THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS...
BRUINS WHITE HOUSE VISIT UPDATE: On Monday, January 23rd, President Obama will welcome the six-time Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins to the White House to honor the team and their 2011 Stanley Cup victory. In addition to the full roster, coaching staff, management and ownership, three other members of last year’s Cup winning team are expected to be in attendance as Mark Recchi, Shane Hnidy, and Tomas Kaberle will be making the trip.
The Bruins will also participate in a visit to the Boys and Girls Club of Washington, DC at 5:00 p.m. ET where the team will play street hockey and video games with the children. For more information, see the Around Town section below.
ALL-STAR UPDATE: Coaching assignments for the National Hockey League's mid-season showcase were announced by the NHL on Friday: Head coach Claude Julien and his assistants (Doug Houda, Doug Jarvis and Geoff Ward) were assigned to Team Chara -- captained by Zdeno Chara
. Head coaches John Tortorella of the New York Rangers and Todd McLellan of the San Jose Sharks will guide Team Alfredsson, which is headed by forward Daniel Alfredsson of the All-Star host Ottawa Senators.
Chara and Alfredsson were selected as captains by their fellow NHL All-Stars. Chara’s responsibilities as All-Star captain include leading the All-Star Player Fantasy Draft on Thursday, January 26 where he will have the opportunity to draft teammates Tim Thomas
and Tyler Seguin
(8:00 p.m. TV: NBC Sports Network).
The NHL All-Star Weekend Schedule of Events is as follows:
Thursday, January 26
NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft, 8 p.m. ET (Televised on NBC Sports Network)
Saturday, January 28
Skills Competition, 7 p.m. ET (Televised on NBC Sports Network)
Sunday, January 29
NHL All-Star Game, 4 p.m. ET (Televised on NBC Sports Network)
A six-time All-Star, Chara has won the last four Hardest Shot competitions at the NHL All-Star Skills Competitions. Last year, he broke his own Hardest Shot record with a 105.9 MPH blast in Raleigh, NC. This was Seguin’s first NHL All-Star selection, although he participated in last year’s All-Star festivities as a rookie. Thomas meanwhile is a four-time All-Star and he has been the winning goaltender in the last three All-Star games, which tied an NHL record.
RADIO BROADCAST NOTE: Due to scheduling conflict with the Patriots/Ravens playoff game, the Bruins/Flyers game on Sunday, January 22 can be heard on 100.7 WZLX. Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will have the call.
SAVVY’S SUITE: Marc Savard
is expected to be at Saturday’s game against the Rangers.
Since Thursday, January 12 and continuing through the end of the 2013-14 Bruins season, B’s forward Marc Savard
will host a luxury suite at the TD Garden for pediatric patients at Children’s Hospital Boston with a focus on children suffering from the effects of head trauma from both a medical and psychological standpoint.
Savard was expected to be in attendance and hold his media availability on Thursday, January 12, but travel cancellations due to the weather prevented him from traveling to Boston.
UPCOMING GAMES: The Bruins continue their four-games-in-five-days stretch with back-to-back contests against the Rangers at home on Saturday, January 21 and in Philadelphia on Sunday, January 22. First place will be on the line when the B’s host the Blueshirts, as the Rangers currently rank first in the Eastern Conference with 62 points in 45 games while the Bruins are just behind at 61 points in 44 games. Following the game against the Rangers, Boston will head to Philly to take on the Flyers who are lurking in fifth place in the East with 58 points. Then – in their last game before the NHL All-Star Break – the Black & Gold will head straight to Washington to face the Capitals in D.C. on Tuesday, January 24.
Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley will call all three games next week on NESN while the tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle the radio duties. Due to a scheduling conflict with the Patriots/Ravens playoff game, Sunday afternoon’s game against Philadelphia can be heard on 100.7 WZLX, while the other two can be heard on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Start times for the games are as follows:
01/21 vs. NYR, 1:00 p.m.
