THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…CUTS FOR A CAUSE:
Bruins Forward Patrice Bergeron is teaming up with 98.5 The Sports Hub and members of the 2015-16 Bruins roster for the ninth annual "Cuts for a Cause" event to raise money to fight pediatric cancer on Wednesday, March 30 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (VIP session: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.) at the Westin Boston Waterfront. Bergeron and his teammates will have their heads shaved by auction winners to show their support and raise money for the Boston Bruins Foundation and Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. The full roster of participating Bruins will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information, please visit the “Off the Ice & Around Town” section in the Week Ahead. STAT OF THE WEEK I:
With Noel Acciari appearing in the Bruins’ 2-1 win vs. Calgary on March 1, the Bruins have now had six players make their NHL debut this season: Noel Acciari, Tommy Cross, Joonas Kemppainen, Colin Miller, Tyler Randell and Frank Vatrano. Only three teams have had more players make their NHL debut in 2015-16: Toronto (8), Vancouver (8) and Chicago (7). Carolina, Florida, Montreal, Ottawa and Pittsburgh have also had six players make their professional debut this season.STAT OF THE WEEK II:
Since the start of February, Tuukka Rask is tied for the second-most wins by an NHL goaltender with nine victories in 14 games. Over that span, Rask has been tested as much as any goalie in the league, as he is second behind Oilers backstop Cam Talbot in shots against (439) and saves (405).QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
Head Coach Claude Julien on tying Art Ross for the all-time lead in regular season wins for a Bruins coach…
“The thing that comes to mind is humbling. It really is humbling because this guy here – I said that before he’s an icon, he’s a legend. I don’t have a trophy named after me [laughs].”TWEET OF THE WEEK (WEEK 25):
@A_Merritt (Andy Merritt, NEHJ): Ryan Spooner needed six seconds of power play time to score that goal. What a slacker. 2016 WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY:
The National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association announced on March 2 the rosters for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, and seven Bruins players were selected to compete for their home countries: Patrice Bergeron (Team Canada), Zdeno Chara (Team Europe), Loui Eriksson (Team Sweden), David Krejci (Team Czech Republic), David Pastrnak (Team Czech Republic), Dennis Seidenberg (Team Europe) and Tuukka Rask (Team Finland). Only the Lightning (10) and Blackhawks (9) had more players selected. From Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016, eight teams will compete in a best-on-best international hockey championship. The two-week tournament, featuring more than 150 of the best players in the NHL, will progress from the Preliminary Round to the Semifinals and ultimately the Final. All tournament games will be played at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, home of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs. MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES SELECTION OF BOSTON GARDEN DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AS A PARTNER FOR THE ENHANCEMENT OF CITY HALL PLAZA:
On Thursday, March 3, Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced that the City has selected Boston Garden Development Corporation as the vendor who will work with the City of Boston to enhance City Hall Plaza. The selection of the Boston Garden Development Corporation marks the start of a three-year contract to improve City Hall Plaza. Boston Garden Development Corporation will have the opportunity to add new programming elements to complement existing activities on the plaza and add new temporary amenities. NEW BOSTON BRUINS PROSPECT PAGE:
The Boston Bruins have created a page solely dedicated to prospects in the Bruins organization. Keep up with the latest news and find all of their schedules and statistics at: www.BostonBruins.com/prospects. CASINO NIGHT:
Want to hit the blackjack tables with Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and your other favorite Bruins players? Join the Boston Bruins Foundation as it hosts its annual “Casino Night” featuring the current Bruins roster and Bruins alumni on Saturday, March 12 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Westin Boston Waterfront (425 Summer Street, Boston, MA). At “Casino Night” fans will have the opportunity to play at casino tables alongside their favorite current and former Bruins players. Tickets can be purchased at www.bostonbruins.com/casinonight. For more information, please visit the “Off the Ice & Around Town” section in the Week Ahead. BOSTON BRUINS AND VELCRO PRESENT BATTLE OF THE BOOKS:
The Boston Bruins are teaming up with Velcro Companies to introduce the “Battle of the Books” competition. Classrooms in schools across New England will compete in a playoff-style bracket competition to see which book will reign supreme. The Boston Bruins and Velcro Companies hope to encourage reading amongst kids of all ages through this fun and engaging competition featuring Bruins-themed and VELCRO® Brand prizes. Each participating classroom will select sixteen books to start their bracket then select their favorite books to advance to the next round and eventually name a “Battle of the Books” winner. Boston Bruins players nominated their favorite books to give classrooms a few ideas to start their bracket. A full list of the Bruins recommended books can be found at BostonBruins.com/battleofthebooks.
