BostonBruins.com –- During his speech Wednesday morning, Richard J. Sullivan, Secretary of Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs spoke about how “citizens in every walk of life” need to be involved in the environmental conversation.
That was certainly true when Massachusetts Governor Patrick shared the podium with the Boston Bruins Andrew Ference to speak about innovation of green technology in Massachusetts.
“You are what you do, not what you say,” Ference said during his talk about reducing carbon footprints.
BostonBruins.com – The Shawinigan Cataractes defeated the London Knights 2-1 in overtime Sunday to claim the Memorial Cup Championship.
Shawinigan became only the second team in Memorial Cup history to win the title after playing in the tiebreaker game. They captured the first championship in team history by winning three games in four nights.
Forward Anton Zlobin scored both goals for the Cataractes, with the game-winner coming nearly 18 minutes into overtime. Teammate Michael Chaput was the top scorer for the tournament and earned MVP honors.
mastercardmemorialcup.ca – Anton Zlobin scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, to lead the Shawinigan Cataractes to a 2-1 victory over the London Knights and capture the first MasterCard Memorial Cup title in franchise history.
Shawinigan becomes the ninth host team since 1983 to win the title, and the first to eliminate all three league champions (WHL, OHL and QMJHL) in three straight games.
The London Knights were the first to get on the board at 5:42. Austin Watson was the author of a beautiful feed to Ryan Rupert who netted his second goal of the tournament.
BostonBruins.com — Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference is not going to have much time to relax on the couch this summer, thanks to a steady dose of Krav Maga workouts and triathlon training.
Ference began using the Israeli self-defense system a couple years ago in order to diversify his training. He noted that traditional workouts don’t always prepare hockey players for all aspects of the sport.
“I’ve used it for training camp…just to kind of sharpen my mind up and get some reaction and some quick thinking under my belt before hockey started because I felt I’ve been spending so much time in the gym and just doing really structured workouts,” he said. “You get stronger, but I feel like you lose the quick thinking that hockey takes.”
BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has acquired forward Chris Bourque from the Washington Capitals for center Zach Hamill.
Bourque appeared in 73 regular season games this year for the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), compiling 27-66=93 totals with 42 penalty minutes. In five playoff games, he tallied one goal and three assists. Bourque’s best statistical season came in 2009-10 with the Bears, when he posted 22-48=70 totals with 26 penalty minutes in 49 games.
In 2010-11, the 26-year-old native of Boston, Massachusetts signed with Mytishchi Atlant of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), where he scored one goal in eight games. Following his stint in the KHL, Bourque signed with HC Lugano of the Swiss National League A (NLA). In 39 games with Lugano, he posted 14-19=33 totals with 24 penalty minutes.
NEW YORK, NY – The SportsBusiness Journal held their 5th annual 2012 Sports Business Awards on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at the New York Marriott Marquis at Times Square in New York City to celebrate excellence in sports business. The Boston Bruins were presented with the Sports Team of the Year Award for their excellence and outstanding achievements for the time period from March 1, 2011 through February 29, 2012.
Each year, the award honors one sports franchise based on an evaluation of “excellence, growth, creativity, innovation, sound planning, implementation and outcomes.” A panel of editors, writers and researchers from the SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily judged entries.
The Boston Bruins were acknowledged for their 2011 Stanley Cup Championship title, as well as their involvement in numerous charitable contributions to the Greater Boston community.
BostonBruins.com – The Saint John Sea Dogs defeated the host Shawinigan Cataractes 4-1 Wednesday night, guaranteeing them a spot in Friday’s semifinal game.
Shawinigan will face the Edmonton Oil Kings Thursday night in the tiebreaking game, with the winner earning a spot in the semifinals. The winner of the semifinal game will then compete against Bruins prospect Jared Knight and the London Knights on Sunday, May 27 in the Memorial Cup Championship game. The Knights are looking to claim their first Memorial Cup since 2005.
BOSTON – Even though his players have “enjoyed” a measure of R&R since being eliminated in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli remains very busy and recently returned from the IIHF World Championships in Finland where he also served as assistant GM of Team Canada.
But Chiarelli wasn’t the only member of the Bruins organization in Europe for the tournament.
