Bruins Week Ahead: March 16 - 22
This week's news, notes and numbers
THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…
B’S TO HOST “SLICE THE ICE” TO BENEFIT BRUINS FOUNDATION: On Sunday, March 24, Boston Bruins players Gregory Campbell, Jordan Caron, Dougie Hamilton, Brad Marchand, Adam McQuaid, Tuukka Rask and Tyler Seguin along with fans, management and alumni will come together for a one-day event to benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation. During each session fans will be able to skate on the TD Garden ice and take pictures on the Bruins bench, at the Bruins goal and in the penalty box. Guests will also enjoy a meet-and-greet with current Bruins players and alumni, a tour of the Boston Bruins locker room and have the chance to take a photo with the Stanley Cup banner. Tickets for the event are available as follows: Gold Package (for 30 people) for $5,000, Black Package (15 people) for $2,500, and Individual tickets, which are $170 each.
B’S TO WEAR ST. PATRICK’S DAY JERSEYS: On Saturday, March 16 the Bruins will be sporting St. Patrick’s Day jerseys for warm ups before the B’s take on the Capitals at TD Garden. The player worn jerseys will be auctioned off at the Boston Bruins Foundation table located in Loge 4 during the game. The Bruins green St. Patrick’s Day sweaters will also be available for purchase in the Bruins Pro Shop. For more information click here.
18 B’S TO PARTICIPATE IN “CUTS FOR A CAUSE”: Bruins forward Shawn Thornton is teaming up with 98.5 The Sports Hub and 17 other members of the 2012-13 Bruins roster for the sixth annual "Cuts for a Cause" event on Monday, April 1 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Royale Boston. All Bruins players will have their heads shaved by auction winners to show their support and raise money for the Shawn Thornton Foundation, Boston Bruins Foundation and Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. The 18 current players shaving their heads is the highest number of players participating in the event’s six-year history. Read full release here.
BRUINS TO HOST MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT: The Boston Bruins announced Friday, March 15, that the club will honor local military members, veterans, and their families at “Military Appreciation Night” presented by the Army National Guard of Massachusetts and New Hampshire on Thursday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m. during the Bruins vs. Islanders game at the TD Garden. Bruins players Nathan Horton, David Krejci, and Tuukka Rask will each purchase $5,000 worth of tickets to the game to give to local military members and their families. The military members and families who sit in these player-donated seats will have the opportunity to meet the players postgame. Patrice Bergeron will host Defending The Blue Line (DTBL) in his private suite as part of his Patrice’s Pals program. DTBL is a non-profit organization, which ensures children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in the game of hockey. All in-game fundraising from the 50/50 raffle and silent auction of team signed, warm-up worn jerseys will benefit the USO. Read the full release here.
B’S & HALLMARK HEALTH TEAM UP: Hallmark Health Systems (HHS), the official healthcare provider of the Boston Bruins, and the B’s have partnered up to offer young fans, from seven to 15 years old, to enter for a chance to be a “Bruin for a day”. Winners of this once in a lifetime experience will receive a one day Boston Bruins contract, which will include two tickets to a B’s game, a VIP parking pass and a meet-and-greet with a Bruins player and mascot Blades. Parents can also enter their child to win a spot at the “Rink of Dreams” event hosted by Bruins alumni Andy Brickley, Bob Beers and Tommy Songin. To enter or for more information visit bruins.nhl.com and click on “Fan Zone”. The deadline to enter is Friday, March 22, and the event will be held on Tuesday, April 2.
BRUINS ICE GIRLS & BLADES TO VISIT FLOATING HOSPITAL: Boston Bruins staff, Bruins Ice Girls and Bruins Mascot Blades will be visiting Floating Hospital for Children on Wednesday, March 20 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Blades and Ice Girls will be participating in activities with the patients and visiting children in their rooms. Each child visited will receive a gift bag filled with Bruins memorabilia. For more information visit the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.
NHL APPROVES REALIGNMENT: The NHL Board of Governors announced Thursday, March 14 that it has ratified a realignment proposal for the 2013-14 season. Each conference will now be comprised of two divisions. The Bruins’ future divisional foes will include the Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Toronto Maple Leafs. All 30 NHL teams will visit every arena at least once per season, and the league has also reformatted its playoff format to include two wild card berths from each conference. Read full release here.
