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Bruins Week Ahead: October 27-November 3

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by BostonBruins.com @NHLBruins / Boston Bruins

THIS WEEK'S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…

STAT OF THE WEEK: The Bruins are the only team in the NHL with 4 rookies in the top 20 in the league in rookie scoring: Charlie McAvoy (T-6), Anders Bjork (T-9), Danton Heinen (T-12), Jake DeBrusk (T-17).

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "Well, you always want to get better. You always want to build on the win you have and we enjoy tonight in the right way and go back to work tomorrow. So, it's simple as that … you really have to stay focused and always try to get better, and that's what we're going to do tomorrow. Again, keep working on things that we can improve upon and keep getting better." Zdeno Chara on building on the team's 2-1 win vs. San Jose

TWEET OF THE WEEK (WEEK 7): @AmalieBenjamin (Amalie Benjamin, NHL.com): "Pretty sure that scoring 37 seconds into the second period was just Brad Marchand's way of thanking Bergeron for coming back."

HONORABLE MENTIONS: @michaelFhurley (Michael Hurley, CBS Boston): "Zdeno is the captain and also the dad of the Bruins."

@JoeyMacHockey (Joe McDonald, Boston Sports Journal): "I've said it before but I can't think of another player in the NHL that interacts with the fans during warmups as much as Pastrnak."

2017-18 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD:

@MattKalman (Matt Kalman, NHL.com): Week 2, Week 3
@_TyAnderson (Ty Anderson, WEEI): Week 1, Week 6
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, NBC Sports Boston): Week 4
@MLoftus_Ledger (Mike Loftus, Patriot Ledger): Week 5
@AmalieBenjamin (Amalie Benjamin, NHL.com): Week 7

BROADCAST SCHEDULE: The Boston Bruins broadcast schedule for this week's games is as follows:

10/28 vs. LAK, 7 p.m. ET: NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
10/30 @ CBJ, 7 p.m. ET: NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
11/2 vs. VGK, 7 p.m. ET: NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

BEHIND THE B PRESENTED BY TICKETMASTER: Go behind-the-scenes with Season 5, Episode 3 of Behind the B presented by Ticketmaster. In episode 3, the DeBrusk family steals the show on Opening Night, a chatty Brad Marchand on the ice, and the B's head west on a three-game road trip.

To catch up on previous episodes, head to BostonBruins.com/BehindtheB.

EVERY SAVE COUNTS: Throughout this NHL season, Cigna, the official health insurance provider of the NHL, will donate $1 to Hockey Fights Cancer for every save made during an NHL game.

WALMART COMMUNITY PLAYMAKER: On Thursday, October 26, Michael Labbe of Grafton, MA, was honored at the Bruins game as a Walmart Community Playmaker. Labbe and his three daughters took action to help individuals and families effected by the hurricanes in Texas, Florida, the Caribbean, and Puerto Rico by collecting and donating food, clothing, and pet supplies. They collected enough supplies to fill a 6,000 square foot warehouse to its capacity and were able to send two tractor-trailer trucks to Texas, one tractor-trailer to Florida, two truckloads to the islands, and one truckload to Puerto Rico. Labbe received four tickets to the Bruins vs. San Jose Sharks game, a $100 Walmart gift card, and a personalized Bruins jersey. To nominate someone who has done well in the community, visit BostonBruins.com/CommunityPlaymaker.

BRUINS WELCOME WWII VETERANS: The Boston Bruins will welcome a group of World War II veterans to practice at Warrior Ice Arena on Wednesday, November 1. Following practice, select Bruins players will meet and greet the veterans, take pictures and sign autographs.

MISSION - HEALTHY BABY: The Boston Bruins and March of Dimes will surprise 50 expectant military moms and dads with an educational baby shower at the UMASS Club (1 Beacon Street, Boston, MA) on November 5, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. The moms-to-be will have the opportunity to mingle with the Bruins' wives and girlfriends and hear from national parenting experts in an effort to empower them through education, resources and the local community. Attendees will receive the latest pregnancy and newborn health information from the March of Dimes Mission: Healthy Baby® program along with gift boxes filled with various baby supplies.

BOSTON BRUINS ALUMNI UPCOMING GAMES: This Saturday, October 28 the Boston Bruins Alumni will face off against the PAL of Cape Cod All Stars at 1 p.m. at the Gallo Ice Arena in Bourne, MA. The game will benefit the Cape Cod PAL for the 1019 Fund. Expected in the lineup are Rick Middleton, Bob Beers and Andy Brickley, along with the rest of the alumni team.

On Sunday, October 29 the Taunton Brewins will host the Bruins Alumni at 3:30pm at the Bridgewater Ice Arena in Bridgewater, MA. The game will benefit Taunton Brewins Youth Hockey. Rick Middleton, Terry O'Reilly and Andrew Raycroft are expected to take the ice. General admission tickets are $20.

