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Fresh Links: Boxing Day Edition

Watch the Juniors today and enjoy, the NHL returns to action tomorrow.

Not the fisticuffs kind of boxing, but the donate-to-charity kind of boxing!
Not the fisticuffs kind of boxing, but the donate-to-charity kind of boxing!
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As the IIHF World Junior Championship opens today, The Bruins and the entire NHL enjoy one final day of Christmas Break before jetting off tomorrow morning to face the injury-plagued Columbus Blue Jackets at 7:00 PM.

  • David Pastrnak is now the heir apparent to Jarome Iginla 's vacant first line spot. [TheBostonGlobe]

  • This would free Loui Eriksson to remain with the line that has brought his game around. The puzzling lack of power plays mean that the Bruins must make the most of the few they have. [TheBostonGlobe]

  • Pastrnak will debut for Team Czech Republic this afternoon. [NESN]

  • Working past injury and adversity can build resilience, but enough already! The Bruins have suffered a season of odd calls and non-calls this season that have tested them. [BostonHerald]

  • Health and strength is finally returning for the Bruins. [MetroWestDailyNews]

  • Claude Julien's and Peter Laviolette's careers have been intertwined for stretches. [SouthCoastToday]

  • Pastrnak will debut for Team Czech Republic this afternoon. [NESN]

  • In focus: Team Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Sweden, as Bruins prospects take the ice for their national teams. [GermanBsFan]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Here are a few Christmas vignettes: How Mike Foligno's holiday plans were thwarted one year, and how to know if Santa is Finnish or Swedish. [TorontoSun]

  • The path not taken: Kevin Dineen considered a position with the Bruins. Luckily for the Team Canada women, he elected to coach them to a Sochi gold medal.[EdmontonJournal]

  • Meanwhile, at the WJC, Boston area players, if not actually Bruins prospects, are heavily featured on Team USA. [CausewayCrowd]

  • By chance, a hockey injury exposed a hidden, life-threatening illness that one Providence College player is hoping to now move beyond. [ProvidenceJournal]

  • The Team Finland juniors had an interesting practice and pep talk from a surprise visitor. The takeaway? Winning isn't everything, as long as they beat one specific opponent... (Video, 3:38, in Finnish with subtitles) [Italehti]

  • Here is a gallery of top 2014 NHL Tweets. [TheHockeyNews]

  • And then revisit notable moments from IIHF WJC moments from the past. (With videos) [BarDown]

  • Now's the time to review the year in hockey.[TSN]

  • And have you seen these notable hockey moments yet? (With videos) [SportsNet]

  • Another Top 5: Who has been naughty and nice? Hint: James Neal and Pekka Rinne appear... (Video, 4:04) [SportsNet]

  • And this Top 10 heartwarming stories list includes a small Bruins fan... [PuckDaddy]

  • How do YOUR holiday decorations compare to these? (Gallery) [PuckDaddy]