BRUINS RECALL TROTMAN ON EMERGENCY BASIS: Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced Friday, March 13, that the club has recalled defenseman Zach Trotman from the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League) on an emergency basis. Trotman will travel with the team to Pittsburgh and be eligible for Saturday's game against the Penguins. Trotman has skated in 17 NHL games with Boston this season accruing four assists. He played in two games during the 2013-14 season for a total of 19 career NHL games to date. He made his NHL debut against the Ottawa Senators on December 28, 2013. Trotman appeared in 35 games for Providence this season, scoring two goals, notching 10 assists and 25 penalty minutes. The 24-year-old defenseman has skated in a total of 145 games with Providence from 2011-2015, picking up 13 goals and 42 assists for 55 points. The 6’3'', 219-pound native of Noblesville, Indiana was drafted by the Bruins in the seventh round (210th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
BRUINS TO HOST CHEEVER’S GROW HOCKEY NIGHT: The Boston Bruins Foundation is teaming up with Mass Hockey to support the Mike Cheever’s Grow Hockey Grant. The Foundation will present a donation of $237,144 during intermission of the Bruins vs. Buffalo game from Bruins license plate sales. The purpose of the Mike Cheever's Grow Hockey Grant is to seek, fund, and share within Mass Hockey, innovative methods for growing ice hockey participation in local organizations, Girls/Women and Disabled Hockey Programs. Mass Hockey has named this grant program after Mike Cheever because it is aimed at achieving what Cheever dedicated his life to: giving more kids the opportunity to play the game. To purchase your Boston Bruins license plate or learn more about the program, visit http://bruins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=38958. For more information, visit the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.
BRUINS ST. PATRICK’S DAY JERSEY AUCTION: During the St. Patrick’s day home game on Tuesday, March 17 vs. the Buffalo Sabres, the Boston Bruins Foundation will be auctioning off the players’ iconic St. Patrick’s Day practice jerseys. Select jerseys will be available in game on March 17 and March 26 at the Boston Bruins Foundation table on the Loge Level, Section 4. A limited number of jerseys will be available via an online raffle and auction following the game. For your chance to bid on these iconic jerseys, please visit bostonbruins.com/foundation.
BRUINS SIGN VATRANO: Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced March 13, that the club has signed UMass-Amherst forward Frank Vatrano to an entry-level contract. Vatrano finished up his the 2014-15 season at UMass-Amherst with 18 goals (six power play goals) and 10 assists for 28 points in 36 appearances. The 20-year-old's 18 goals led the squad, while his 28 points ranked second on the team. Vatrano appeared in one game for the Minutemen in 2013-14. Prior to joining UMass, Vatrano played with the Boston Jr. Bruins of the EJHL (Eastern Junior Hockey League) in 2012-13, where he notched 13 goals (tied for second on the team) and nine assists for 22 points in 19 games. Vatrano also played eight games for the Boston Jr. Bruins in 2009-10, where he tallied two assists. Vatrano also competed in 59 games for the U.S. National Development Team from 2010-2013, where he posted 18-16=34 totals. The 5'10'', 215-pound forward hails from East Longmeadow, MA.
EIGHTH ANNUAL “CUTS FOR A CAUSE”: Patrice Bergeron is teaming up with 98.5 The Sports Hub and members of the 2014-15 Bruins roster for the eighth annual "Cuts for a Cause" event on Tuesday, March 24 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (VIP session: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.) at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel (50 Park Plaza at Arlington, Boston, MA). Bergeron and his teammates will have their heads shaved by auction winners to show their support and raise money for the Boston Bruins Foundation and Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. The full roster of participating Bruins will be announced in the coming weeks.
For the first time this year, we are "offering fans the opportunity to raise funds to have their heads shaved on stage at the 8th Annual Cuts for a Cause. The top three fans who raise the most money between Monday, March 9, 2015 and Friday, March 20, 2015 will receive two VIP tickets to the 8th Annual Cuts for a Cause as well as have the opportunity to have their heads shaved onstage at the event by one of the current Boston Bruins Players. To begin your fundraising visit: bostonbruins.com/cutsforacause.
