By Joe Haggerty
BOSTON It doesnt get much better than a weekend home-and-home series against the Detroit Red Wings that will end with a Sunday afternoon game at Joe Louis Arena, set to be televised nationally on NBC.Steve Kampfer and Tim Thomas will be playing against the team that they rooted wildly and passionately for as kids growing up in Michigan, and the rest of the Bruins players get another measuring stick weekend after slapping division rival Montreal across the face earlier this week. The Bs are 3-5-2 against Western Conference teams this season, and will certainly be looking to improve on that number. Its also their fourth and final home-and-home series of the NHL season with the Bs putting up a 2-1 record in the two previous home-and-home showdowns earlier this season.Its also the first Friday night home game for the Bruins at the Garden since the Bs hosted the Florida Panthers at TD Garden on Nov. 21, 2008 and it was quite a while before that game two seasons ago.With that on to the links: More on the Quebec City castle thats being built to woo a team back there, and how the community is willing to pay for it with their wallets. Great account by Friend of Haggs (FOH)Arpon Basu on the mountain being made out of a playful exchange between Hal Gill and P.K. Subban, and the unique issues with media groups speaking two different languages in Montreal. Matt Cooke always disappoints in his reactions to wrongdoing and on-ice treachery, and hes no different this time around after a four-game suspension. Would much rather just hear him say: Im a punk now, I have been a punk and I will always be a punk. Buyers and sellers at the NHL trade deadline from the Philly point of view, which I always appreciate. An interesting story on Anssi Salmela and his ability to turn things around with the Devils in New Jersey as the team is finally emerging for a late season push. Great job over at Wicked Good Sports to have some fun with the BostonMontreal epic fight night of two days ago, and one of my favorite Nintendo games growing up. Good job, gents and ladies. A great story out ofMinnesotaon the butterfly style, goalie injuries and the way of the world changing for the masked men between the pipes. I have talked to some prominent hip doctors and heard many of the same theoriesideas tossed around.
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The Bruins’ new practice facility has been years in the making and they will finally get to officially open the doors to Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton next month.
The B’s players will start informal captain’s practice skates at the new facility on the New Balance property in these final days of August, but the team announced on Friday that the new facility will be officially opened to the public on Thursday, Sept. 8.
Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs, team president Cam Neely, general manager Don Sweeney and a number of players will be on hand for the opening ceremony and ensuing open house for the media. Also planning to attend from New Balance will be Owner and Chairman Jim Davis and NB Development Group LLC Managing Director Jim Halliday, along with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Massachusetts Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo.
Following the formal portion of the event, Warrior Ice Arena will host the “Boston Youth All-Star Game featuring Bruins Alumni” which will feature local squirt players from the Boston communities of Allston-Brighton, Charlestown, Dorchester, Hyde Park, South Boston and West Roxbury mixed in with members of the Bruins alumni.
The Youth All-Stars will team with Bruins alumni and they will play the first official game before the ice is turned over to the current Bruins players for their training camp later in the month.
The Warrior Ice Arena gets its name from the Warrior brand of hockey equipment that is now a division of New Balance and comes with a 79-foot high Warrior hockey stick that greets visitors at the front entrance doors.
Warrior Ice Arena will be the B’s new and permanent practice home after the Bruins spent 25-plus years practicing in the suburbs of Boston at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while finally catching up on “The Man in the High Tower” on Amazon.
*The Coyotes and Panthers executed a trade sending Dave Bolland to Arizona, and it’s not exactly great news for Gary Bettman with Arizona continuing to take on a lot of dead money.
*Alex Pietrangelo was appropriately humbled to be named the 21st captain in the history of the St. Louis Blues.
*The Colorado Avalanche have a new head coach, and his name is Jared Bednar, who it is said will get the players to play hard for him.
*The footage of somebody in full goalie equipment running away from a burglary scene is something out of a movie.
*The New York Rangers can never have enough depth, and that’s why they added Brandon Pirri to the mix on Thursday.
*PHT writer Cam Tucker says Lawson Crouse brings the total package in the trade from Florida to Arizona, and he also brings a player that can take a hell of a hit as he was the guy that got rocked by Charlie McAvoy at the World Junior Showcase earlier this month.
*It’s only 15 days until the US National Team Development Program gets going with their 2016-17 schedule: here it is in full.
*For something completely different: can you see David Ortiz’s face in this corn maze? This could be like an ink blot test.