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BRUINS WHITE HOUSE VISIT UPDATE: On Monday, January 23rd, President Obama will welcome the six-time Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins to the White House to honor the team and their 2011 Stanley Cup victory. In addition to the full roster, coaching staff, management and ownership, three other members of last year’s Cup winning team are expected to be in attendance as Mark Recchi, Shane Hnidy, and Tomas Kaberle will be making the trip.

The Bruins will also participate in a visit to the Boys and Girls Club of Washington, DC at 5:00 p.m. ET where the team will play street hockey and video games with the children. For more information, see the Around Town section below.

ALL-STAR UPDATE: Coaching assignments for the National Hockey League’s mid-season showcase were announced by the NHL on Friday: Head coach Claude Julien and his assistants (Doug Houda, Doug Jarvis and Geoff Ward) were assigned to Team Chara — captained by Zdeno Chara. Head coaches John Tortorella of the New York Rangers and Todd McLellan of the San Jose Sharks will guide Team Alfredsson, which is headed by forward Daniel Alfredsson of the All-Star host Ottawa Senators.

Chara and Alfredsson were selected as captains by their fellow NHL All-Stars. Chara’s responsibilities as All-Star captain include leading the All-Star Player Fantasy Draft on Thursday, January 26 where he will have the opportunity to draft teammates Tim Thomas and Tyler Seguin (8:00 p.m. TV: NBC Sports Network).

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BRUINS WHITE HOUSE VISIT SET: On Monday, January 23rd, President Obama will welcome the six-time Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins to the White House to honor the team and their 2011 Stanley Cup victory.  Continuing his tradition of recognizing sports teams for their work off the ice, President Obama will highlight the Boston Bruins Foundation which has raised and donated more than $7 million to various charitable organizations in the six New England states.

RADIO BROADCAST NOTE: Due to scheduling conflict with the Patriots/Broncos playoff game, the Bruins/Hurricanes game on Saturday, January 14 can be heard on 100.7 WZLX. Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will have the call.

SAVVY’S SUITE: Starting Thursday, January 12 through the end of the 2013-14 Bruins season, B’s forward Marc Savard will host a luxury suite at the TD Garden for pediatric patients at Children’s Hospital Boston with a focus on children suffering from the effects of head trauma from both a medical and psychological standpoint.

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JULIEN, ASSISTANTS TO COACH ALL-STARS: Claude Julien and the Bruins coaching staff of Doug Houda, Doug Jarvis and Geoff Ward will head to Ottawa to coach one of the two NHL All-Star teams.

“I think it’s the fact you have an opportunity to coach the elite players of the league and the guys who get voted on,” said Julien after learning of the announcement on Friday. “You see a different side of players – the whole experience is a good one. The fact that it’s in my hometown is an added bonus, you have your friends and family around – it will be fun.”

The All-Star Game will be played in Ottawa’s Scotiabank Place on Sunday, January 29 at 4 p.m. ET.

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BERGERON ON NHL 36: NHL Original Productions cameras joined the Bruins’ alternate captain at 7:30 a.m., ET, Tuesday, December 27 and followed him for 36 hours as Bergeron participated in team practices, traveled with teammates to Arizona and prepared for Boston’s 2-1 overtime win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday, December 28.

“NHL 36: Patrice Bergeron” will air Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 6:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network (formerly VERSUS). Narration is provided by actor and Emmy Award winner Peter Coyote. The 30 minute show will be followed on NBC Sports Network by NHL LIVE at 7:00 p.m. ET, and the Bruins’ game in New Jersey against the Devils at 7:30.

UPCOMING GAMES: The Northeast Division leading Bruins will have back-to-back midweek games this week on Wednesday and Thursday before their much anticipated meeting with the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday, January 7.

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CARON, KAMPFER ASSIGNED TO PROVIDENCE: Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the team has assigned forward Jordan Caron and defenseman Steven Kampfer to Providence (American Hockey League).

Both players are expected to play in Providence’s games this weekend on Saturday, December 17 (at Connecticut, 7 p.m.) and Sunday, December 18 (home vs. Bridgeport, 4:05 p.m.).

Caron has appeared in 13 games for Boston this season with one goal and two assists. Caron has been a healthy scratch in the last two games. Kampfer has skated in seven games for Boston this season (including the last two Bruins games) and has registered one assist.

