Notes: Bruins return to Olympic site in Vancouver

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Notes: Bruins return to Olympic site in Vancouver

By JoeHaggerty
CSNNE.com

VANCOUVER It was just about exactly a year ago that David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara were all in the city of Vancouver participating in whats gone down as one of the greatest -- if not the greatest -- hockey tournaments in Olympic history.

Zdeno Chara captained his Slovakian team to a respectable finish, David Krejci was the best player on his Czech Republic squad and Patrice Bergeron did all kinds of penalty killing and faceoff dirty work a Team Canada that memorably captured Gold with an epic win over Team USA.

The 25-year-old Bergeron couldnt hide the smile on his face when recounting the experience in Vancouver -- a winter party atmosphere that was capped off by capturing the tourney when Bergerons buddy Sidney Crosby potted the game-winner in overtime.

I think about the whole experience in and of itself. Being in the Olympic village and meeting all of the athletes, but obviously the biggest thing was getting the Gold medal, said Bergeron. Standing there in line and getting that medal was something special. Being at home in Canada you could tell the whole country was behind us, and Vancouver was crazy, you know? It was loud, there were people everywhere this city was rocking. It was fun being a part of it. The whole experience was something Ill never forget, but the icing on the cake was that Gold medal.

With the Olympic Gold medal still a memory fresh in Bergerons mind each time he comes to Vancouver, nobody would blame Bergeron if he starts thinking about Saturday nights game vs. the Canucks as a potential Stanley Cup Finals preview if things break right for both hockey clubs.

That would truly get things loud and crazy in Vancouver, wouldnt it?

The Bruins announced season ticket renewal prices for next season, and there will be price increases for many currently holding season ticket packages. While some tickets will stay exactly the same, most season ticket packages will see an increase of 1-9 for each individual ticket next season.

Season ticket holders will be able to renew their Season Tickets for the 2011-2012 NHL Season beginning on Tuesday, and an email was sent out to notify the Bs season ticket base. Its the first time in the last several seasons that many of the season ticket prices rose for a Boston season ticket base thats grown exponentially in the last five years.

This is primarily for season tickets, the information were distributing today. I think there is a different philosophy if youre just a casual fan coming to a couple of games, said Bruins Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Amy Latimer. And for that we have in place mini-plans and group sales, our family section and some other things for individuals.

For season-long season ticket holders, we still have season tickets that are under 30 dollars per game so we still think thats a very good value in our market and based on the performance of our team.

During this process, there will be a weighted average increase of 4.34 (per seat, per game) over their 2010-2011 Season Ticket Holder pricing. Some renewal prices will remain the same, while other Season Ticket Holders will see an increase in prices ranging from 1-9 (per seat, per game). A range of Season Ticket Holder renewal prices are as follows:

Loge Seat: 65-110 per game

Balcony Seat: 25-69 per game

While Milan Lucic is getting most of the press for his return to the city of Vancouver, Mark Recchi is also enjoying something of a homecoming to British Columbia. Recchi is a native of Kamloops some 3 hours away from Vancouver, and rooted for the Canucks as a youngster growing in B.C.

All three of Recchis brothers will be traveling to the game in Vancouver on Saturday night, and Recchi said hell be purchasing in excess of 20 tickets for the large grouping of the Recchi clan intending to come watch their future Hall of Famer.

Its a beautiful area and Im not far from home. Especially where its an extended stay for a few days rather than an in and out trip, this is going to be fun for me and my family, said Recchi. It was Canucks for me. But we were so busy with four boys growing up that we didnt actually get out to see games with the Canucks in Vancouver very much. It was more in the summertime that we would get down to Seattle, and see some baseball. But its still a lot of fun to come back here.

Shane Hnidy said that he did indeed have surgery on his right shoulder in September, and is attempting to come back from the rotator cuff procedure as he joins up with the Bruins.

Tyler Seguin is clearly in tune with the efforts by BlackBerry to get younger and hipper with their BBM messaging feature, and was sporting a BBMe T-shirt as he left the Pacific Coliseum on Thursday afternoon.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Saturday, Aug. 27: Adding toughness Habs' priority

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Saturday, Aug. 27: Adding toughness Habs' priority

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, after a busy morning celebrating my 3-year-old’s birthday at the trampoline park. Yee-ha.

*PHT writer Joey Alfieri says that adding toughness was a big offseason priority for the Montreal Canadiens.

*There’s at least one big fan of the Edmonton Oilers trade that brought defenseman Adam Larsson from the New Jersey Devils, and that fan’s name is Mark Letestu.