01/22 at PHI, 3:00 p.m.
01/24 at WSH, 7:00 p.m.
THREE STATS YOU MAY FIND INTERESTING…
1. Chris Kelly
’s empty net goal against New Jersey on Thursday was the 19,000th goal scored in the team’s history. The player who had the 18,000th? Dennis Wideman.
2. The Bruins +71 goal differential tops Detroit (+45) by 26 goals. The Red Wings are the only team with an overall differential better than Boston’s +37 in the third period alone.
3. Gregory Campbell
’s Gordie Howe Hat Trick last night was the team’s second of the season. Zdeno Chara
had the team’s first back on December 17 against Philadelphia.
108 AND COUNTING: Including the Bruins/Habs game on Thursday, January 12 the Bruins have now sold out their last 108 home games at the TD Garden, including regular season and playoffs. This sellout streak began more than two 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).
CASINO NIGHT: The Boston Bruins Foundation will host the second "Boston Bruins Casino Night" on Sunday, February 12, from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at The State Room (60 State Street, Boston, MA 02109). Bruins fans will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to play a variety of casino games with their favorite Bruins players. To purchase tickets or for additional information, email email@example.com or call 617-624-1981.
BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK: NESN’s Doug Flynn goes back-to-back and continues his surge up the Tweet of the Week leaderboard, moving into a tie for first place. His winning tweet was secured the first day of Week 15 eligible tweets on Saturday and held on the remainder of the week for the victory.
@douglasflynn: “Bryan Allen slash and turtle – proof you can take the player out of Vancouver but you can’t take the Vancouver out of the player?”
And here are this week’s Honorable Mentions, in no particular order:
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe): “Some BC, er JV, goaltending from Clemmensen. Has to stop that.”
@GlobeFluto: “Zdeno Chara
named All-Star captain in Ottawa. So was Daniel Alfredsson. Wade Redden was not.”
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com) after a sluggish start by the Bruins in Tampa: “Bruins protesting 7:30 start by starting at 8:30 tonight”
@HacksWithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com) after two Nathan Horton
goals against Tampa: “Nathan Horton
said he didn’t want to talk to us reporters before the game. Clearly he wanted to do his talking in the Red Light District.”
2011-12 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), 3 (Week 4, Week 5, Week 10)
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, TheBruinsBlog), 3 (Week 3, Week 8, Week 11)
@douglasflynn (Doug Flynn, NESN.com), 3 (Week 6, Week 14, Week 15)
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com), 2 (Week 2, Week 13)
@ScottIsaacs (Scott Isaacs, WCVB), 1 (Week 1)
@_TyAnderson (Ty Anderson, HockeyBuzz.com), 1 (Week 7)
@JesseNEHJ (Jesse Connolly, New England Hockey Journal), 1 (Week 9)
@RealJackEdwards (Jack Edwards, NESN), 1 (Week 12)
LAST BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Tuesday, January 17, 2012
NEXT BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Wednesday, February 1, 2012
PREVIOUS PROSPECT REPORT SUMMARY: The Bruins Communications Staff sent out their fifth edition of the Boston Bruins Prospect Report on January 17. It can be viewed online at BostonBruins.com and on the Bruins Media Website. In addition to notes on all players in the Bruins system and features on Craig Cunningham
and Tommy Cross
, here are some of the other Prospect Report’s highlights (stats current as of 1/16/12):
CAMPER NAMED AHL ALL STAR: Providence forward Carter Camper
was the lone P-Bruin selected to represent his team at the AHL All-Star game on January 29th in Atlantic City, NJ. Camper is currently the leading scorer for the P-Bruins, tallying 23 points on the season. He scored his 9th goal of the season on the power play in a 4-1 winning effort vs. the Pirates on January 6th. Camper was signed by the Bruins as a free agent on April 7, 2011.