Boston Bruins Week Ahead — Bruins President Cam Neely and players Patrice Bergeron, Andrew Ference, Milan Lucic, Tyler Seguin, and Shawn Thornton will appear on the Friday, December 2nd edition of Extreme Makeover Home Edition (ABC, 8:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m.). The Extreme Makeover crew traveled to Springfield, MA to surprise the Walker family, who two years ago endured an unimaginable tragedy. On April 6th, 2009, 11-year-old Carl Walker took his own life in their Springfield home after being bullied at school.  The family still hasn’t been able to return to normal after this tragic event, but they have focused their energy on helping others by lobbying for new state and federal laws against bullying. 

The Extreme Makeover crew built a brand new home for the Walker family, as the family understandably had difficultly living in the place where their son took his own life. One of the rooms in their new home is based around a Boston-sports theme and the Bruins contributed various items to help them decorate, including a replica 2011 Stanley Cup championship banner, signed jerseys, sticks and pucks.

The players joined thousands of others – including Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian – to “stand together” against bullying and show their support for the Walker family and their cause.

Boston Bruins Week Ahead — Now with points in their last 12 games at 11-0-1, the Bruins will face Northeast Division rival Toronto in both of their games next week. The first will take place north of the border on Wednesday, November 30 at the Air Canada Centre and the second will be played on TD Garden ice on Saturday, December 3. Both games start at 7 p.m. and will be televised locally on NESN and heard on 98.5 The Sports Hub.

Paced by NHL scoring leader Phil Kessel – who leads the NHL in goals (16) and points (30) – the Leafs have compiled a 13-8-2 record though their first 23 games. Toronto has won three of their last four (not including Sunday night’s game against Anaheim) and have scored 18 goals in those three wins.

The Bruins have defeated the Leafs in both meetings this season however (one at home and one in Toronto) by a combined score of 13-2.

Boston Bruins Week Ahead — The B’s will play both Conference leaders in the coming week, as they visit the Eastern Conference leading Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night, November 5 and then host the Western Conference leading Edmonton Oilers on Thursday, November 10.

The Leafs Phil Kessel currently leads the NHL in scoring with 20 points on ten goals and ten assists while linemate Joffrey Lupul ranks third with 16 points on eight goals and eight assists.

The Oil have a balanced offensive attack paced by their young guns Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall as well as veteran Ryan Smyth. Smyth and Nugent-Hopkins are tied for the team lead in scoring with 11 points apiece while Eberle and Hall are not far behind at 10 and nine points, respectively. Goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin has been stellar in net and currently leads all goaltenders in Goals Against Average (0.98 GAA), is second in save percentage (.963) and has not been defeated in regulation (6-0-2 record).

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Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the team has signed defenseman Kevan Miller to an entry-level contract.

The 23-year-old Miller played collegiately at the University of Vermont where he skated in 144 games over his four-year career with five goals and 25 assists for 30 points. He appeared in six games for the Providence Bruins last year on a tryout basis and registered nine penalty minutes. This season, he has played in five games for the P-Bruins with 0-2=2 totals and seven penalty minutes.

Miller attended Boston’s full training camp this preseason but was released to Providence’s camp on September 23. The 6’2’’ 200-pound native of Los Angeles, CA originally joined the Boston organization as an undrafted college free agent last year.

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KAMPFER UPDATE: Defenseman Steven Kampfer suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee during the team’s preseason game against the Senators on Thursday and is expected to miss 2-4 weeks.

PRESEASON FINALE ON SATURDAY: The Bruins will wrap up their 2011-12 preseason when they visit Bridgeport, CT and play the New York Islanders on Saturday, October 1 (Local TV: none, Local Radio: none). 27 players currently remain on the Bruins roster, including rookies Jordan Caron, Lane MacDermid, Matt Bartkowski and Max Sauve as well as camp invite Chris Clark. The team can carry up to 23. Fans can follow all the action on

BRUINS TO EMBARK ON TEAM-BUILDING TRIP: The Black & Gold will board buses on Sunday morning, October 2 and head to an undisclosed location for a team-building trip. The club will return on Monday evening, October 3.