Belfast, a city of just under 600,000, will host the Bruins in the Odyssey Arena, home of the Belfast Giants. As the country’s capital, Belfast is often the first stop for travelers in Northern Ireland.
Belfast is the region’s transportation hub, featuring a rail system that runs to Londonderry and Dublin as well as buses that allow tourists to explore the more rural areas, including Northern Ireland’s magnificent coast.
Traveling along the region’s coast is a eclectic experience and includes the magnificent volcanic landscapes of the Giant’s Causeway and the Carrickfergus, Ireland’s best-preserved Norman castle, are found among old checkpoints set up by the armies that have occupied the area throughout its history.
Hedley, Down With Webster and Hey Rosetta! to rock NHL Face-Off season-opening hockey festival Three of Canada’s top musical acts - Hedley, Down With Webster and Hey Rosetta! — have joined the line-up for NHL Face-Off™, the Oct. 7 opening day hockey and entertainment festival at Dundas Square in downtown Toronto, the National Hockey League (NHL) announced today. Fans will be able to take part in the 2010-11 NHL® season opening celebration at Dundas Square and enjoy the free performances and a host of other activities, starting at noon. NHL.com
Oilers still waiting, hoping for a Sheldon Souray deal The market for an aging defenseman who still is owed $9 million over the next two seasons isn’t a big one. But Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini isn’t giving up on a Sheldon Souray trade just yet. According to the Edmonton Journal, the Oilers have decided to continue their search for a trade partner rather than ship Souray to Oklahoma City, their AHL affiliate. TSN.com
Gionta named 28th captain in Canadiens history Brian Gionta has become the 28th captain in the 101-year history of the Montreal Canadiens and only the second American-born player to formally wear the ‘C’ since Chris Chelios co-captained the club in 1989. TSN.ca
Belfast, Northern Ireland — The festive atmosphere that surrounded the Bruins departure was only slightly sullied by the club’s 4-1 setback the Washington Capitals, but you’ll understand if B’s head coach Claude Julien wasn’t in a great mood as the club prepared to leave the United States.
"Camp is basically over," said Julien, who was asked if the trip had become a distraction to his wards.
"We’re not going to go to lame excuses, but…there’s been a lot on their plates today, but I’m talking about tonight’s game," he said. "I still think our effort wasn’t a very good effort tonight, and I think they realize it as well.
"We’re in a stage now where we’ve really cut down to our team…(and) we’ve got about nine days or ten days here until the real deal starts.
"We should use that time to make our team better and get ourselves in sync."
Brad Marchand, Brian McGrattan, Zdeno Chara, Andrew Ference, Shawn Thornton, Mark Recchi, Tyler Seguin, David Krejci, Mark Stuart, Matt Bartkowski, Adam McQuaid, Dennis Seidenberg, Jordan Caron, Patrice Bergeron, Tim Thomas and Tuukka Rask.
Our schedule here at BostonBruins.com is jam packed with Black & Gold goodness.
This morning, some of the players will have a quick skate, then at 10:30 a.m. the B’s annual “Media Day” activities will reintroduce the squad to the New England Hockey media. Of course there is the exhibition game versus the Capitals (7:00 p.m.) and then the Bruins board a bus to the airport (10:45 p.m.) where they will hop Bear Force One to Belfast (early Thursday morning, Boston-time).
Shoulder surgery to sideline Isles’ Okposo indefinitely The New York Islanders suffered their second devastating blow this week and it’s still early. The team announced Tuesday that forward Kyle Okposo’s ailing right shoulder will require surgery that will keep him out indefinitely. Newsday is reporting that Okposo suffered a torn labrum and will miss 2-3 months. NHL.com
Cullen: Training Camp Battles With the regular season little more than a week away, here’s a rundown of some of the more notable position battles throughout the NHL, with injuries, rookies challenging for jobs and what kind of fantasy fallout there might be. TSN.ca
Icy Bits: Kovalchuk says gesture to Avery means zip Tired of listening the all-world yapper Sean Avery run his mouth, New Jersey Devils star Ilya Kovalchuk made a gesture Saturday that he hope won’t land him in the NHL disciplinarian’s office. Just days after the league suspended Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Nick Boynton one game for a throat-slash gesture, Kovalchuk used a signal to tell Avery to shut up. “I just told him to zip it,” Kovalchuk told NJ.com. “I didn’t tell him I’d kill him, so don’t suspend me.” TSN.com
Washington, DC - The Boston Bruins traveled to Our Nation’s Capital on Tuesday afternoon for a 7:00 pm date with the Caps. The Bruins brought a squad populated with rookies, some AHLers and a few NHL veterans.
"Well, I think it’s a lot like you saw in the last game last year (when) we sat out a couple of guys once we clinched a playoff spot and those young guys went in there, played really hard and did a great job," said Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien prior to departure.
"I’d like to see the same thing tonight. "It’s a matter…where we’re dealing with a real tight schedule here, but the best way to give those young guys a chance was (to give them) an opportunity to play again and play against some pretty good competition."