BRUINS TO HOST CHEEVER’S GROW HOCKEY NIGHT:
The Boston Bruins Foundation is teaming up with Mass Hockey to support the Mike Cheever’s Grow Hockey Grant. The Foundation will present a donation of $253,252 during the 2nd intermission of the Bruins vs. Hurricanes game on Thursday, March 10 from Bruins license plate sales. To purchase your Boston Bruins license plate or learn more about the program, visit http://bruins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=38958. For more information, please visit the “Off the Ice & Around Town” section in the Week Ahead.
Catch up on all three episodes of Bruins Academy! The series is a fast-paced, educational, Black & Gold-themed program created for youth who love the game of hockey. One 30-minute episode will air per month on NESN, and the first three episodes can be viewed on www.BostonBruins.com and on the Bruins mobile app. Tune in to episode 4 on March 12 to see Brad Marchand answer questions from young fans, talk healthy eating with Patrice Bergeron and Team Nutritionist Julie Nicoletti and take a visit to Dartmouth College, the alma mater of new B’s forward Lee Stempniak.
Watch the latest episode here: https://www.nhl.com/bruins/video/bruins-academy-episode-3/t-277463860/c-41391903BEHIND THE B:
To catch up on Episodes 1–10 of Behind the B presented by ALEX AND ANI, head to www.bostonbruins.com/behindtheb. There will be a total of 13 episodes that are slated to air throughout the 2015-16 season and will be narrated by actor and Worcester, MA native Denis Leary.
Watch the latest episode here: https://www.nhl.com/bruins/video/behind-the-b-season-3-episode-10/t-277463846/c-42090303
Remaining Behind the B Season 3 Air Dates on NESN:
Episode 11: Tuesday, March 15 at 9 p.m.
Episode 12: Wednesday, March 30 at 8 p.m.
Episode 13: TBD
*Air dates and times are subject to changeBRUINS ON SOCIAL:
If you don’t already, be sure to follow the Boston Bruins on all social channels:
Facebook: Boston Bruins
Instagram: nhlbruinsBOSTON BRUINS TO VISIT JOSIAH QUINCY SCHOOL:
Boston Bruins Mascot, Blades and Bruins Ice Girls will visit the Josiah Quincy School in Boston, MA on Wednesday, March 9. Blades will be on hand for photos while the Bruins Ice Girls read a book to the students. For more information, please visit the “Off the Ice & Around the Town” section of the week ahead. UPCOMING BRUINS ALUMNI GAMES:
On Saturday, March 5 the Boston Bruins Alumni team will visit the Verizon Center in Manchester, NH for a 4:30 p.m. game to benefit the World War II Foundation. Local men and women of the military will play against members of the Bruins Alumni team including Ray Bourque, Don Awrey, Rich Brennan and Rick Middleton. And on Sunday, March 6 the Hockey New England All Stars will host the Boston Bruins Alumni in a game to benefit the American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association. Reggie Lemelin, Ken Linseman, and Don Awrey are just a few of the Bruins Alumni expected to take the ice at 3 p.m. at the Allied Veterans Memorial Rink in Everett, MA. For more information, please visit the “Off the Ice & Around the Town” section of the week ahead. ECHOSTOR GOALS FOR CHARITY:
For every goal the Bruins score during the 2015-16 season, EchoStor will donate $100 to the Boston Bruins Foundation. To date, EchoStor has raised $20,100 for the Bruins Foundation.ST. PATRICK'S DAY JERSEYS, T-SHIRTS & HATS:
The all-new Bruins St. Patrick's Day jersey is now available. This jersey features tartan plaid striping on the shoulders and arms. Additional St. Patrick's Day gear including an exclusive $10 St. Patrick’s Day T-Shirt, pucks, hats, and more, is also available at the ProShop powered by Reebok located on Level 2 of TD Garden and on www.BostonProShop.com.
BRUINS LAST MINUTE PASS:
New this season, the Bruins will be releasing select tickets starting at just $50 on game days. The only way to get immediate access to these seats is to sign up for Bruins Last Minute Pass, where you’ll be the first to receive this special offer via text on game days. To get on the list, visit www.BostonBruins.com/pass.
LIMITED INDIVIDUAL TICKETS AVAILABLE:
Be part of the live action of Boston Bruins hockey during the final homestretch of the 2015-16 regular season. Individual game tickets for upcoming home games are available now, including this Saturday’s matchup against Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals at 7 p.m. and Thursday’s matchup against the Carolina Hurricanes at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets for all other upcoming home games visit www.BostonBruins.com/tickets.