Tickets are on sale now and beginning on March 16 Bruins fans can bid on the opportunity to shave the head of their favorite participating Bruins player by also visiting bostonbruins.com/cutsforacause. Auction winners will also receive admission to the VIP session from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. where they will meet and greet the players on the event floor. Fans can purchase tickets to the event, hosted by Patrice Bergeron along with Fred "Toucher" Toettcher and Rich Shertenlieb of the Toucher & Rich show on 98.5 The Sports Hub, at bostonbruins.com/cutsforacause starting Friday, February 27 at 10:00 a.m. Limited VIP tickets are available for $200 and General Admission tickets are available for $30. Ticket prices do not include processing fees. Over the past seven years the Cuts for a Cause event has raised over $360,000 for charity.
BOSTON BRUINS ALUMNI ROAD TRIP: The Boston Bruins alumni are taking part in a series of games that will take them far north in Labrador and Newfoundland, Canada, which began back on March 9. To follow along the alumni as they travel all over Canada head to the Bruins Alumni Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BostonBruinsAlumni. Bruins alumni participating include Ray Bourque, Rick Middleton, Bob Sweeney, Nevin Markwart, Al Lafrate, David Shaw, Bruce Shoebottom, Jay Miller and Dan Lacouture (subject to change).
UPCOMING GAMES BROADCAST SCHEDULE: NESN reporters Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Guerin Austin will be covering the Bruins upcoming games at Pittsburgh (3/14) and at Ottawa (3/19). The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub. The games at Washington (3/15) and vs. Buffalo (3/17) will be covered by NBC Sports Network. The see a preview of these matchups check out the Week Ahead Preview with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Bob Beers on BostonBruins.com.
3/14 at Pittsburgh Penguins, 1:00 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub 3/15 at Washington Capitals, 7:30 p.m. – NBCSN, 98.5 The Sports Hub 3/17 vs. Buffalo Sabres, 7:30 p.m. – NBCSN, 98.5 The Sports Hub 3/19 at Ottawa Senators, 7:30 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
SUITES AVAILABLE FOR B’S VS. MAPLE LEAFS: Limited suite rentals are available now for upcoming games, including a match-up against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, April 4. Suites accommodate 18 to 60 fans and feature a living room area, private restroom and many other great amenities. To book your suite now visit BostonBruins.com/SuiteRental or call 617.624.1VIP (1847).
LIMITED BRUINS TICKETS AVAILABLE AT TD GARDEN: Limited tickets are available for Bruins versus the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday, March 17. For tickets and more information please visit www.bostonbruins.com/tickets.
SEASON 2 OF BEHIND THE B: Season Two of the Black & Gold’s all-access television series “Behind the B” presented by Alex and Ani has begun, with 13 episodes slated to air during the 2014-15 season. All episodes will again be narrated by actor and Worcester, MA native, Denis Leary.
“Behind the B” presented by Alex and Ani Episode air dates (all televised on NESN): Episode 11 - Monday, March 16 at 8:00 p.m. Episode 12 - Sunday, March 29 at 8:00 p.m. immediately following Bruins-Hurricanes postgame coverage Episode 13 - Sunday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m.
BOSTON BRUINS FOUNDATION 50/50 RAFFLE: During each Boston Bruins home game, the Boston Bruins Foundation conducts the 50/50 raffle presented by Health Services Administrators. Fifty percent of the proceeds go towards the beneficiary hosted by the Bruins Foundation that night, while the other fifty percent of the proceeds go to one lucky winner. The 50/50 program comprises one third of the annual fundraising for the Boston Bruins Foundation. After the winning ticket is selected, the number will be announced in-game giving the winner the opportunity to claim their prize at Guest Services on the Loge Level, Section 4 or by checking the numbers posted on the Bruins Foundation Website within 30 days of the winning game, which can be found at the following link: http://bruins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=101168.
Last five winning 50/50 numbers: 3/12 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning: 04301638 (Total: $15,675, Beneficiary: Thomas E. Smith Foundation) 3/8 vs. Detroit Red Wings: 04301638 (Total: $16,420, Beneficiary: Boston Bruins Foundation) 3/7 vs. Philadelphia Flyers: 00701121 (Total: $24,090, Beneficiary: MDSC) 3/5 vs. Calgary Flames: 03601584 (Total: $15,040, Beneficiary: Boston Bruins Foundation) 2/28 vs. Arizona Coyotes: 02101673 (Total: $23,360, Beneficiary: Special Olympics)
BRUINS ON THE AIRWAVES: Bruins defenseman Torey Krug has been confirmed as a weekly call-in guest with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Scott Zolak and Marc Betrand, which airs weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., while forward Reilly Smith is expected to be regular a guest with 98.5's Fred Toucher and Rich Shertenlieb (Toucher and Rich), which airs weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and Bruins President Cam Neely will also be a guest with Mike Felger and Tony Massarotti (Felger and Mazz) on their show, which airs weekdays from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Chris Kelly will be a regular guest on 100.7 WZLX with Kevin Karlson and Pete McKenzie (Karlson & McKenzie), which airs weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Call-in days and times are dependent upon the B’s schedule.
