THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…
2013 NHL ENTRY DRAFT: The 2013 NHL Entry Draft will be taking place this Sunday, June 30, at the Prudential Center in Newark Jersey. All seven round of the Draft will take place beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET. The Boston Bruins currently have six selections in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, which include a second round pick (60th overall), third round pick (90th overall), fourth round pick (120th overall), fifth round pick (150th overall), sixth round pick (180th overall) and seventh round pick (210th overall).
BRUINS ANNOUNCE DEVELOPMENT CAMP DATES: The Boston Bruins announced June 25, that Boston Bruins Development Camp will be held from Wednesday, July 10 through Monday, July 15. All on-ice sessions of Bruins Development Camp are open to the public. Please note the times are subject to change. For a full schedule please see the “Upcoming Schedule” section of the week ahead.
BERGERON UPDATE: Per Bruins President Cam Neely, forward Patrice Bergeron is out of the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
BRUINS FOUNDATION TO HOST ANNUAL HARBOR CRUISE: The Boston Bruins Foundation and Bay State Cruise Lines have partnered to host the annual "Boston Bruins Harbor Cruise" on Wednesday, July 24, to help raise money for the 2013 Boston Bruins Foundation Pan-Massachusetts Challenge Bike Team. Bruins fans will set sail aboard the M/V Provincetown II cruise ship from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. The cruise departs from the World Trade Center Pier. While on-board, Bruins fans will be able to experience Boston and its beauty while enjoying dancing and the fun-filled music of Boston's own Classic Yellow. The cruise will also provide fans with the opportunity to interact with Bruins alumni, including the Executive Director of the Boston Bruins Foundation Bob Sweeney and various Boston Bruins alumni. For more information, please see the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.
2013-14 SEASON TICKETS SOLD OUT: Season tickets in the loge and balcony sections for 2013-14 are sold out, but fans can get priority access to seats when they become available by joining the Boston Bruins Season Ticket Waiting List and placing a $100 deposit per seat (maximum of four). Deposits can be placed on bostonbruins.com or by calling 617.624.2327, Option 1. A Bruins Ticket Representative will contact you on a first-come, first-served basis as seats become available. Additionally, a limited number of partial and full season memberships are still available in The Premium Club at the TD Garden. For more information about the Premium Club, fans can visit http://www.tdgarden.com/premiumclub or call 617.624.CLUB (2582).
165 AND COUNTING: Following Monday’s home game at the TD Garden, the Bruins have sold out their last 165 home games, including regular season and playoffs. This sellout streak began more than three 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): The Boston media “Tweet of the Week” is in its 23rd week of the 2012-13 season. Entering the week, Matt Kalman held a slim one-win lead over Fluto Shinzawa. In an end of the season final push, Shinzawa jumped into the number one spot in the Tweet of the Week standings, alongside Kalman. With the final week ending in a tie, there will be an additional sudden death round of tweeting, in which @GlobeFluto and @TheBruinsBlog will be closely monitored. A winner will be determined following the draft on Monday, July 1.
@GlobeFluto: Should mow lawn. But have to shower now. #soderberg
Here are this week’s honorable mentions, in no particular order:
@TheBruinsBlog: Few players are as interesting & respectful to cover than @Ferknuckle ... He's going to make some other team's beat guys very happy.
@HackswithHaggs: Some NHL team is going to get hell of a good FA defenseman in @Ferknuckle. Fierce competitor, great leader of men and is at top of his game.
@DJ_Bean: Neely thinks he's too young for Lucic to play his son in Dumb and Dumber 2.
