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Brad Marchand Is Your Tour Guide In China

from Brad Marchand at NHL.com,

BEIJING -- Yesterday was fun.

After our practice was pushed back from Monday morning to Monday afternoon, we went to the Silk Market. It was cool to be out in the market, really cool to be out there, kind of out in Chinese everyday life and have an opportunity to do a little bit of shopping. It was a lot of fun. The whole team was there; coaches, trainers and everyone.

We all have a little bit of down time, where some guys want to rest. There have been some long days too. Some guys wanted to go there and shop, but there's other opportunities where we do want to all get together, and that's where we build relationships and bond on the road.

But most of us did go to the Silk Market, and it was a fun experience. I haven't been anywhere like it. Any time you go to foreign countries there's always things that are kind of like that, to some extent, but it's normally a lot smaller. It was actually a little overwhelming, the different things that were in there.

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Logistic Issues For The Boston Bruins In China

from Matt Porter of the Boston Globe,

BEIJING — The preseason is about settling into a rhythm in preparation for a fast-approaching opening night, but that has been a losing proposition for the split-squad Bruins. And we’re not just talking about the jet lag.

Monday the Bruins were scheduled to be at AZ Ice Sports Club at 11 a.m. Their practice gear was neatly laid out in their locker room. However, there were no jerseys or sticks, no skate sharpener, and no medical equipment — items necessary to begin their workday.

Because of bureaucratic and logistical issues, trucks carrying heavy equipment did not arrive until 3:15, a delay of more than five hours. Coach Bruce Cassidy didn’t blow the whistle until after 4 p.m., when the bulky stuff had made a road trip of more than 1,300 miles — from Shenzhen to Beijing, through border checks at four provinces — that took from Saturday night, all of Sunday, and most of Monday to complete.

The Bruins couldn’t just borrow someone else’s stuff. The NHL expected a few bumps on this journey, but this has been constant turbulence.

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The Boston Bruins In China

from Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic,

“Holy shit,” said David Pastrnak.

Pastrnak, Jake DeBrusk, and video coach J.P. Buckley had been standing atop one of the watchtowers of the Great Wall’s Mutianyu section, accessible only because of boosts from Brandon Carlo and Kevan Miller. Pastrnak’s utterance came when he turned around from his perch, identified how high he was above a perilous drop, and felt the rush of danger.

This, mind you, coming from a 22-year-old adrenaline junkie whose regular work hazards include being chased by 220-pound monsters with sticks, elbows, and other assorted appendages meant to break bones.

A Czech Republic citizen working for a United States employer preparing to play a Canadian opponent in China captured Sunday’s moment in a very American way. Of all the adjectives visitors like the Bruins and Flames could use to describe the Great Wall, Pastrnak’s selection was as accurate as any.

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Kicking Off The China Games

from Amalie Benjamin of NHL.com,

SHENZHEN, China -- 7The teenager stood, half his body suspended over the railing. He waved his arm, over and over, calling for attention.

"Brad Marchand!" he yelled. "Brad Marchand!"

In front of him, the Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames had just taken the ice for warmups at Universiade Sports Center in Shenzhen, China, their usual routine transformed for their first preseason game of the 2018-2019 season. Instead of an arena in North America, the Bruins and Flames were halfway around the world, 30 minutes away from the start of the first game of the 2018 O.R.G. NHL China Games, which the Bruins would win in a shootout, 4-3.

The kid wore a Bruins jersey with a No. 15, Milt Schmidt's retired number. Next to him stood a man in a newly minted John Tavares Toronto Maple Leafs sweater, and nearby a neon P.K. Subban Nashville Predators edition. A Grant Fuhr Edmonton Oilers jersey could be seen a few sections over, and the concourse revealed Daniel Alfredsson and Ken Dryden and Milan Lucic and Joffrey Lupul.

These were the people who already knew, and loved, the game.

But there were others, the ones with no history and no allegiances, with no sense of hockey's past that the NHL wants to be part of its future. For them, there came an announcement after the two teams left the ice: They would be explaining the rules of hockey to the assembled crowd.

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Check out the game highlights below (not normal for KK to post from a preseason game, but since it is China....)

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Chinese Businessman Idolized Bobby Orr

from Amalie Benjamin of NHL.com,

Zhou Yunjie points to his eyes. He explains, in Chinese, that he nearly cried when he met his idol almost two years ago, on a night in Boston that was the culmination of a childhood dream.

Bobby Orr was in Boston, set to drop the ceremonial puck alongside Milt Schmidt. Later, in a suite, Zhou met the man that had introduced him to hockey.

