Bruins well represented in Spengler Cup

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Bruins well represented in Spengler Cup

There will be good Boston Bruins representation on the Team Canada entry in the European Spengler Cup next week. The tournament takes place after theChristmas holiday, and is a "who's who" of Canadian players plying their trade in Europe during the NHL lockout.

Patrice Bergeron will once again don the Team Canada sweater after winning gold at both the World Junior and Olympic level, and Tyler Seguin will also be skating for his country among a star-studded group of forwards.

Seguin had this to say on Twitter while speaking glowingly of his invitation to the Spengler Cup team:

"Wearing number 92 for team Canada in the Spengler Cup over the holidays! Big honor can't wait to throw on that jersey alwaysaspecialfeeling"

The Spengler Cup will include six teams in a tournament from Dec. 26-31 playing in Davos, Switzerland at the Vaillant Arena, home of the HC Davos hockey club.

Seguin has been arguably the most impactful NHL player skating in Europe during the lockout and has 24 goals and 38 points in 27 games for HC Biel while Bergeron has 11 goals and 28 points in 19 games for HC Lugano.

The rest of Hockey Canada's roster includes: Cam Barker, Sam Gagner, Jason Spezza, John Tavares, Matt Duchene, Ryan Smyth, Justin Williams, Devan Dubnyk, Carlo Colaiacovo and Jonathan Bernier.

"The players we have selected today are Canadian ambassadors for the game, both in North America and Europe, and we are excited they will wear the maple leaf in Davos," said Hockey Canada Vice-President Brad Pascall. "These players have a wealth of international experience throughout our program and everyone involved, from the players to our knowledgeable coaches and tremendous support staff, is looking forward to the Spengley Cup experience."

This year's Spengler Cup will include Canada's National Men's Team, Adler Mannheim (Germany) and HC Davos (Switzerland), the host team, playing in the Cattini Group, and HC Fribourg-Gotteron (Switzerland), HC Vitkovice Steel (Czech Republic) and Salavat Yulaev Ufa (Russia) playing in the Torriani Group. Interestingly enough Dennis Seidenberg, along with younger brother Yannic, will be playing for the Adler Mannheim team out of Germany in the tournament against Seguin and Bergeron.

The Spengler Cup has been held annually since 1923, and is the oldest professional international hockey tournament in the world.

WATCH: Bruins' Backes battles with Benn right after opening faceoff

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WATCH: Bruins' Backes battles with Benn right after opening faceoff

Now THIS is old-time hockey!

There's bad blood between the Bruins' David Backes and the Stars' Jamie Benn that goes back a long way, most recently in last spring's Dallas-St. Louis playoff series when Backes was still with the Blues. They met again today -- and the ungodly (hockey) hour of 11:30 a.m. Dallas time -- for a nationally televised game between Backes' new team, the Bruins, and the Stars.

And it didn't take long for the two to renew acquaintances . . .

Pistons to honor Hamilton, who had impact on several Celtics

Pistons to honor Hamilton, who had impact on several Celtics

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Detroit Pistons will retire the jersey number of former UConn star Rip Hamilton tonight, an instrumental figure in the Pistons’ success in the early 2000s that included an NBA title in 2004.
 
Although Hamilton never played for Boston, his impact can be felt within the Celtics locker room.
 
Boston’s Amir Johnson spent his first four NBA seasons as a teammate of Hamilton's in Detroit.
 
In that time, Johnson acknowledges how many of the positive things folks associate with him come from lessons he learned from Hamilton.
 
“He was so relentless when he ran,” Johnson told CSNNE.com. “I remember working out with him one summer. For him to even get his shot off, he sprints full court, goes back down shooting shots, and he just kept doing this over and over and over again, full court sprinting . . . To see that as a young kid, and at his age, just working hard like that, it was great to see.”
 
James Young grew up in nearby Rochester Hills, Mich., so he watched Hamilton’s scoring prowess up close and personal.
 
And as he continued to evolve as a player, Young would see Hamilton during the summer months while attending Hamilton’s basketball camps.
 
“I was there every year, won MVP a few times,” Young told CSNNE.com. “He’s a great guy, a great player.”
 
And, like Hamilton, Young has a lanky frame for an NBA player, which was among the many reasons Young acknowledged Hamilton as being one of his first significant basketball influences as a youth.
 
“For sure,” Young said. “His mid-range game was crazy, great shooter. He was always consistent.”
 
And that consistency has paid off in the highest honor an NBA franchise can bestow upon a player.
 
“That’s big time,” Johnson said. “He’s a champion, great father, great baller. To have his jersey retired is an honor. To see the success he had in the league, and to see his jersey retired with the greats, it's definitely an honor. I’m glad I’ll be there to see that. Kudos to him. He’s a hard worker. Had a great career. I had my high school jersey retired, but to get your NBA jersey retired, that’s great.”
 
Hamilton played 14 seasons in the NBA, nine of which were with the Pistons. A career 17.1 points per game score, he averaged 18.4 with Detroit and was named an Eastern Conference All-Star three times (2006-2008).
 
Although he is known as one of the greatest mid-range shooters of his era, Hamilton began to expand his range over time. During the 2005-06 season, Hamilton shot 45.8 percent from 3-point range (most of them being corner 3’s), which led the NBA that season.