THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…
BRUINS TO HOST MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT: The Boston Bruins will honor local military members, veterans, and their families at “Military Appreciation Night” presented by the Army National Guard of Massachusetts and New Hampshire on Thursday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m. during the Bruins vs New York Islanders game at the TD Garden. To show their support for the armed forces, Bruins players Nathan Horton, David Krejci and Tuukka Rask, will each purchase $5,000 worth of tickets to the Bruins/Islanders game to give to local military members and their families. Patrice Bergeron will host Defending The Blue Line in his private suite as part of his Patrice’s Pals program and will meet Bruins Assistant Coach Geoff Ward. DTBL is a non-profit organization, which ensures children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in the game of hockey. All in-game fundraising from the 50/50 raffle and silent auction of team signed, warm-up worn jerseys will benefit the USO. For more information, please see the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.
B'S TO HOST MIAA AWARDS: On Monday, April 8, the Bruins and the MIAA (Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association) are partnering for the eleventh year to honor a boy and a girl from every hockey league in Massachusetts for best exemplifying a constant commitment to sportsmanship. These students must have an exceptional record of on and off the ice conduct, teamwork, spirit and respectfully accept the rulings of game officials during the season. Bruins Alumni John Bucyk will present individuals who were selected for this award with the Boston Bruins MIAA Sportsmanship Award during the second intermission of the Bruins/Hurricanes game. For more information, please see the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.
ICE GIRLS TO VISIT NEW ENGLAND CENTER FOR HOMELESS VETERANS: Boston Bruins Ice Girls and mascot Blades will be visiting the New England Center for Homeless Veterans on Wednesday, April 10, leading up to Military Appreciation night to show their support for United States Veterans. Ice Girls will be serving dinner, interacting with the veterans and distributing goodie bags filled with Bruins premium items. For more information, please see the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.
BRUINS TRADE DEADLINE TRANSACTIONS: Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced April 3, that the team acquired defenseman Wade Redden from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a conditional seventh round draft pick in 2014. The pick becomes a sixth round pick in 2014 if Redden plays in one or more games during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Bruins also acquired forward Rob Flick from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for forward Max Sauve.
BRUINS ACQUIRE JAGR: On April 2, Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced that the club has acquired forward Jaromir Jagr from the Dallas Stars in exchange for forward Lane MacDermid, the rights to unsigned draft pick Cody Payne and a conditional second round draft pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. The 2013 second round pick will become a 2013 first round pick if the Bruins advance to the Eastern Conference finals during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The two-time Stanley Cup Champion (Pittsburgh, 1991, 1992) has skated in a total of 1,380 NHL games (37th NHL all-time), notching 679 goals (10th NHL all-time) and 1,000 assists (12th NHL all-time). His career 1,679 points rank eighth on the NHL’s all-time list. Jagr has been named the Art Ross Trophy winner five times in his career (1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001) and has been selected to the NHL All-Star game on 12 occasions (1992-1994, 1996-2004).
BRUINS SIGN FREE AGENT LINDBLAD: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced April 5, that the team signed free agent forward Matthew Lindblad from Dartmouth College to an entry-level contract. Lindblad will report to the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League). Lindblad appeared in 30 games for Dartmouth (ECAC) this year and registered 10 goals and 18 assists with two penalty minutes. The forward’s 28 points were good for second on the team. The 23-year-old skated in a total of 89 games over three seasons with the Big Green and notched 29 goals and 51 assists for 80 points during that span. Read the full release here.
STATS YOU MAY FIND INTERESTING…
JAGR SCORES IN FIRST GAME AS BRUIN: Jaromir Jagr scored in his first game as a Bruin on Thursday, April 4, against the New Jersey Devils and became the first player to get his first point as a Bruin since Joe Corvo, who had an assist in his Bruins’ debut on October 6, 2011 versus the Philadelphia Flyers. Jagr is also the first player to score a goal in his first game in a Boston sweater since Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder both scored on October 9, 2009 against the Colorado Avalanche in their first game. Jagr has now tallied 5-4=9 totals in his last eight games (seven with Dallas, one with Boston).
SHOTS FIRED: In their last two games, the Bruins have had to fend off 40+ shots from their opponent with Ottawa's 47 shots on April 2 and New Jersey's 40 shots on April 4. The Bruins have not faced 40-or-more shot games by consecutive opponents since December 13, 2011 against Los Angeles (4-1 in a 3-0 Boston win) and December 14 at Ottawa (49 in a 5-2 Bruins victory).
TUUKKA TIME: With Tuukka Rask’s shutout performance on Thursday night against the New Jersey Devils, he earns his third shutout of the season and his 14th shutout of his career. Rask’s 1-0 victory against New Jersey was his third shutout against the Devils in his career, and is the fifth time in his 14 shutouts that he has earned a 1-0 shutout win with a final score of 1-0.