BRUINS ACADEMY TD BANK PASS CLINIC PROGRAM: The Bruins Academy PASS (Partnership to Assist Skaters and Shooters) Clinic program powered by TD Bank is back for the 2017-2018 season! Each PASS Clinic is one hour long and is conducted by current Bruins players or alumni and members of the Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team. Each clinic is open to 50 youth hockey players in the Squirt/U10 or Pee Wee/U12 age classifications. Each participant will receive a PASS jersey, gift bag, and two (2) tickets to an upcoming Boston Bruins home game. Additionally, TD Bank will present a $1,000 donation to the hosting youth hockey organization.

To submit your youth hockey organization, please go to BostonBruins.com/PASS-Clinic.

BFIT SCHOOL ASSEMBLY PROGRAM: Enter your school for the chance to win a 45-minute interactive BFit School Assembly run by Boston Bruins Foundation Director of Health, Fitness, and Wellness, John Whitesides, and the BFit Team. Each participating school will also receive a full set of free Boston Bruins Franklin street hockey gear to help continue the BFit initiative.

To submit your school, go to BostonBruins.com/SchoolAssemblyProgram.

BRUINS ACADEMY THE SHOW: The New England Emmy Award winning 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 each month on NESN, and the first ten episodes of this season can viewed on www.BostonBruins.com/BruinsAcademy and on the Bruins mobile app. In Episode 10, Bruce Cassidy travels to Patriots Training Camp, Ray Bourque remembers his playing days, and T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas is highlighted.

Season 2, Episode 11: Sunday, November 5 @ 6 p.m. ET

BRUINS ACADEMY THE APP: Bruins Academy is part of the Bruins' ongoing mission to encourage positive youth development through the sport of hockey. To join the club, download the new mobile app designed specifically for kids called Bruins Academy presented by Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. The app has built-in safety features that provide a safe experience for kids to connect with each other and their favorite team. In the new Bruins Academy app, kids can explore exclusive team content, create their own avatar, learn educational tips, test their trivia skills, and participate in challenges.

To download go to BostonBruins.com/BruinsAcademy.

BRUINS ACADEMY THE CURRICULUM: The Boston Bruins announced the launch of Bruins Academy The Curriculum, a collaboration with Autodesk Inc. Autodesk makes software for people who make things and in an effort to inspire and create the next generation of designers and innovators, the new free curriculum will be available to New England-based Kindergarten through 8th grade teachers. The engaging Common Core-aligned lesson plans help cultivate the students' creativity by casting students as designers for projects ranging from rethinking the fan experience to customizing hockey equipment.

Autodesk will also host two participating classrooms for a workshop at the Autodesk Boston BUILD (Building, Innovation, Learning and Design) Space. Teachers, parents and students in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Vermont can learn more about the program and sign up for Bruins Academy The Curriculum at their school by visiting BostonBruins.com/TheCurriculum.

BRUINS ACADEMY LEARN TO PLAY PROGRAM: The program debuted in 2014 with just six locations and 300 participants, and has grown each year since. To date, over 2,000 local youth have participated in the Bruins Academy Learn to Play program. This year, $2,000,000 (retail value) worth of equipment will be dispersed throughout the community through this program.

For a registration fee of $100, participants will receive a full set of CCM hockey equipment to keep valued at $500 retail, which includes skates, a professional fitting, and four weeks of on-ice instruction led by certified coaches and NHL Alumni. The Bruins Academy Learn to Play program has helped to increase hockey participation, and over 60% of the youth hockey players who participated in this program last year subsequently enrolled in organized hockey.

For more information go to BostonBruins.com/LearnToPlay.

BOSTON BRUINS VS LOS ANGELES KINGS: Catch upcoming Boston Bruins 2017-18 homes games live at TD Garden. A limited number of loge and balcony seats are now available to watch the Bruins take on the Los Angeles Kings Saturday, October 28th at 7 p.m. as well as other games this season. To purchase visit BostonBruins.com/SingleGameTickets.

SINGLE GAME TICKETS: Single Game Tickets for the 2017-18 season are now available. Choose from a number of key matchups, Original Six rivals, and exciting night and weekend games. To purchase, go to BostonBruins.com/SingleGameTickets or the NHL Bruins mobile app.

GROUPS ONSALE: Group Ticket Packages are on sale for the 2017-18 Bruins season. Group Ticket Packages offer a unique opportunity for you to enjoy a game with friends, colleagues, or teams. These experiences include birthday parties, bachelor and bachelorette parties, client events, and team outings. Choose the package that's right for you by visiting BostonBruins.com/Groups.

PICK-A-PLAN: Pick-A-Plan allows fans to create the plan that works best for their busy schedules. Pick 1 game from a lineup that includes Original Six teams, and 2 games from a number of other key matchups. If 3 games isn't enough action, fans can pick up to 8 games. To customize your plan, visit BostonBruins.com/PickAPlan.

