For those of you just regaining your skate legs, starting next week the best under-20 players from both countries will vie for national bragging rights. Bruins prospects Zach Hamill
, Milan Lucic
and Brad Marchand
will be on the front line for Canada in something called the 2007 Canada Russia Super Series.
On the other side, *Yuri Alexandrov, a defenseman drafted by Boston in 2006 will ply his wares.
The series, used to commemorate the 1972 Summit Series between the Soviet Union and Canada (widely considered one of the greatest hockey exhibitions of all time) will remind hockey fans of Paul Henderson's miraculous goal to put the Canadian pros over the original Big Red Machine eight years before the United State's Mike Eruzione turned the hockey world on its head during the Olympics.
This terrific series should bring summer to a screeching halt and turn diehard's attention away from the beach and back to the boards.
Sure, these days one could argue that the most heated hockey rivalry is between the U.S. and Canada, but during the 60's, 70's and 80's, when the CCCP entered the building there was no doubt who was the "evil empire."
And just because the Soviet Union is no longer on the map, hockey wise or politically, doesn't mean that this is a true exhibition docket -- no way.
Surely this series means as much to Yuri and the Russian boys as it does to our three friends from the provinces. And both teams will certainly be ready to leave everything on the ice as professional scouts will surely be watching.
So, if you are so able, you should not miss what is sure to be a welcome prelude to our own professional season! And if I find out how American fans can watch (perhaps via the Internet) I will let you know how.
Here is the schedule (courtesy HockeyCanada.ca):Gm #, Time, Arena, LocationMonday, August 27, 2007
01 , 9:00 a.m. EST, Ufa Arena, Ufa, RUS Wednesday, August 29, 2007
02, 9:00 a.m. EST, Ufa Arena, Ufa, RUS Friday, August 31, 2007
03, 8:00 a.m. EST, Omsk Arena, Omsk, RUSSaturday, September 1, 2007
04, 6:00 a.m. EST, Omsk Arena, Omsk, RUS Tuesday, September 4, 2007
05, 7:00 p.m. CST, MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB, CANWednesday, September 5, 2007
06, 7:00 p.m. CST, Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon, SK, CAN Friday, September 7, 2007
07, 8:00 p.m. MST, Enmax Centrium, Red Deer, AB, CAN Sunday, September 9, 2007
08, 5:00 p.m. PST, General Motors Place, Vancouver, BC, CAN
The B's 2007 first round draft choice Zach Hamill
is a relative newcomer to international play. He did, however, attend Canada’s National Junior Team Development Camp held in Calgary during July 2006. Prior to that experience Zach won a gold medal with Canada's National Under-18 Team at the 2005 Junior World Cup held in Slovakia.
Vancouver Giants captain, and highly regarded Boston prospect, Milan Lucic
, too, is a newbie in international circles and this is his first go around with Team Canada.
On the other hand, the terror of the QMJHL, the B's own Brad Marchand
, already has a gold medal from his experience at the 2007 World Junior Tournament. Last winter, Brad had two goals during the tournament and was a +2. He also joined Hamill in Slovakia to win gold at the 2005 Junior World Cup.
Like Marchand, Alexandrov played in the 2007 World Juniors and earned a +2 in six games.
Good luck to Brad, Milan, Yuri and Zach!"Bravo" to Bobby C
Last week the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame announced this year's class of inductees and former Boston Bruins forward, and Beverly, Massachusetts native, Bobby Carpenter will join Aaron Broten, John MacInnes and John Vanbiesbrouck for induction on Oct. 12.
NHL.com's Evan Grossman writes that Carpenter "was the first player to go straight from high school hockey to the NHL in 1981 after the Washington Capitals selected (him) third overall in that year’s draft. He put together one of the great careers in hockey history, the first American-born player to top 50 goals in a season when he pumped in 53 goals in 1984-85. In 1,178 games played in the NHL, Carpenter scored 320 goals and 728 points, finishing his career with the Devils. When his playing days were over, Carpenter, who also spent time with the Rangers, Kings and Bruins, worked four seasons as an assistant and head coach in the New Jersey system until 2002."
With Boston Bobby had 63-71-134 totals in 187 games from 1988 through 1992.
“It’s a great reward and accomplishment to be selected into the Hockey Hall of Fame,” Carpenter told Grossman. “I think this is a time to be thankful for everybody that was a part of it. It’s not just, ‘He was a player’ that does it; there’s a lot of people involved. All the coaches you ever had, the USA Hockey programs that we all went through, and your family, for sure. They all went through a lot. My wife, I told her when we were going to marry that we’d go places. She probably didn’t realize we’d be moving this much, but it’s a great time to be able to say thanks to everyone that was involved.”
Bruins fans and American hockey fans in particular thank YOU Bob!