“[Zdeno Chara] was playing with Slovakia, and he was in [Team Canada’s tournament pool] in Helsinki so I saw a lot of him,” said Chiarelli from his office in TD Garden. “His dressing room was down the hall from ours and I was able to talk to him a lot.”
BostonBruins.com – Boston Bruins prospect Jared Knight and the London Knights clinched a spot in the Memorial Cup semifinals with a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings Tuesday night.
Forward Austin Watson, a 2010 first round pick of the Nashville Predators, was named the game’s first star after scoring his second goal of the tournament. London goaltender Michael Houser, the OHL Most Outstanding Player of the Year, allowed only one goal on 21 shots faced.
BostonBruins.com – Whether he’s sticking up for a teammate on the ice or visiting sick children in their battle against cancer at the Jimmy Fund Clinic, Shawn Thornton never shies away from a fight.
“I like doing these things,” Thornton said of Tuesday’s visit to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. “It’s very easy for us to give back in this way and it puts a lot of things in perspective for you too.”
Thornton understands how any distraction is important to the children and specifically recalled stopping by one particular room at the clinic.
BostonBruins.com – Bruins prospect Jared Knight and the OHL champion London Knights opened up Memorial Cup play this weekend with games against the Saint John Sea Dogs and Shawinigan Cataractes.
On Saturday, Knight recorded one assist in his team’s 5-3 victory over the defending Memorial Cup champion Saint John Sea Dogs. The 5’10”, 185-pound wing was the 32nd overall pick for the Bruins in 2010 and is an alternate captain for the Knights. Following the game, he expressed what the win meant for the team.
“This is huge, I mean especially against Saint John, but it’s just one game,” he told mastercardmemorialcup.ca. “We have to stay focused and stick to our game plan.”
IIHF.com – It’s just like old times: Russia is back on top of the hockey world. Unbeaten from wire to wire, Russia got a dominating performance from its NHL superstars to defeat underdog Slovakia 6-2 in Sunday’s gold medal game at Hartwall Arena.
It was the Russians’ first gold since Switzerland 2009. Reflecting their renewed hockey superpower status, they became the first champions to win all their games in regulation since the 1989 Soviets, who also won 10 straight.
This is arguably the strongest outing by any senior-level Russian national team since the fall of the Soviet Union. Russia now boasts 26 gold medals all-time, four in the post-USSR era.
IIHF.com – Three first period goals were enough for the Czechs to beat Finland 3-2, and win IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship bronze.
Finland outshot the Czechs 14-1 in the last period but the Czech defence, led by goaltender Jakub Stepanek, weathered the storm. Stepanek made 34 saves in the game, David Krejci got the game winning goal for the Czechs.
"It feels pretty good. The loss against Slovakia yesterday hurt. We let the final slip away, but that’s how it goes. At this tournament, it comes down to one game, and it didn’t work for us yesterday. We regrouped pretty well last night and today, and the bronze medal feels pretty good right now," Krejci said.
IIHF.com – Miroslav Satan’s second goal of the game, a beautiful short-handed marker early in the third, broke a 1-1 tie and led Slovakia to a 3-1 victory over the Czech Republic to give his team a place in the gold-medal game tomorrow.
At 37, Satan may be in the twilight of his career, but the captain of the 2002 gold-medal team has been extraordinary this year. Goalie Jan Laco, quickly emerging as the best goalie in the tournament, stopped 36 of 37 shots, giving the Slovaks their seventh win in a row here in Helsinki.
The Slovaks will play Russia in the final game of the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.
BostonBruins.com – Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara and David Krejci have been teammates for the last six seasons. But on Saturday, the two will take the ice as opponents when Slovakia and the Czech Republic match up Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Both teams were 5-2 in the preliminary round and Slovakia finished fourth in the Helsinki group to advance. On the other hand, the Czechs finished third in the Stockholm group.
Thus far, Chara has two assists, a +4 plus/minus-rating and is averaging 23:23 per game.
IIHF.com – Old rivals renewed their IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship playoff battle as the Czech Republic defeated the home team Sweden 4-3. Milan Michalek’s goal in the waning minute of the game proves the winner.
With the win, the Czechs move into the semifinals in Helsinki to go up against Slovakia on Saturday.
