BRUINS SIGN FITZGERALD AND JOHANSSON TO ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACTS: Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, March 24, that the team has signed Boston College forward Ryan Fitzgerald to a two-year entry-level contract, beginning the with 2017-18 season, and defenseman Emil Johansson to a three-year entry-level contract, beginning with the 2017-18 season. Fitzgerald will join the Providence Bruins on an Amateur Tryout Agreement (ATO) and Johansson will join the Providence Bruins on a Professional Tryout Agreement (PTO) for the remainder of the 2016-17 season.
THIS WEEK'S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…
STAT OF THE WEEK: The Bruins are 31-for-107 (29.0%) on the power play since January 1, ranking first in the NHL over that span.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "The guys are in this room. We know it. We've seen it. We need to look in the mirror. We're going to do it tonight and tomorrow, have a great day tomorrow, and get to New York and put a 60-minute game on the ice where it doesn't matter what they're doing. We're going to impose ourselves and have that game where we just start to finish, make the plays, bail each other out, stick together, and win a game." - Bruins forward David Backes on the team's upcoming game against the New York on Saturday.
TWEET OF THE WEEK (WEEK 28): @HacksWithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE): "Adam McQuaid and Matt Martin jawing after a Pastrnak/Carrick scrum. Not sure Martin wants another dance with Darth Quaider"
HONORABLE MENTION: @_TyAnderson (Ty Anderson, WEEI.com): "You guys think it's too late to be Brad Marchand when I grow up?"
@DaleEArnold (Dale Arnold, NESN): "Hey @Buccigross --- wait until you see the PPG for @ToreyKrug! #thinmints"
2016-17 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD:
@_TyAnderson (Ty Anderson, WEEI.com): Week 3, Week 11, Week 13, Week 16, Week 21, Week 23 (5)
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe): Week 5, Week 8, Week 9, Week 12, Week 27 (5)
@DaleEArnold (Dale Arnold, NESN): Week 7, Week 15, Week 22 (3)
@GlobeKPD (Kevin Paul DuPont, Boston Globe): Week 1, Week 2, Week 17 (3)
@_TimRosenthal (Tim Rosenthal, Bruins Daily): Week 16, Week 19, Week 25 (3)
@MattKalman (Matt Kalman, NHL.com): Week 14, Week 24 (2)
@HacksWithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE): Week 4, Week 28 (2)
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, CSNNE.com): Week 6 (1)
@michaelFhurley (Michael Hurley, CBS Boston Sports): Week 10 (1)
@kluedeke29 (Kirk Luedeke, Red Line Report): Week 18 (1)
@TomCaron (Tom Caron, NESN.com): Week 20 (1)
@MickColageo (Mick Colageo, Standard Times): Week 26 (1)
UPCOMING GAMES AND BROADCAST INFORMATION:
Saturday, March 25, Bruins at Islanders, Barclays Center, 7 p.m. ET, TV - NESN, Radio - 98.5 The Sports Hub
Tuesday, March 28, Bruins vs. Predators, TD Garden, 7 p.m. ET, TV - NESN, Radio - 98.5 The Sports Hub
Thursday, March 30, Bruins vs. Stars, TD Garden, 7:30 p.m. ET, TV - NBC Sports Network, Radio - 98.5 The Sports Hub
Saturday, April 1, Bruins vs. Panthers, TD Garden, 1 p.m. ET, 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 make a trade at the deadline, Brad Marchand is mic'd up vs. Detroit, Torey Krug walks his bulldog Fenway, & TD Garden hosts Girls Hockey Day. Watch the latest episode by clicking here.
Season 4, Episode 12: Thursday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m.
BRUINS ACADEMY: Step your game up by tuning into the all-new TV series, Bruins Academy, created specifically for kids who love hockey. 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. One 30-minute episode will air per month on NESN, and the first 12 episodes can be viewed on BostonBruins.com/BruinsAcademy and on the Bruins mobile app. In the previous episode, David Pastrnak takes part in arts and crafts, Patrice Bergeron talks about eating healthy, and Brandon Carlo answers your questions. Watch the latest episode by clicking here.
