THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…
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).
SEASON AWARDS: On Sunday, April 28, the Bruins announced the 2013 Season Awards. Patrice Bergeron was the recipient of the Eddie Shore Award (exceptional hustle and determination, chosen by the “Gallery Gods”) as well as the Elizabeth Dufresne Trophy (outstanding performance during home games, determined by the Boston Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association); Gregory Campbell was selected for the John P. Bucyk Award (greatest off-ice charitable contributions, chosen by John Bucyk); and Tuukka Rask (First Star), Patrice Bergeron (Second Star) and Tyler Seguin (Third Star) were named the Bruins Three Stars (top performers at home over the course of the season, chosen by 98.5 The Sports Hub).
BOSTON BRUINS VISIT BROOKS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: On Friday, May 10, the Boston Bruins Ice Girls and Mascot Blades will be visiting the Brooks Elementary School for a pep rally as part of the Boston Bruins I.C.E School program. Children will have the opportunity to participate in various cheers, Bruins related trivia, a teacher student shoot out and a goalie equipment relay race. For more information, visit the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.
FERENCE SUSPENDED: Andrew Ference has been suspended for one game for an illegal check to the head of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski during Game One of the teams’ Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series in Boston on Wednesday, May 1, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced. The incident occurred at 10:03 of the first period. No penalty was assessed on the play.
'BOSTON STRONG' FAN BANNER CAPTAINS: Todd Brown (Boston Police Bomb Technician), Sean Tierney (Cambridge Police Bomb Technician) Eric Gahagan (Mass. State Police Bomb Technician) and Ariane Thibodeau (Transit Police Bomb Technician) started pregame ceremonies at Game One against Toronto as the honorary Fan Banner Captains for the Bruins preliminary postseason game. 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.
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 to the team’s first home playoff game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 1, with all proceeds benefitting the Richard family of Dorchester, whose son Martin passed away follow the tragedy at the Boston Marathon. The raffle ended on March 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, Inc. Please visit BostonBruins.com for more information.
STATS YOU MAY FIND INTERESTING…
SIX CONSECUTIVE POSTSEASONS: The Bruins are playing in their sixth straight postseason, which is their longest stretch since their NHL-record span of 29 consecutive years from 1968-1996. The B’s have qualified for the playoffs for the 66th time in their 88 years in which there has been a postseason.
PLAYOFF EXPERIENCE: The Bruins entered the 2013 postseason with all but four players (Dougie Hamilton, Aaron Johnson, Anton Khudobin and Carl Soderberg) having playoff experience under their belt, combining for 1,273 postseason games and 22 Championship rings. Five Bruins players entered the postseason with 100+ games logged in the playoffs (Zdeno Chara, Andrew Ference, Jaromir Jagr, Jay Pandolfo and Wade Redden). The Toronto Maple Leafs began the postseason with 15 players who had not appeared in a postseason game prior to April 1, 2013. The 10 Leafs roster players that had appeared in postseason games prior to Game One of this series combined for 206 games.
KREJCI SIZZLES IN GAME ONE: Bruins forward David Krejci led the Bruins to their first postseason win of 2013 by posting one goal and two assists in Game One against the Maple Leafs in Boston. By the end of the night following Game One, Krejci led all 2013 postseason scorers with his three points. Krejci now has 50 points (21-29) in 60 postseason games in his career with a +20 rating.
REDDEN RIFLES ONE THROUGH: Wade Redden's goal in the first period of Game One against the Toronto Maple Leafs was the first Bruins goal of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and Redden's first postseason goal since May 28, 2007 when he scored for Ottawa in a 3-2 loss against the Anaheim Ducks. Redden has now appeared in 102 career postseason games and has accumulated 13 goals and 36 assists for 49 points.
PLAYOFF MILESTONE FOR JAGR: Jaromir Jagr is currently one goal shy of tying Jean Beliveau for 10th place on the all-time playoff goals list with 79 and is one point short of tying Brett Hull for sixth place on the all-time playoff points list at 190.
UPCOMING GAMES: The Bruins head into the second week of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs this week, continuing their series against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The B’s will play Game Two at the TD Garden on Saturday, May 4 at 7 p.m. before making their way to Toronto’s Air Canada Centre for Game Three at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 6. Game Four will also be played in Toronto, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8. Should a Game Five be necessary, the matchup will be played this week at TD Garden on Friday, May 10 with a 7 p.m. puck drop against the Leafs.
