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BRUINS IN THE OLYMPICS: Five Bruins were selected to represent their respective countries in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia – Patrice Bergeron (Canada), Zdeno Chara (Slovakia), Loui Eriksson (Sweden), David Krejci (Czech Republic) and Tuukka Rask (Finland). In the last three Olympic Games, several Bruins players have seen success on the international stage and have brought home medals: Bergeron (Gold, Canada) and Tim Thomas (Silver, U.S.) in 2010; P. J. Axelsson (Gold, Sweden) in 2006; and Brian Rolston and Bill Guerin (Silver, U.S.) and Sergei Samsonov (Bronze, Russia) in 2002. Jarome Iginla won Gold with Canada in both 2010 and 2002 but was not with the Bruins at that time.
APPROACHING HIS-TOREY: There have been five defensemen in Bruins history to score 10-or-more goals in their rookie season. Ray Bourque holds the club mark with 17 in 1979-80, followed by Greg Hawgood (16, 1988-89), Bobby Orr (13, 1966-67), and Eddie Shore (12, 1926-27). Current rookie Bruin Torey Krug has joined that list with 10 goals so far in the 2013-14 season. Entering the weekend, Krug is tied for fourth among NHL rookies in point production with 23. The blueliner is also first among NHL rookies in power play points (12) and tied for second among NHL rookies in power play goals with four.
FIGHTING TO WIN: This season, the Bruins are 14-8-0 in games in which they have had a fighting penalty. Adam McQuaid leads the team in most fights this season with seven, followed by Shawn Thornton with five and Jarome Iginla with four bouts. Since the 2011-12 season, Boston has compiled a 56-28-3 record in games in which they have been assessed a fighting major.
BEHIND THE B PRESENTED BY ALEX AND ANI: The Boston Bruins announced the remaining air dates for Behind the B presented by Alex and Ani. Episode seven aired on Monday, December 7 and featured the B’s coping with injuries, rehabbing their way back to health, as the team continues to battle. All episodes of Behind the B will air on NESN and can be streamed online at bostonbruins.com/behindtheb. Other exclusive Behind the B related content will be available on bostonbruins.com and the Boston Bruins Digital Entertainment Network (Bruins DEN) throughout the season.
Episode Eight will air Tuesday, January 21 at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Behind the B episode air schedule on NESN:
Episode 8: Tuesday, January 21, 8:00 p.m. ET (re-airing at 9:00 p.m. ET)
Episode 9: Thursday, February 6, 7:00 p.m. ET
Episode 10: Wednesday, February 19, 8:00 p.m. ET
Episode 11: Tuesday, March 11, 8:00 p.m. ET
Episode 12: Tuesday, April 1, 8:00 p.m. ET
Episode 13: Monday, April 14, 8:00 p.m. ET
BOSTON BRUINS 90TH ANNIVERSARY: The Boston Bruins will pay tribute to 90 years of history during ten select home games throughout the 2013-14 season. The organization will honor each of the ten decades of Bruins hockey as part of the 90 Years Celebration presented by Alex and Ani. The next celebration game will take place on Tuesday, January 14 vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs, where Bruins legend P.J. Axelsson will drop the ceremonial first puck to begin that night's tribute to the Bruins of the 2000's.
90 Years Celebration Games:
-Monday, October 14 vs. Detroit Red Wings (Milt Schmidt Puck Drop)
-Thursday, November 21st vs. St. Louis Blues (Bobby Orr Puck Drop)
-Tuesday, December 17th vs. Calgary Flames (Terry O'Reilly Puck Drop)
-Tuesday, January 14th vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
(P.J. Axelsson Puck Drop)
-Thursday, January 30th vs. Montreal Canadiens
-Tuesday, February 4th vs. Vancouver Canucks
-Saturday, March 1st vs. Washington Capitals
-Monday, March 24th vs. Montreal Canadiens
-Thursday, March 27th vs. Chicago Blackhawks
-Saturday, April 5th vs. Philadelphia Flyers
B’S TO HOST CASINO NIGHT: On Saturday, February 1, the B’s will host their annual “Casino Night” at the Westin Boston Waterfront, which will benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation. The event will take place from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (VIP Cocktail Reception 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.) and will give fans the opportunity to play at casino tables alongside current and former Bruins players. For ticket options and more information please visit BostonBruins.com/foundation.
LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR INDIVIDUAL GAMES: Limited individual game tickets are available for upcoming Bruins home games at TD Garden, including the Bruins vs. Maple Leafs on Tuesday, January 14 at 7:00 p.m. ET. For more information on tickets, please visit http://bruins.nhl.com/tickets.
PUCKS & PUPS 2014 CALENDAR: The Bruins announced the Pucks & Pups 2014 Bruins calendar, which will benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation and MSPCA Angell. Pucks & Pups is a unique 2014 calendar featuring Bruins players and management photographed with their pets or with adoptable dogs from the MSPCA. Players featured in the calendar include Johnny Boychuk, Gregory Campbell, Zdeno Chara, Jarome Iginla, Chris Kelly, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Daniel Paille, Tuukka Rask, Dennis Seidenberg, and Shawn Thornton. Bruins Principal Charlie Jacobs, President Cam Neely, General Manager Peter Chiarelli and Head Coach Claude Julien also participated in the project. The calendar features the B’s with their family pets or new friends waiting for homes at the MSPCA. Calendars can be purchased the Boston Bruins Pro Shop in TD Garden as well as on BostonBruins.com by visiting the following link: www.bostonbruins.com/pucksandpups.