"I think it was a great forecheck," said Michalek. "I got the puck, and it was 2-on-1, and I knew the goalie was going to go down. The defenseman took away the pass, so I obviously shot glove side and it went in. I’m happy."
IIHF.com – Michal Handzus scored with 2:28 left in regulation to break a 3-3 tie and take Slovakia to the semi-finals. The goal came on a five-minute power play after a knee-on-knee hit by Ryan Getzlaf on Juraj Mikus, who had to be helped off the ice.
It was Slovakia’s first win against Canada in seven tries, dating back to the 2002 World Championship when Slovakia won its first and only gold. Canada is going home after losing in the quarter-finals for the third straight year and will likely finish fifth (sixth if Norway beats Russia later today).
It was a game in which Canada started off slowly and then took control, but a meltdown on several fronts in the third period virtually handed the victory to the Slovaks. Handzus tipped in an Andrej Sekera point shot just four seconds after Getzlaf was given five minutes and a game misconduct for a dangerous hit in centre ice.
IIHF.com – It wasn’t easy for top-seeded Russia versus Norway, but Zinetula Bilyaletdinov’s team finally put away the underdogs with a 5-2 victory to advance to Saturday’s semi-finals. Alexei Yemelin got the winner early in a three-goal third period for Russia.
Powerhouse Russia won its sixth straight IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship quarter-final, while Norway suffered its third loss all-time in this situation. The Norwegians fell 8-2 to host Canada in 2008 and 4-1 to Finland last year.
Despite the loss, Norway has taken another big step forward as a hockey nation at this tournament, gaining respect for its prowess at both ends of the rink.
BostonBruins.com – Boston Bruins forward Tyler Seguin has a big agenda planned for the offseason, with his major focus centered on strengthening his core.
At 20 years old, Seguin became the youngest player in team history to lead the club’s regular season scoring with 67 points (29 goals, 38 assists) in his sophomore season. That said, he acknowledged that there’s still work to be done in the off-season.
“I think going into last year, it was a bit of a short summer for us,” Seguin said. “But we’re having a full summer this year and I can really work on the things I need to improve on. My number one thing is my core strength – which basically comes with battling in corners and if I can continue to work on that I’m only going to get stronger.”
IIHF.com – Petr Koukal scored twice to buoy the Czechs to an 8-1 romp over Germany to finish their round-robin schedule on Tuesday. The Czechs will face Sweden in Thursday’s late Stockholm quarterfinal, while Russia battles Norway in the early game.
David Krejci added a goal and two assists, while Ales Hemsky, Lukas Krajicek, and Jiri Novotny had a goal and an assist apiece for the Czechs. Martin Erat chipped in a single, and Petr Prucha had two helpers.
"We were speculating on who we would take on, Sweden or Russia, but I don’t think it really mattered," said Krajicek. "Both teams beat us. Going up against Sweden is going to be hard, and we will do what we can to win the game."
IIHF.com – France needed a win in regulation time to clinch a spot in the quarterfinals. Slovakia just needed a point. It was a hard fought game, and in the end Slovakia got what it wanted, a 5-4 win, the points, and a spot in the quarter-finals.
Branko Radivojevic scored two and added an assist, Andrej Sekera collected three points in the game.
"The pressure’s off now. We achieved our two goals: getting to the Olympics and making the quarter-finals here," Radivojevic said.
IIHF.com – Norway defeated rival Denmark 6-2 to end the Preliminary Round with another offensive explosion led by Patrick Thoresen. Norway now moves into the IIHF World Championship quarterfinal on Thursday.
Five goals in the second period paced the attack and gave Norway a lead that would not be challenged. The Norwegian offensive onslaught continued for a second straight game, scoring 17 goals in its last two games.
"I think it was important for us to have a good game today, and we came out and showed that we deserve to be in the quarter-final," said Mathis Olimb. "We’re going to take the positive energy from this game with us into the quarter-final."
BostonBruins.com – Prior to the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, 105 top prospects will participate in the NHL Scouting Combine. The players will undergo a series of medical and fitness tests to measure their preparedness for the physical demands of the league.
The medical tests begin with a basic eye exam. Then a physician reviews the player’s history of concussions, examines the stability of his joints, and listens to his heart and lungs.
