Berkshire Hockey Booster Robin McGraw Interviewed, January 13, 2024 prior to the Bruins Alumni game at Berkshire School to support local law enforcement.
September 25, 2023, Brighton, MA … Boston Bruins Alumni Association President Frank Simonetti announced today that the Warrior Ice Arena has been named the official home arena of the Bruins Alumni. Warrior Ice Arena will host eight Bruins Alumni fundraising games in the 2023-24 season.
According to Simonetti, ‘As the official practice and training facility of the Boston Bruins, Warrior Ice Arena has been the Alumni’s “home away from home” for the past several seasons. Today we make that partnership official. It is an outstanding state-of-the-art facility with an electric atmosphere that celebrates the Bruins and their history.’
Simonetti continued, ‘The clincher for us has been the professionalism and support of the Warrior Ice Arena staff, led by Facility Manager & Event Coordinator Marissa Trott. With the demand for charity games increasing, it is important for us to have a quality venue we can call “home.” The charities that host Bruins Alumni fundraising games at Warrior Ice Arena have been thrilled with the experience and are enthused to continue to return in 2023-24 and beyond.’
According to Marissa Trott: “Some of my best memories growing up in Rhode Island are being a Boston sports fan and watching hockey with my dad. Now, having the opportunity to work alongside many of the players I grew up admiring is something I could have only dreamed of. On behalf of our team here at Warrior Ice Arena, we are honored to be named the Official Home Arena of the Boston Bruins Alumni Association. Our goals for supporting our community could not be more aligned and we look forward to our 8th season of hosting Boston Bruins Alumni Charity Games.”
Here is the Bruins Alumni 2023-24 home schedule at Warrior Ice Arena:
Saturday, November 11, 2023 at 2:00pm Team Edna
Sunday, November 19, 2023 at 2:00pm Mass. Down Syndrome Congress
Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 4:00pm Warrior for Life Fund
Sunday, December 17, 2023 at 2:00pm Matt Light Foundation
Saturday, January 20, 2024 at 2:00pm Warrior for Life Fund
Saturday, March 23, 2024 at 2:00pm Moments that Matter
Sunday, April 7, 2024 at 2:00pm Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Sunday, April 20, 2024 at 2:00pm Stanley Keg Games
The entire 29-game 2023-24 Bruins Alumni schedule can be found at BostonBruinsAlumni.org
To schedule an Alumni game, click here
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Boston Bruins retired forward Rick Middleton saw his team record for shorthanded goals be erased by Brad Marchand, but there is still a record that the crafty winger still holds today in the league.
Middleton’s 25 shorthanded tallies stood for more than 30 years until Marchand recorded three in the 2018-19 season to pass Middleton with 26. Currently, Marchand sits atop the Bruins’ record book with 33. Middleton couldn’t believe the record stood as long as it had.
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There are a lot of players that have pulled on the Spoked-B and called Boston their home at one point during their NHL career. There are a lot of players that have donned the black and gold for a season or two and then there are those that are lucky enough to be enshrined in Bruins history by having their number retired and raised to the rafters for all eternity — Rick Middleton is one of them. Even if he had no idea it was going to happen.
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The Boston Bruins Alumni have been around for more than 50 years, and each of the players on the roster has either skated in at least one game for the Black and Gold, the Providence Bruins or they have been made an honorary member. For New England native Frank Simonetti, it’s quite an honor to be a part of the legacy.
Simonetti, who is from Stoneham, Ma., recently took the time to talk with NESN.com about what it was like to play for the team he grew up cheering for as a child.
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Boston Pride standouts Corinne Schroeder & Élizabeth Giguère will be guest skaters for the Boston Bruins Alumni on April 22nd
Boston Pride standouts Corinne Schroeder & Élizabeth Giguère will be guest skaters for the Boston Bruins Alumni season finale on April 22nd (2:00pm) at Warrior Arena. The game will benefit Michael J. Edgett Memorial Fund.
The Bruins Alumni lineup will be bolstered by the addition of Tuukka Rask, who will be skating for the second time this season (see roster below). Rask will play the RW on an "All Goalie" Line with Reggie Lemelin and Andrew Raycroft.
Recorded 22 points in 18 goals as a rookie with the Boston Pride last season.