THIS WEEK’S GAMES: The Bruins will finish up their California road trip with a game against the Sharks on Saturday, January 11, at 10:30 p.m. in San Jose. On Tuesday, January 14, the Black & Gold will be back at the TD Garden to square up against the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7:00 p.m. The third game of the week has the Bruins back on the road in Texas for a matchup with the Stars on Thursday, January 16, at 8:30 p.m. in Dallas.
UPCOMING GAMES BROADCAST SCHEDULE: The NESN broadcast team of Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Jamie Erdahl will be covering all of this week’s upcoming Bruins games. The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle the games on Tuesday, January 14 and Thursday, January 16th on 98.5 The Sports Hub, while the game on Saturday, January 11 against the San Jose Sharks will be broadcasted on 100.7 WZLX.
1/11 @ San Jose Sharks, 10:30 p.m. – NESN
1/14 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:00 p.m. – NESN
1/16 @ Dallas Stars, 8:30 p.m. – NESN
BRUINS ON THE AIRWAVES: Bruins defenseman Torey Krug has been confirmed as a weekly call-in guest with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Andy Gresh and Scott Zolak (Gresh and Zo), which airs weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. General Manager Peter Chiarelli and Johnny Boychuk are expected to be regular guests on 98.5 as well with Fred Toucher and Rich Shertenlieb (Toucher and Rich), which airs weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Call-in days and times are dependent upon the B’s schedule.
189 AND COUNTING: Following Saturday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets, the Boston Bruins have sold out 189 straight regular season and playoff games. 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): In the 17th week of the Boston Media Tweet of the Week, New England Hockey Journal’s Jesse Connolly earns himself top tweet for his quirky musing about the different ways one can rearrange the name of B’s forward Justin Florek:
@JesseNEHJ: Everyone's told you Justin Florek's been called up, so I'm reporting you can rearrange his name to spell Joist Flunker or J. Fork Utensil.
This week’s honorable mentions listed in no particular order:
@kluedeke29: Loui, Loui...oh no- on what line you gonna go? Guessing he'll form 1/2 of Swedish bookends for Spooner on 3rd. #SpoonfeedtheSwedes h/t DT
@AmalieBenjamin: Best part of being back on the ice for Dougie? NESN cameras won't catch him eating pretzels on the 9th floor anymore
@DJ_Bean: Players often use "you" to describe themselves. Very kind of Dougie Hamilton to say, but I am not feeling stronger the last two weeks.
2013-14 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), Week 6, Week 8, Week 11, Week 17
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com, Big Bad Blog), Week 4, Week 5
@MLoftus_Ledger (Mike Loftus, Patriot Ledger), Week 3, Week 7
@ESPNJoeyMac (Joe McDonald, ESPN.com), Week 1, Week 13
@AmalieBenjamin (Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe), Week 2, Week 15
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com, TheBruinsBlog.net, CBSSports.com) Week 10
@RealJackEdwards, (Jack Edwards, NESN), Week 9
@HacksWithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com), Week 12
@JamieErdahl (Jamie Erdahl, NESN), Week 14
@KirkLuedeke29 (Kirk Luedeke, New England Hockey Journal), Week 16
@JesseNEHLJ (Jesse Connolly, New England Hockey Journal), Week 17
LAST BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Wednesday, December 18
NEXT BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Wednesday, January 15
PREVIOUS PROSPECT REPORT SUMMARY: The Bruins Communications staff sent out the third edition of the 2013-14 Boston Bruins Prospect Report on December 18. 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 stories on the depth of the Bruins organization.
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 2013-14 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 2013-14 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 2013-14 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.
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 Ristuccia Arena are open to the public.
Saturday, January 11 (San Jose, CA)
-Away game at San Jose Sharks, 7:30 p.m.
-Broadcast info: NESN, Radio: 100.7 WZLX
Sunday, January 12
-Travel to Boston, MA
Monday, January 13 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, January 14 (Boston, MA)
-Home game vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
-Broadcast Info: NESN, Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Wednesday, January 15 (Wilmington, MA / Dallas, TX)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m.
-Travel to Dallas, TX
Thursday, January 16 (Dallas, TX / Chicago, IL)
-Away game at Dallas Stars, 7:30 p.m.
-Broadcast Info: NESN, Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Chicago, IL
Friday, January 17 (Chicago, IL)
BRUINS REGULAR SEASON STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, January 10)
1. R. Smith, 15
2. J. Iginla, 13
3. M. Lucic, 12
T4. P Bergeron, 10
T4. T. Krug, 10
T4. B. Marchand, 10
1. D. Krejci, 27
2. M. Lucic, 18
T3. C. Soderberg, 17
T3. R. Smith, 17
5. J. Iginla, 16
1. D. Krejci, 36 (9-27)
2. R. Smith, 32 (15-17)
3. M. Lucic, 30 (12-18)
4. J. Iginla, 29 (13-16)
1. A. McQuaid, 61
2. M. Lucic, 53
3. B. Marchand, 46
4. S. Thornton, 41