Fernie Flaman, 1927-2012

Boston Bruins President Cam Neely: “The Boston Bruins are very saddened to learn of the passing of Fernie Flaman. Fernie will always be remembered fondly in Boston for his time as the captain of the Bruins as well as the impact he had on hockey in New England after his playing days ended we send our deepest condolences to the Flaman family.” (Photo: Boston Bruins) Read about Fernie’s legacy here.

Chiarelli Issues Update on Boychuk

Boston, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli issued the following update today, December 7, on Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk: Johnny has been diagnosed with a back sprain and will be out for approximately three to seven days.

Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, July 23, that the club has signed Head Coach Claude Julien to a multi-year contract extension. Chiarelli and Julien will speak to media about the extension during a press conference on Tuesday, July 24. Click here to read the B’s official release.

BostonBruins.com is back on the road! On Friday, the BB.com team is heading to visit defenseman Torey Krug in Connecticut at his summer training mainstay, before heading to Ontario to see Rich Peverley, Gregory Campbell and Tyler Seguin. Click here to bookmark the #BearTracks Blog all week for coverage!

BOSTON, MA – The Boston Bruins announced today, October 30, that Matt Bartkowski, Patrice Bergeron, Gregory Campbell, Dougie Hamilton, Chris Kelly, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Daniel Paille, and Shawn Thornton will participate in the Movember movement by growing and maintaining moustaches during the month of November in order to raise funds and awareness for men’s health.

BUFFALO, NY - About six minutes into the third period of the Bruins 5-2 win in Buffalo, Loui Eriksson was hit by John Scott near center ice. He didn’t appear to see it coming, and the winger was slow to get up.

Eriksson went down the tunnel, after being helped off the ice by Dennis Seidenberg and Chris Kelly. He didn’t return to the game.

Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli issued an update following the game that “Loui is staying over night in Buffalo for precautionary reasons. He is expected to return to Boston on Thursday.”

"You just don’t want to see guys get hit like that. See how he was kind of trying to get up afterwards, it’s hard to watch that, and you want to make sure that you’re there to support one another and stick up for one another."

- Adam McQuaid, who immediately fought John Scott after the hit on Eriksson

To read the rest of the update and reaction, click the link above or here.

Tim Thomas sits in the locker room after the game win against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 27, 2011 (Photo: Babineau/Getty).

Boston, MA - B’s GM Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed Dennis Seidenberg to a four-year extension. 

"He’s been a warrior for us. There’s a lot of things that he has that are compatible with the way we want to play. Still, he’s 32, but we feel he’s in very good condition; keeps good care of himself and frankly he wanted to stay here so it was easier to get done for that reason."

- Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli

Read the full story by clicking the link above, or here.

With the 85th overall pick in the third round, the Bruins selected Charlestown native defenseman Matthew Grzelcyk from USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program. Matt’s father John is a longtime member of the TD Garden bullgang! He’ll be a BU Terrier in the fall.

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Watch the first interview with goaltender Malcolm Subban after he was selected 24th overall by the Bruins.

Chiarelli Issues Update Regarding Eriksson

Boston, MA - Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli issued the following update today, October 24, regarding Loui Eriksson:

"Loui traveled back to Boston from Buffalo by plane today (October 24) with a member of the Bruins medical staff. After an examination by team doctors in Boston, he has been diagnosed with a concussion and will be out indefinitely. The team will provide a further update on Loui’s status when appropriate."

Marquee Matinee Matchup Awaits

BOSTON, MA — There may be some animosity between the Bruins and Canucks – an intense, seven-game series that ends in the winners hoisting the Stanley Cup and the losers going home will do that – but as hockey teams, they’re not so different from each other.

Despite the 3,000 miles of continent that separate them, Bruins head coach Claude Julien sees plenty of similarities between the teams’ seasons – most prominently, the “Stanley Cup hangover” that seemed to plague both teams in the fall.

“When you play until the end of June, you’ve [only] got a couple of months, and the effort and everything that you put into the playoffs, let alone the series” can make it hard to get going when the first game rolls around, Julien said. “In talking to some of the Canucks people and looking at what we experienced here, guys just weren’t ready to start the year. Their heads weren’t into it.”

While those first weeks may have been agonizing for fans, the Bruins and Canucks found their groove much faster than many Stanley Cup contenders do. For instance, the Chicago Blackhawks struggled for “probably half a year” in 2010, Julien said.

“They had new faces coming into their lineup, so it was probably even a bigger challenge for them,” he said. “That’s certainly, for me, why I would assume the struggles took a little longer compared to ours.”

The Bruins and Canucks have since risen to the top of their respective conferences – a good way to reassure anyone still worried that they’ve long since shaken off those Cup hangovers – and there should be no worries that this afternoon’s game will be anything but full of energy.

“There’s a special feeling,” said Julien. “There’s history behind us from last year’s playoffs, and I think everybody’s looking forward to it.”

—-Angela Stefano

LAS VEGAS, NV - The NHL announced today that Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron has been named the winner of the 2011-12 Frank J. Selke Trophy. The Selke Trophy is awarded annually “to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.” The winner was announced at the 2012 NHL Awards at the Encore Theater at the Wynn Las Vegas.

The other finalists for the award were St. Louis’ David Backes and Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk, who had previously won three straight Selke Trophies from 2008-2010.

This is Bergeron’s first Selke Trophy, after being nominated for the first time in his eight-year NHL career. He becomes the first Bruin to win the award since Steve Kasper in 1982. The 26-year-old led the NHL in plus-minus this season with +36 and won the most faceoffs in the NHL with 973. Bergeron’s faceoff win percentage of 59.3% was second best in the NHL among players who took at least 500 puck drops, trailing only Chicago’s Jonathan Toews by .1% (59.4%).