BOSTON - For the fourth consecutive summer - and fifth time since 2016 - the Bruins will visit China with O.R.G. Packaging and its chairman, Mr. Zhou Yunjie, in an effort to continue growing the sport of hockey, strengthen the connection between the Bruins and the local Chinese community in New England, and educate North American residents about the growth of hockey in China.
"Bruins Global: China 2019" will take place from July 17-27 in Beijing and will feature youth hockey clinics conducted by current Providence Bruins players Anton Blidh and Wiley Sherman, along with Bruins alumni P.J. Stock and members of the Boston Bruins Corporate Partnership and Youth Hockey Development Teams.
The Bruins have been heavily involved in growing the game of hockey in China since partnering with O.R.G. Packaging in 2015, when the team became the first NHL franchise and first North American professional sports organization to partner with O.R.G. Packaging, which is based in Beijing.
Here is a look back at the team's previous trips to China:
July 2016 | Bruins Global Debuts
During the team's first official visit to China, over 200 Chinese children attended the various clinics hosted by the Bruins and players Matt Beleskey and David Pastrnak, as well as Bruins alumni Andrew Raycroft and Bob Sweeney. In addition to hosting the youth hockey clinics, the B's delegation was able to explore Beijing and Shanghai, where they experienced the local Chinese culture.
Beleskey and Pastrnak were each treated to custom made Chinese suits which they wore during the trip and later donned again during the second annual Chinese Cultural Night hosted at TD Garden in Boston on February 12, 2017.
Video: Bruins Global 2016 wraps up their trip to China
July 2017 | Bruins Global Part II
The Bruins embarked on their second visit to China in July 2017, with current Bruins players Torey Krug, Tuukka Rask, and Pastrnak, along with Bruins alumni Hal Gill and members of the Boston Bruins Corporate Partnership and Youth Hockey Development Teams.
The trip's festivities kicked-off with the grand opening of a brand-new, state-of-the-art hockey rink in Beijing built by O.R.G. Packaging. Over the course of the trip, Krug, Pastrnak, Rask, and Gill assisted with on-ice and off-ice youth hockey clinics held by the Bruins organization.
They also had a once in a lifetime experience of climbing the Great Wall of China and took part in sightseeing in Beijing and Shanghai.
Video: Look back on the Bruins' summer trip to China
July 2018 | Bruins Global Part III
The team's third official visit to China featured Bruins forwards Danton Heinen and Sean Kuraly, along with Stock, Providence Bruins Head Coach Jay Leach, and members of the Boston Bruins Corporate Partnership and Youth Hockey Development Teams.
The group visited Beijing and, for the first time, Shenzhen, where there was a press conference involving Heinen, Kuraly, and representatives from the Calgary Flames to announce the 2018 O.R.G. NHL China Games.
Video: Heinen, Kuraly visit Great Wall during Bruins Global
September 2018 | O.R.G. NHL China Games
The Bruins and Flames kicked off the 2018 preseason with the second annual O.R.G. NHL China Games. Boston won both contests - a 4-3 shootout victory in Shenzhen and a 3-1 win in Beijing.
During the opener in Shenzhen, Jake DeBrusk notched the winner in the fourth round of the shootout, while Trent Frederic, Ryan Donato, and John Moore tallied the goals in regulation.
In Beijing, Tuukka Rask made 28 saves, DeBrusk scored two goals, and Kevan Miller added a late tally to help Boston sweep the short two-game set.
Players from both teams also had the chance to explore The Great Wall of China and shop at Beijing's famed Silk Market, while some also traveled to Hong Kong for sightseeing.
Video: Recap the Bruins trip to Shenzhen, China
Wait, There's More
- Since the partnership with O.R.G. Packaging was consummated in 2015, the Bruins have hosted hundreds of Chinese youth hockey players for clinics led by the Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team. The kids have also played games against local New England youth hockey teams, explored the city of Boston, and watched Bruins games at TD Garden.
- The Bruins will continue to host a different group of Chinese youth hockey players in Boston each year as part of their five-year partnership with O.R.G. Packaging. Since the partnership began, over 500 Chinese youth hockey players have participated in the various clinics held by the Bruins.
- The Bruins have also hosted a Chinese Cultural Night at TD Garden each season since 2015-16.
- In the spring of 2019, the Bruins launched a Weibo channel - China's premier social media outlet - which already ranks fourth among North American sports teams/leagues in average engagement behind the Boston Celtics, New England Patriots, and National Hockey League.
Video: Bruins visit Great Wall of China and Beijing