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.
COMMUNITY TICKET PROGRAM: For the entirety of the Boston Bruins 2014-15 regular season, Bruins Chief Executive Officer 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.
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DOWN THE STRETCH: There are 15 games remaining on the Bruins schedule. They will play five at home and 10 on the road; 14 vs. Eastern teams (9 Atlantic, 5 Metropolitan) and 1 vs. the West (Anaheim on 3/26); 8 are vs. teams currently in playoff position (2 vs. Tampa Bay, 2 vs. Washington, 1 each vs. Pittsburgh, Anaheim, NY Rangers and Detroit) and 7 are against teams currently out of a post-season berth (3 vs. Florida, 1 each vs. Ottawa, Toronto, Buffalo and Carolina).
CAPITALIZING EARLY: The Bruins have now scored the first goal of the game in ten straight contests and are 7-2-1 during that span. This is the longest such streak since they opened the scoring in 12 straight games from Feb. 3-26, 1990 (courtesy Elias Sports Bureau).
CAN’T STOP, WON’T STOP: Ryan Spooner is currently riding a seven game point streak with 3-5=8 totals in that span. Seven games is the longest point streak by a Bruins rookie since Brad Boyes had 4-6=10 totals in seven straight games from Mar. 11-21, 2006 and is tied for the longest point streak by a rookie in the NHL this season.
MARCHAND LEADING THE B’S IN GOALS AND PIMS: Forward Brad Marchand is the only player in the NHL who currently leads his team in both penalty minutes and goal scoring.
249 AND COUNTING: Following Thursday’s home game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Boston Bruins have sold out 249 straight regular season and playoff games. This sellout streak began 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).
BRUINS TO HOST CHEEVER’S GROW HOCKEY NIGHT WHAT: The Boston Bruins Foundation is teaming up with Mass Hockey to support the Mike Cheever’s Grow Hockey Grant. The Foundation will present a donation of $237,144 during intermission of the Bruins vs. Buffalo game from Bruins license plate sales. The purpose of the Mike Cheever's Grow Hockey Grant is to seek, fund, and share within Mass Hockey, innovative methods for growing ice hockey participation in local organizations, Girls/Women and Disabled Hockey Programs. Mass Hockey has named this grant program after Mike Cheever because it is aimed at achieving what Cheever dedicated his life to: giving more kids the opportunity to play the game. To purchase your Boston Bruins license plate or learn more about the program, visit http://bruins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=38958. WHEN: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 during the Bruins vs. Sabres game. WHERE: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA
BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK (TOTW): The tweet heard around TD Garden Garden. Matt Kalman takes home the win this week for his birthday exchange with Coach Julien.
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com, TheBruinsBlog.net, CBSSports.com): Claude would not reveal his goalie even when informed it’s my birthday. Also, did not say Happy Birthday. I will remember that on April 23.
This week’s honorable mentions listed in no particular order:
@AmalieBenjamin (Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe): 1A. Vanilla. 1B. Chocolate. 6. Coffee. 452. Carrot. 764. Anythingw/ fruit filling. RT @LarsTheWanderer: Cake power rankings. @kluedeke29 (Kirk Luedeke, New England Hockey Journal): Instead of Pastrnasty might need to call him Pastr-feisty- the rook went to defense of Lucic in scrum w/ some facewashes. Good stuff. @GlobeKPD (Kevin Paul Dupont, Boston Globe): Six teams today lead #NHL with 91 points. Everybody's right if everybody's wrong. A trophy for everyone. @DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com, Big Bad Blog): The ghost of Dougie “@Aaron_Cooney: The IceDogs are the only team to hold Connor McDavid scoreless this season, now for a second time.”