RIENDEAU BACK IN PROVIDENCE, CONTRIBUTES: In his second appearance in Providence after being recalled on January 14, Yannick Riendeau notched two goals on January 15th in Sunday’s contest against Springfield. Before his recall, Riendeau had racked up a ten-game point streak in Reading.
SPOONER DEALT TO SARNIA: Center Ryan Spooner
was traded by the Kingston Frontenacs to the Sarnia Sting on January 5th for the Sting's top draft pick last May, 16-year-old center Ryan Kujawinski. In his first game with his new club, Spooner collected two goals and one assist in a January 6 win for Sarnia over the Erie Otters. Then, in a rematch against his former Frontenacs on January 14th, Spooner and the Sting secured a 4-1 victory. Spooner himself tallied one point on the night, assisting on Sarnia’s third goal.
GOTHBERG NAMED USHL GOALIE OF THE WEEK ON 1/16: Zane Gothberg
of the Fargo Force posted a 1.50 goals-against-average and .940 save percentage to lead the Force to a pair of victories over Tri-City during the weekend of 1/14 and was named the league’s Goalie of the Week. He stopped 23 shots in Friday’s 8-1 victory and then made 24 saves in the 4-2 win on Saturday. Gothberg has started each game during the current six-game win streak for the Force, posting a 1.65 GAA and .937 SV% over that span. The 19-year-old from Thief River Falls, Minnesota has won nine of his last ten starts and is currently ranked fourth among USHL goaltenders with a 2.52 GAA and fifth with a .912 SV%.
CHUDINOV EARNS ALL-STAR NOD: Maxim Chudinov
was named to the KHL’s All-Star game, which will be played on January 21 in Riga, Latvia. Chudinov has been climbing the KHL’s rankings for the past several weeks. As of January 16th, Chudinov is in a 3-way tie for 2nd place for points among defensemen with 29 on the season. He is also tied for 3rd place in assists (20) and ranks 4th in the KHL in goals among defensemen (9).
FAN INFO LINE: The Boston Bruins Fan Information Line (617.624.1910) has been experiencing intermittent problems. We apologize for the inconvenience. The practice and availability schedules can always be confirmed on BostonBruins.com.
OFF THE ICE...
BOSTON BRUINS ICE GIRLS: BostonBruins.com launched a revamped version of their Ice Girl homepage that now includes animated bios and video. Fans can check out the new features and this year’s Ice Girl squad on BostonBruins.com.
FULL 60 TO HISTORY: The Bruins official championship season commemorative book Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins is on sale now in the Bruins Proshop, select AT&T retail stores throughout New England and on BostonBruins.com/full60. Full 60 to History gives readers unprecedented behind-the-scenes access into the Bruins championship season. Check out a preview on bostonbruins.com/full60.
CROSS INSURANCE BECOMES FIRST PRACTICE PARTNER: The Boston Bruins announced on October 4 that Cross Insurance will be the first partner of the Bruins practice jerseys. In addition to the practice jerseys Cross Insurance will have a visible presence at the Bruins primary practice facility at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, MA.
UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AND MEDIA AVAILABILITY
-(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, January 21 (Boston, MA/Philadelphia, PA)
-Bruins vs. New York Rangers, TD Garden, 1:00 p.m. (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN (HD) RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Philadelphia, PA
Sunday, January 22 (Philadelphia, PA/Washington, D.C)
-Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers, Wells Fargo Center, 3:00 p.m. (3601 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148)
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN (HD) RADIO: 100.7 WZLX
-Travel to Washington, D.C
Monday, January 23 (Washington, D.C)
-Practice at Verizon Center, 11:00 a.m. (601 F Street NW, Washington, D.C 20004)
-Boston Bruins visit to the White House, 1:00 p.m. (1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C 20500)
-Boston Bruins visit to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, 5:00 p.m. (4103 Benning Road, North East Washington, D.C 20019)
Tuesday, January 24 (Washington, D.C/Bedford, MA)
-Bruins vs. Washington Capitals, Verizon Center, 7:00 p.m.
