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

Bjork returns to Notre Dame after impressing at Bruins' development camp

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Bjork returns to Notre Dame after impressing at Bruins' development camp

Given that he’s a former fifth-round pick, he’s not a local guy with any Boston ties to speak of and that there isn’t a lot of fancy to his game, Anders Bjork might be a bit under the radar as far as Bruins prospects go right now. 

Still, the 19-year-old Notre Dame forward has been steadily rising among the ranks at the NCAA level and Bjork put on a pretty impressive show at B’s development camp right along with more hyped forwards like Danton Heinen and Jake DeBrusk.

Bjork showed great skating speed and a hard-nosed willingness to battle whether the puck was on or off his stick. Even better, he showed a finishing flourish with the puck whenever he was around the net. He was literally blowing by defenders with his speed throughout drills each and every day at camp, and it was hard not to notice. Time after time Bjork buried those chances earned through speed and tenacity and showed the offensive confidence that saw him lead Notre Dame in points (12 goals and 35 points in 35 games) last season as a sophomore.

“You can tell the guys that have been here. Grizzy [Matt Grzelcyk] has a great week and Anders [Bjork] has a great week because they’re just comfortable in what they’re doing,” said Bruins general manager Don Sweeney. “I mean they’ve played at the college hockey level for two, three, four years in some of these cases. They’re very comfortable in their own skin and in what they do.

"In Anders’ case he gained a tremendous amount of confidence in the World Juniors last year and you can tell he’s carrying that over offensively. He also plays in a very tight system at Notre Dame, so the habits away from the puck are really ingrained in him. Now he’s looking to explore his offensive side.”

The good news for the Bruins: Bjork wants to keep improving on the offensive end and pump up the goal-scoring numbers in his third season with the Fighting Irish. If the week spent at Ristuccia Arena is any indication, Bjork should be lighting it up in Hockey East next season after being a second team All-Hockey East selection last season.

“I’m just working on trying to contribute a little more offensively, and really work on my goal-scoring and offensive abilities like that,” said Bjork, who is a bit of a legacy at Notre Dame with his father, mother, siblings and cousin NHL forward Erik Condra all having matriculated in South Bend as well. “Working on the little things in areas like goal-scoring and playing on the wall are what I’ve been focused on. The feedback from the Bruins has been really good, and really helpful.

“Sometimes they’ll check in after a game or after a weekend of games, and give really helpful feedback. Sometimes it’s even different than what my coach said, so it’s nice to get my viewpoint and sometimes they see things that my coach doesn’t notice. Stuff like that has been really helpful, and has helped me develop as a player definitely.”

Bjork said the Bruins have stressed consistency and greater focus in his game from shift-to-shift and game-to-game and that’s something he clearly took to heart in a dominant week at development camp. Given the rising number of college hockey players that are foregoing the teams that drafted them and become free agents following their senior seasons, one would expect that next season will be Bjork’s last at Notre Dame before signing with the Bruins.

The way that the 6-foot, 188-pound Bjork is improving his game each and every season after being projected a couple of years ago as a possible third-line player in the NHL, the Bruins should be looking to bring him into the Black and Gold fold sooner rather than later. 
 

Tuesday, July 26: Daley’s surprise visit with the Cup

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Tuesday, July 26: Daley’s surprise visit with the Cup

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while never getting tired of the Bernie Sanders/Curb Your Enthusiasm parallels.

*PHT writer Cam Tucker has Trevor Daley making a surprise visit with the Stanley Cup and talking more about his emotional moment hoisting the Cup right after the win by the Penguins.

*Don Cherry and Ron MacLean get their just reward with a star on the Canada Walk of Fame after years of great hockey entertainment.

*Adam Larsson has heard the fan reaction in Edmonton after being traded for Taylor Hall, and he’s downplaying it all.

*A lack of a deal for RFA defenseman Jacob Trouba with the Winnipeg Jets doesn’t mean Trouba trouble quite yet. But it sure doesn’t sound like things are all ducky in Winnipeg.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Dan Rosen sits down with Arizona Coyotes GM John Chayka to answer five questions about his new gig, and some big changes for the Desert Dogs.

*Scott Powers has Jimmy Vesey’s camp confirming that the Chicago Blackhawks will be one of the teams on Vesey’s “short list” when he speaks with teams on Aug. 15. Watch out for Stan Bowman and the Blackhawks, who have been out to see Vesey a couple of times in Foxboro over the last month.

*The Washington Capitals continue to build depth among their forward group, and have constructed a strong roster for next season.

*For something completely different: if you love baseball or have ever enjoyed some of the truly great Dan Shaughnessy columns over the years, you will enjoy this column from Shaughnessy about his Hall of Fame induction. Congrats to Dan, a true titan in our industry.