SKATE & SKI: Bruins fans who love to ski, get the best of both worlds this winter. The Bruins have teamed up with Loon Mountain and 98.5 The Sports Hub to offer you $99 tickets to select home games October through December. When you purchase your tickets to these games, you will receive a complimentary ski ticket pass to Loon Mountain, New England's most accessible mountain. To purchase tickets, visit BostonBruins.com/SkateandSki.

ADIDAS JERSEY: For the 2017-18 season, the Boston Bruins are wearing the new Adidas jersey with lighter, cooler, and stronger technology. The new Adidas jersey is online now, and in the ProShop for the first time. When fans purchase the jersey, they will receive a free commemorative bag, while supplies last. Visit the ProShop on Level 2 of TD Garden or visit BostonProShop.com today.

HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER GEAR: Last week, the Bruins hosted Hockey Fights Cancer presented by Lahey Health at TD Garden. Join the fight and support those affected by cancer by getting your lavender Bruins jersey, hat, tees, and more at the ProShop on Level 2 of TD Garden or visit BostonProShop.com.

GEAR UP FOR THE SEASON: With the Boston Bruins season well underway, head to the ProShop on Level 2 of TD Garden to get the latest adidas and Nike gear. The ProShop is guaranteed to have the best selection of jerseys, name and number tees, hats, and more. Can't make it to the ProShop, then head to BostonProShop.com.

BRUINS ON SOCIAL: If you don't already, be sure to follow the Boston Bruins on all social channels:

Twitter: @NHLBruins
Facebook: Boston Bruins
Snapchat: bruinsnhl
Instagram: nhlbruins

MEDIA INFORMATION: Throughout the 2017-18 season, the Bruins Communications staff will provide schedule updates, releases, statistics, game notes, audio, video and transcripts on the Boston Bruins Media Site, which can be accessed at BostonBruins.com/Media using the following credentials:
Username: bruinsmedia
Password: bruins1924

UPCOMING SCHEDULE:
*All times local to where the game/practice is taking place

Saturday, October 28 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate, 11 a.m. (Warrior Ice Arena, Boston, MA)
-Game vs. Los Angeles Kings, 7 p.m. (TD Garden, Boston, MA)

Sunday, October 29 (Warrior Ice Arena, Boston, MA)
-Practice, 11 a.m.
-Travel to Columbus

Monday, October 30 (Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH)
-Pregame skate, 11:30 a.m. (Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH)
-Game vs. Columbus Blue Jackets, 7 p.m. (Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH)

Tuesday, October 31 (Boston, MA)
-TBD

Wednesday, November 1 (Warrior Ice Arena, Boston, MA)
-Practice, 11 a.m.

Thursday, November 2 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate, 11 a.m. (Warrior Ice Arena, Boston, MA)
-Game vs. Vegas Golden Knights, 7 p.m. (TD Garden, Boston, MA)

Friday, November 3 (Warrior Ice Arena, Boston, MA)
-Practice, 11 a.m.

2017-18 BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS:

Goals
T-1. B. Marchand, 6
T-1. D. Pastrnak, 6
3. A. Bjork, 3
T-4. J. DeBrusk, 2
T-4. D. Heinen, 2
T-4. T. Schaller, 2

Assists
1. C. McAvoy, 6
T-2. D. Krejci, 5
T-2. B. Marchand, 5
T-4. P. Bergeron, 3
T-4. A. Bjork, 3
T-4. B. Carlo, 3
T-4. D. Heinen, 3

Points
1. B. Marchand, 11
2. D. Pastrnak, 8
3. C. McAvoy, 7
T-4. A. Bjork, 6
T-4. D. Krejci, 6
6. D. Heinen, 5

Plus/Minus
1. Z. Chara, 7
T-2. D. Heinen, 3
T-2. B. Marchand, 3
T-4. P. Bergeron, 2
T-4. B. Carlo, 2

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Kuraly, 14
2. A. McQuaid, 12
3. C. McAvoy, 10
4. K. Miller, 9
5. Z. Chara, 8

NHL Leaders
-Anders Bjork is tied for 5th among rookies in goals (3), and is tied for the lead among all rookies in power play goals (2)
-Charlie McAvoy is tied for 6th among all rookies in points (7), and ranks 3rd in points among all rookie defensemen.
-Charlie McAvoy is tied for 3rd among rookies in assists (6) and tied for 4th among rookies in powerplay points (3)
-Brad Marchand is tied for 2nd in the NHL in shorthanded goals (1)

2017-18 Milestones

NHL Debuts:
10/5 vs NSH: Jake DeBrusk
10/5 vs NSH: Anders Bjork

First NHL Goal:
10/5 vs NSH: Jake DeBrusk
10/5 vs NSH: Charlie McAvoy
10/26 vs SJS: Danton Heinen

First NHL Assist:
10/5 vs NSH: Jake DeBrusk
10/5 vs NSH: Anders Bjork
10/5 vs NSH: Charlie McAvoy
10/11 @ COL: Danton Heinen

100th NHL Game:
10/19 vs VAN: Tim Schaller

900th NHL Game:
10/19 vs VAN: Patrice Bergeron

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