BRUINS SIGN ANTHONY CAMARA: Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced March 14, that the club has signed forward Anthony Camara to an entry-level contract. In 48 games this year with the Barrie Colts (OHL), Camara has registered 36 goals and 24 assists with a +17 rating and a team high 80 penalty minutes. Camara’s 36 goals are second on the team (11th in the OHL) and his 1.25 points per game average ranks third on the Colts squad. Camara’s 36 goals and 24 assists (60 points) are all career highs. The 6’0’’ 190-pound native of Toronto, Ontario was drafted in the third round (81 overall) by the Boston Bruins in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Read full release here.
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COACH JULIEN HITS MILESTONE: The Bruins win on March 14 against the Panthers was head coach Claude Julien's 246th win behind the Bruins bench and put him in sole possession of second place on the club's all-time coaching wins list (Previously tied with Milt Schmidt at 245 wins). Julien is 115 wins away form Art Ross who currently holds the all-time record, compiling 361 wins over the course of four seasons behind the Bruins bench.
BERGERON-MARCHAND-SEGUIN LINE: The line composed of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin have continued their success as the B’s hit the halfway point of the 48-game season. With their five combined points (2-3=5) on Thursday’s game against the Panthers, the trio has combined for 46 points over the course of their last 13 games. On the year, the three have a cumulative +56 rating and are among tops in the league with Bergeron’s +20 (T-2, NHL), Seguin’s +18 (T-4, NHL) and Marchand’s +18 (T-4, NHL). Aiding in the success of the line is Bergeron’s league leading 61.8% faceoff win percentage.
TUUKKA TAMING THE OPPOSITION: B’s goaltender Tuukka Rask earned his 14th win on March 14 against the Panthers, tying him for first in NHL wins with Carey Price (MTL) and Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT). Rask also ranks third among goalies with 1.92 GAA and second with a .930 save percentage stopping 488 of 525 shots on goal this year. In shootouts this year, Rask has come out on top three times, which ties him for second in the NHL.
BEST ROAD START IN CLUB HISTORY: The two points the Bruins earned on Monday, March 11 in Ottawa gave the B's their best road start in club history through 12 (20 points). In 1929-30, the Bruins had 18 points in going 9-3-0 through 12 games on the road.
UPCOMING GAMES: After defeating the Florida Panthers at home on Thursday night, the B’s will start their longest road stretch of the season and will face off against the Washington Capitals on Saturday, March 16 at 1:00 p.m. at TD Garden. The team will then head off on a week-long road trip, making their first stop in Pittsburgh on Sunday, March 17 to take on the Penguins at the Consol Energy Center at 12:30 p.m. where the teams will face each other for the second time in six days. The B’s road stretch continues at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg where the Bruins will match up against the Jets on Sunday, March 17 at 8:00 p.m. From there, the Black and Gold moves on to Ottawa for a 7:30 tilt versus the Senators on Thursday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Scotiabank Place.
BROADCAST SCHEDULE: Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Naoko Funayama will cover all of this week’s games on NESN, with the exception of Sunday’s matchup against the Pittsburgh Penguins, which will be nationally broadcast on NBC as well as RDS and the NHL Network Canada. The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Start times for the upcoming games are as follows:
3/16 vs. Washington Capitals, 1:00 p.m. ET – NESN
3/17 at Pittsburgh Penguins, 12:30 p.m. ET – NBC, RDS and NHL Network Canada
3/19 at Winnipeg Jets, 8:00 p.m. ET – NESN
3/21 at Ottawa Senators, 7:30 p.m. ET - NESN
BRUINS THIRD JERSEY SCHEDULE: The Bruins will suit up in their third jerseys for three more games this season at the TD Garden – all against different opponents.
3/16 vs. Washington
4/8 vs. Carolina
4/19 vs. Pittsburgh
141 AND COUNTING: Following Thursday’s home game at the TD Garden, the Bruins have sold out their last 141 home games, including regular season and playoffs. This sellout streak began more than three years ago on December 5, 2009 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The last game the Bruins did not have 17,565 in attendance at the Garden was on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning (16,553).
BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK (TOTW):
The Boston media “Tweet of the Week” is in its ninth week of the 2012-13 season. Thus far, Fluto Shinzawa has led the pack with three TOTW wins, but it’s Matt Kalman who takes home the win this week with his tweet from Tuesday’s game regarding the Tyler Seguin goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins:
@TheBruinsBlog: “Oh boy! #Bruins Seguin gets his hands filthy on that goal! Get the man some Purel #BruinsTalk”
Here are this week’s honorable mentions, in no particular order:
@JesseNEHJ: “Wonder what Peverley was so animated about in that chat with Chara. Maybe something along the lines of WATCH ME DOMINATE ANOTHER FACEOFF, Z!”
