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POSTED ON Sunday, 07.22.2012 / 12:43 PM ET
By John Bishop - BostonBruins.com / #BearTracks

BANGOR, Maine -- So we were sitting in my boss’ office the other day and talking about last year’s travel around North America with the Stanley Cup.

I mentioned how much great material we had gotten for the site and how there was more to see and do that we couldn’t do because of Lord Stanley’s tight schedule.

Well, today we started on a six-day, 1821-mile journey through New England, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Quebec to see Bruins Brad Marchand, Adam McQuaid, Patrice Bergeron & Jordan Caron.

Right now, the estimated time in the car stands at 32-hours plus (only 11 or so on Sunday, though). But much of that day-and-a-quarter of driving is through some of the most picturesque parts on the continent (if not the world).

So, as I packed my bags for the significant sojourn to the Canadian Maritimes and la belle province, I was pretty excited to retrace at least some of my steps through St. Stephen, NB (Assistant GM Don Sweeney’s hometown), Halifax, NS, and Charlottetown, PE before returning to Quebec City for the first time since the B’s played the Canadiens in a preseason game in Le Colisee Pepsi.

Brad, Adam, Patrice & Jordan have all agreed to spend most of a day with our web video producer Jonny and I, and we’re hopeful to get to know their hometowns just a little bit better even as we learn about how they are preparing for the 2012-13 season.

Throughout the week I’ll be Tweeting and Instagraming via @NHLBruins (with the hashtag #BearTracks), blogging in this space and filming Bruins Beats. As we’ll have plenty of time in the car, feel free to send me questions about our trip along the way via Twiiter.

And we could certainly use a few suggestions for breakfast, lunch and dinner spots as we make our way to Canada and return to the USA.

We’re sure to have some fun and surprises along the way, so keep it here as we begin our summertime sweep through Black & Gold country.

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
2 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
3 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
4 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
5 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
6 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
7 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
8 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 53 19 26 7 45
L. Eriksson 53 16 24 10 40
D. Krejci 43 12 27 1 39
R. Spooner 53 11 27 -8 38
B. Marchand 48 25 12 11 37
Z. Chara 51 7 21 7 28
M. Beleskey 51 8 18 8 26
T. Krug 52 3 21 2 24
J. Hayes 51 11 12 -8 23
B. Connolly 50 7 9 -6 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 19 16 5 .916 2.56
J. Gustavsson 9 3 1 .911 2.58
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