BRUINS ACADEMY KIDS APP: 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.
SEASON TICKET HOLDER RENEWALS: As of Monday, March 6, fans are able to renew their season tickets for the 2017-18 season. For the second consecutive year, current Season Ticket Holders who own tickets for personal use will see no increase in price when they renew their Season Tickets for the 2017-18 NHL Season. To renew, please log into the Bruins Hub or visit Season Ticket Holder Central behind Section 15 during the next Bruins game. Season Ticket Holders will receive information via standard mail this upcoming week. Please note that the deadline to renew season tickets is Thursday, March 23 at 11:59 p.m.
INDIVIDUAL TICKETS: Get to TD Garden, Tuesday, March 28 as the Boston Bruins take on the Nashville Predators. Puck drops at 7 p.m. The B's will be back Thursday, March 30 against the Dallas Stars at 7:30 p.m. For these games and more, visit www.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 BostonBruins.com/SuiteRentals or call 617-624-1847.
FREE GROUND SHIPPING: Gear up in authentic Bruins and Celtics apparel with free ground shipping on all Bruins and Celtics orders from BostonProShop.com from now until Sunday, March 26. Visit BostonProShop.com to shop today!
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 season, the Bruins are wearing the sweater created for the 2016 Winter Classic as their third jersey. 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 and Gold, connecting the past with the present. To purchase one please visit www.BostonProShop.com.
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 with their own Alex and Ani bracelets. Now 50% off all Bruins and Celtics bracelets while supplies last. Stop by the ProShop powered by Reebok at 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…
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 elementary 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.
PEABODY AND WOBURN BFIT SCHOOL ASSEMBLIES: On March 28 and 31, the Boston Bruins B-Fit Team will be traveling to Peabody, MA and Woburn, MA for two Boston Bruins School Assembly Programs powered by B-Fit. Led by Bruins Foundation Director of Health, Fitness, and Wellness, John Whitesides and the B-Fit Team, Thomas Carroll School and Goodyear Elementary School will learn about nutrition and getting out and moving by engaging in interactive activities for the 45-minute program. Each school will also receive a full set of Bruins Bauer Street Hockey gear for free.
BOSTON BRUINS APRIL CAMPS: Registration for the 2017 Boston Bruins & Pro Ambitions April Vacation Camps is now open. These three-day camps are open to youth hockey players ages 6-15 and are a great opportunity for youth hockey players to elevate their skill to the next level with top level instructions from members of the Bruins Youth Hockey Development team and Pro Ambitions. Visit BostonBruins.com/AprilCamps.
BOSTON BRUINS SUMMER CAMPS PRESENTED BY O.R.G. PACKAGING: Keep your kids busy this summer by signing them up for the Boston Bruins Summer Camp Presented by O.R.G. Packaging. They will learn that hard work and determination are the way to accomplish their dreams. To sign your kids up, visit BostonBruins.com/SummerCamps.
BOSTON BRUINS ALUMNI GAMES: Saturday, March 25, 7 p.m. - The Light Foundation and The Little Heroes Fund will host the Boston Bruins Alumni at Schneider Arena at Providence College in Providence, RI. Tickets are $20 and will benefit the Matt Light Foundation. The Bruins Alumni team will be coached by former Bruin Bill Bennett, with Andrew Raycroft and Graeme Townshend expected in the line-up.
Sunday, March 26, 3 p.m. - The Boston Bruins Alumni will face off against the Bertucci's Dough Boys at Stoneham Arena in Stoneham, MA. Tickets are $20 and will benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Andrew Alberts, Dave Shaw, and Bruce Crowder will join the rest of the alumni team.
BRUINS WIVES TO VISIT BIRTHDAY WISHES
WHAT: Boston Bruins wives and girlfriends will visit the Birthday Wishes' office to help pick out presents and party supplies as well as build and wrap the Birthday Boxes used for the birthday parties. Birthday Wishes serves children living in more than 200 family shelters and transitional living facilities across Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Long Island, New York. Birthday Wishes makes a difference in the lives of homeless children and their families by bringing them the joy of a birthday party.
