012 (Toronto will receive the Bruins own second round pick in 2012 if the Bruins make it to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2011 or re-sign Kaberle following the end of the 2010-11 season).  

Also on Friday, the B’s nabbed Rich Peverley and defenseman Boris Valabik from the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for Mark Stuart and Blake Wheeler. Peverley will join the team for practice on Sunday.

Earlier in the week, the Bruins traded their own second round pick in 2011 to Ottawa for center Chris Kelly. Kelly made his Bruins debut on Friday against his former club and finished with 15:09 of ice time.

TRADE QUOTEABLES: Tomas Kaberle: “I was always thinking Boston would be nice to play for. Honestly growing up, it was my team because Raymond Bourque was playing for the team. I always looked up to him, he was like my hero when I was a kid. Now I get the chance to play for the team, so it’s kind of special.

Rich Peverley: "Anytime you get to play against or for an Original Six team, it’s exciting. There is the tradition, the history, and to be able to put on the jersey, it’s going to be something that will be a thrill."  

Peter Chiarelli "It’s a strong message to our team and to our fans that we want to win and we want to be successful."

ROAD TRIP ROLLS ON: Following back-to-back victories on the road Thursday against the Isles and Friday against the Sens, the Bruins will return home for two days before heading on a four-game Canadian road trip. They will face the Calgary Flames on Tuesday, February 22 (9:00 p.m., ET, TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub), Vancouver Canucks on Saturday, February 26 (10:00 p.m. ET, TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub), Edmonton Oilers on Sunday, February 27 (8:00 p.m. ET, TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub) and Ottawa Senators on Monday, March 1 (7:30 p.m. TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub)

HOCKEY WEEKEND ACROSS AMERICA: The weekend of February 18 – 20 is Hockey Weekend Across America. Visit www.HockeyWeekendAcrossAmerica.com (bit.ly/2011HWAA) for more information and the various events, youth hockey clinics and initiatives planned.

TRADE DEADLINE: The NHL Trade Deadline is Monday, February 28. Tune in to NESN for exclusive Deadline Day coverage.

FIGHT CLUB: Entering Friday’s game the Bruins are currently second in the NHL in fighting majors with 56 (Pittsburgh-62). This is the most fights in a season for the team since they also had 56 fights in 2003-04. The single-season franchise record for team fights is 132, which was set in 1987-88, when Jay Miller led the team with 33. The Bruins are currently 21-9-4 when any Bruin gets in a fight, compared to 11-10-3 when no fights occur. Enforcer Shawn Thornton leads the team with 13 fights, and now has 85 fighting majors in his career. Over the years, the 33-year-old has fought against 25 of the 30 teams in the NHL. The only teams he has not dropped the gloves against are Boston, Colorado, Detroit, Minnesota, and Phoenix. Thornton’s linemate Gregory Campbell has set a career-high in fights this year with eight, and seven of those have come when the Bruins are tied or trail in the game.

BLACKJACK WITH BERGERON, CRAPS WITH CHARA: The Boston Bruins Foundation and the 2010-11 Bruins roster and coaching staff will host the first "Boston Bruins Casino Night" presented by TD Bank on Sunday, February 20 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at The Westin Copley Hotel. Fans will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to play a variety of casino games with Bruins players and coaches. For more information visit bostonbruins.com.

BRUINS SUMMER CAMP: The Boston Bruins and Pro Ambitions Hockey, Inc have partnered to host the Second Annual "Boston Bruins Summer Camp" for youth hockey players ages 7-14 in Franklin, West Roxbury, Plymouth and Haverhill. Camp dates, times and locations are listed on bostonbruins.com. For additional information about the program please contact Chris Uber at cuber@bostonbruins.com.

CHARA LEADING 4TH ANNUAL PJ DRIVE: Beginning Tuesday, February 1, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, Cradles to Crayons and BJ's Wholesale Club are teaming up to host the Fourth Annual PJ Drive for Massachusetts' children in need. Throughout the month of February, Bruins fans, families, schools and corporations are encouraged to donate new, unused pajamas for underprivileged children statewide. For more information, visit bostonbruins.com.

60 AND COUNTING… After Tuesday’s capacity crowd at the Garden, the Bruins have now sold out 60 straight games (regular season and postseason, does not include Winter Classic at Fenway or 2010 Premiere Game in Prague). The Bruins sold out every regular and postseason game during the 2010 calendar year, the first time the organization has done so since the 1972 calendar year.

BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK: ESPN Boston’s Joe McDonald on Tuesday, February 15 during the Bruins/Leafs game, amid the Kaberle trade rumors @ESPNJoeyMac "Is it possible the Maple Leafs’ Tomas Kaberle becomes the 2011 edition of Doug Mientkiewicz circa 2004?"  