Julien talked about his criteria for evaluation, and explained the ways in which a young B’s hopeful could catch on with the NHL Bruins.
This morning the Boston Bruins will hold their pregame skate at TD Garden before heading south for a same-day up-and-back trip to Washington, DC and the first of a home-at-home exhibition series with the Capitals.
On his way back from Vermont-based team-building activities Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien talked about Boston’s game in Our Nation’s Capital and the game in the Garden on Wednesday, which directly precedes the club’s journey to Belfast, Northern Ireland.
"We want to cut our roster down here and I think in the next few days we’d probably like to have our roster down to, I would say, somewhere around 27," said Julien via conference call. "If we could get down to that, that would be our goal going to Europe [because] there’s got to be some decisions made here in the next little while."
Price rebounds in Habs’ win Carey Price likes to say it doesn’t affect him to be growing up in perhaps the most intense hockey fishbowl in the NHL. But Monday night, Price was able to admit what a refreshing change it is when his own fans are behind him, instead of climbing all over him. NHL.com
Three-time Cup winner Mathieu Dandenault announces retirement Mathieu Dandenault, the versatile defenseman who played 868 games over 13 seasons with Detroit and Montreal, has announced his retirement. Dandenault won three Stanley Cups with the Red Wings and played his final four seasons with the Canadiens, including 41 games in 2008-09. The 34-year-old Dandenault suited up for Hartford of the AHL last season but suffered a tear in his groin and opted to leave the team in March. TSN.com
NHL-X: Kessel scores two more goals as Leafs defeat Sabres Nikolai Kulemin is far from a forgotten man for the Toronto Maple Leafs. As the quietest member of the team, the Russian winger rarely does interviews and tends to fly below the radar. But he’s been making plenty of noise with his play in the pre-season, giving the Leafs some hope that they’ll feature a more balanced attack when the games start counting. TSN.ca
The best of the United Kingdom’s professional ice hockey Elite League, under the name of the Belfast Giants Selects, is finally assembled after a collaborative effort from coaches Paul Thompson, Gerad Adams, and Doug Christiansen from Coventry Blaze and GB National Team, Cardiff Devils, and Belfast Giants, respectively.
The Belfast Giants released their final lineup for the Elite League All-Stars today, according to BelfastGiants.com. The All-Stars will take on the Boston Bruins on October 2 in the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Ireland.
After Saturday night’s 3-2 setback to the Florida Panther’s — a game that ended in a shootout that featured rookie standouts Tyler Seguin and Ryan Spooner — the Boston Bruins headed to Brattleboro, VT for some off-ice team-building.
In a Sunday conference call, Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli clarified the difference between team-bonding and team-building both of which he hopes happens in Vermont.
“Team-bonding is [when] we’re on a road trip and the team is just together a lot,” said the former captain of the Harvard Crimson. “Team-building is actual planned exercises, which is what they are doing right now.”
NHL alumni give back to kids of Dundas at clinic Four former NHL players re-lived their minor hockey days Sunday morning during Kraft Hockeyville, showing up at the J.L. Grightmire Arena bright and early to give hockey clinics to kids of the Dundas Minor Hockey Association. NHL.com
NHL-X: Bishop stops 28 shots as Blues beat Avalanche Ben Bishop stopped 28 shots as the St. Louis Blues beat the Colorado Avalanche 2-0 in an NHL pre-season game Sunday night. TJ Oshie scored a power-play goal for his first score of the pre-season. Brad Boyes added an empty-net goal and an assist, and Erik Johnson had an assist for St. Louis (3-2-0). TSN.ca
Rangers to place Wade Redden on waivers With one move, the New York Rangers have cleared up their salary cap issues. General manager Glen Sather told New York reporters Saturday morning that the team planned on placing defenseman Wade Redden on waivers at noon. According to an NHL source, the Blackhawks placed goalie Cristobal Huet on waivers today as well. TSN.com
Andreychuk excited to get foundation involved When a young Dave Andreychuk was riding his bike in the Dundas Driving Park all those years ago, he probably never imagined he’d back there Sunday signing autographs with the Stanley Cup as part of the Kraft Hockeyville celebration. NHL.com
Islanders’ Streit injures shoulder in scrimmage Islanders defenseman Mark Streit injured his left shoulder Saturday during a scrimmage and will be evaluated Sunday or Monday, according to NHL.com. One of the league’s best offensive defenseman, Streit was spotted with a sling on his arm following the scrimmage. The injury happened when he collided with Matt Moulson near the bench. TSN.com
Price Beaters: Spezza, Foligno score twice as Sens beat Price, Canadiens When a guy like Daniel Alfredsson is envious of your talent, you must be doing something right. Such is the case with Ottawa Senators forward Nick Foligno. Foligno had two goals and Jason Spezza added two of his own for the Senators in a 6-2 pre-season win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night. TSN.ca