From here the players move on to the fitness testing. The first test measures their standing and reach heights. Dr. Norm Gledhill of York University, who administered the Combine’s tests in 2011, said players with longer wingspans have an edge on the ice.
BostonBruins.com – If you are anything like me, you’re having just a little bit of trouble watching the NHL playoffs.
However, there are some bright spots for Boston’s hockey fans as they try to enjoy the springtime while wearing their Black & Gold on the beach, boat or golf course as two key players on the Bruins NHL roster and two B’s prospects are still playing.
We’ll start with the IIHF World Hockey Championships where defenseman Zdeno Chara, center David Krejci and goaltending prospect Lars Volden are all representing their countries in hockey’s annual non-Stanley right of spring.
IIHF.com – Tomas Tatar’s goal at 18:13 of the first period stood up as the only score of the game, giving Slovakia a critical 1-0 win over Switzerland. Goalie Jan Laco stopped all 21 shots to record the shutout.
The win inched Slovakia closer to a quarter-finals appearance while the loss eliminated Switzerland from that possibility.
"It was a tough game and a very frustrating loss," said Nino Niederreiter, one of the young Swiss stars who is being looked to as the future of the team. "We threw a lot of pucks on their net but obviously not enough. We needed to have more net presence."
IIHF.com – Alexander Perezhogin scored the winner in the first minute, and top-seeded Russia kept riding high with a solid 2-0 win over the Czech Republic on Sunday. The Czechs remain third in the Stockholm group with 11 points.
"We played a very good game today," said Russia’s Pavel Datsyuk. "The first goal really helped get things started for us the right way."
Yevgeni Malkin also scored his tournament-leading seventh goal for Russia, which has racked up six straight regulation victories.
Statement from Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli:
"Late during tonight’s game we were made aware that there was a malfunction with our airplane. As a result we are staying in Toronto on Sunday night and the team will travel to Boston on Monday morning."
IIHF.com – Petr Nedved’s third period marker helped produce a Czech Republic win, further solidifying his team’s goal of moving into the quarterfinals of the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.
The Czech Republic earned a 3-1 win over a rugged and competitive Latvian side that battled them throughout. For 50:50, Latvia and the Czech Republic were at a stalemate until Nedved seized the opportunity and change the course of the game.
"I think we played better as a team than in the last couple of games," said Ales Hemsky. "We played better in the neutral zone and moved the puck a little better. But they played well too."
BostonBruins.com — Most of the Bruins are already well into their offseason off-ice R&R program, but three members of the organization — defenseman Zdeno Chara, center David Krejci and goaltending prospect Lars Volden — are representing their countries in the annual IIHF World Hockey Championship.
Held this summer in Finland & Sweden, the 2012 World Championship features many of hockey’s best players in a tournament format. Teams including the United States, Canada, Chara’s Slovakia, Krejci’s Czech Republic and Volden’s Norway compete in a 16 team tournament similar to ice hockey’s Olympic competition.
The 16 nations are divided into two groups for the Preliminary Round.
IIHF.com – Poor discipline early on and stretches of listless play might have scuttled the Czechs’ hopes against an elite foe. But they rebounded from a penalty-riddled first period, and Ales Hemsky scored two goals, including the shootout winner, in a 4-3 win over Norway on Monday.
David Krejci and Michal Frolik added singles in regulation for the Czechs, whose record improved to two wins and a loss. Mathis Olimb and Jonas Holøs had a goal and an assist apiece, and Lars Erik Spets also tallied for Norway, which lost for the third straight time but gained its first point.
"We have to play them tight because that’s our game and they have a good team," said Holøs. "We tried to keep everything outside and give the bad angles for shots and clear out the rebounds."
IIHF.com – The teams’ records in the tournament were mirror images of each other. The U.S. had won its two games in the tournament, Slovakia had lost both its games. Today, Slovakia came out on top, beating the U.S. 4-2.
"I think we had enough chances yesterday, but it wasn’t meant to be. Tonight, we finally got some luck and scored some goals the hard way," said Slovakia’s Miroslav Satan who got the empty netter tonight.
"It was three points we should have had. We throw away the first period, even though we dominated the game in many areas. Their goalie was phenomenal, and their defence played a good game. Hopefully this was a wakeup call for us, for the rest of the tournament," said Team USA forward Bobby Ryan.