BRUINS FIRST GOAL POOL ON TWITTER: The following followers of @NHLBruins correctly guessed David Krejci as the Bruins first goal scorer during the Bruins/Red Wings game on Friday: @Heart2handgun, @Fabs346, @Jhagelauer, @samburgggg, @BlackandGold46.
  • Krejci scored the first Bruins goal at 17:53 of the first period last Friday.
  • No one guessed Daniel Paille as the first goal scorer on Tuesday, February 15.
  • @joebag4 is the only @NHLBruins follower to have submitted votes in all 10 1st Goal Pools to date!
  • The Bruins first goal pool takes place on Twitter just before the puck drop every Bruins home game.

BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT: The Bruins Communications Staff has created the Boston Bruins Prospect Report, which will be emailed out every two weeks. The Report will contain updated statistical information, news and notes on all players in the Bruins system, as well as a “Prospect Spotlight” section that will highlight two players in a feature article format. The latest report was sent on February 15 and featured P-Bruins defenseman Jeff Penner and Lake Superior State defenseman Zach Trotman and the next one will be sent on March 1.

MEDIA INFO:  Media and fans can also call 617.624.1910 for the latest updates to the Bruins practice and game schedule.  

Follow the Bruins on Twitter @NHLBruins
Become a Fan of the Bruins on Facebook: www.facebook.com/NHLBruins  

AROUND TOWN...
WHAT: BOSTON BRUINS CASINO NIGHT
The Boston Bruins Foundation will host the first “Boston Bruins Casino Night” on Sunday, February 20 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at The Westin Copley Hotel (10 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116). Bruins fans will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to play Craps, Double Roulette, Blackjack, Texas Hold 'Em and Wheel of Fortune with their favorite Bruins players including Zdeno Chara, Nathan Horton, Milan Lucic, Tim Thomas and the rest of the Bruins 2010–11 roster. Fans can choose between two ticket options: VIP or General Admission. The $250 VIP ticket guarantees fans early entry into the player lounge before doors open to the General Admission ticket holders and the opportunity to interact with the players in an intimate setting at 5:00 p.m. The General Admission ticket, which costs $150, provides admittance into the party at 6:00 p.m. where fans can gamble at the tables hosted by current players.
WHEN: Sunday, February 20 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: The Westin Copley Hotel, 10 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

WHAT: NEELY SK8 CHALLENGE
Throughout the month of February, the Boston Bruins Foundation and the Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care are hosting the Second Annual “Neely SK8 Challenge” skate-a-thon presented by Liberty Mutual. The Neely SK8 Challenge fundraiser will help raise funds for children battling cancer and their families. Bruins fans of all ages can register to skate at one of the five FMC participating rinks. Skaters can create their very own personalized fundraising page for family and friends to pledge and follow participants fundraising progress at www.neelysk8.com. A number of prizes will be awarded throughout the Neely SK8 Challenge. Every skater will receive an official Neely SK8 Challenge t-shirt. The top four SK8 fundraisers will receive four tickets to the Neely SK8 Challenge Winner’s Night at a Bruins game, where they will sit in a private suite and meet and greet current Bruins President Cam Neely. The highest fundraiser will receive autographed Bruins items, four tickets to the Neely SK8 Challenge Winner’s Night at a Bruins game, a meet-and-greet with Bruins President Cam Neely, the opportunity to high-five the Bruins team as they take the ice and ride on the Zamboni or be a bench assistant during warm-ups.
WHEN: Sunday, February 20 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Ice Palace, 36 Ray Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins mascot, Blades, and the Bruins Ice Girls
WHEN: Tuesday, February 22 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Alexio Arena, 1 Hon Gordon M Owen Riverway, Taunton, MA 02780
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins mascot, Blades, and the Bruins Ice Girls

WHAT: DADS & DONUTS PJ STORY HOUR
As part of the Fourth Annual PJ Drive the Bruins mascot, Blades and the Bruins Ice Girls will be visiting the Peabody Institute Library for a special Dads & Donuts PJ Story Hour. Dads & Donuts is a story time designed especially for dads and children ages 2 and up, but everyone is welcome and encouraged to wear their pj’s. In addition to eating donuts, there will be a raffle and trivia.
WHEN: Saturday, February 19, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main Street Peabody, MA  01960
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins mascot, Blades and the Bruins Ice Girls

