BostonBruins.com - May 20, 2015 will serve as the date that Don Sweeney was named General Manager of the Boston Bruins, the eighth in the franchise's history.
There was much work that went into the month leading up to his introduction as GM -- a month-long interview process full of knowledge vetting and intense discussions -- and there will be much work moving forward, as Sweeney and the Bruins' management team look to get the organization back to being a Stanley Cup contender every year.
With that, let's take a walk through Sweeney's first day.
After all, this has only happened seven other times in team history, and marks just the fourth time since 1972. Sweeney joins a list that includes 'Ultimate Bruin' Milt Schmidt and Art Ross, the franchise's first coach and GM.
So, what has the past month been like for Sweeney, who was operating in his previous position as Assistant GM (and GM of the Providence Bruins), while also going through the exhaustive interview process?
A charity ping pong event, put on by Ninkovich, defensive end and linebacker for the New England Patriots.
Ninko's Ping Pong Challenge took place on Tuesday night at Game On! near Fenway Park, bringing together Boston's pro athletes from the Bruins, Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, New England Revolution and the UFC.
Still in Boston, Lucic, Bergeorn, Rask and Seidenberg went to show their support.
"It's pretty cool we get to do events like this and we can come support a good cause like this and it's nice that we can get together on a lighter note and just kind of hang out and have some fun," Lucic said, of the camaraderie amongst the New England sports teams. "And obviously raise some money for a good cause."
BostonBruins.com - Torey Krug is coming back to Boston with new hardware from his first stint in the Red, White and Blue with Team USA.
Krug and the U.S. captured the bronze medal at the 2015 IIHF Men's World Championship on Sunday (May 17) with a 3-0 win over the Czech Republic.
The game took place at O2 Arena in Prague, with a home crowd backing the Czechs.
The win gave the U.S. its second medal in the last three world championships (bronze in 2013), marking the first time that feat had been achieved by the country since 1952.
Krug logged 19:58 in ice time en route to the victory and posted a plus-1 rating. His lone shot on goal came on the power play off a one-timer stopped by Czech goaltender Ondrej Pavelec. While the U.S. didn't score on the man-advantage, its momentum triggered a goal from Mass. native Charlie Coyle with just 49.8 remaining in the second period that provided an important three-goal cushion.
Krug and the United States will continue on to the semifinal round after defeating Switzerland 3-1, while Eriksson and Sweden's tournament came to an end with a 5-3 loss to Russia.
Both games took place in Ostrava, Czech Republic at CEZ Arena.
Team USA will next face Russia on Saturday (May 16), shifting to Prague for semifinal action. Game time is set for 1:15 p.m. ET (streamed live online via NBC Sports Live Extra).
Krug logged 22:11 in the U.S. win, hopping on the ice for 30 shifts. Through eight games, the defenseman has five points off two power play goals and three assists, with a plus-4 rating. He has been paired with Carolina Hurricanes blueliner Justin Faulk, seeing ample minutes against the opponents' top lines, along with power play and penalty killing duties.
BostonBruins.com - Torey Krug and Loui Eriksson have wrapped up preliminary round action at the 2015 IIHF Men's World Championship in the Czech Republic, with both Bruins advancing to the quarterfinal round on Thursday, May 14.
Krug and the U.S. capped off their round-robin play with a 5-4 overtime win against Slovakia on Tuesday to clinch the top spot in their group (Group B). Boston University's Jack Eichel had the OT winner.
Team USA posted a 5-1-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record through seven games, with a plus-8 goal differential (22 goals for, 14 against). Russia, Finland and Belarus round out the other three teams from Group B who advanced to the quarterfinal.
Krug recorded two power play goals and three assists for five points through seven games with a plus-4 rating and a team-high 16 shots on goal. The defenseman averaged 22:05 in ice time per game, behind only fellow blueliners Justin Faulk (23:22) and Seth Jones (22:54).
BostonBruins.com - "Chiiiiiieeeeeef." It's a familiar refrain still heard at TD Garden, with the Hall of Famer bringing out cheers from fans every time he is shown on the video board during Bruins' games, usually holding court in the arena's "Garden Greats" suite.
For nearly 60 years, Johnny "The Chief" Bucyk has been synonymous with the Spoked-B.
Today, May 12, 2015, we celebrate his 80th birthday, and can all give him a collective, "Happy Birthday, Chief!" Because the Black and Gold would not be the same without him.
When Bucyk was traded to Boston from Detroit on June 10, 1957 at 22 years old, even he couldn't have imagined continuing on to a 23-season NHL career, with 556 goals (545 as a Bruin - still the franchise record) and 813 assists for 1,369 points in 1,540 games, sitting in the top-25 all-time in points. He put up another 124 in the playoffs as he helped the Bruins end a 29-year Stanley Cup drought in 1970, before winning it again in 1972. Sandwiched between the Cups, he had his best scoring season in 1970-71, putting up 51 goals and 116 points.
BostonBruins.com - Torey Krug had never donned the red, white and blue "USA" jersey until he hit the ice as a member of the U.S. Men's National Team at the end of April.
The team was playing an exhibition game in Austria to gear up for the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship, taking place in the Czech Republic through May 17.
"It's very special to me," said Krug, checking in with BostonBruins.com from Ostrava, Czech Republic on May 7 via phone. "This is the first time I've ever been able to wear these colors and I take a lot of pride."
"A lot of friends and family back home are proud of me and the situation that I've been blessed with and it's just been a great experience, and I'm looking forward to making sure it ends the right way."
BostonBruins.com - When the wide-smiled, long-haired 18-year-old David Pastrnak was selected 25th overall by the Bruins last June at the NHL Draft, it was hard to imagine what his future might hold.
Would he stay in Sweden? Would he play in the American Hockey League? Was he ready for the NHL?
In his mind, he knew his dream. He would do whatever he could to make it to the NHL.
"There’s a lot of things I have to work on and I will do that," Pastrnak said moments after being drafted. "And I hope I can get better and make the Bruins proud that they picked me first."
Much has happened since then for Pastrnak.
He ventured to Boston for the very first time that July and attended the club's development camp. He continued on to rookie camp, training camp, and eventually, the Providence Bruins.
Eriksson scored a hat trick in Sweden's 8-1 win over Latvia, while Krug notched a goal in Team USA's 4-2 win over Russia. Eriksson and Krug each received "Best Player of the Game" honors in the victories. The selection is chosen by the winning team.
Sweden and the U.S. are off to 3-0 starts in tournament play. They are in separate groups for the preliminary round of the tournament, with the U.S. competing in the city of Ostrava and Sweden playing in Prague.
BostonBruins.com - Torey Krug and Loui Eriksson are both in the Czech Republic representing their respective countries in the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship, taking place from May 1-17.
Krug kicked off action with Team USA on Friday in Ostrava, notching two assists in a 5-1 win over Finland. It marks his first time every wearing the red, white and blue and competing internationally for the United States.
The Bruins defenseman also picked up an assist on the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win over Norway on Saturday, when Brock Nelson deflected in his point shot. Krug fired three shots on goal in the win.
He has been mostly playing with with Carolina Hurricanes blueliner Justin Faulk on the top defense pairing, logging plenty of penalty kill and power play time. He logged 22:42 in ice time in the victory over Norway.