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.

Clayborn beats out Seymour, Vrabel to enter Patriots Hall of Fame

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Clayborn beats out Seymour, Vrabel to enter Patriots Hall of Fame

Raymond Clayborn has been voted into the Patriots Hall of Fame, beating out both Mike Vrabel and Richard Seymour for the honor. The corner, who is tied for the franchise record for interceptions with Ty Law (36), will be the 26th person inducted to the Hall. 

Clayborn was a three-time Pro Bowler (1983, 1985, 1986) during his 13-year Patriots career from 1977 through 1989. He was drafted by the Patriots in the first round (16th overall) out of Texas in 1977, and chipped in both in the secondary and as a kick returner. As a rookie in the return game, he averaged 31 yards per return and brought back three for touchdowns. 

Clayborn reacted to the news on Twitter soon after the announcement was made. 

"I was fortunate to be a season ticket holder during Raymond's entire Patriots career," Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft said in a statement. "For the first half of his career, he teamed with Michael Haynes to form one of the best corner tandems in league history. Throughout his career, Raymond was a physical, shutdown corner.

"One of my favorite memories was watching the 1985 team advance to the Super Bowl after Raymond helped us break the Orange Bowl curse when he stymied future Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino with a dominant performance against Pro Bowl receivers Mark Duper and Mark Clayton. Raymond had six passes defensed and an interception to help us claim our first conference title. It was the greatest upset victory in franchise history at the time and one the entire New England region celebrated. It is a well-deserved honor and I look forward to presenting him his hall of fame jacket."

Clayborn has been a finalist for each of the last four years but was not able to generate enough support in the annual online vote to beat out Ty Law (2014 inductee), Willie McGinest (2015) or Kevin Faulk (2016). Clayborn was eligible to be voted in by the senior committee since he's now been retired for 25 years, but he did not receive the requisite eight of 10 senior committee votes to be elected in that way. 

As it turns out, he didn't need to be. When Kraft called Clayborn with the news, he said Clayborn received over 40 percent of the vote to beat out the pair of three-time Super Bowl champs.