BROADCAST SCHEDULE: Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Naoko Funayama will cover all of this week’s games on NESN, and all games will be covered on CBC and RDS, as well. Saturday’s game will also be broadcast on CNBC, and Monday and Wednesday’s games will also be covered on NHL Network. 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:
5/4 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:00 p.m. ET – NESN, CBC, RDS, CNBC
5/6 at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:00 p.m. ET – NESN, CBC, RDS, NHL Network
5/8 at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:00 p.m. ET – NESN, CBC, RDS, NHL Network
5/10 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:00 p.m. ET – NESN, CBC, RDS
154 AND COUNTING: Following Wednesday’s home game at the TD Garden, the Bruins have sold out their last 154 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 16th week of the 2012-13 season. Matt Kalman and Fluto Shinzawa have been tied atop the leaderboard for five weeks now, but this week Shinzawa pulls ahead to take the top spot after the first week of the postseason, with his tweet from Game One of the Bruins versus the Toronto Maple Leafs:
@GlobeFluto: "McQuaid tangles with McLaren after hitting McClement. That sets off McThornton and McOrr."
Here are this week’s honorable mentions, in no particular order:
@DJ_Bean: "It's early, but let this game be proof against "they can't just flip a switch" logic."
@TheBruinsBlog: "Scrum starting with Seidenberg vs Silfverberg … where's Soderberg? #BergTalk"
@ESPNJoeyMac: "If the second night of the SCP is anything like the first, buckle up and enjoy."
2012-13 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), Weeks 1, 4, 8, 16
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, The Bruins Blog), Weeks 5, 9, 11
@GlobeKPD: “Kevin Paul Dupont, Boston Globe) Week 12, 13
@JesseNEHJ (Jesse Connolly, New England Hockey Journal), Week 3, 7
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com), Week 2, 14
@HackswithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com), Week 6, 15
@_TyAnderson (Ty Anderson, HockeyBuzz.com), Week 10
LAST BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Wednesday, April 17
PREVIOUS PROSPECT REPORT SUMMARY: The Bruins Communications staff sent out their 12th edition of the Boston Bruins Prospect Report on April 17. 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 Ryan Spooner (Providence Bruins), Niklas Svedberg (Providence Bruins), Trent Whitfield (Providence Bruins) and Rob O’Gara (Yale University). The development of these prospects are spotlighted in written features.
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 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, chosen by Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference, 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 jacket tally thus far:
5/1 vs. TOR, Game 1: David Krejci
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.
TOR, Game 1: Todd Brown (Boston Police Bomb Technician), Sean Tierney (Cambridge Police Bomb Technician) Eric Gahagan (Mass. State Police Bomb Technician) and Ariane Thibodeau (Transit Police Bomb Technician)
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 VISIT BROOKS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
WHAT: The Boston Bruins Ice Girls and Mascot Blades will be visiting the Brooks Elementary School for a pep rally pas part of the Boston Bruins I.C.E School program. Children will have the opportunity to participate in various cheers, Bruins related trivia, a teacher student shoot out and a goalie equipment relay race.
WHEN: Friday, May 10, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Brooks Elementary School, 388 High Street, Medford, MA
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Mascot Blades and Boston Bruins Ice Girls
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, May 4 (Boston, MA)
-Game 2 at TD Garden, 7:00 p.m. ET
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: CNBC, CBC
Sunday, May 5
-Practice schedule TBD
Monday, May 6 (Toronto, ON)
-Game 3 at Air Canada Centre, 7:00 p.m. ET
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: NHL Network, CBC
Tuesday, May 7 (Toronto, ON)
-Practice schedule TBD
Wednesday, May 8 (Toronto, ON/Boston, MA)
-Game 4 at Air Canada Centre, 7:00 p.m. ET
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: NHL Network, CBC
-Travel to Boston, MA
Thursday, May 9
-Practice schedule TBD
Friday, May 10 (Boston, MA)
-Game 5 at TD Garden, 7:00 p.m. ET, if necessary
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NATIONAL TV: CBC
BRUINS POSTSEASON STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, May 3)
T1. D. Krejci, 1
T1. W. Redden, 1
T1. J. Boychuk, 1
T1. N. Horton, 1
T1. D. Krejci, 2
T1. M. Lucic, 2
T2. W. Redden, 1
T2. G. Campbell, 1
T2. D. Paille, 1
1. D. Krejci, 3 (1-2)
T2. M. Lucic, 2 (0-2)
T2. W. Redden, 2 (1-1)
T3. G. Campbell, 1 (0-1)
T3. D. Paille, 1 (0-1)
T3. J. Boychuk, 1 (1-0)
T3. N. Horton, 1 (1-0)
T1. N. Horton, +2
T1. D. Krejci, +2
T1. M. Lucic, +2
Note: Nine Bruins have a plus/minus rating of +1: W. Redden, Z. Chara, S. Thornton, A. Ference, D. Seidenberg, G. Campbell, J. Boychuk, D. Paille, A. McQuaid
1. C. Kelly, 5
2. P. Bergeron, 4
T3. J. Boychuk, 2
T3. A. Ference, 2
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.
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.