2014-15 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD @GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe): Week 8, Week 10, Week 12, Week 15, Week 20 @RealJackEdwards, (Jack Edwards, NESN): Week 1, Week 14, Week 16, Week 24 @TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com, TheBruinsBlog.net, CBSSports.com): Week 3, Week 13, Week 25 @DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com, Big Bad Blog): Week 2, Week 4, Week 11 @kluedeke29 (Kirk Luedeke, New England Hockey Journal): Week 18, Week 23 @AmalieBenjamin (Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe): Week 6, Week 22 @ESPNJoeyMac (Joe McDonald, ESPN.com): Week 17, Week 21 @HacksWithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com): Week 7, Week 9 @DanCagen (Dan Cagen, MetroWest Daily News): Week 19 @GlobeEricWilbur (Eric Wilbur, Boston Globe): Week 5
MEDIA INFORMATION: Throughout the 2014-15 season, the Bruins Communications staff will provide schedule updates, releases and transcripts on the Boston Bruins Media Site, which can be accessed at www.bostonbruins.com/media using the follow combination: E-mail: email@example.com, Password: media.
UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE & MEDIA AVAILABILITY -Schedule is subject to change. -(Ristuccia Arena, 190 Main Street, Wilmington, MA 01887) (TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114) -All times are local to where the practice or game is taking place -Practices at Ristuccia Arena are open to the public.
Saturday, March 14 (Boston, MA/ Pittsburgh, PA) -Select players available to the media after the team bus arrives at approximately 10:55 a.m. -Head Coach Claude Julien available to the media at 11:50 a.m. -Away Game at Pittsburgh Penguins, 1:00 p.m. -TV Broadcast: NESN, Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub -Travel to Washington, D.C.
Sunday, March 15 (Washington, DC / Boston, MA) -Pregame skate and media availability TBD -Away Game at Washington Capitals, 7:30 p.m. -TV Broadcast: NBCSN, Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub -Travel to Boston, MA
Monday, March 16 -TBD
Tuesday, March 17 (Boston, MA) -Pregame skate at TD Garden, 10:30 a.m. -Head Coach Claude Julien will be available to the media after session -Players will be available to the media after Coach Julien -Home Game vs. Buffalo Sabres, 7:30 p.m. -TV Broadcast: NBCSN, Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Wednesday, March 18 (Wilmington, MA / Ottawa, ON) -Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 p.m. -Players will be available to the media after practice -Head Coach Claude Julien will be available to the media after the players -Travel to Ottawa, ON
Thursday, March 19 (Ottawa, ON) -Pregame skate at Canadian Tire Center (1000 Palladium Dr, Ottawa, ON K2V 1A5, Canada), 11:30 a.m. -Head Coach Claude Julien will be available to the media after session -Players will be available to the media after Coach Julien -Away Game at Ottawa Senators, 7:30 p.m. -TV Broadcast: NESN, Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Friday, March 20 (Ottawa, ON / Sunrise, FL) -Travel to Sunrise, FL -Practice at BB&T Center (1 Panther Pkwy, Sunrise, FL 33323), 1:30 p.m. -Head Coach Claude Julien will be available after practice -Players will be available to the media after Coach Julien
2014-15 STATISTICAL LEADERS
Goals 1. B. Marchand, 22 2. P. Bergeron, 19 3. L. Eriksson, 17 4. M. Lucic, 14 5. R. Smith, 12
Assists T1. P. Bergeron, 29 T1. D. Hamilton, 29 3. C. Soderberg, 25 T4. M. Lucic, 24 T4. R. Smith, 24
Points 1. P. Bergeron, 48 T2. L. Eriksson, 39 T2. D. Hamilton, 39 T4. M. Lucic, 38 T4. B. Marchand, 38
Plus/Minus 1.K. Miller, 20 2. M. Lucic, 12 T3. T. Krug, 11 T3. D. Pastrnak, 11 T3. R. Smith, 11
Penalty Minutes 1. B. Marchand, 82 2. M. Lucic, 77 3. A. McQuiad, 70 4. G. Campbell, 45 5. D. Hamilton, 41
NHL Honors: -Patrice Bergeron selected to the 2015 NHL All-Star game. -Tuukka Rask named The Third Star of the Month for the month of January.
NHL Leaders -Patrice Bergeron ranks second in the league in faceoff wins with 908 and first in faceoff percentage with 59.6%. -Zdeno Chara is tied for first in the league in shorthanded assists with three. -Milan Lucic ranks 12th in the league in hits with 206.
Fans interested in learning more about Boston Bruins players, or ticket options, should visit the team website at www.bostonbruins.com or call 617.624.BEAR. The 2014-15 season is presented by the Massachusetts State Lottery.