The 25-year-old Quebec native was a national sensation for the last five years as she dominated the collegiate level. During her time at Clarkson University from 2017-21, Giguère broke the freshman scoring record and then some with an unsurpassable 71 points in just 41 games, then scored the overtime winner in the 2018 NCAA National Championship game. As a sophomore, she was a finalist for the prestigious Patty Kazmaier Award in 2019 after producing 73 points in 40 games, then won the award the following season as a junior in 2020 to cement her status as the top women’s collegiate hockey player in the nation with 66 points including 37 goals in 37 games. She served as captain of the Golden Knights as a senior and became the program’s all-time leading scorer with an incredible 233 points in 137 games played. Additional accolades from her career at Clarkson include the ECAC Hockey All-Rookie Team (2018), ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year (2018), selection to the ECAC Hockey First Team All-League (2018 & 2020), CCM/AHCA Hockey Second Team All-American (2018), USCHO.com Player of the Year (2019), CCM/AHCA Hockey First Team All-American (2019 & 2020), ECAC Hockey Second Team All-League (2019), ECAC Hockey Player of the Year (2020), and ECAC Hockey Best Forward (2020).
Giguère added an additional 62 points in 40 games during the 2021-22 season as a graduate transfer at University of Minnesota-Duluth. The CCM/AHCA Hockey Second Team All-American led the Bulldogs in scoring and brought her team all the way to the Frozen Four final. Her 295 career points in 177 games rank sixth in all-time NCAA Division I history.
Schroeder was the Premier Hockey Federation Rookie of the Year, recording a 1.67 GAA, 19 wins and seven shutouts.
The Elm Creek, Manitoba native came to Boston in 2017 to play hockey for Boston University where she started 91 games over four seasons with the Terriers. She posted a career .925 save percentage in those four years, including eight shutouts. Accolades from her BU career include Hockey East Second Team All-Star (2019-20), Hockey East Third Team All-Star (2018-19), Hockey East All-Rookie Team (2017-18), Hockey East All-Academic Team (2019-20, 2018-19, 2017-18), AHCA All-American Scholar (2019-20, 2018-19), and National Goaltender of the Year Award Watch List (2020-21). Schroeder completed a graduate season at Quinnipiac University during the 2021-22 season where she recorded 15 wins, six shutouts, a goals-against-average of 1.44, and a remarkable .951 save percentage along with a career-high 73 saves in one game. Schroeder was named the Bobcats’ Women’s Hockey MVP and was a candidate for the NCAA’s Women’s Goalie of the Year award.
Schroeder also has experience at the national level with Team Canada. In 2017, she won a silver medal at the IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship.
Representing Cross Insurance, Tony Cabana has made a huge impact on the Bruins Alumni and the Warrior for Life Fund.
By Casey Holland
The game of hockey is a special sport, played by children and adults alike. Yes, it is a sport where scores are kept, with winners and losers, but hockey can also provide a therapeutic outlet for one’s day-to-day pressures. Hockey can be more therapeutic for some than others, as is the case within the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) community, home to the Navy SEALs, who for over 20 years have been the tip of the spear in the United States war on terror. Hockey has become an integral part of this community’s toolbox for coping with extended deployments in hostile environments, post deployment assimilation, loss of friends, sleep issues, injuries, and the long lasting effects of combat.
While stationed at the Naval War College in Newport Rhode Island, then 36yr old Navy SEAL Commander (Cmdr.) Ryan Croley, a lifelong Detroit Red Wings fan, decided it was time to learn how to play hockey. Cmdr. Croley purchased equipment, joined a league at the newly built University of Rhode Island Boss Arena, and quickly realized there were benefits to playing hockey beyond the physical. After completing a nearly 18-month deployment and
training rotation Cmdr. Croley jumped back on the ice and recruited his SEAL brothers to join him at 6:00am, twice a week, at the local rink. Word spread and participation grew to the point where it was clear these morning skates were providing a much needed outlet for the NSW community. In 2012, with support from the Navy SEAL Foundation, Cmdr. Croley founded the Virginia Beach Hockey Club (VBHC) to formalize the program, increase involvement of the NSW community, and help grow the game in the Virginia Beach /
Hampton Roads Virginia area, home to the highest population of active duty, retired military, and Gold Star families in the country. Cmdr. Croley also started the Challenge Sled Hockey program for military, first responders and civilians unable to play standup hockey. In 2019, with support from the Boston Bruins Alumni, the VBHC was rebranded the Warrior for Life Fund to professionalize and widen the reach of the programs.
John Horrigan interviews Rick Middleton, Bruce Shoebottom and Ken Hodge, Jr. at the 2022 Boston Bruins