WHEN: Friday, March 24, 2017, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Birthday Wishes Office, 11 Homer Street, Newton Centre, MA
BRUINS TO HOST 7th ANNUAL BRUINS FOR BABIES NIGHT
WHAT: The Boston Bruins will host Bruins for Babies Night during the home game against the Nashville Predators to benefit the March of Dimes. Supporters of the March of Dimes will participate in Zamboni, Bench Assistant, and High-Five experiences. All proceeds from the sale of mystery pucks and 50/50 raffle tickets will benefit the March of Dimes.
WHEN: Tuesday, March 28, during the Bruins vs. Predators game
WHERE: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA
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, March 25 (Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY)
-Pregame skate, 11:30 a.m.
-Game at New York Islanders, 7 p.m.
-Travel to Boston
Sunday, March 26
Monday, March 27 (Warrior Ice Arena, Boston, MA)
-Practice, 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, March 28 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate, 10:30 a.m. (Warrior Ice Arena)
-Game vs. Nashville Predators, 7 p.m. (TD Garden)
Wednesday, March 29 (Warrior Ice Arena, Boston, MA)
-Practice, 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, March 30 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate, 10:30 a.m. (Warrior Ice Arena)
-Game vs. Dallas Stars, 7:30 p.m. (TD Garden)
Friday, March 31 (Warrior Ice Arena, Boston, MA)
-Practice, 12 p.m.
Saturday, April 1 (TD Garden, Boston, MA)
-Game vs. Florida Panthers, 1 p.m.
-Travel to Chicago
2016-17 BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS
1. B. Marchand, 37
2. D. Pastrnak, 32
3. D. Krejci, 21
4. P. Bergeron, 17
5. D. Backes, 16
1. B. Marchand, 43
2. T. Krug, 41
T-3. P. Bergeron, 32
T-3. D. Pastrnak, 32
5. D. Krejci, 29
1. B. Marchand, 80
2. D. Pastrnak, 64
3. D. Krejci, 50
4. P. Bergeron, 49
5. T. Krug, 48
1. Z. Chara, 17
2. B. Marchand, 14
3. D. Pastrnak, 9
4. P. Bergeron, 8
5. B. Carlo, 5
1. A. McQuaid, 69
2. D. Backes, 65
3. B. Marchand, 64
4. B. Carlo, 55
5. Z. Chara, 53
-Brad Marchand is fourth in the NHL in points (80), tied for second in the NHL in goals (37), and tied for third in the NHL in shorthanded goals (3)
-Torey Krug is fifth among NHL defensemen in assists (41) and tied for fifth among NHL defensemen in points (48)
-Patrice Bergeron is fourth in the NHL in shots on goal (270)
-Tuukka Rask is tied for fifth in the NHL in wins (33) and is tied for third in the NHL in shutouts (6)
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
2/11 vs. VAN: Peter Cehlarik
100th NHL Game:
10/17 @ WPG: David Pastrnak
300th NHL Game:
2/19 @ SJ: Torey Krug
400th NHL Game:
2/12 vs. MTL: Adam McQuaid
500th NHL Game:
1/14 vs. PHI: Brad Marchand
1,300th NHL Game:
12/14 @ PIT: Zdeno Chara
Most games by a Bruins player born outside of North America:
2/22 @ ANA: Zdeno Chara (798th game)
First NHL Goal:
10/17 @ WPG: Brandon Carlo
10/26 @ NYR: Austin Czarnik
12/20 vs. NYI: Anton Blidh
100th NHL Goal:
3/20 @ TOR: Dominic Moore
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
2/12 vs. MTL: Peter Cehlarik
100th NHL Assist:
11/22 vs. STL: Torey Krug
400th NHL Assist:
11/12 at ARI: Zdeno Chara
2/19 @ SJ: Patrice Bergeron
100th NHL Point:
1/18 @ DET: Ryan Spooner
2/11 vs. VAN: David Pastrnak
2/19 @ SJ: Jimmy Hayes
300th NHL Point:
11/1 @ FLA: Brad Marchand
500th NHL Point:
1/14 vs. PHI: David Krejci
200th NHL Win
3/13 @ VAN: Tuukka Rask