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Bruins Week Ahead: 9/27 - 10/3

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…

12 DAYS ‘TIL HOCKEY SEASON: With Opening Night just around the corner on October 8, the action is heating up at Bruins Training Camp. The B’s kick off a back-to-back Friday in Washington vs. the Caps and take on the Red Wings in Detroit on Saturday night. The team hits TD Garden for their second home preseason game on Tuesday 9/30 against the Islanders and will rematch with the Isles in Bridgeport, CT on Friday 10/3. The countdown to the 2014-15 season is on!

PRESEASON GAMES ON THE AIRWAVES: NESN will televise two of the seven Bruins preseason games this year (9/30 vs. Islanders and 10/4 vs. Red Wings), while the NHL Network will carry three games (9/26 at Washington, 9/30 vs. Islanders and 10/4 vs. Red Wings). Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will call two of the remaining preseason games on 9/30 and 10/4.

BRUINS TO HOST COACHING SYMPOSIUM ON 10/4: The Boston Bruins and USA Hockey are teaming up to bring youth hockey coaches a day of coaching education from members of the Boston Bruins Coaching Staff, USA Hockey, and other experts in the field. Youth hockey coaches will listen to the expert panel present on all aspects of coaching, followed by age specific break out sessions. A new feature for this season’s event is that USA Hockey coaches can earn their Level 2 and 3 certifications by attending the event.

WHEN: Saturday, October 4 at 7:30 a.m. ET

WHERE: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114

ENTER TO WIN A PASS CLINIC PRESENTED BY TD BANK: TD Bank, America’s most convenient bank, has teamed up with the Bruins for the ninth straight year to support New England youth hockey through PASS (Partnership to Assist Skaters and Shooters). The B’s are accepting entries from youth hockey organizations throughout New England to participate in PASS clinics this season with ten organizations being randomly selected to host clinics during the 2014-15 season. To enter please visit www.bostonbruins.com/youthhockey. Entries must be submitted by Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

LIMITED SPOTS REMAIN FOR THE ‘LITTLE BRUINS’ PROGRAM PRESENTED BY FRIENDLY'S: Limited spots remain for the 2014 Little Bruins Learn to Play Hockey program, a new youth hockey initiative to help aspiring hockey players develop their skills. Presented by Friendly's, the program is available to boys and girls ages 5-8. The program will be hosted at six different rinks across Massachusetts, with 50 participants at each rink. For only $100 ($360 retail value), the program includes full CCM equipment to keep, including skates, a professional fitting at MonkeySports Superstore in Norwood and four weeks of on ice instruction from Massachusetts Hockey coaches. To register, please visit www.bostonbruins.com/littlebruins. Registration is on a first come, first served basis.

BRUINS FOUNDATION IS RAFFLING OFF 4 BENCH SEATS FOR 10/4 GAME VS DET: The Boston Bruins Foundation is raffling off 4 bench seat tickets to next Saturday's game (10/4) when the Bruins take on the Detroit Red Wings in their last preseason home game at TD Garden. Raffle tickets are $5 and all proceeds will benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation. To purchase a raffle ticket, visit www.bruinsraffles.org

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):

-Tuesday, October 7 at 8:00 p.m. (9:30 p.m. encore)

-Wednesday, October 29 at 8:00 p.m. (9:30 p.m. encore)

-Tuesday, November 11 at 8:00 p.m. (9:30 p.m. encore)

-Thursday, December 4 at 9:00 p.m.

-Friday, December 19 at 7:00 p.m.

-Monday, January 5 at 8:00 p.m.

-Tuesday, January 20 at 7:00 p.m.

-Thursday, February 5 at 8:00 p.m.

-Thursday, February 26 at 8:00 p.m.

-Monday, March 16 at 8:00 p.m.

-Monday, March 30 at 8:00 p.m.

-Sunday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m.

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.

The Bricks

-Saturday, October 4 at 8:15 p.m.

