BostonBruins.com — Unlike the seven other Bruins who were named to World Cup of Hockey rosters in early March, Brad Marchand held out hope for the final roster selection.
That final announcement came on Friday evening, with Marchand joining Patrice Bergeron on Team Canada’s squad for the much anticipated World Cup of Hockey 2016, taking place from Sept. 17 - Oct.1 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
Eight teams will compete in the two-week tournament with 23-man rosters comprised of 173 NHL players in total.
In addition to Marchand and Bergeron, six other Bruins are on World Cup of Hockey rosters, including Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg on Team Europe, Loui Eriksson on Team Sweden, David Krejci and David Pastrnak on Team Czech Republic, and Tuukka Rask on Team Finland.
“It’s an incredible honor to play for Team Canada,” Marchand said on a conference call with media Friday evening. “It’s something that I think we all take a lot of pride in, and something that is — it’s not an easy accomplishment.”
BostonBruins.com — The Bruins will explore the marketplace in every way, shape and form this offseason.
General Manager Don Sweeney stressed that on a conference call with media Wednesday morning.
“I’ll explore whatever I have to do, in every way, shape, or form to continue to improve the club and find the blend and the balance that we need,” said Sweeney.
Improving the nature of the defense is a priority.
“We talked about it as a group — improving our defense is No. 1,” President Cam Neely said at the end of the 2015-16 season.
“We have areas that we want to address in the depth of our organization, likely in the forward position, either on the right wing or the center, or again, on the back end,” Sweeney said on the conference call, when asked by a reporter about the areas where they are looking to improve.
“We’re exploring a bunch of different things trade-wise. It’s difficult in this league, but I think that we’re in the position with two first-round picks to be either selecting really good players or to be in the marketplace.”
BostonBruins.com — On Wednesday, Head Coach Claude Julien and General Manager Don Sweeney were both available to media on a conference call to discuss recent news, including former Providence Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy and Director of Player Development Jay Pandolfo being named assistant coaches.
“We are excited about the impact that Bruce Cassidy, Jay Pandolfo, along with Joe Sacco, will have on our team and Claude’s staff moving forward,” said Sweeney.
“This restructure of the staff really was a collaborate effort to provide Claude with a group that will reinforce how he wants his team to play and we’ll also work to get all of our players, vets, young players, new players to the organization to perform to their highest level.”
“I want to first of all thank Doug Jarvis and also Doug Houda for their contribution to this team for the time that they’ve been with me,” Julien said on the call. “Obviously both those guys were part of a Stanley Cup run, they were also part of our Stanley Cup win in 2011.”
BostonBruins.com — Like the rest of the Bruins, Kevan Miller was frustrated following the 2015-16 season.
He’ll get a chance to help the Black & Gold bounce back in 2016-17.
On Tuesday afternoon, the defenseman was signed to a four-year contract extension through the 2019-20 season.
“Obviously it’s a very exciting day for me and my family,” said Miller. “It’s a huge opportunity — I’m very blessed for that, and I obviously want to say thank you to the Jacobs family, Cam Neely and Don Sweeney. It’s a tremendous opportunity and I’m really happy to be in Boston.”
Miller is entering his fourth season in Boston. In 2015-16, he competed in a career-high 71 games and established career highs in goals (five), assists (13), points (18) and penalty minutes (53). He posted the second-best plus/minus rating on the team at plus-15 and dropped the gloves on three occasions.
“I’d like to also say thank you to my family, my friends — they’ve all helped me get to this point,” Miller said. “Boston is a great city to play in and we have the best fans in the NHL, so I’m very thankful to them as well. I love playing here; it’s an honor to put that jersey on before every game.”
BOSTON – You wouldn’t think that Jimmy Hayes would have much in common with a room full of local high school athletes.
But in reality, he does. Not too long ago, the Bruins winger was a high school athlete himself.
Hayes, born and bred in Dorchester, was the featured speaker at the Boston Herald “Hot Shots” awards last Wednesday evening at the New Balance factory store. The event recognized 25 local high school students for their athletic accomplishments during this academic school year.
Hayes shared the inspiring tale of how he got to where he is today.
BostonBruins.com – It’s gold for Brad Marchand and Canada.
The Canadians took down previously undefeated Finland, 2-0, in the gold-medal game Sunday afternoon for their second straight IIHF Men’s World Championship title.
Marchand assisted on Matt Duchene’s empty-netter with 1 second remaining to seal the victory. The Bruins winger finished the tournament with four goals and three assists in 10 games.
Marchand added a goal in Canada’s 4-3 semifinals win over the United States on Saturday. After a give-and-go with Cody Ceci, Marchand got the puck at the goal line and fired one past goalie Keith Kinkaid to give Canada a 2-0 lead.
BostonBruins.com – All three Bruins participating in the 2016 IIHF Men’s World Championship have advanced to the quarterfinals of the tournament.
Brad Marchand (Canada), Frank Vatrano (United States), and David Pastrnak (Czech Republic) have each been important contributors to their teams to this point, combining for four goals and 11 assists through the preliminary round.
Marchand (two goals, two assists) helped Canada to a 6-1 record and the second spot in Group B with 18 points. Pastrnak (one goal, six assists) and the Czech Republic advanced with a 5-4 win over Switzerland Tuesday to clinch the top spot in Group A, with a 6-1 record and 18 points.
The United States is also moving on, despite a 3-2 overtime loss to Slovakia Tuesday morning. The U.S. needed only to avoid a regulation loss, which they did with help from Vatrano, who assisted on Brock Nelson’s second-period tally that tied the score at 1.
BostonBruins.com – Canada secured a place in the quarterfinals of the IIHF Men’s World Championship on Saturday after a 5-0 win over Slovakia.
Bruins winger Brad Marchand contributed to the victory, with an assist on Matt Duchene’s first period tally that gave the Canadians a 2-0 advantage. Marchand added another helper on Monday in Canada’s 4-0 win over France, assisting on Mark Scheifele’s goal in the third period.
Canada improved to 6-0 and is tied with Finland for the Group B lead at 18 points. The teams square off on Tuesday afternoon (1:15 p.m. EST) in the final preliminary round contest for each country.
BostonBruins.com – To this point of the IIHF Men’s World Championship, the Republic is the only team to have reached five wins, having captured all five of its contests during the preliminary round, for a tournament-high 14 points.
That success can be attributed in large part to Bruins forward David Pastrnak, who is one of just three NHLers playing for the Czech Republic. Tomas Plekanec (Montreal Canadiens) and Michal Jordan (Carolina Hurricanes) are the others.
Pastrnak is tied for the team lead in points, with six (one goal, five assists), along with Michael Birner and Roman Cervenka.
BostonBruins.com – Brad Marchand is fresh off the best season of his career. The 5-foot-9, 181-pound winger led the Bruins with a career-best 37 goals, good for fifth-most in the NHL.
And while his Bruins campaign ended sooner than he would have liked, Marchand picked up right where he left off with a strong start at the 2016 IIHF Men’s World Championship in Russia.
Marchand tallied a goal in each of his first two games of the tournament to help propel Canada (3-0) to convincing victories over the United States and Hungary. Frank Vatrano (USA) and David Pastrnak (Czech Republic) have also been significant contributors to their teams during the preliminary round, combining for six points in six games.