WHAT: PJ MOVIE NIGHT
The Boston Bruins will be visiting the Newbury Town Library for a special pajama movie night as part of the Fourth Annual PJ Drive. Blades will join kids and their families to watch “Tooth Fairy” in their PJ’s.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Newbury Town Library, 0 Lunt Street, Byfield, MA 01922
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins mascot, Blades

UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AND MEDIA AVAILABILITY
-(Ristuccia Arena, 190 Main Street, Wilmington, MA 01887) (TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)
-Schedule is subject to change. Please check the Bruins Media Website for the latest updates.
-All times are LOCAL

Saturday, February 19
-OFF

Sunday, February 20 (Wilmington, MA)
*Please note that Kaberle will not be at practice, Peverley and Kelly will
-Practice, Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m.
-Players available after practice
-Claude Julien available after players
-Boston Bruins Foundation Casino Night with full team, Westin Copley, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (10 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116)

Monday, February 21 (Wilmington, MA/Calgary, AB)
*Please note that Kaberle will not be at practice, Peverley and Kelly will
-Practice, Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.
-Players available after practice
-Claude Julien available after players
-Travel to Calgary, AB

Tuesday, February 22 (Calgary, AB/Vancouver, BC)
-Morning Skate, Pengrowth Saddledome, 11:30 a.m.
-Players available after morning skate
-Claude Julien available after players
-Boston Bruins vs. Calgary Flames, Pengrowth Saddledome, 7:00 p.m. (555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1)
-Game Broadcast Info: TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Vancouver, BC

Wednesday, February 23 (Vancouver, BC)
-Practice, Pacific Coliseum, 11:30 a.m.
-Players available after practice
-Claude Julien available after players

Thursday, February 24 (Vancouver, BC)
-Practice, Pacific Coliseum, 11:30 a.m.
-Players available after practice
-Claude Julien available after players

Friday, February 25 (Vancouver, BC)
-Practice, Pacific Coliseum, 10:30 a.m.
-Players available after practice
-Claude Julien available after players
 
BRUINS ON THE AIRWAVES:
“THE AT&T HOCKEY SHOW”: The Hockey Show is back for year two on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Listen in every Wednesday (excluding gamedays) from 6-7 p.m. as host Damon Amendolara and the B’s radio team of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers take calls from fans, interview players and talk all things Bruins.  

WEEKLY RADIO SPOTS:
Tune in to the following local stations for weekly segments with Bruins personnel:

Tuesdays
98.5 The Sports Hub
4:20 p.m. Cam Neely with “Felger and Massarotti”

Wednesdays
98.5 The Sports Hub
8:20 a.m. Peter Chiarelli with “Toucher and Rich”
100.7 FM WZLX
8:25 a.m. Brad Marchand with “Karlson and McKenzie”
98.5 The Sports Hub
Patrice Bergeron with “Gresh and Zolak” (rotating times between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Thursdays
98.5 The Sports Hub
8:20 a.m. Shawn Thornton with “Toucher and Rich”
107.3 FM WAAF
8:30 a.m. Cam Neely with “The Hill-Man Morning Show”

Fridays
107.7 FM The Pulse (New Hampshire)
4:30 p.m. Johnny Boychuk on “New Hampshire Today with Jack Heath”

BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, February 18)

Goals
1. M. Lucic, 24
2. P. Bergeron, 20
T3. M. Ryder, 16
T3. B. Marchand, 16
5. N. Horton, 14

Assists
1. D. Krejci, 32
2. M. Recchi, 29
3. P. Bergeron, 27
4. N. Horton, 22
5. Z. Chara, 21

Points
1. P. Bergeron, 47
2. D. Krejci, 41
T3. M. Lucic, 40
T3. M. Recchi, 40
5. N. Horton, 36

Plus/Minus
T1. B. Marchand, +21
T1. A. Ference, +21
3. A. McQuaid, +20
4. P. Bergeron, +19
T5. Z. Chara, +18
T5. N. Horton, +18

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Thornton, 103
2. A. McQuaid, 85
3. M. Lucic, 83
4. G. Campbell, 70
5. Z. Chara, 67
 
2010-11 Bruins “Stars”
  • Tim Thomas, First Star of the Week, Week ending October 31
  • Tim Thomas, Second Star of the Month, October
  • Patrice Bergeron, Second Star of the Week, Week ending January 16
  • Tim Thomas, NHL All-Star
  • Zdeno Chara, NHL All-Star, Hardest Shot record 105.9 MPH in 2011 NHL SuperSkills Competition
  • Tyler Seguin, One of 12 NHL rookies selected to participate in All-Star festivities
  • Tim Thomas, First Star of the Week, Week ending January 23
  • Patrice Bergeron, First Star of the Month, January
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