John Bishop is the beat writer for BostonBruins.com. He covers the Black & Gold hoping to offer a positive look at the team, not only from the stands and the press box, but also from inside the locker room. A graduate of Boston U. and Northeastern, 'Bish' grew up in Connecticut and moved to the Hub of Hockey in 1993. Since then he has made all four rinks at the Beanpot schools, as well as both Gardens, his icebound homes away from home. Prior to joining the TD Banknorth Garden staff in 2005, Bishop had written for several publications, with his primary focus being college hockey. He coauthored the book Bygone Boston in 2003 and hopes someday to pen a bio of Hobey Baker.
At least once a day people who know my crazy hours during the hockey season ask me, "So you must be relieved that the season is over."
Unquestionably and unequivocally my answer is, "No."
Sure, it's nice to have a little extra time to mow the lawn or go food shopping with The General (my wife), but with the TD Banknorth Garden ice out and the hockey team scattered to the wind, things are pretty lonely here on Causeway St.
However, thank goodness we here at BostonBruins.com have the new website to keep us busy as well as its newfound content to keep us entertained.
In case you haven't ventured outside the humble confines of The Bear Essentials (or the page formally called Bish's Blog), please do so.
In particular, take a look at the Bruins TV page, now chock full of videos featuring player profiles, game video, historical profiles and other fun stuff to watch while you enjoy coffee at your desk or surf the web while on summer vacation.
Elsewhere, check out the new, searchable, All-Time Roster listing, the History page (complete with PDF's and a video history) and the Roster page, which has been integrated with NHL.com to give up to date stats and notes.
And, if you are thinking about tickets for next season, and want to check out the view from the Boardroom or the SportsDeck, or anywhere else in the Garden, look at the newly updated seat viewfinder.
And, as always, please check back daily because we are endeavoring to add more to the site everyday -- including BruinsCasts (podcasts), desktop backgrounds, as well as more videos.
Some Sad News
Ed Kryzanowski with a young fan.
I recently learned that Ed Kryzanowski, a former defenseman with the Boston Bruins, passed away earlier this month.
Kryzanowski, 81, was born in Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada and played for the B's from 1948 through 1952 and with the Chicago Blackhawks during the 1952-53 season. In 237 NHL games, Ed had a 15-22-37 line.
Kryzanowski also played 121 games for Providence (AHL) from 1952-1954 and last summer he was inducted into the University of Toronto Sports Hall of Fame.
Debra, a Kryzanowski family friend, wrote in about Ed:
"Ed was also a treasured friend of our family. (Before he passed) Ed was living with his wife, Elaine, in Atikokan, Ontario, Canada.
Having grown up in Atikokan and still having family there, we were given the great honor of getting to spend some time with Ed, while vacationing there.
What an amazing ambassador for hockey he was!
Ed spent hours going over the game with my son, Reid, who listened in admiration and took in every word. Having been a schoolteacher, he naturally wanted to pass-on his knowledge.
As such, Ed was involved in minor (children's) hockey in Atikokan and was beloved in that town.
When he was in the hospital in Thunder Bay recently, he was in good spirits right up until the end and he was even signing autographs for people in the hospital -- he really was amazing."
Thanks for writing in Debra. Ed will certainly be missed.