2012-13 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, The Bruins Blog), Weeks 5, 9, 11, 19, 22
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), Weeks 1, 4, 8, 16, 23
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com), Week 2, 14, 18, 21
@GlobeKPD: “Kevin Paul Dupont, Boston Globe) Week 12, 13, 20
@JesseNEHJ (Jesse Connolly, New England Hockey Journal), Week 3, 7
@HackswithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com), Week 6, 15
@_TyAnderson (Ty Anderson, HockeyBuzz.com), Week 10
@MLoftus_Ledger (Mike Loftus, Quincy Patriot Ledger), Week 17
LAST BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Thursday, May 30
PREVIOUS PROSPECT REPORT SUMMARY: The Bruins Communications staff sent out their 14th edition of the Boston Bruins Prospect Report on May 30. It can be viewed online at BostonBruins.com and on the Bruins Media Website. In addition to notes and statistics on all players in the Bruins system, the report features insight on Torey Krug as well as a recap of this years highlights of prospects in the Bruins system.
POSTSEASON B’S JACKET & FAN BANNER TRACKER…
B’S JACKET TALLY: After a Bruins win, the team has begun awarding an Army Rangers jacket to the player who had the best game. The player then wears the jacket in the locker room during the media access period and hangs it in his stall until the team’s next win. After the next win, he will select a different teammate to pass it along to. This customized Army Rangers camouflage jacket, which was given to Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference by an active member of the Rangers, is adorned with a Bruins patch on the right shoulder. "They live by a slogan, ‘Rangers Lead the Way’,“ said Ference. “So I think it's fitting to give this to a player that led the way for us in a game. A lot less important than what they're doing but for us, it's important to have guys step up so they get to wear this for the night.” Here’s the final jacket tally:
5/1 vs. TOR, Game 1: David Krejci
5/6 vs. TOR, Game 2: Milan Lucic
5/8 vs. TOR, Game 3: Nathan Horton
5/13 vs. TOR, Game 7: Patrice Bergeron
5/16 vs. NYR, Game 1: Zdeno Chara
5/19 vs. NYR, Game 2: Gregory Campbell
5/21 vs. NYR, Game 3: Daniel Paille
5/25 vs. NYR, Game 5: Tuukka Rask
6/5 vs. PIT, Game 3: Jaromir Jagr
6/7 vs. PIT, Game 4: Adam McQuaid
6/15 vs. CHI, Game 2: Chris Kelly
6/17 vs. CHI, Game 3: Dennis Seidenberg
BRUINS HONORARY FAN BANNER CAPTAINS: The Bruins Fan Banner has been passed around the Loge section of TD Garden before playoff games since the 2009 postseason. In 2011, Honorary Captains were introduced and have traditionally featured prominent Bruins alumni. This year, the Fan Banner Captains will feature a ‘Boston Strong’ theme with individuals chosen from Boston and the Greater Boston Area who protect and serve our community. Here’s a list of the Fan Banner Captains this far this postseason:
TOR, Game 1: Todd Brown, Sean Tierney, Eric Gahagan and Ariane Thibodeau (Bomb Technicians from the Boston area)
TOR, Game 2: Jeff Bauman (Helped authorities identify the suspects after the Boston Marathon events, despite being injured)
TOR, Game 5: Carlos Arredondo (Came to aid of Jeff Bauman and others injured at the Boston Marathon)
TOR, Game 7: Jarrod Clowery (Bruins fan injured at the Boston Marathon)
NYR, Game 1: Adrianne Haslet-Davis (Despite being injured at the Boston Marathon, vows to dance and run again)
NYR, Game 2: Chris Dumont (Mass. State Police officer who came to the aid of Transit Police Officer Richard Donohue)
NYR, Game 5: J.P. and Paul Norden (Bruins fans from Stoneham, MA who were injured at the Boston Marathon events)
PIT, Game 3: Richard Donohue (Transit Police Officer who was in a firefight with the bombing suspects from the Marathon)
PIT, Game 4: William and Patricia Campbell (Their daughter Krystle passed away at the Boston Marathon events)
CHI, Game 3, Rob Rogers, Jenn Rogers and Jennifer Lemmerman (Siblings of Sean Collier, who passed away defending the City of Boston)
CHI, Game 4: Marc Fucarile (Bruins fan who was the last of 31 patients to be released from Mass. General Hospital after being injured at the bombing)
CHI, Game 6: Jeff Bauman (Injured in marathon bombing and helped to identify the suspects), Carlos Arredondo (Rushed to Jeff Bauman’s side and assisted in the effort to save his life), Fire Fighter Jim Plourde (Boston Fire Department), Fire Fighter Alector Tavares (Boston Fire Department), Captain Jeanne Stewart (Massachusetts State Police), Officer Kevin O’Neil (Massachusetts State Police), Officer Sean Rooney (Boston Police Department), Officer Dave Hansford (Boston Police Department), Officer Joseph Reynolds (Watertown Police Department) and Sgt. John MacClellan (Watertown Police Department).