It was emotional then. It feels almost emotional now.

"It was quite exciting," Zhou said, through a translator. "I almost burst into tears. Because Bobby Orr was my idol since [I was a] child."

Zhou has become a towering figure in the bid to introduce hockey to China, using his O.R.G. Packaging to bring the NHL to his home country. That includes this week when the Bruins and Calgary Flames play two preseason games in China, the 2018 O.R.G. NHL China Games, with the first at Universiade Sports Center in Shenzhen on Saturday (2:30 a.m. ET; NHLN, SN) and the second at Cadillac Arena in Beijing on Wednesday (7:30 a.m. ET; NBCSN, SN).

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Training Camps Have Changed

from Joe McDonals of The Athletic,

NHL training​ camps have drastically​ changed​ over​ the years.

When​ he​ reported​ for​ training​​ camp, Hall of Fame goalie and one-time Bruin Rogie Vachon would run a couple of miles and then sit in the locker room and enjoy a cigar and beer. He wasn’t the only player from his era — he retired after the 1982 season — to swear by this type of regimen....

Imagine current goalie Tuukka Rask smoking and drinking after the performance testing?

“Maybe not the cigar, but maybe having a beer,” teammate Torey Krug said with a laugh. “It’s a different time. You hear war stories about the guys showing up in training camp just to get in shape and that’s not the way it goes anymore.”

When today’s players return to their respective teams in late August and early September, they’re already in outstanding physical shape after an offseason of relentless workouts on and off the ice. As a result, the actual training camp portion of the preseason is much shorter than it once was, and exhibition games begin almost immediately. Teams now have nutritionists on staff, as well as skating and skill coaches.

Puke buckets, a onetime staple, are no longer needed on the ice.

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Boston Bruins/New York Rangers Trade

 

added 10:35am, NYR release is below.

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Rick Middleton Tuned His Game Playing Street Hockey

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Pursuing the hockey dream, and its endless stream of promises and $5 trophies, is a pricey proposition. Parents of young puck chasers can go broke shelling out for sticks, skates, travel teams, and power-skating lessons, tossed headlong into the financial abyss with the hope that junior at least comes out of it with a free ride to a Division 1 college program.

For the vast percentage of kids, the D1 scholarship never materializes, after an investment of maybe a dozen years and easily $50,000 — possibly more, when adding up all the gas money, Motel 6’s, the beer, the pizza, and that crappy caffeine concoction that pours steaming hot out of arena vending machines, tapped directly from a Jiffy Lube recycling tank.

Rick Middleton, one of the most talented players ever to pull on a Bruins sweater, is convinced street hockey helped make his dream a reality. Not only street hockey, of course, because it is never just one thing. Talent and will and commitment have many origins.

For Middleton, though, a key ingredient was growing up at 80 Gilroy Drive in Scarborough, Ontario, just a few miles northeast of downtown Toronto. The Maple Leafs were the hottest team in Canada, with four Stanley Cup title in the 1960s. Middleton was an impressionable 13-year-old, six years before his draft year of 1973, when his hometown heroes clinched the last (and still most recent) of those four titles.

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All About The NHL Preseason Games In China

SHENZHEN (Sept. 6) – The Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames are set to face off in the third and fourth preseason games played in China in the 2018 O.R.G. NHL China Games™. On Sept. 15, the Flames will play host to the Bruins in Shenzhen·Longgang at Shenzhen Universiade Sports Center at 2:30 p.m. (China Standard Time). The game in Shenzhen will be broadcast on NHL Network™ in the United States, Sportsnet in Canada and CCTV in China. The clubs will travel to Beijing to play the second preseason contest at Cadillac Arena on Sept. 19, where the Bruins will play host to the Flames at 7:30 p.m. (China Standard Time). The game in Beijing will be broadcast on Sportsnet in Canada, NBCSN in the United States and CCTV in China. 

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A Leaner David Backes

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

His head clear, his weight down, David Backes is eager for training camp to open in a couple of weeks, with his eye set on increasing his playing time and expanding his profile in the Bruins’ offense.

Losing 10 pounds has a way of liberating even a 12-year NHL veteran, one with 858 career games under his now-tightened belt.

“It’s a little different feel, and it takes some getting used to,” said Backes, who has slimmed down to roughly 210 pounds, a playing weight he hasn’t maintained since turning pro out of college in 2005.

“I’m a little leaner because the game is faster and I am trying to keep up with a lot of kids. Now it’s get on the ice, keep up, and be productive and be a good member of our team.”

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