DENNA LAING & BOSTON BRUINS CHARITY KNIT HAT:
Show your support for Denna Laing with a Denna Laing & Boston Bruins Charity Knit Hat featuring the Bruins 2016 NHL Winter Classic logo and Denna’s number, 24. All net proceeds will benefit the Denna Laing Fund. To place your order, visit www.BostonProShop.com or stop by the ProShop powered by Reebok on Level 2 of TD Garden.
APRIL VACATION MINI CAMP:
The Boston Bruins and Pro Ambitions have teamed up to host the second annual Boston Bruins April Vacation Mini Camp, taking place at Phillips Academy’s Harrison Rink in Andover, MA from April 19-21. To register or to learn more, visit www.BostonBruins.com/YouthHockey.
THE BEAR AND THE GANG:
The Bear & the Gang: Animated Shorts is back with a new episode animated by SNL and Comedy Central illustrator, J.J. Sedelmaier and voiced by the players themselves! Watch Marchy, Bergy, The Bear and special guest, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh in another all-new, nonsense-filled adventure in “Rad Brad 5000” by heading to www.BearShorts.com.
Enjoy your next Bruins game in the comfort of your own suite! Limited Bruins suites are available for upcoming games that include food and beverage packages. Accommodating 18 to 60 fans, suites are the ideal spot to catch the game with a group and feature private amenities and more. For additional information, visit www.BostonBruins.com/suiterentals or call 617-624-1847.
BRUINS ON THE AIRWAVES:
Bruins defenseman Torey Krug has been confirmed as a weekly call-in guest with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Scott Zolak and Marc Bertrand (Zo and Bertrand), which airs weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adam McQuaid will be a regular guest on 100.7 WZLX with Kevin Karlson and Pete McKenzie (Karlson & McKenzie), which airs weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Call-in days and times are dependent upon the B’s schedule. Kevan Miller will be calling in to 98.5 The Sports Hub with Fred Toucher and Rich Shertenlieb (Toucher and Rich). The show airs weekdays 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
UPCOMING GAMES BROADCAST SCHEDULE:
NESN reporters Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Sarah Davis will be covering the Bruins’ upcoming matchups against the Washington Capitals on March 5, the Florida Panthers on March 7, the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 8 and the Carolina Hurricanes on March 10. The March 5 game will also be broadcasted on NHLN (US). TVAS will also cover the Tampa Bay and Carolina games. The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub.
3/5 vs. Washington Capitals, 7 p.m. – NESN, NHLN (US), 98.5 The Sports Hub
3/7 at Florida Panthers, 7:30 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
3/8 at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 p.m. – NESN, TVAS, 98.5 The Sports Hub
3/10 vs. Carolina Hurricanes, 7 p.m. – NESN, TVAS, 98.5 The Sports Hub
OFF THE ICE & AROUND TOWN…
BRUINS ALUMNI GAME IN MANCHESTER, NH
WHAT: Saturday, March 5 the Boston Bruins Alumni team will visit the Verizon Center, 555 Elm Street, Manchester, NH for a 4:30 p.m. game to benefit the World War II Foundation. Local men and women of the military will play against members of the Bruins Alumni team including Ray Bourque, Don Awrey, Rich Brennan and Rick Middleton. The game will be held in conjunction with the Manchester Monarchs vs. Orlando Solar Bears “American Pride Night” game. For more information visit http://manchestermonarchs.com/news/monarchsnews/?article_id=832.
WHEN: Saturday, March 5 AT 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Verizon Center (555 Elm Street, Manchester, NH)
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Ray Bourque, Don Awrey, Rich Brennan, Rick Middleton and more
BRUINS ALUMNI GAME IN EVERETT, MA
WHAT: On Sunday, March 6 the Hockey New England All Stars will host the Boston Bruins Alumni in a game to benefit the American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association. Four members of the US Deaf Ice Hockey team will be skating with the Hockey New England All Stars. Reggie Lemelin, Ken Linseman, and Don Awrey are just a few of the Bruins Alumni expected to take the ice at 3 p.m. at the Allied Veterans Memorial Rink, 65 Elm Street, Everett, MA. Tickets will be available at the door and are $10 for adults and $5 for children. To learn more about the AHIHA visit www.ahiha.org.
WHEN: Sunday, March 6 at 3 p.m.
