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Bruins and former Bruins were in Germany to celebrate the career of Marco Sturm as he retires from playing the game.

Marco Sturm eludes Dennis Seidenberg along the boards
Marco Sturm eludes Dennis Seidenberg along the boards

In Bruins news you can use:

  • Local friends faced off against international friends in the Bavarian city of Landshut this weekend in a game to celebrate the career of Marco Sturm and benefit his charity. Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg, Jochen Hecht, Christian Ehrhoff, Aaron Ward, and Glen  Metropolit were among the players. With photo gallery. (All are Google translation from German) [Wochenblatt] It was a gentlemanly tilt, and Chara refrained from any record-setting slapshots. Sturm's number was retired to the rafters, and he will be spending more time with his wife Astrid and young children at home in Florida. [iDowa] Sturm's career opened doors for other German players: He was the first German player to be an NHL first-round draft pick and then continued to play 1006 games, the most of any German player. He will continue his work with the Junior Panthers for now, but an offer to join the German Ice Hockey Federation is likely in the works. [MV-Online]
  • Watch Tuukka Rask stop a cannon shot (and his new number is HILARIOUS!) He also played defense for a period or two, all during a charity game at home in Finland. [WeekendAtBergys]
  • Marc Savard will be working in hockey again, just not on-ice. [TheScore]
  • Revisit the career of Ray Bourque 35 years later, and his legacy with the Bruins, their ownership and front office, and captain Zdeno Chara. [BleacherReport]
  • The possibility of David Pastrnak playing with the Bruins this season is only more tantalizing after the electricity of his play at this summer's IIHF U20 tournament. [CausewayCrowd];li>

In Ice Bucket Challenge updates:

  • As we left off Friday, newlywed David Krejci directed his challenge to Scandinavia, calling upon Tuukka Rask, Carl Söderberg, and Loui Eriksson. [YouTube]
  • Cam Neely looked to the West and Hollywood, as he challenged Bobby Farrelly, Lindon Byers, and Dennis Leary. [YouTube]
  • Ryan Spooner tapped Malcolm Subban and Rob Flick. [Penguins, Sabres, and USA Hockey organizations. [YouTube]
  • D.J. Bean of WEEI choreographed a silky, sophisticated, and seductive challenge video of his own. [YouTube]
  • Double barrel... Shawn Thornton paused to take the challenge. [ThorntonFdn,Instagram]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • CALL 911! The Dropkick Murphys abused a Canadiens doll onstage and played "Shipping  Up To Boston" during a Montreal concert. [PuckDaddy]
  • Kerry Fraser is no stranger to conflict, and he tries to call it like he sees it in his "C'Mon, Ref" column for TSN. [TBNNewsWatch]
  • Talkin' 'bout a revolution... in intelligence and statistical analysis in the NHL.  It is a leap of faith for a lot of old-tymey types in the league. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • Meet the goalie who fired the first shot in that revolution, Jim Corsi. The statistic named for him was invented by someone else!  [TheStar]
  • Batten down the hatches, there will be waves as minor hockey leagues prepare to evolve to better serve as a stepping stones to the NHL. [PuckDaddy]
  • These twenty incidents defined last season in the NHL. [TheHockeyNews]