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. This will take place at all Boston Bruins home games during the 2012-13 season.
SAVVY’S SUITE: Boston Bruins forward Marc Savard has partnered with the Brain Injury Center at Children’s Hospital Boston, inviting children who suffer from the effects of Brain Trauma, both physically and psychologically, to attend a Bruins home game in his luxury suite. Children and their families receive goodie bags with Bruins memorabilia and a visit from Bruins Mascot Blades and Bruins Ice Girls. Savard started the program on Thursday, January 12, 2012, and it will continue through the end of the 2013-14 Bruins season.
COMMUNITY TICKET PROGRAM: For the entirety of the Boston Bruins 2012-13 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.
BRAD’S BRIGADE IS BACK: The 2012-2013 season marks an exciting new chapter for Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand’s charitable program, “Brad’s Brigade”. Established in 2010, Marchand’s program invites children from pediatric oncology units across New England to experience a Bruins home game. Children and their families sit in the loge section and are featured on the Garden HDX. Each family also receives a Brad’s Brigade T-Shirt, a Garden Gold Card and a goodie bag with Bruins memorabilia. At the conclusion of the game, families are escorted down to ice level where they have the opportunity to meet Marchand and get a photo taken with him.
250K DONATED FOR MARATHON VICTIMS: Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs has donated $100,000 on behalf of the entire Bruins organization and Bruins players to the recently established ‘One Fund Boston’, whose purpose is to raise money to help those families most affected by the events at the Boston Marathon. The TD Garden, NHL and NHLPA have also made a donation in the amount of $50,000 each to show their support, making the combined total of all parties $250,000.
MARCHAND’S RAFFLE TO BENEFIT THE RICHARD FAMILY: Brad Marchand raffled off his own TD Garden suite for the team’s first home playoff game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on May 1, with all proceeds benefitting the Richard family of Dorchester, whose son Martin passed away following the tragedy at the Boston Marathon. The raffle ended on April 29 and generated $207,000.
BEARD-A-THON: Bruins fans are invited to "Grow One for Boston" by growing their own playoff beard in the annual Bruins 'Beard-A-Thon' for the duration of the team's 2013 Stanley Cup playoff run. Beard growers will raise money for the Boston Bruins Foundation to benefit The One Fund Boston. All proceeds from the 2013 Bruins Beard-A-Thon (minus credit card transaction fees that are typically between 1.5-3%) will be donated on behalf of the Boston Bruins Foundation directly to The One Fund Boston. Please visit BostonBruins.com for more information.
BRUINS FOUNDATION TO HOST ANNUAL HARBOR CRUISE
The Boston Bruins Foundation and Bay State Cruise Lines have partnered to host the annual "Boston Bruins Harbor Cruise" on Wednesday, July 24, to help raise money for the 2013 Boston Bruins Foundation Pan-Massachusetts Challenge Bike Team. Bruins fans will set sail aboard the M/V Provincetown II cruise ship from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. The cruise departs from the World Trade Center Pier. While on-board, Bruins fans will be able to experience Boston and its beauty while enjoying dancing and the fun-filled music of Boston's own Classic Yellow. The cruise will also provide fans with the opportunity to interact with Bruins alumni, including the Executive Director of the Boston Bruins Foundation Bob Sweeney and various Boston Bruins alumni.