WHERE: Allied Veterans Memorial Rink (65 Elm Street, Everett, MA)
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Reggie Lemelin, Ken Linseman, Don Awrey and more
BOSTON BRUINS TO VISIT JOSIAH QUINCY SCHOOL
WHAT: Boston Bruins Mascot, Blades and Bruins Ice Girls will visit the Josiah Quincy School in Boston, MA on Wednesday, March 9th. Blades will be on hand for photos while the Bruins Ice Girls read a book to the students.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 from 10 a.m.– 11 am.
WHERE: Josiah Quincy School, 885 Washington Street, Boston, MA
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Mascot Blades and Bruins Ice Girls
BRUINS TO HOST CHEEVER’S GROW HOCKEY NIGHT
WHAT: The Boston Bruins Foundation is teaming up with Mass Hockey to support the Mike Cheever’s Grow Hockey Grant. The Foundation will present a donation of $253,252 during the 2nd intermission of the Bruins vs. Hurricanes game on Thursday, March 10 from Bruins license plate sales. The purpose of the Mike Cheever's Grow Hockey Grant is to seek, fund, and share within Mass Hockey, innovative methods for growing ice hockey participation in local organizations, Girls/Women and Disabled Hockey Programs. Mass Hockey has named this grant program after Mike Cheever because it is aimed at achieving what Cheever dedicated his life to: giving more kids the opportunity to play the game. To purchase your Boston Bruins license plate or learn more about the program, visit http://bruins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=38958.
WHEN: Second intermission of Bruins vs. Hurricanes game on Thursday, March 10
WHERE: TD Garden
BOSTON BRUINS FOUNDATION CASINO NIGHT
WHAT: The Boston Bruins Foundation will host their annual Casino Night featuring the current Bruins roster and Bruins alumni on Saturday, March 12 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Westin Boston Waterfront. At “Casino Night” fans will have the opportunity to play at casino tables alongside their favorite current and former Bruins players. Tickets can be purchased by visiting: bostonbruins.com/casinonight. Ticket costs include $1,000 worth of chips for casino games, but do not hold any cash value. The event will include both a silent and a live auction including event tickets, gift certificates and more. Must be 21 years of age or older to attend. All proceeds from Casino Night will benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation.
VIP - 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.: VIP tickets are $400 and include a pre-event meet and greet with the current players. Take the opportunity to get your picture taken with your favorite Bruins players and mingle with current players and alumni; cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served.
General Admission - 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m.: General Admission tickets are $250 and include access to the event, food and wine, and the opportunity to play casino games such as poker, blackjack and roulette alongside your favorite current and former Bruins players.
After Dark Admission - 9 p.m.-12 a.m.: After Dark Admission tickets are $75 and include your favorite casino games and live music.
WHEN: Saturday, March 12 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
WHERE: Westin Boston Waterfront (425 Summer Street, Boston, MA)
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Entire current Bruins roster
CUTS FOR A CAUSE
WHAT: Bruins Forward Patrice Bergeron is teaming up with 98.5 The Sports Hub and members of the 2015-16 Bruins roster for the ninth annual "Cuts for a Cause" event to raise money to fight pediatric cancer on Wednesday, March 30 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (VIP session: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.) at the Westin Boston Waterfront. Bergeron and his teammates will have their heads shaved by auction winners to show their support and raise money for the Boston Bruins Foundation and Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 30 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Westin Boston Waterfront (425 Summer St, Boston, MA 02210)
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: The full roster of participating Bruins will be announced in the coming weeks
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
Saturday, March 5 (Boston, MA)
-Morning Skate at TD Garden, 10:30 a.m.
-Game vs. Washington Capitals, 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 6 (Wilmington, MA / Sunrise, FL)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11 a.m.
-Team travels to Sunrise, FL
Monday, March 7 (Sunrise, FL / Tampa Bay, FL)
-Morning Skate at BB&T Center (1 Panther Pkwy, Sunrise, FL 33323), 11:30 a.m.
-Game at Florida Panthers, 7:30 p.m.
-Team travels to Tampa Bay, FL
Tuesday, March 8 (Tampa Bay, FL / Boston, MA)
-Morning Skate at Amalie Arena (401 Channelside Dr., Tampa, FL 33602), 11:30 a.m.
-Game at Florida Panthers, 7:30 p.m.
-Team travels to Boston, MA
Wednesday, March 9
Thursday, March 10 (Boston, MA)
-Morning Skate at TD Garden, 10:30 a.m.
-Game vs. Carolina Hurricanes, 7 p.m.
Friday, March 11 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11 a.m.
Saturday, March 12 (Boston, MA)
-Game vs. New York Islanders, 1 p.m.
-Casino Night, 5 p.m.