KREJCI WEARS THE ‘A’: With Patrice Bergeron out of the lineup against the New Jersey Devils, David Krejci wore the 'A' on his sweater, along with Andrew Ference. Ference normally alternates the 'A' with Chris Kelly.
UPCOMING GAMES: The Bruins will kick off the week with their final matchup against the Montreal Canadiens of the regular season on Saturday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m. at the Bell Centre. The B’s will then return home to face the Carolina Hurricanes at the TD Garden on Monday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m. The team hits the road again for a 7:30 p.m. tilt on Wednesday, April 10 versus the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center, before returning home to finish their week with a matchup against the New York Islanders at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 at TD Garden.
BROADCAST SCHEDULE: Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Naoko Funayama will cover all of this week’s games on NESN, with the exception of Thursday’s game against the Devils, which will be nationally broadcast on NBC Sports Network as well as TSN2. Saturday’s matchup against the Canadiens will also be covered on CBC, RDS and NHL Network. Monday’s Bruins-Hurricanes game will be televised on the NHL Network, as well. The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Start times for the upcoming games are as follows:
4/6 at Montreal Canadiens, 7:00 p.m. ET – NESN, NHL Network, CBC, RDS
4/8 vs. Carolina Hurricanes, 7:00 p.m. ET – NESN, NHL Network
4/10 at New Jersey Devils, 7:30 p.m. ET – NBC Sports Network, TSN2
4/11 vs. New York Islanders, 7:00 p.m. ET – NESN
BRUINS THIRD JERSEY SCHEDULE: The Bruins will suit up in their third jerseys for two more games this season at the TD Garden – both against different opponents.
4/8 vs. Carolina
4/19 vs. Pittsburgh
146 AND COUNTING: Following Thursday’s home game at the TD Garden, the Bruins have sold out their last 146 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 twelfth week of the 2012-13 season. Last week, Matt Kalman tied Fluto Shinzawa for three TOTW wins, but Kevin Paul Dupont won’t go down without a fight, as he notches his first TOTW regular season win with his tweet in regards to Jagr’s stature. With three weeks of the regular season remaining, statistically, everyone is still in the race:
@GlobeKPD: “Jagr. Czech for ''Big Foot''. Bruins, 1-0.”
Here are this week’s honorable mentions, in no particular order:
@HackswithHaggs: “Johnny Boychuk has all his teeth intact but took 6 stiches right above mouth. Barely missed any time. Why? He's a hockey player #BruinsTalk
@JesseNEHJ: “Jaromir Jagr: So awesome, the iPhone makes no objections to his first or last name.”
@DJ_Bean: “Lots of media here for Jagr. This is where going to the combine every year pays off. 'Bows ready to be thrown.”
2012-13 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), Weeks 1, 4, 8
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, The Bruins Blog), Weeks 5, 9, 11
@JesseNEHJ (Jesse Connolly, New England Hockey Journal), Week 3, 7
GlobeKPD: “Kevin Paul Dupont, Boston Globe) Week 12
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com), Week 2
@HackswithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com), Week
@_TyAnderson (Ty Anderson, HockeyBuzz.com), Week 10
LAST BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Thursday, March 28
NEXT BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Tuesday, April 16
PREVIOUS PROSPECT REPORT SUMMARY: The Bruins Communications staff sent out their eleventh edition of the Boston Bruins Prospect Report on March 28. 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 forwards Justin Florek and Alexander Khokhlachev. The development of both prospects is spotlighted in written features.
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.
BOSTON BRUINS WARRIOR CLINIC SERIES
WHAT: The Boston Bruins and Warrior Hockey have partnered to host six on-ice sessions as part of the “Warrior Clinic Series” throughout New England this season. Each clinic features on-ice instruction led by Boston Bruins Alumni and members of the Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team. The sessions will focus on developing player’s individual offensive and defensive games, while also improving overall team play. Each participant will receive a gift bag, a jersey and raffle ticket for the chance to win Bruins autographed memorabilia and the latest Warrior hockey gear.
WHEN: Saturday, April 6 from 9:40 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.
WHERE: Kasabuski Arena, 201 Forest Street, Saugus, MA
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins Alumni Tommy Songin and Bruins Alumni Dave Shaw
BRUINS TO HOST MIAA AWARDS:
WHAT:On Monday, April 8, the Bruins and the MIAA are partnering for the eleventh year to honor a boy and a girl from every hockey league in Massachusetts for best exemplifying a constant commitment to sportsmanship. These students must have an exceptional record of on and off the ice conduct, teamwork, spirit and respectfully accept the rulings of game officials during the season. Bruins Alumni Johnny Bucyk will present individuals who were selected for this award with the Boston Bruins MIAA Sportsmanship Award during the second intermission of the Bruins/Hurricanes game.
WHEN: Monday, April 8 during the second intermission of the Bruins/Hurricanes game
WHERE: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston MA
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins Alumni Johnny Bucyk
ICE GIRLS TO VISIT NEW ENGLAND CENTER FOR HOMELESS VETERANS: Boston Bruins Ice Girls and mascot Blades will be visiting the New England Center for Homeless Veterans on April 10, leading up to Military Appreciation night to show their support for United States Veterans. Ice Girls will be serving dinner, interacting with the veterans and distributing goodie bags filled with Bruins premium items.