*Here’s everything you need to know about the Ice Guardians movie premiering this fall that takes a long, balanced look at the NHL enforcers.

*Roberto Luongo has an alibi for the robbery in Winnipeg with one suspect getting away in goalie equipment, and it’s funny as you would expect it to be.

*CSN Washington takes a look at the New York Rangers in their season previews for the Metro Division.

*I’m not entirely sure whether this “RIP Harambe” thing is genuine or meant to be ironic by the largely millenial group that seem so enamored with it, but I think it’s just stupid. I think the same with the crying Jordan meme…also stupid.

*For something completely different: a look at how Triumph the Insult Comic Dog learned how to poop on Trump’s politics.

 

Countdown to camp: Danton Heinen

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Countdown to camp: Danton Heinen

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From now until the beginning of training camp, Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty is profiling players who will be on, or have a chance to be on, the 2016-17 Bruins. Today: Danton Heinen.

Danton Heinen exploded into a high-profile prospect for the Bruins after finishing among the NCAA’s top scoring players a couple of years ago as a freshman along with a couple of guys named Jack Eichel and Dylan Larkin. 

Since then, Heinen has continued to produce offense at the University of Denver and continued to create offense that leads to points. Now, the 21-year-old Heinen will be entering the professional arena for his first full season with the Bruins and he’ll be attempting to transition from the prospect phase to a regular gig in the NHL. That’s the challenge for a talented player who appears headed into a very good opportunity in NHL training camp.

 

What happened last year

Heinen was every bit as explosive in his second season for Denver as he was in his brilliant freshman campaign. He improved on his scoring with 20 goals and 48 points in 41 games. Then Heinen signed with the Bruins at the end of his sophomore season and played in a couple of pro games in the AHL with Providence as a tune-up for this first full pro campaign with the Bruins organization. Heinen finished with two assists and a plus-1 rating in four games with the P-Bruins and showed the coaches in Providence that he was ready to play and produce with more talented players. If Heinen surprised a little bit as a breakout freshman two years ago, his sophomore follow-up in Denver last season proved to everybody that he wasn’t a fluke.

 

Questions to be answered this season

The real question surrounding Heinen is about his ceiling as an NHL player and just how good he can become as a player with the skills and playmaking abilities to be a top-six forward. He’s proven he can dominate at the collegiate level while admittedly playing with some pretty good teammates at Denver. Heinen showed at the end of the season in Providence that the pro scene might not be much different for him. At this point, Heinen simply needs to go out and prove it against the best players in the world and show that his speed, playmaking and hockey sense are all elite in the AHL or NHL. Heinen’s biggest obstacle might be his size. He'll need to survive as a targeted skill player despite not being much more than the 6-feet, 180-pound range for a forward. It’s about average for a playmaking wing in the NHL, but the hits and attention will be at a much more intense level than anything he faced in the NCAA world.

 

What they're saying

“He’s the type of player that he can play with good players because he’s got high hockey IQ and he’s got really good skill. I think anywhere you put him, he’s smart enough to figure it out. I think you’ll notice him during training camp. It will definitely be up to him, but I think he’ll push some guys.” –Bruins assistant coach Jay Pandolfo on Heinen during last month’s development camp where Heinen soared as a performer.

 
Outlook

While Heinen still has some things he’ll need to prove before he’s a regular contributor for the Bruins, he comes into the Boston fold as an experienced player following two very good seasons at the college level. So, Heinen should be a little closer to plug-and-play for Claude Julien than some of the other young players that have come through the system in the past couple of years. Heinen will still need to flash in camp while being handed a big spot to perform with high-end veterans Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci and Brad Marchand potentially off playing in the World Cup of Hockey. Heinen also has a much greater chance of winning an NHL job sooner rather than later after the Bruins lost out on the Jimmy Vesey sweepstakes and still have a top-six forward opening that somebody is going to fill. Heinen and Frank Vatrano are the two biggest favorites to fill that position, which became vacant when Loui Eriksson departed for Vancouver. Whichever winger loses that battle should be also be a strong candidate for a role on the third line, as well, barring any late veteran signings by the B’s. That set of circumstances leaves a very good situation for Heinen to potentially walk into with the Black and Gold, but he'll still have to show he’s fully capable of seizing his good fortune and good timing. 

Bruins’ new Warrior Ice Arena practice facility to open Sept. 8.

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Bruins’ new Warrior Ice Arena practice facility to open Sept. 8.

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.