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Hitting The Links: Winter Is Coming Edition

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Santa and Mrs Claus are Bruins fans. Well that explains everything.
Santa and Mrs Claus are Bruins fans. Well that explains everything.

The Bruins are on their second of three off-days in a row now, getting set to take on the Panthers on Friday. On their off day yesterday, they took their annual toy-delivery trip to local hospitals to deliver toys to kids. It's a great thing that the organization has done for years, even when they didn't necessarily get a lot of press for it.

Disclaimer: the links are awesome today because Kathryn sent me most of them, so be sure to check them out today. After the jump, toy delivery stuff, one of the refs from Mike Milbury's famous shoe-beating incident dies, something about Blake Wheeler, Tim Thomas drops a medieval times reference, and more...

Bruins News:

  • Brad Marchand's Christmas list for his teammates is hilarious. [ESPN]
  • Tim Thomas uses Sir Lancelot as a metaphor for his own playing style. No kidding. [NEHJ]
  • A stick boy with Down's Syndrome who worked for Adam McQuaid's Bantam AAA team has a great mentor in PEI. Great story here. [The Guardian]
  • Boston has a hockey team, oh man! Lots of sarcasm in this year-in-review. [Dansville Online]
  • The Bruins' playing style, despite drawing scrutiny from the NHL, needs to stay the same for the team to succeed. [NESN]
  • The Bruins visited various hospitals yesterday. [Globe] [Fox Boston]
  • One of the referees who worked the game where Mike Milbury beat a man with his shoe died. [Globe and Mail]

NHL News:

  • There are more players than ever in the NHL who worked their way up from the ECHL, and it's good for the league. [ECHL]
  • If Blake Wheeler shoots, apparently he will score more! For now, he's leading the Jets in assists. [WFP]
  • The Flyers are dealing with a variety of head injuries, which is scary. [NYT]
  • Essex native Benn Ferriero is getting another shot at the NHL with Martin Havlat out. [CSN Bay Area]
  • Aside from the obvious Bruins-winning-the-cup story, this really wasn't a good year for hockey. [CBC]
  • A Maple Leafs/Marlies player is hiring a lawyer because there were naked pictures of him on the internet. Oops? [Sun]
  • Did the Ducks' late season surge last year hurt their chances this year? [Merced Star]
  • Russia beat team USA in a World Juniors pre-competition game in Edmonton last night. [Sun]

Who's missing from World Juniors this year? [Pro Ice Hockey]