@ESPNJoeyMac: “Good thing the Garden has DVR capabilities because the puck was tough to track on Chara's goal.”
2012-13 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), Weeks 1, 4, 8
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, The Bruins Blog), Week 5, 9
@JesseNEHJ (Jesse Connolly, New England Hockey Journal), Week 3, 7
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com), Week 2
@HackswithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com), Week 6
LAST BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Wednesday, March 7
NEXT BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Thursday, March 28
PREVIOUS PROSPECT REPORT SUMMARY: The Bruins Communications staff sent out their tenth edition of the Boston Bruins Prospect Report on March 7. It can be viewed online at BostonBruins.com and on the Bruins Media Website. In addition to notes and statistics on all players in the Bruins system, the report features insight on both defenseman Matt Benning and forward Craig Cunningham. The development of both prospects is spotlighted in written features, as well as in the accompanying Prospect Report video found on BostonBruinsTV.com.
OFF THE ICE…
PATRICE’S PALS: As a part of his continuing charitable initiative Patrice’s Pals, Bruins alternate captain Patrice Bergeron invites children from local hospitals and other organizations to experience a Bruins home game from his luxury suite. Children and their families receive goodie bags filled with Bruins memorabilia, a visit from the Bruins Mascot Blades and Bruins Ice Girls, as well as a feature on the Garden HDX. After the game, Patrice’s Pals are escorted to ice level and introduced to Patrice himself who signs autographs and takes pictures with his Pals. This will take place at all Boston Bruins home games during the 2012-13 season.
SAVVY’S SUITE: Boston Bruins forward Marc Savard has partnered with the Brain Injury Center at Children’s Hospital Boston, inviting children who suffer from the effects of Brain Trauma, both physically and psychologically, to attend a Bruins home game in his luxury suite. Children and their families receive goodie bags with Bruins memorabilia and a visit from Bruins Mascot Blades and Bruins Ice Girls. Savard started the program on Thursday, January 12, 2012, and it will continue through the end of the 2013-14 Bruins season.
COMMUNITY TICKET PROGRAM: For the entirety of the Boston Bruins 2012-13 regular season, Bruins Principal and Alternate Governor Charlie Jacobs is donating ten balcony tickets to every home game to children from charitable organizations across New England, who are invited to enjoy a Bruins home game from these donated seats.
BRAD’S BRIGADE IS BACK: The 2012-2013 season marks an exciting new chapter for Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand’s charitable program, “Brad’s Brigade”. Established in 2010, Marchand’s program invites children from pediatric oncology units across New England to experience a Bruins home game. Children and their families sit in the loge section and are featured on the Garden HDX. Each family also receives a Brad’s Brigade T-Shirt, a Garden Gold Card and a goodie bag with Bruins memorabilia. At the conclusion of the game, families are escorted down to ice level where they have the opportunity to meet Marchand and get a photo taken with him.
ANNUAL SLICE THE ICE EVENT TO SUPPORT THE BRUINS FOUNDATION
WHAT: Boston Bruins players Gregory Campbell, Jordan Caron, Dougie Hamilton, Brad Marchand, Adam McQuaid, Tuukka Rask and Tyler Seguin along with fans, management and alumni will come together for a one-day event to benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation. During each session fans will be able to skate on the TD Garden ice and take pictures on the Bruins bench, at the Bruins goal and in the penalty box. Guests will also enjoy a meet-and-greet with current Bruins players and alumni, a tour of the Boston Bruins locker room and have the chance to take a photo with the Stanley Cup banner. Tickets for the event are available as follows: Gold Package (for 30 people) for $5,000, Black Package (15 people) for $2,500, and Individual tickets, which are $170 each.
WHEN: Sunday, March 24
Session 1: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Sold Out)
Session 2: 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Session 3: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Gregory Campbell, Jordan Caron, Dougie Hamilton, Brad Marchand, Adam McQuaid, Tuukka Rask and Tyler Seguin.
B’S TO WEAR ST. PATRICKS DAY JERSEYS TO SUPPORT BOSTON BRUINS FOUNDATION
WHAT: On Saturday, March 16 the Bruins will be sporting St. Patrick’s Day jerseys for warm ups before the B’s take on the Capitals at TD Garden. The player worn jerseys will be auctioned off at the Boston Bruins Foundation table located in Loge 4 during the game.
