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House of Representatives Passes O'Ree Congressional Gold Medal Bill

United States Congress' highest honor will go to NHL's first Black player

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / - The honors continued for Willie O'Ree on Wednesday afternoon.

Just hours after O'Ree's No. 22 was retired by the Bruins, the United States House of Representatives passed a bill to award him with the Congressional Gold Medal, which is Congress' "highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions by individuals or institutions."

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O'Ree's Legacy will Live on in TD Garden Rafters

Hall of Famer hopes his No. 22 banner serves as inspiration for generations to come

by Eric Russo @erusso22 /

BOSTON - Willie O'Ree wouldn't accept that his hockey career was over.

Even after losing nearly all the vision in his right eye after being struck by a puck while playing for the Kitchener Canucks during the 1955-56 season, the New Brunswick native had no interest in calling it a career.

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Bergeron 'Honored' to Receive Latest All-Star Nod

Bruins captain headed to Vegas for third career appearance

by Eric Russo @erusso22 /

BOSTON - Patrice Bergeron is head to Las Vegas for the 2022 NHL All-Star Game next month, marking the third All-Star appearance of his storied career. While humbled to have another honor added to his lengthy resume, the Bruins' captain made sure to acknowledge the accomplishments of his teammates and the contributions they've made to his performance.

"It's always an honor. Definitely appreciative," said Bergeron, who was also an All-Star in 2015 and 2016. "It's obviously a team effort. We have some very deserving players on this team, starting with Brad [Marchand] and Charlie [McAvoy] and [David Pastrnak] and so on. Right now, we're concentrating on building something as a team and getting on a roll."

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Rask: Motivation for Return to Bruins is 'Another Chance to Win'

Netminder wanted to reunite with core group he's been alongside for over a decade

by Eric Russo @erusso22 /

BOSTON - Tuukka Rask is not quite sure what the future may hold.

The 34-year-old netminder has set no deadline for when his career may come to an end, nor has he made any firm decisions or plans about where he may end up when that day inevitably comes.

For now, Rask is focused on one thing and one thing only: the present - and reuniting with the core group he has been alongside for over a decade to take another shot at a championship.

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Sweeney: 'Rask Healthy, Ready to Go, and Committed to Our Team'

Netminder signed one-year, $1 million deal to return to Bruins on Tuesday

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / - Tuukka Rask did not make his desires much of a secret.

From the time the 2020-21 campaign ended, and throughout his extended recovery from offseason hip surgery, the Bruins' all-time winningest goalie made it clear: if he was healthy coming out of his rehab, he wanted to return to the NHL - and, once again, pull the Spoked-B over his chest.

"In some ways, Tuukka's too honest," said Bruins general manager Don Sweeney. "He's just a guy that wants to go back and play hockey. He committed to the rehab part of it and the process, which is not an easy thing. He could have just faded off.

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Rask Takes Next Step in Return, Heads to Providence on PTO

Boston's all-time winningest goalie hopes to be back with big club next week

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / - Tuukka Rask has been around hockey dressing rooms for most of his life. The camaraderie and brotherhood that is built over years of triumphs, trials, and tribulations is something that most professional athletes thrive on as they maneuver through their careers.

And it's something that Rask has missed dearly over the past six months as he rehabbed from offseason hip surgery. But it won't be long before the Bruins' all-time winningest goalie is, once again, part of a team.

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Bruins Aiming to Use Extended Holiday Break as a Reset

McAvoy, Pastrnak say the layoff could be beneficial as Boston looks to round into form

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / - The Bruins are trying to look at their unexpected shutdown in a positive light. Despite having their season put on pause with COVID-19 making its way through the dressing room, the players are hoping to use the layoff as a bit of a reset.

After an opening 26 games dotted with inconsistency, the Black & Gold have a chance to come out of the 10-day break playing more often to their identity.

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Neely Talks Bruins' COVID-19 Pause, Olympics Decision, and More

Boston's president also looks back on the B's 2021-22 season thus far

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / - Bruins president Cam Neely met with reporters virtually on Wednesday morning to discuss the team's current COVID-19 pause, the NHL's decision to back out of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, and the club's performance so far this season. Here's a rundown from Neely's remarks to the media:

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Cassidy on Bruins' Bout with COVID-19: 'Nobody's Become Severely Ill'

Boston's bench boss provides update on players in league's protocol

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / - Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy delivered an encouraging update on Tuesday morning, telling the media that none of the club's players currently in COVID-19 protocol have "become severely ill" and that most have continued to show either mild or no symptoms.

Boston currently has 10 players and two staffers in protocol with Brandon Carlo joining Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, Taylor Hall, Craig Smith, Curtis Lazar, Anton Blidh, Trent Frederic, Jeremy Swayman, and Oskar Steen on the list just ahead of Cassidy's mid-morning remarks.

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Sweeney Provides Update on Bruins' COVID-19 Outbreak

Boston's GM says most in protocol are experiencing zero to moderate symptoms

by Eric Russo @erusso22 /

BOSTON - Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said on Saturday evening that the majority of the 11 members of the organization currently in COVID-19 protocol are "doing relatively well" and experiencing zero to moderate symptoms. Sweeney met with the media virtually to discuss the latest regarding the club's outbreak, which led the NHL to suspend the B's season through at least the Christmas break that runs until Dec. 26.

Boston was slated to practice on Saturday morning ahead of a tilt with the Ottawa Senators on Sunday in Canada's capital city, but two more players (Taylor Hall and Curtis Lazar) entered protocol, forcing the league to close the team's training facility and postpone the game against the Sens and Tuesday's tilt against the Carolina Hurricanes at TD Garden.

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