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Rask Returns from Leave of Absence

Netminder had been away from the team to deal with a personal matter

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - After taking a few days to tend to a personal matter, Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask rejoined the team on Tuesday and was back on the ice for practice at Warrior Ice Arena. The netminder addressed the media following the session and thanked his teammates and the organization for their support.

"First and foremost, I want to thank all the people who sent messages and contacted me and supported me," said Rask, who was granted a leave of absence last Friday. "Second of all, I want to thank the Boston Bruins for giving me the opportunity to take time off with my family. I've never been more proud to be a part of this family, the Boston Bruins…we talk about it a lot, this is a family, we are a family, and we take care of each other when times are tough."

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Photos: O'Ree at Hall of Fame Weekend

Trailblazer set to be inducted on Monday in Toronto

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / - NHL trailblazer and Bruins legend Willie O'Ree will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto as a builder on Monday night. The Fredericton, New Brunswick, native made history on Jan. 18, 1958, when he took the ice for the Bruins and became the first black player in the history of the National Hockey League.

And since 1998, O'Ree, now 83, has served as the NHL's Director of Youth Development and NHL Diversity Ambassador, as he travels throughout North America in an attempt to grow the game of hockey.

O'Ree will enter the Hall on Monday with NHL Commisioner Gary Bettman, former Canadian women's team captain Jayna Hefford, Soviet star Aleksander Yakushev, and NHL legends Martin Brodeur and Martin St. Louis.

Check out some photos from this weekend's festivities in Toronto, including the unveiling of the Hall of Fame plaques and the Legends Classic.

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Secondary Scoring Begins to Emerge

B's receive 25 points from outside top line during homestand

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - The Bruins received their daily dose of perfection on Sunday night, as Boston's top line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and David Pastrnak added another two goals and two assists to their already eye-popping totals.

But the Black & Gold's leading trio was not the primary focus in a 4-1 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights. In addition to Jaroslav Halak's stellar 37-save outing, the Bruins received some strong production from their bottom six, which appeared to gain some momentum and confidence over the course of a 3-1 homestand.

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Bruins Winter Classic Sweater Invokes History, Tradition

White sweater with brown and gold stripes pays homage to 1930s era uniforms

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - The Boston Bruins are nearly a century old.

It is an organization steeped in rich tradition and history, having been home to some of hockey's all-time greats. And we're not just talking about its players.

Through the decades, the Bruins have donned some iconic sweaters, from the early days of the roaming bear, to the evolution of the legendary Spoked-B, and even that bright gold "Pooh-Bear."

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Willie O'Ree Community Rink Dedicated in Allston

Bruins help unveil street hockey rink in soon-to-be Hall of Famer's honor

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - Patrice Bergeron didn't become one of the world's elite hockey players by accident. It took years of hard work and dedication throughout his childhood in Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec.

But not all of that development happened on the ice. Some of those skills were refined on the streets - or in the snow.

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Bruins Laud Red Sox for World Series Win

Cassidy, players send congratulations after latest Boston championship

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - Jake DeBrusk hasn't been in Boston very long. But since arriving on the scene last fall, the Edmonton native has learned quickly what sports mean to this town and embraced the brotherhood between all of the city's professional teams.

As such, the winger was quite pleased to watch the Red Sox capture their fourth World Series title in the last 15 years with a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the Fall Classic on Sunday night.

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Hockey Fights Cancer Month Hits Home for Acciari

Forward remembers late friend and former teammate Drew Brown with purple suit tribute

by Riley Nelson @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - A contagious laugh, a smile that could lift anybody's spirits.

That's how Drew Brown will always be remembered.

Yes, he was a great hockey player, too, holding scoring records, earning All-State recognition in his home state of Michigan and finding success on the ice at Providence College. But he was an even better person, which is why his passing last November stings all that much more.

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Carlo Helps Backstop B's to Victory

Rask grabs win in Ottawa; Vaakanainen out with concussion

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

OTTAWA - Brandon Carlo was looking for a bounce back.

Despite a strong first game as Zdeno Chara's partner on Saturday night in Vancouver, the third-year blue liner found himself on the ice for the Canucks' overtime winner - a play he admitted he'd like to have back.

But he made up for it - and then some - on Tuesday night in Ottawa.

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Chara's Drive Remains in Full Gear

As Bruins captain reaches milestone game, his work ethic is still unmatched

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

EDMONTON, Alberta - Jake DeBrusk turned 22 years old on Wednesday. When the winger was born in 1996, his father, Louie, was one of the National Hockey League's toughest customers.

He fought 115 times across his 11-year NHL career, including one in April 1998 against Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, who was then just 21 and in his rookie season with the New York Islanders.

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After Long Offseason, Bjork Finding A Groove

The winger spent the summer rehabbing from shoulder surgery

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - Anders Bjork didn't have the easiest of rookie seasons.

A concussion and subsequent shoulder injury disrupted what began as a promising inaugural campaign for the former University of Notre Dame standout.

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