WHAT: The Boston Bruins Harbor Cruise, proceeds will benefit the 2013 Boston Bruins Foundation Pan-Massachusetts Challenge Bike Team
WHERE: Departs from 200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, MA
WHEN: Wednesday, July 24 from 6:00 p.m. ET – 9:00 p.m. ET
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
-Practices at the TD Garden are closed to the public. Practices at Ristuccia Arena are open to the public.
Saturday, June 29 (Jersey City, NJ)
-Predraft press availability with Peter Chiarelli, Jersey City, NJ
Sunday, June 30 (Newark, NJ)
-Pre-draft press availability with Peter Chiarelli
Wednesday, July 10 (Wilmington, MA)
-Development Camp opens
-On-ice practice, Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, July 11 (Wilmington, MA)
-On-ice practice, Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m.
-On-ice practice #2, Ristuccia Arena, 12:45 p.m.
Friday, July 12 (Wilmington, MA)
-On-ice practice, Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.
-On-ice practice #2, Ristuccia Arena, 11:45 a.m.
Saturday, July 13 (Wilmington, MA)
-On-ice practice, Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m.
Sunday, July 14 (Wilmington, MA)
-On-ice practice, Ristuccia Arena, 10:00 a.m.
-On-ice practice #2, Ristuccia Arena, 10:45 a.m.
Monday, July 15
-Team building exercises (closed to public/closed to media)
-Development Camp breaks
BRUINS FINAL POSTSEASON STATISTICAL LEADERS
T1. D. Krejci, 9
T1. P. Bergeron, 9
T3. N. Horton, 7
T3. M. Lucic, 7
5. J. Boychuk, 6
1. D. Krejci, 17
T2. N. Horton, 12
T2. M. Lucic, 12
T2. Z. Chara, 12
5. J. Jagr, 10
1. D. Krejci, 26 (9-17)
T2. N. Horton, 19 (7-12)
T2. M. Lucic, 19 (7-11)
4. Z. Chara 15 (3-12)
5. P. Bergeron 15 (9-6)
1. N. Horton, +20
2. D. Krejci, +13
3. M. Lucic, +12
4. A. McQuaid +9
1. B. Marchand, 21
2. Z. Chara, 20
3. C. Kelly, 19
4. S. Thornton,18
BRUINS REGULAR SEASON STATISTICAL LEADERS
1. B. Marchand, 18
T2. J. Jagr, 16
T2. T. Seguin, 16
3. N. Horton, 13
T4. D. Paille, 10
T4. P. Bergeron, 10
T4. D. Krejci, 10
T5. Z. Chara, 7
T5. M. Lucic, 7
1. D. Krejci, 23
2. P. Bergeron, 22
3. M. Lucic, 20
4. J. Jagr, 19
5. B. Marchand, 18
1. B. Marchand, 36 (18-18)
2. J. Jagr, 35 (16-19)
3. D. Krejci, 33 (10-23)
T4. P. Bergeron, 32 (10-22)
T4. T. Seguin, 32 (16-16)
5. M. Lucic, 27 (7-20)
1. P. Bergeron, +24
T2. B. Marchand, +23
T2. T. Seguin, +23
3. D. Seidenberg, +18
4. Z. Chara, +14
5. A. Ference, +9
1. M. Lucic, 75
2. Z. Chara, 70
T3. S. Thornton, 60
T3. A. McQuaid, 60
4. G. Campbell, 41
5. A. Ference, 35
NHL Honors and Awards:
-Patrice Bergeron was awarded the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for the week of February 25 to March 3.
-Patrice Bergeron named a 2013 Selke Trophy finalist
-Adam McQuaid named a 2013 Masterton Trophy finalist.
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.