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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
“I remember a couple of years ago Ed Jovanovski leaned over the bench and said, `Hey Andy, when did you turn into a tree hugger?’” Ference said with a laugh yesterday in an interview.
“There was one other time – I won’t tell you the guy’s name – when I was in a bit of a scrum and he punched me in the face and I punched him in the face and then he said, `Why don’t you go save the f—-ing world?’
“I’m pretty sure that one was an insult.”
It comes with the territory, of course, as being identified as a professional athlete interested in environmental and other international issues.
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
You read correctly: the boyish Bobby Orr turns 60 today, but the brilliant defenceman of yesteryear will not be in attendance at the TD Banknorth Garden. Instead, Orr will remain at his winter home in Jupiter, Fla., and quietly celebrate his milestone birthday with his wife, Peggy, and his family and friends.
“He probably doesn’t want to acknowledge it,” Harry Sinden, Orr’s first coach with the Bruins and later his general manager, said jokingly.
Even though Orr hasn’t lived in Canada for more than 40 years, since he first suited up for the Bruins in 1966, he remains as visible as any hockey player in this country, including Wayne Gretzky, because of his commercials for General Motors and MasterCard and work for Chevrolet’s Safe & Fun Hockey program to help young players develop positive values while learning the game’s fundamentals.
Glen Metropolit has scored over 100 points in six seasons in the National Hockey League but no amount of success will erase the memories of the gangs, pimps and crackheads of his youth.
Raised in poverty by a single mother and shuffled in and out of foster homes, hockey became an escape for Metropolit and a way out of one of Canada’s most violent and drug-ridden inner city slums.
via the STATS Wizard at Elias Sports Bureau,
For the second time this season, the Rangers and Bruins played 65 minutes without either team scoring a goal. On Oct. 20 in Boston, the Bruins prevailed in the shootout, and on Sunday afternoon in New York the Rangers won the shootout tiebreaker.
It’s been more than half a century since a pair of NHL teams played two goalless games against each other in the same season. The Bruins and Red Wings played to a scoreless tie in the first two of their 14 meetings in the 1955-56 season.
from the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
According to Bruins coach Claude Julien, Chara also might have to sit out Tuesday night’s game in Ottawa against the Senators.
“He’ll be out a short time,” said Julien, who did not identify the
nature of Chara’s injury. “It’s minor. He’s out [today] and possibly in Ottawa, too.”
Chara appeared to hurt a shoulder in the second period of Saturday’s Garden matinee against the Capitals but returned to play effectively in the third period.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Just as it’s your right not to like fighting, especially in hockey, it’s my right to embrace it, even get worked up over it, especially when it’s a really good hockey fight, packed with emotion, suspense, and purpose. All these years later, I still get a hoot out of the memory of John Wensink gallantly bowing in front of the North Stars bench, inviting any and all to pair up in a bare-knuckled waltz.
Is that hockey? Frankly, no. But in those days it was part of it, and boy, do I miss that part, and those days.
If you don’t like it, then I say, with all due respect and careful consideration: Watch . . . something . . . else.
read on for more on this and other NHL topics…
from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette,
In a matter of just five days, they have done a real Jekyll and Hyde, morphing from a confident, successful, cohesive bunch into a fragile, unorganized band of losers who suddenly find themselves on the ropes with rubbery knees.
Can these be the same Bruins who won their sixth straight game just last Saturday? With the exception of the absence of injured defenseman Aaron Ward, it’s the same roster and the same coach, but an entirely different karma.
from the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
Bruins top four defenseman Aaron Ward showed up on crutches for today’s morning skate on Causeway Street, which meant he wasn’t skating, and which also meant he won’t be in uniform tonight when the Bruins face the Panthers at the Garden.
Initial indication: a deep bruise, possibly on the bone. But it could be worse.
The Bruins are awaiting results of X-rays taken at Mass. General this morning.
more on the Bruins…
The Boston Bruins’ own Milan Lucic in The Hockey News,
My place is just outside the city in Charlestown – or ‘Chucktown’ as it is called here. I live close to three of my teammates; Marc Savard, Jeremy Reich and Mark Stuart. Because of our close proximity, we always carpool to practice in the morning (our practice rink is about 25 minutes north of Boston).
Every morning we’ll discuss what’s going on around the league, who won games the night before and what our schedule looks like coming up.
more… on being in Boston and hanging with the ‘Chucktown Crew’
NEW YORK – Toronto Maple Leafs center Mats Sundin, Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas and Philadelphia Flyers right wing Mike Knuble have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending March 2.
More on each player below, plus video available at this link.
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