Go here to read the rest of the article at NHL.com
.Updated Bruins EventsThis afternoon:
The Boston Bruins staff will be at the Cradles To Crayons Warehouse in Quincy, MA from 3-6pm for a backpack stuffing. The Bruins theme backpacks will be filled with early education supplies, including safety scissors, several books, drawing and writing materials, counting tiles and stacking cubes. The Backpacks will be handed out to one-thousand children entering kindergarten in the Boston Public School system. Tonight:
Boston Bruins Foundation Director of Development, Bob Sweeney, and Boston Bruins Director of Hockey Operations and Player Development, Don Sweeney, will be on hand for the 2007 John Cunniff Chowder Cup Dinner at the Westin Copley Place. Proceeds from the event will benefit the John Cunniff Memorial Scholarship and Mass General Hospital Cancer Care. This Week:
08.24.07: The Boston Bruins event staff will be at the Hatch Shell, Boston from 5-8pm for a movie showing during Friday Night Flicks.
08.26.07: The Boston Bruins Alumni Association will host an NHL Street Hockey Clinic on Martha's Vineyard with the Martha's Vineyard Boys and Girls Club at the MV Arena from 3-4 p.m. A Boston Bruins alumni game will follow starting at 5 p.m. Proceeds benefit MV Youth Hockey.Upcoming Events:
08.28.07: The Boston Bruins event staff will be at the Children's Museum from 4-7pm for the 8th annual Countdown to Kindergarten celebration, where parents and their new kindergartners – wearing Boston’s now-famous “I’m going to kindergarten!” yellow t-shirts - can enjoy an afternoon of games, activities, food and fun – all with focus on helping children and families be ready for this important milestone.
08.30.07: The Boston Bruins staff will join the Boston Public School system for their Countdown to Kindergarten satellite programs which will take place in communities around the city. Each event will include activities, giveaways and valuable information for students and their families who are entering kindergarten in the fall. The Bruins will be in the Charlestown Navy Yard from 10-12pm to pass out prizes and information on the upcoming season to all in attendance.
09.13.07: Boston Bruins players will be included in the round-up of celebrity bowlers for the Beckett Bowl bowling tournament to benefit the Josh Beckett Foundation. The tournament will take place at Town Line Ten Pin in Malden, MA and will include a live auction and awards ceremony.
09.26.07: The Boston Bruins Foundation and the Alumni Association present the 4th annual Boston Bruins Golf Tournament.
This year's tournament will once again take place at the Pinehills Golf Club in Plymouth, MA with a bramble format and a noon shotgun start. For the first time ever, the tournament will feature Boston Bruins alumni in addition to the entire 2007-08 current roster!
Foursomes are $2,500 and include four spots in the tournament with at least one celebrity in your group, driving range use, greens fees, cart, box lunch, and post-barbeque dinner.
Season ticket holders receive a $200 discount. Net proceeds to benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation.
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.And one more thing…
I am in the middle of reading Red Fisher's book Hockey, Heroes, and Me
For those of you who aren't familiar with Mr. Fisher, I give you his bio from The Montreal Gazette
:Red Fisher started his journalism career with The Montreal Star on March 15, 1954. He was that newspaper's hockey writer and columnist, and its sports editor from 1969 until September, 1979 when The Star closed. He joined The Gazette as sports editor the following month and served in that capacity for several years. Fisher is in his 49th season of covering the Montreal Canadiens. He has won the National Newspaper Award for sportswriting in 1971 and 1991, and has been nominated for the NNA on two other occasions. He was also the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from Sports Media Canada in 1999.
What the bio fails to mention is that Red may be the greatest hockey journalist of all time.
His credentials now well established, I henceforth give you his feelings about our own Bobby Orr.
"He was simply the best hockey player I have ever seen," wrote Red.
If you need anything else to back that up, Red also wrote of Bobby:He pulled me out of my press-box seat more often than Maurice Richard and Gordie Howe, more often than Jean Beliveau and Bobby Hull, Doug Harvey, and Guy Lafleur, and more often than Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux. All of the great stars before Orr and since did certain things at top speed. Some skated at top speed. Others passed at top speed. Many shot the puck at top speed. Orr was the only player who did everything at top speed. In the process, he lifted the game to another level. He brought offense to defense. He brought new meaning and style to his position and, by extension, the game itself. He was its golden boy.
Wow. That is quite some praise from a Montreal native, and former Canadiens beat writer, of a Boston Bruins player, but it's certainly not shocking that it comes from Fisher.
Having read Red for some time, one word describes him best: fair.
And I would add two more words: entertaining and informative.
Simply put, Fisher is a heck of a good hockey read so I purposely point you in his direction within the sports pages of motrealgazette.com
. Most recently he has written poignantly about the passing of Sam Pollock, the legendary Canadiens GM.
So, after reading your favorite New England based scribe, be sure to log on to Red's column.
---*By the way, thanks to my fine friends in cyberspace who alerted me to Yuri's omission...