WHEN: Saturday, March 16 throughout the course of the game
WHERE: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA. Jerseys will be auctioned off at the Boston Bruins Foundation table in Loge 4.
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: All Bruins players
BOSTON BRUINS PASS CLINIC SERIES
WHAT: The Boston Bruins have selected 10 youth hockey organizations throughout New England to host a P.A.S.S. (Partnership to Assist Skaters and Shooters) clinic presented by TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, this season. TD Bank and the Boston Bruins have teamed up for the seventh straight year to support New England youth hockey through the P.A.S.S. clinic series. P.A.S.S. features a free on-ice clinic conducted by Bruins alumni and members of the Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team. The clinic includes instruction on hockey fundamentals such as skating, passing and shooting, as well as a $1000 donation from TD Bank to each hosting youth hockey organization. In addition, each individual participant will receive two tickets to an upcoming Bruins game as well as a TD Bank P.A.S.S. jersey and gift bag. P.A.S.S. clinics are open to youth hockey players between the ages of 8 and 12.
WHEN: Tuesday, March 19 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Mount Saint Charles Rink, 800 Logee Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins alumni Bill Bennett and USA Hockey’s Roger Grillo
BOSTON BRUINS AND FLOATING HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN VISIT
WHAT: The Boston Bruins staff, Bruins Ice Girls and Bruins Mascot Blades will be visiting children at Floating Hospital for children. Blades and Ice Girls will be participating in an activity with the patients and then visit children in their rooms. Each child visited will receive a gift bag filled with Bruins memorabilia.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 20 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: 755 Washington Street, Boston, MA
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins Ice Girls and Bruins Mascot Blades
BRUINS ON THE AIRWAVES…
BRUINS CONFIRMED RADIO SPOTS
Johnny Boychuk: 98.5 The Sports Hub, Toucher and Rich at 8:20 a.m. (Call-in day dependent on B’s schedule)
Cam Neely: 98.5 The Sports Hub, Felger and Mazz at 4:20 p.m. on Tuesdays
-(Ristuccia Arena, 190 Main Street, Wilmington, MA 01887) (TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)
-Schedule is subject to change.
-All times are local
-Practices at the TD Garden are closed to the public. Practices at Ristuccia Arena are open to the public.
Saturday, March 16 (Boston, MA/Pittsburgh, PA)
-Bruins vs. Washington Capitals, TD Garden, 1:00 p.m.
-Game Broadcast Info: TV: NESN (HD) RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Sunday, March 17 (Pittsburgh, PA/Winnipeg, MB)
-Bruins vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, Consol Energy Center, 12:30 p.m.
-Game Broadcast Info: TV: NBC, RDS, NHL Network Canada RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Monday, March 18 (Winnipeg, MB)
-Practice at MTS IcePlex, 12:30 p.m.
-Bruins players available after practice
-Head Coach Claude Julien available after players
Tuesday, March 19 (Winnipeg, MB/Ottawa, ON)
-Bruins vs. Winnipeg Jets, MTS Centre, 7:00 p.m.
-Game Broadcast Info: TV: NESN (HD) RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Wednesday, March 20 (Ottawa, ON)
Thursday, March 21 (Ottawa, ON)
-Bruins vs. Ottawa Senators, Scotiabank Place, 7:30 p.m.
-Game Broadcast Info: TV: NESN (HD) RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Friday, March 22 (Ottawa, ON/Toronto, ON)
-Practice at Scotiabank Place
BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, March 15)
1. B. Marchand, 12
2. T. Seguin, 9
3. P. Bergeron, 8
1. P. Bergeron, 16
2. D. Krejci, 15
3. T. Seguin, 12
1. P. Bergeron, 24 (8-16)
2. B. Marchand, 23 (12-11)
T3. D. Krejci, 21 (6-15)
T3. T. Seguin, 21 (9-12)
1. P. Bergeron, +20
T2. B. Marchand, +18
T2. T. Seguin, +18
3. Z. Chara, +13
1. M. Lucic, 57
2. A. McQuaid, 40
T3. S. Thornton, 39
T3. Z. Chara, 39
4. G. Campbell, 31
NHL Honors and Awards:
-Patrice Bergeron was awarded the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for the week of February 25 to March 3.
Fans interested in learning more about Boston Bruins players, or ticket options, should visit the team website at www.bostonbruins.com or call 617.624.BEAR.