Lucic hosts third annual Rock and Jock charity softball event


Lucic hosts third annual Rock and Jock charity softball event

LOWELL It was another successful Rock and Jock charity softball game for Milan Lucic in whats usually one of the first signs that the NHL season is nearly upon us.
Things may hit a little bit of a bump with a considerable gap in CBA negotiations, and the season may not get started on time while possibly wiping out training camp at the same time.
But a handful of Lucics teammates still showed up for Wednesday nights game at LeLacheur Park before the Bruins power forward heads off this week to the Bahamas to celebrate his wedding to the former Brittany Carnegie. The game raised over 10,000 for Celebrities for Charity Foundation that will be donated to the NMTW Community Partners that donates money to various charities all over New England.
Its been great. You talk about the fans and the people willing to support the event, and theyve made it what its grown into today, said Lucic, of the third year hes hosted the charity softball game. Every year were filling up LeLacheur Park. Its such a great event and I always get great feedback from everybody thats been involved.
Lucic, Tuukka Rask, Dennis Seidenberg, Johnny Boychuk and Mike Mottau all suited up for the Jocks team along with former Bruins enforcer Jay Miller, former MLB pitcher and Salem native Jeff Juden, Olympic hockey player Colleen Coyne, New England Revolution player Kelyn Rowe and former Patriots offensive lineman Joe Andruzzi all participated for the Jocks. On the Rocks squad were 94.5 radio personalities Ramiro Torres, Krazy Kulo Melissa, 98.5 the Sports Hub radio hosts Fred Toucher and Rich Shertenlieb, The Voice contestant James Massone, 7NEWS personalities Chris Lambert, Tim Caputo, Joe Amorosino and Dylan Dreyer, WBZ-TV anchor David Wade, Mix 104.1 morning host Karson Tager, KISS 108 producer Kenra Petrone, Family Guy executive producer Danny Smith and, of course, yours truly.
The Rocks lost to the Jocks by a 2-1 score in the bottom of the ninth when NWTW CFA and Executive Vice President Tom Hammond knocked in the winning run. But the real winners were charities benefiting from the Lucic event, and the people that will benefit directly from those funds.

Friday, Oct. 21: Pee-wee push-ups draw coach’s punishment


Friday, Oct. 21: Pee-wee push-ups draw coach’s punishment

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while anxiously awaiting a Cleveland/Chicago Cubs World Series showdown with all of the Red Sox subplots that could be involved.

*A peewee hockey coach in Quebec has been given a season-long suspension for punishing his players with hundreds of push-ups.

*The NHL game has changed radically over the last 11 years as Henrik Lundqvist has been a fixture for the New York Rangers.

*A lot has changed since Jaromir Jagr scored his first goal in 1990 and this article is worth it for the Jagr mullet picture alone.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough says that a healthy Brandon Sutter has been a difference-maker for the Canucks.

*Carey Price is back in net for the Montreal Canadiens, and that makes the Habs a new team as they prepare for the Bruins on Saturday.

*This is what it looks like when you’ve completely given up on just about everything else except for being a hockey fan. So very gross.

*For something completely different: The Doctor Strange cast is being forced into answering some tough questions at the premiere of what is essentially a comic book movie.



Rask status in question vs. Canadiens with ‘general soreness’


Rask status in question vs. Canadiens with ‘general soreness’

BRIGHTON, Mass. – Tuukka Rask has been outstanding through his first three games this season after stumbling out of the gate last year. The .947 save percentage and sub 2.00 GAA are all the more impressive for Rask when also accounting for a lower body issue that’s been nagging at him since the opening night win a little more than a week ago.

Rask stopped 28 of 29 shots against the New Jersey Devils Thursday night in a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden, but it was also clear on a couple of stops that he was feeling discomfort in his lower half as he extended into the full butterfly. 

That was confirmed by Rask following the win when he admitted he was dealing with “something” after the game, and by his absence from the practice ice at Warrior Ice Arena on Friday morning.

“Uh-huh. There’s always a little something-something,” said a smirking Rask, when asked if he’s playing through something physically.

Instead, Babson College goalie coach Mike Ronan was called into emergency duty, and took the practice ice along with Bruins backup netminder Anton Khudobin.

Claude Julien said following practice that Rask was dealing with the same “general soreness” that last week pushed him out of a scheduled start against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and it’s uncertain whether he will make the start against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.

“The general soreness he had last week is still there,” said Julien. “[The medical staff] will see tomorrow how he's doing.”

Rask also missed a Bruins practice with soreness last Friday in Toronto, and wasn’t able to play the next night in the loss to the Maple Leafs. Injuries aside, Rask has been brilliant against both New Jersey and Winnipeg and was solid over the final 40 minutes against the Blue Jackets in an opening night win to start the season.

“Tuukka was outstanding in Winnipeg and he was good again [vs. New Jersey],” said Julien. “So, there are no issues with Tuukka. I think he’s giving us the hockey and the goaltending that we are looking for.”

Well, maybe there is one slight “issue with Tuukka” if a nagging lower body issue starts keeping him out of Bruins games and practices on the regular.

Here are the line combos and D-pairings at Friday practice:









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