PRESEASON TICKETS AVAILABLE: Tickets for the Boston Bruins preseason games are available, including matchups with the New York Islanders (9/30) and Detroit Red Wings (10/4). Bruins individual regular season home game tickets for the 2014-15 season presented by the Massachusetts State Lottery, are also on sale now. For more information on tickets, please visit http://bruins.nhl.com/tickets.

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, Matt Kalman makes a Superman reference during the B’s preseason game vs. Washington.

@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com): Someone behind Bruins bench wearing glasses. Might be Claude Julien. I'm always fooled by the Clark Kent effect.

This week’s honorable mentions listed in no particular order:

@HackswithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com): Claude Julien gave me Q-tip prior to postgame presser. Glad he thinks I have a hearing issue rather than raging ear wax problems #BruinsTalk

@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com): Accidentally wearing the wrong credential today. Dougie Hamilton politely told me to get out.

@AmalieBenjamin (Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe): Claude Julien just walked through the press box, said "Hello, gentlemen." Apparently we're in a fight.

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.

BRUINS MEDIA WEBSITE: Throughout the 2014-15 season, members of the media can log on to the Boston Bruins Media Website for all relevant information regarding the practice schedule and media availability updates; official news, statements and press releases; player transactions; Bruins’ player and staff appearances; gameday audio and transcripts for use; and an archives section for previous seasons. The current practice and media availability schedule can be found at the end of this release and via the media site. Media can log on to BostonBruins.com/media using the following information:

Email: media@bostonbruins.com

Password: media

UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE & MEDIA AVAILABILITY

-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; practices at TD Garden are closed to the public

Saturday, September 27 (Detroit, MI)

-Pregame skate, 11:30 a.m., Joe Louis Arena (19 Steve Yzerman Dr, Detroit, MI 48226)

-Players available to the media after pregame skate

-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available after player availability

-Away Game at Detroit Red Wings 7:00 p.m.

-Travel to Boston, MA

Sunday, September 28 (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, September 29 (Boston, MA)

-Practice at TD Garden, 10:30 a.m.

-Players available to the media after practice

-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available after player availability

Tuesday, September 30 (Boston, MA)

-Practice #1 at TD Garden, 10:00 a.m.

-Players who skate in practice #1 will be available to the media after practice #1

-Practice #2 at TD Garden, 11:15 a.m.

-Players who skate in practice #2 will be available to the media after practice #2

-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available after session #2 player availability

-Home Game vs. New York Islanders 7:00 p.m. ET

Wednesday, October 1

TBD

Thursday, October 2 (Boston, MA)

-Practice at TD Garden, 10:30 a.m.

-Players available to the media after practice

-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available after player availability

Friday, October 3 (Wilmington, MA/Bridgeport, CT)

-Pregame skate, 11:00 a.m, Ristuccia Arena

-Players available to the media after pregame skate

-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available after player availability

-Travel to Bridgeport, CT

-Away Game at New York Islanders 7:30 p.m.

2014-15 PRESEASON STATISTICAL LEADERS

Goals

T1. Z. Chara, 1

T1. M. Fraser, 1

T1. S. Gagne, 1

T1. R. Spooner, 1

Assists

T1. J. Boychuk, 1

T1. D. Hamilton, 1

T1. D. Krejci, 1

T1. B. Marchand, 1

Points

T1. J. Boychuk, 1

T1. Z. Chara, 1

T1. M. Fraser, 1

T1. S. Gagne, 1

T1. D. Hamilton, 1

T1. D. Krejci, 1

T1. B. Marchand, 1

T1. R. Spooner, 1

Penalty Minutes

1. S. Gagne, 4

T2. L. Eriksson, 2

T2. B. Ferlin, 2

T2. D. Hamilton, 2

T2.J. Knight, 2

Plus/Minus

T1. P. Bergeron, 1

T1. Z. Chara, 1

T1. S. Gagne, 1

T1. B. Marchand, 1

T1. A. McQuaid, 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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