Thornton to narrate 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' at Symphony Hall


Thornton to narrate 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' at Symphony Hall

NHL players are doing plenty of things they normally dont have time to do while theyre busy playing out an 82-game schedule, and that will continue for Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton on Wednesday night.

The fourth-line tough guy and full-time Charlestown resident will continue the honored tradition of narrating Twas the Night Before Christmas on the opening night of the Holiday Pops at Symphony Hall in Boston. Thornton confirmed his involvement to and said the opportunity was something that just recently popped up for a professional athlete thats become part of the fabric in the Boston community over the last five years.

Thornton is one of the few Bruins remaining in Boston while 12 of his teammates have fled to Europe at different points amid the NHL lockout, so hell be looking to bring a little holiday cheer to whats been a humbug couple of months.

The Holiday Pops runs through Christmas Eve, according to their website:

A holiday season celebration with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops. You and your family are invited to historic Symphony Hall December 5-24 when it will be transformed into a magical place for all ages. Be part of the traditional Pops sing-a-long, and enjoy a visit from jolly old St. Nick! Join together with the thousands of others and order your tickets early for upcoming concerts which include special kids matinee performances.

Hopefully the Holiday Pops doesnt bring any hockey-themed twist to this years festivities because Im not sure the kids could handle Thornton dropping the gloves with Santa Claus given the expectations when No. 22 walks into the room.

Heres a link to Thornton doing the Twas the Night Before Christmas duties last year along with a number of other Boston area pro athletes.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: What's going on between Patriots, Butler?


BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: What's going on between Patriots, Butler?

0:41 - Tom Curran, Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith discuss what’s going on between the Patriots and Malcolm Butler after Bill Belichick praised Jonathan Jones and Eric Rowe but didn’t have much to say on Butler.

5:39 - John Farrell thinks David Price out of the bullpen can be similar to Andrew Miller with the Indians last year in the playoffs. Our panel on BST break it down.

10:35 - Curran, Holley, Smith, and Phil Perry talk about the NFL ratings being down and why that continues to be.

15:15 - Evan Drellich joins BST after the Red Sox win to explain why Drew Pomeranz could be even more threatening, how good the bullpen actually is, and the offense not driving in runs.

Krug, Forbacka Karlsson suffer upper body injuries vs. Red Wings


Krug, Forbacka Karlsson suffer upper body injuries vs. Red Wings

BOSTON – The Bruins ended Tuesday night’s preseason home date with another feel-good victory over the Red Wings, but it may have come at a cost.

Both Torey Krug and Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson were injured in the second period of the B’s 4-2 win over the Red Wings at TD Garden, and didn’t return to the game. Krug was hit in the face with a puck in the defensive zone during the second period, and quickly exited the ice with Bruins trainer Don DelNegro after the impact of the puck hitting his face initially took his feet out from under him.  

“[Krug] clearly didn’t finish the game, and took a shot up in the facial area,” said Bruce Cassidy of Krug, who had a couple of shots on net in 9:10 of ice time while largely playing with Charlie McAvoy in an offensive-minded pairing. “We’ll probably have an update tomorrow.”

Forbacka Karlsson took a hard tumble into the end boards in the game’s middle period, and never returned after serving up the primary assist on Danton Heinen’s goal earlier in that very same period. JFK tried to return to Tuesday night’s win over the Red Wings, according to Cassidy, but was kept out of the game with an upper body injury that has his status as questionable moving forward.

“He went into the boards late in the second. He’s day-to-day, upper body. I think wanted to – he did come back and try [to return to the game],” said Cassidy of JFK, who put up an assist and a plus-1 rating in 8:37 of ice time before leaving the game. “I don’t think it’s serious, but I can’t speculate. We’ll get another update tomorrow. It didn’t look good, but I don’t think it’s as bad as it looked. We’ll know more [about JFK] tomorrow.”

It certainly sounds like both Krug and JFK could miss a day or two of practice moving forward after the injury wear-and-tear of preseason action, but the hope is that the Black and Gold won’t be missing a couple of key performers for anything more than that.