WHEN: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 from 4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
WHERE: New England Center for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court Street Boston, MA
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Ice Girls and Mascot Blades
BRUINS TO HOST MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT
WHAT: The Boston Bruins will honor local military members, veterans, and their families at “Military Appreciation Night” presented by the Army National Guard of Massachusetts and New Hampshire on Thursday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m. during the Bruins/Islanders game at the TD Garden. To show their support for the armed forces, Bruins players Nathan Horton, David Krejci, and Tuukka Rask, will each purchase $5,000 worth of tickets to the Bruins/Islanders game to give to local military members and their families. The military members and families who sit in these player-donated seats will have the opportunity to meet the players postgame. Patrice Bergeron will host Defending The Blue Line (DTBL) in his private suite as part of his Patrice’s Pals program and will get to meet Bruins Assistant Coach Geoff Ward. DTBL is a non-profit organization, which ensures children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in the game of hockey. The soldiers and families in attendance will be honored throughout the game with photo montages on the Garden HDX, Zamboni rides, and video messages. All in-game fundraising from the 50/50 raffle and silent auction of team signed, warm-up worn jerseys will benefit the USO. The USO is a nonprofit, congressionally chartered, private organization, which relies on the generosity of individuals, organizations and corporations to support its activities. The Boston Bruins are also encouraging fans to get involved by donating their old cell phones to the non-profit organization, Cell Phones for Soldiers. Cell Phones For Soldiers collects used cell phones and recycles them for funds that are then used to purchase pre-paid calling cards and sent to troops around the world. Collection stations will be set up at turnstiles and the east and west Premium Entrances.
WHEN: Thursday, April 11 at the Bruins/Islanders game
WHERE: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston MA
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Patrice Bergeron, Nathan Horton, David Krejci, Tuukka Rask and Geoff Ward.
BOSTON BRUINS VISIT MCKINLEY SCHOOL: The Boston Bruins Ice Girls and Mascot Blades will be visiting the McKinley Elementary School on Friday April 12, for a pep rally. The fourth and fifth grades at the McKinley school participate in the Boston Bruins I.C.E School program and as a result will be visited by the Bruins. Children will participate in various cheers, Bruins related trivia, and a teacher student shoot out.
WHEN: Friday, April 12, 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: McKinley Elementary School, 69 Yeamans Ways, Revere MA
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Ice Girls and Boston Bruins Mascot Blades
BRUINS ON THE AIRWAVES…
BRUINS CONFIRMED RADIO SPOTS
Johnny Boychuk: 98.5 The Sports Hub, Toucher and Rich at 8:20 a.m. (Call-in day dependent on B’s schedule)
Cam Neely: 98.5 The Sports Hub, Felger and Mazz at 4:20 p.m. on Tuesdays
-(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, April 6 (Montreal, QC/Boston, MA)
-Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens, Bell Centre, 7:00 p.m.
-Game Broadcast Info: TV: NESN (HD), CBC, RDS, NHL Network RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Boston, MA
Sunday, April 7 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena
-Bruins players available after practice
-Head Coach Claude Julien available after players
Monday, April 8 (Boston, MA)
-Bruins vs. Carolina Hurricanes, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m.
-Game Broadcast Info: TV: NESN, NHL Network RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Tuesday, April 9 (Wilmington, MA/Newark, NJ)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena
-Travel to Newark, NJ
Wednesday, April 10 (Newark, NJ/Boston, MA)
-Bruins vs. New Jersey Devils, Prudential Center, 7:30 p.m.
-Game Broadcast Info: TV: NBC Sports Network, TSN2 RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Boston, MA
Thursday, April 11 (Boston, MA)
-Bruins vs. New York Islanders, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m.
-Game Broadcast Info: TV: NESN RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Friday, April 12 (Wilmington, MA/Raleigh, NC)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena
-Travel to Raleigh, NC
BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, April 5)
1. J. Jagr, 15
2. B. Marchand, 14
T3. N. Horton, 12
T3. T. Seguin, 12
4. P. Bergeron, 10
T1. P. Bergeron, 21
T1. D. Krejci, 21
2. M. Lucic, 17
3. B. Marchand, 16
4. T. Seguin, 14
1. P. Bergeron, 31 (10-21)
T2. D. Krejci, 30 (9-21)
T2. B. Marchand, 30 (14-16)
3. J. Jagr, 27 (15-12)
4. T. Seguin, 26 (12-14)
T1. P. Bergeron, +23
T1. T. Seguin, +23
2. B. Marchand, +22
3. Z. Chara, +16
1. M. Lucic, 57
T2. A. McQuaid, 49
T2. Z. Chara, 49
3. S. Thornton, 48
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.