Sunday, March 13 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11 a.m.
Boston’s power play is ranked seventh in the NHL, going 41-for-189 (21.7%). The Bruins’ penalty kill is 81.9%, good for tenth best in the league. Currently, the Bruins are ranked first in the NHL in shorthanded goals against with only one in 65 games. They are ranked third in shorthanded goals for with eight in 65 games.
2015-16 STATISTICAL LEADERS
1. B. Marchand, 33
2. P. Bergeron, 25
3. L. Eriksson, 24
4. L. Stempniak, 16
5. D. Krejci, 14
1. D. Krejci, 36
2. R. Spooner, 32
3. P. Bergeron, 31
4. T. Krug, 29
5. L. Stempniak, 27
1. P. Bergeron, 56
T2. L. Eriksson, 50
T2. D. Krejci, 50
4. L. Eriksson, 49
5. R. Spooner, 44
1. B. Marchand, +20
T2. K. Miller, +15
T2. M. Beleskey, +15
4. L. Eriksson, +14
5. P. Bergeron, +12
1. B. Marchand, 84
2. Z. Rinaldo, 83
3. A. McQuaid, 58
4. M. Beleskey, 52
5. K. Miller, 49
-Patrice Bergeron is ranked 14th in individual scoring with 25+31=56 totals, 14th in power play goals with 10, 12th in power play points with 22 and 12th in shots with 215.
-Brad Marchand is ranked third in the NHL in goals with 33, second in shorthanded goals with four, first in shorthanded points with six, 12th in plus/minus with +20 and 11th in shooting percentage with 17.1%.
-Ryan Spooner is tied for first in the NHL in shootout game-deciding goals with three.
-Loui Eriksson is ranked 10th in shooting percentage with 24 goals on 138 shots (17.4%).
-Tuukka Rask is ranked seventh in the NHL among goaltenders in shutouts with four in 50 games played.
10/8 vs. WPG: Joonas Kemppainen
10/10 vs. MTL: Colin Miller
10/14 @ COL: Tommy Cross
10/14 @ COL: Tyler Randell
11/7 @ MTL: Frank Vatrano
3/1 vs. CGY: Noel Acciari
First NHL Goal
10/14 @ COL: Tyler Randell
10/23 @ NYI: Joonas Kemppainen
11/3 vs. DAL: Colin Miller
11/7 @ MTL: Frank Vatrano
First NHL Assist
10/14 @ COL: Colin Miller
11/23 @ TOR: Landon Ferraro
11/25 @ DET: Frank Vatrano
12/5 @ VAN: Joe Morrow
12/29 vs. OTT: Torey Krug 100th NHL point
2/20 at DAL: Patrice Bergeron 600th NHL point
2/13 at MIN: Loui Eriksson 200th NHL goal
-David Krejci named third star of the month for October
-Brad Marchand named first star of the week for the week ending November 1
-Brad Marchand named third star of the week for the week ending February 14
Games Played Milestone
-Zdeno Chara played in his 1,200th NHL game on 10/23 at NYI
-Kevan Miller played in his 100th NHL game on 11/5 at WSH
-Adam McQuaid played in his 300th NHL game on 11/17 vs. SJS
-Dennis Seidenberg played in his 700th NHL game on 11/17 vs. SJS
-Brad Marchand played in his 400th NHL game on 12/5 at VAN
-Jimmy Hayes played his 200th NHL game on 12/26 vs. BUF
-Torey Krug played in his 200th NHL game on 1/11 at NYR
-Ryan Spooner played in his 100th NHL game on 1/16 vs. TOR
-Tuukka Rask played in his 300th NHL game on 1/21 vs. VAN
-Loui Eriksson played in his 700th NHL game on 2/16 at COL
-David Krejci played in his 600th NHL game on 2/20 at DAL
-Patrice Bergeron played in his 800th NHL game on 2/26 at CAR
NHL All-Star Team
-Patrice Bergeron named to the 2016 NHL All-Star Team
World Cup of Hockey Selections
-Team Canada: Patrice Bergeron
-Team Europe: Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg
-Team Czech Republic: David Krejci and David Pastrnak
-Team Sweden: Loui Eriksson
-Team Finland: Tuukka Rask
-Head Coach Claude Julien coached his 900th game on 1/8 at NJD
-Head Coach Claude Julien won his 500th NHL game on 2/13 at MIN
-Head Coach Claude Julien tied Art Ross for the most wins in Bruins history (387) on 3/3 vs. CHI
-The Boston Bruins recorded their 3,000th win as a franchise on 1/8 at NJD