Bruins open camp today; fans invited to all sessions

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Bruins open camp today; fans invited to all sessions

BOSTON -- For Bruins fans wondering if they can catch a glimpse of their favorite team now that the NHL lockout is over, there will be plenty of opportunities this week.

Training camp starts Sunday with a 1 p.m. on-ice session at TD Garden that will be open to the public, with free parking at the North Station garage from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Practices will be held each day of the week -- two at the Garden and four at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington -- leading up to Saturday night's season opener at the Garden against the Rangers.

The only closed session will be a Tuesday morning skate in preparation for that nights intersquad scrimmage at TD Garden at 7 p.m., which will be open to the public. Admission is free but fans will need tickets to enter. Tickets will be available to season-ticket holders and Premium Club clients before they're released to the general public. Beginning at 11 a.m. Monday, the general public will be able to secure a maximum of two tickets per person by visiting the TD Garden Box Office or going online at www.bostonbruins.com.

Practices will be held in Wilmington at Ristuccia Arena on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, beginning at 10 a.m. each day.

Their was some speculation that a scrimmage would be played between the Boston Bruins players and the Providence Bruins roster, but instead the entire camp roster will be split into two squads. The abbreviated Bruins camp roster is as follows:

Forwards: Patrice Bergeron, Chris Bourque, Gregory Campbell, Nathan Horton, Chris Kelly, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Lane MacDermid, Brad Marchand, Daniel Paille, Jay Pandolfo (professional tryout agreement), Rich Peverley, Tyler Seguin, Ryan Spooner, Jamie Tardif and Shawn Thornton.

Defensemen: Matt Bartkowski, Johnny Boychuk, Zdeno Chara, Andrew Ference, Dougie Hamilton, Aaron Johnson, Adam McQuaid, Dennis Seidenberg and David Warsofsky.

Goaltenders: Anton Khudobin and Tuukka Rask.

Webber, Massimino among the Hall of Fame finalists

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Webber, Massimino among the Hall of Fame finalists

NEW ORLEANS - Chris Webber and Rollie Massimino are one step from the Hall of Fame.

The career 20-point-per-game NBA scorer and the coach who led Villanova to a stunning upset of Georgetown in the 1985 NCAA championship game were among the 14 finalists unveiled Saturday for this year's Basketball Hall of Fame induction class.

Webber played 15 seasons with five franchises, plus was part of Michigan's famed "Fab Five" group that headlined college basketball in the early 1990s.

"I don't know what I'm most proud of," said Webber, who averaged 20.7 points and 9.8 rebounds in his career and was a five-time NBA All-Star. "I'm proud to be in the room with all these great individuals."

Other first-time Hall of Fame finalists include longtime NBA referee Hugh Evans, Connecticut women's star Rebecca Lobo, two-time NBA scoring champion Tracy McGrady, five-time All-Star Sidney Moncrief, Baylor women's coach Kim Mulkey, Kansas coach Bill Self, and two-time NBA champion coach Rudy Tomjanovich.

"I still can't believe I'm here," McGrady said. "This is not even a dream come true."

Previous finalists returning to the ballot include star point guard and Olympic gold medalist Tim Hardaway, winningest all-time boys high school coach Robert Hughes, Notre Dame women's coach Muffet McGraw, former Wisconsin coach and four-time Division III national champion Bo Ryan and 10-time AAU women's national champion team Wayland Baptist University.

"We are grateful to the 14 finalists in the Class of 2017 for the impact they have had on the game we cherish," Basketball Hall of Fame Chairman Jerry Colangelo said. "To be named a finalist for the Basketball Hall of Fame is an incredible accomplishment."

Inductees will be announced at the Final Four on April 3. Enshrinement ceremonies in Springfield, Massachusetts are scheduled for Sept. 7-9.

Massimino, now an 82-year-old cancer survivor who is still coaching at NAIA school Keiser University in West Palm Beach, Florida, is a finalist for the first time. His Hall of Fame hopes have been backed by plenty of current and former coaches in recent months - including current Villanova coach Jay Wright, who presented Massimino with a championship ring from the Wildcats' 2016 NCAA title.

"Some days, we do take him for granted," Keiser guard Andrija Sarenac said. "But then you see him on TV so much, you see all these videos made about him, the movies about Villanova and everything, and it just hits you. You realize that he's a legend. I mean, your coach is a walking legend. With the energy and everything he comes in with, it's inspiring."

Finalists need 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee to be enshrined. Among this year's candidates who did not make the finalist group: Muggsy Bogues, Ben Wallace, Kevin Johnson, Maurice Cheeks, Mark Price, Lefty Driesell and Eddie Sutton.

Former New York Times sports writer Harvey Araton and former Turner Sports broadcaster Craig Sager will be recognized during Hall of Fame weekend as this year's Curt Gowdy Media Award recipients.

"A tremendous honor," said Sager's wife Stacy.

This year's lifetime achievement award recipients are former UConn coach Donald "Dee" Rowe and Michael Goldberg, who spent nearly four decades as executive director of the NBA Coaches Association. Goldberg died earlier this year.

"He bridged the gap between ownership and coaches," said New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry, who spoke about Goldberg on Saturday while wearing a bow tie - one of the signature wardrobe accessories that Goldberg donned for years. "He was just such a great guy."

Dombrowski: There's a lot of talent on this Red Sox team

Dombrowski: There's a lot of talent on this Red Sox team

Trenni Kusnierek talks with Dave Dombrowski about the Red Sox clubhouse and their expectations for the 2017 season.