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN (HD) RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Wednesday, January 25
-NHL All-Star Break
Thursday, January 26
-NHL All-Star Break
Friday, January 27
-NHL All-Star Break
WHAT: BRUINS VISIT THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF GREATER WASHINGTON
The Bruins will visit 50 children at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington on Monday, January 23 after their trip to the White House. The team will take part in a street hockey clinic, interactive youth fitness training exercise and an NHL video game session. The B’s will also be providing t-shirts, hats and two full sets of street hockey equipment to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Boston.
WHEN: Monday, January 23 from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, Richard England Clubhouse # 14, 4103 Benning Road, North East Washington, DC 20019
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Full team
WHAT: BOSTON BRUINS VIEWING PARTY
The Boston Bruins and the Hard Rock Cafe Boston (22-24 Clinton Street, Boston, MA 02109) will host a viewing party on Wednesday, January 24 for B’s fans to unite and watch as the Bruins take on the Washington Capitals at 7:00 p.m. The free event is open to all ages. The Bruins mascot, Blades, and the Bruins Ice Girls will be mingling with fans, taking photos and signing autographs. Bruins fans will also have the chance to with autographed team memorabilia. Light refreshments and appetizers will be served.
WHEN: Tuesday, January 24, doors open at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Hard Rock Cafe Boston, 22-24 Clinton Street, Boston, MA 02109
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins mascot, Blades, and the Bruins Ice Girls
WHAT: CASINO NIGHT
The Boston Bruins Foundation will host the second “Boston Bruins Casino Night” on Sunday, February 12 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Bruins fans will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to play Craps, Double Roulette, Blackjack, Texas Hold 'Em, and Wheel of Fortune with their favorite Bruins players including Zdeno Chara
, Patrice Bergeron
, Nathan Horton
, Milan Lucic
, Tim Thomas
and the rest of the 2011 –12 team. Fans can choose between two ticket options: VIP or General Admission. The $250 VIP ticket guarantees fans early entry into the player lounge before doors open to the General Admission ticket holders and the opportunity to interact with the players in an intimate setting at 5:00 p.m. The General Admission ticket, which costs $150, provides admittance into the party at 6:00 p.m. where fans can gamble at the tables hosted by current players. To purchase tickets or for additional information, Bruins fans should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-624-1981.
WHEN: Sunday, February 12 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: The State Room, 60 State Street, Boston, MA 02109
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: The 2011-12 Boston Bruins roster
BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, January 20)...
T1. T. Seguin, 17
T1. N. Horton, 17
T3. M. Lucic, 16
T3. B. Marchand, 16
T5. P. Bergeron and C. Kelly, 14
T1. P. Bergeron, 25
T1. D. Krejci, 25
T3. R. Peverley, 23
T3. T. Seguin, 23
5. Z. Chara, 20
1. T. Seguin, 40
2. P. Bergeron, 39
3. D. Krejci, 35
4. M. Lucic, 34
5. N. Horton, 32
1. T. Seguin, +35
2. P. Bergeron, +28
3. B. Marchand, +27
4. Z. Chara, +26
5.J. Boychuk, +24
1. M. Lucic, 79
2. S. Thornton, 76
3. B. Marchand, 75
4. G. Campbell, 56
5. N. Horton, 52
BRUINS 2011-12 STARS:Zdeno Chara
, Tim Thomas
, Tyler Seguin
, NHL All-StarsZdeno Chara
, NHL All-Star Captain
Claude Julien, Doug Houda, Doug Jarvis, Geoff Ward, NHL All-Star Coaching Staff of Team CharaBrad Marchand
, First Star of the Week (Week ending December 25)Tim Thomas
, First Star of the Month (November)Tyler Seguin
, First Star of the Week (Week ending November 13)
The 2011-2012 Boston Bruins season is presented by the Massachusetts State Lottery.