BostonBruins.com – The Boston Bruins selected forward Trent Frederic with the 29th overall pick on Friday night at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo.
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1st Round, 29th overall
Weight: 203 pounds
Birthday: Feb. 11, 1998 (18 years old)
Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.
Last team: U.S. National Team Development Program
Future team: University of Wisconsin (Big Ten)
BostonBruins.com – The Boston Bruins selected Boston University defenseman Charlie McAvoy with the 14th overall pick on Friday night at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo.
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1st Round, 14th overall
Weight: 211 pounds
Birthday: Dec. 21, 1997 (18 years old)
Hometown: Long Beach, N.Y.
Last team: Boston University (Hockey East)
BostonBruins.com – Adam McQuaid did not receive a phone call or watch his name get called on live television.
No, McQuaid’s NHL Draft experience was a bit different.
The defenseman was picked by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second round (55th overall) in 2005. That draft followed the 2004-05 lockout, which forced the event to be condensed into one day.
As a result, McQuaid was at home watching with about two dozen family and friends, frantically refreshing his computer.
Finally, he saw his name.
“It was kind of a unique draft because that was the year of the lockout, so it was unique in the sense of we really didn’t know what the draft order would be,” McQuaid remembered.
“It was a special day because I got to watch it at home, watch the first round on TV. The whole draft was done in one day, but the second round – I just kept refreshing on the computer and was lucky to see my name picked late in the second round by the Columbus Blue Jackets.
“I just got to celebrate with friends and family so it was a pretty special memory for sure.”
McQuaid joined BostonBruins.com to reflect on his draft experience. The rest of the Q & A is below:
BostonBruins.com – Don Sweeney was in Florida for the NHL Draft last June. But at times it may have felt like his feet never touched the ground.
Sweeney’s first draft as Bruins general manager was a whirlwind. On the opening day of the draft, Sweeney made two major trades (Milan Lucic and Dougie Hamilton were moved) and selected three players (Jakub Zboril, Jake DeBrusk, and Zach Senyshyn) in the first round.
The second day was not much quieter, as Sweeney made seven more picks over the draft’s final five rounds to bring Boston’s total to 10.
There is no telling what will happen this year in Buffalo, but with one draft under his belt Sweeney feels he has a better grasp of the process.
“You’d like to say you learn from experience and your feet are on the ground and you feel like you have a better lay of the land,” Sweeney said Thursday night at his pre-draft media availability in Buffalo.
“The last few days we’ve been in and out of meetings, on and off the phones to find out what’s available, and exploring every different option. But we’re excited about the draft.
“That’s what we’re here for, to continue to build.”
LAS VEGAS — The NHL is expanding to Las Vegas.
The announcement came from Commissioner Gary Bettman during a press conference prior to the 2016 NHL Awards on Wednesday, June 22.
The decision to award an NHL franchise to Las Vegas beginning with the 2017-18 season came at the Board of Governors Meeting, where it was approved in a unanimous vote. It makes the NHL the first of the four major North American professional sports leagues to put a team in Las Vegas.
This marks the NHL’s first expansion since Columbus and Minnesota entered the League during the 2000-01 season.
Boston Bruins Owner and Chairman of the NHL Board of Governors Jeremy Jacobs was on hand to introduce the NHL’s newest owner, Bill Foley, who spearheaded the expansion effort to bring the League to the 2.3 million residents of Las Vegas.
“The executive committee had four objectives in considering a League expansion,” Jacobs said in his remarks. “First, to evaluate the viabilities of a respective franchise owner. Secondly, to determine the quality and suitability of the respective market. And third, to certify the NHL’s readiness in the arena and respective market. Most importantly, to determine the franchise that had all three attributes would also enhance the National Hockey League and make it stronger.”
LAS VEGAS — The 2016 NHL Awards came and went on Wednesday night at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Patrice Bergeron was nominated for the Frank J. Selke Trophy for the fifth straight time, given to the NHL’s top defensive forward. Instead of Bergeron earning his fourth straight tropy, LA’s Anze Kopitar took the win for his first-ever Selke.
Kopitar garnered 1,145 voting points, including 77 first-place votes, while Bergeron received 996 points with 46 first-place votes. The other finalist, Anaheim’s Ryan Kesler, had 424 points and nine first-place votes.
“Obviously you’re up against amazing players and it’s just the nature of it,” said Bergeron. “It’s one of those things where I’ve always said, win or lose, I would play the same way and I still feel the same. That’s still how I feel.”
LAS VEGAS — For Patrice Bergeron, the month of June usually brings with it a routine trip to Las Vegas.
As such, the Bruins alternate captain received his fifth straight nomination for the Frank J. Selke Trophy in 2016, given each year to the NHL’s top defensive forward.
The 2016 NHL Awards will take place on Wednesday, June 22, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (7:00 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN).
“It’s special,” Bergeron said during Tuesday’s NHL Awards Media Day at Encore Las Vegas. “It’s always a great honor to be nominated, but at the same time, it’s one of those things where I wouldn’t change the way I play whether I’m nominated or not.”
“That’s the way I was brought up. It’s special. There’s no individual awards without the the help of your teammates and that goes without saying. It’s fun to be here.”
It is difficult to find a new angle for Bergeron’s Selke prowess — but isn’t that exactly what makes Bergeron, Bergeron?
BostonBruins.com – Let the countdown begin.
Just 115 days remain until the Bruins take the ice for the start of the 2016-17 season.
The National Hockey League announced the full regular season schedule on Tuesday afternoon, revealing that the Bruins open on the road on Thursday, Oct. 13, at Columbus.
It is the first game of a three-game road swing, which also includes trips to Toronto and Winnipeg.
Boston returns to TD Garden for the home opener on Thursday, Oct. 20, for a tilt against New Jersey, followed by contests with Montreal and Minnesota.
“Every team starts from scratch,” said Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid. “It’s a new opportunity and the excitement of what could be…Pittsburgh, watching them all lift the Cup and [knowing] how special of a feeling it is and how much you want to do that again here.”
LAS VEGAS — The NHL’s offseason docket of events kicks into gear this week with the NHL Awards in Las Vegas on Wednesday, June 22 and the NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo, N.Y. on Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25.
Patrice Bergeron is on hand for the Awards in Vegas as a finalist for the Frank J. Selke Trophy, given annually to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.
Meanwhile, Loui Eriksson is up for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, an annual award given to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.
BostonBruins.com — There’s a new date for Bruins fans to add to their calendars.
As announced by the NHL on Monday, the puck will drop for the Bruins’ 2016-17 home opener on Thursday, Oct. 20, at TD Garden against the New Jersey Devils.
It marks just the second time in franchise history that Boston will open its home schedule against the Devils. The first time was in 2003-04, with a game that resulted in a 3-3 tie.
“It’s really exciting,” said defenseman Adam McQuaid. “It’s been a long offseason; it can’t come soon enough.”
“Just excited for the possibilities of a new year and hopefully what’s to come and to get in front of our fans here and have that excitement, to feel the energy again. It’s a new year and I think everyone’s really looking forward to it, and we’ll hopefully have a lot of success.”
The full 2016-17 regular season schedule is forthcoming from the NHL.
The Bruins took the season series against New Jersey in 2015-16, going 2-1-0. They won their lone game at TD Garden against the Devils on Dec. 20, with Ryan Spooner nothing the shootout winner in a 2-1 victory. Spooner also scored the winner in a 4-1 win on Jan. 8 at the Prudential Center.
Boston’s all-time home record against New Jersey is 32-14-8-6 (60-34-14-10 overall).
The franchise’s all-time record in home openers is 38-37-16.