Richie McFarland Children's Center presents The Boston Bruins Alumni vs Team Richie charity Hockey event on Saturday 12
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Rick Middleton, Frank Simonetti, Ken Hodge, Jr. and John Bucyk help out the the annual Table of Friends Event at the Garden
The "Voice of the Bruins Alumni" John Horrigan talks with Bruins D Bob Beers at a recent Bruins Alumni game.
In 1985 defenseman Bob Beers was chosen 210th overall by the Boston Bruins at the NHL Entry Draft. He enjoyed three excellent years with the University of Maine Black Bears and in 1989 was chosen to the Hockey East second all-star team and the NCAA East second all-American team.
Beers went on to play 258 NHL games with the Bruins, New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers and Tampa Bay Lightning
He currently serves as a radio commentator on Boston Bruins broadcasts on the WBZ Bruins radio network and is an occasional contributor to NESN Bruins and College Hockey broadcasts.
The Hockomock YMCA hosted their 7th Annual Legends Golf Classic at TPC Boston yesterday (October 11, 2016). They had legends from the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins joining guests on the course to have a great day. Proceeds from this event support the Hockomock Area YMCA’s Integration Initiative which allows children with special needs to participate alongside their typically developing peers, rather than separated from them. www.hockymca.org
The photo is of Bruins legends: Tom Songin and Rick Middleton (photo credit: Pure Style Photography)
Matti Hagman, the first player born and trained in Finland to appear in the NHL, has died. He was 61.
The IIHF reported that Hagman died at a hospital in Espoo, Finland.
Hagman, a center, was selected in the sixth round (No. 104) of the 1975 NHL Draft by the Boston Bruins. He played 237 NHL games for the Bruins and Edmonton Oilers, finishing with 145 points (56 goals, 89 assists), and had seven points (five goals, two assists) in 20 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
He also played more than 400 games in SM-Liiga, Finland's top pro league, and helped HIFK win the national championship in 1983. He played for Finland in four World Championships, three Canada Cup tournaments and the 1976 Innsbruck Olympics.
After his playing career ended, Hagman coached a number of teams in Finland. He was inducted into the Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame in 1995.
His son, Niklas Hagman, played in 770 NHL games from 2001-12 with the Florida Panthers, Dallas Stars, Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames and Anaheim Ducks.
Happy Birthday to Bruins Alumni Director of Hockey Operations Bob Cormier, who celebrated by taking a spin on the Zamboni at a recent pre-season game at the Garden.
Baker-Polito Administration Announces Urban Summer Street Hockey Initiative with DAJ Hockey and Bruins Alumni
Baker-Polito Administration Announces Urban Summer Street Hockey Initiative
BOSTON – Monday, July 11, 2016 – In an effort to broaden youth participation at state managed facilities this summer, the Baker-Polito Administration today announced that the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will join with DAJ Hockey, LLC and the Boston Bruins Alumni to conduct a series of street hockey events in Brockton, Lawrence, Lowell, New Bedford, Springfield, and Worcester as part of its Urban Summer Street Hockey program.
“It is incredibly important that kids receive great access to recreational opportunities across the state, especially during the summer months, and I am very proud to be able to offer my support of the Urban Summer Street Hockey Program,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “When state government works in cooperation with private partners, such as DAJ Hockey, we are able to leave a long lasting impact that will directly benefit today’s youth.”
Each clinic will occur between 6:00PM and 8:00PM and will be held adjacent to DCR hockey rinks. Clinics will include basic skills instruction, structured games/play time, and discussions on subjects such as teamwork, nutrition, bullying, and more. The clinics will also feature food, beverages, and free hockey-related promotional items.
“I am thrilled that our Administration will be able to provide kids from Springfield to the South Coast, and many communities in between with yet another outdoor initiative that will offer an incredible summertime activity and learning experience,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “By creating a safe, exciting environment where children of all ages will grow and thrive through outdoor recreational opportunities, we are able to promote a healthy lifestyle for the next generation.”
“Throughout the summer, kids will learn the value and appreciation of outdoor recreation thanks to the creative thinking of this Administration and DAJ Hockey,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “The Baker-Polito Administration’s work to protect and preserve public spaces is showcased through the Urban Summer Street Hockey program, and we look forward to helping this innovative program move forward.”
The DCR’s Urban Summer Street Hockey program will begin on July 19, 2016 and conclude on August 25, 2016. The street hockey events are designed to provide youth with a high-quality athletic and educational experience delivered by some of hockey's greatest legends, including Rick Middleton, Glen Featherstone and Tom Songin, with more participants to be announced in the coming days. The events are free and open to youth from six to 15 years of age.
“Broadening youth participation in urban communities requires the kind of forward-thinking mindset that the DCR has brought to this partnership, and I am glad to see its success beget a second year of summertime fun,” said DCR Commissioner Leo Roy. “We at the DCR must remain mindful of new ways to engage children inside our 450,000 acres of protected land across the Commonwealth, and I am proud to see our hockey rinks supporting a good sport and a great cause.”
“We created our ‘Hockey in the Streets’ program last year because we are committed to bringing the great game of hockey to all children regardless of their socio-economic background. It is very gratifying to be able to connect Boston Bruins legends with urban kids, who often don't have access to the great sport of hockey,” said David A. Jensen, owner of DAJ Hockey, LLC, past US Olympian, and former NHL veteran.
Urban Summer Street Hockey clinics will occur at the following locations:
· Brockton (Asiaf Arena) on July 19 and 26 and August 2;
· New Bedford (Hetland Arena) on July 20 and 27 and August 3;
· Springfield (Smead Arena) on July 21 and 28 and August 4;
· Lowell (Janas Arena) on August 9, 16 and 23;
· Worcester (Buffone Arena) on August 10, 17 and 24; and
· Lawrence (Valley Forum) on August 11, 18 and 25.
Full program details, updates, and news are available at DAJ Hockey Twitter and Facebook pages and at www.dajhockey.com. Or Call Mark Willand at 617-701-7289