THIS WEEK'S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…
STAT OF THE WEEK: Zdeno Chara made his NHL debut against the Detroit Red Wings on November 19, 1997. The game took place 32 days prior to the birth of current teammate, Charlie McAvoy, born December 21, 1997.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "You want to be at your best when the season starts… I think we need to take every day as a team to get better, you know, because once the season starts there won't be that much time. So, still we need to get better as much as we can and bring it to the season." - David Pastrnak on readying for the season
TWEET OF THE WEEK (WEEK 3): @MattKalman (Matt Kalman, NHL.com): Will offer my analysis of Bruins cuts after I eat dinner."
HONORABLE MENTION: @BrianZechello (Brian Zechello, NESN): "You heard it here first...Anders Bjork will win the Calder this year. He is flying around tonight in Philly."
2017-18 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD:
@MattKalman (Matt Kalman, NHL.com): Week 2, Week 3
@_TyAnderson (Ty Anderson, WEEI): Week 1
BEHIND THE B PRESENTED BY TICKETMASTER: Go behind-the-scenes with Season 5, Episode 2 of Behind the B presented by Ticketmaster airing Wednesday, October 4 at 8:00 p.m. on NESN. In Episode 1, Torey Krug, David Pastrnak, and Tuukka Rask visit China, Brandon Carlo and Noel Acciari try out sailing, and the B's attend Patriots practice.
To catch up on previous episodes, head to BostonBruins.com/BehindtheB.
OPENING NIGHT POWERED BY TD BANK: On Thursday, October 5, the Bruins will take on the reigning Western Conference Champion Nashville Predators for Opening Night powered by TD Bank. Select tickets are still available. Visit BostonBruins.com/SingleGameTickets.
BFIT SCHOOL ASSEMBLY PROGRAM: BFit School Assembly Program is back for the 2017-2018 season! 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 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.
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 nine episodes of this season can viewed on www.BostonBruins.com/BruinsAcademy and on the Bruins mobile app. In Episode 9, check out a recap of the Bruins' trip to China, look back on the B's first-ever Fan Fest Tour and learn some fitness tips from Brad Marchand .
Season 2, Episode 10: TBA
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 hockey players have participated in the Bruins Academy Learn to Play program. This year, $2,000,000 (retail value) worth of equipment will have been 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.
SINGLE GAME TICKETS: Single Game Tickets for the 2017-18 season are now on sale. 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.
ADIDAS JERSEY: For the 2017-18 season, the Boston Bruins will be 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.
GEAR UP FOR THE SEASON: With the Boston Bruins season right around the corner, fans can find all their apparel needs at the ProShop on Level 2 of TD Garden. Exclusive collections and new items will be arriving daily. If fans can't make it to the ProShop, they can visit BostonProShop.com.
BRUINS ON SOCIAL: If you don't already, be sure to follow the Boston Bruins on all social channels:
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*Schedule is subject to change.
Sunday, October 1 (Boston, MA)
-Off no practice, no media availability
Monday, October 2 (Warrior Ice Arena, Boston, MA)
-Practice, 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, October 3 (Warrior Ice Arena, Boston, MA)
-Practice, 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, October 4 (TD Garden, Boston, MA)
-Practice, 11 a.m.
Thursday, October 5 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate, 10:30 a.m. (Warrior Ice Arena)
-Game vs. Nashville Predators, 7 p.m. (TD Garden)
Friday, October 6 (Boston, MA)