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The Bruins sponsor the Pete Frates tournament, and more NHL ice surface is sold for ads.

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The impetus behind the ice bucket challenges (Johnny Bucyck with Pete Frates and family)
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In Bruins news you can use:

  • Matt Kalman answers all the questions about who’s in, out, centering the third line, eating popcorn on the ninth floor, and playing wing. CBS Boston
  • Anders Bjork is expecially eager for this season’s Winter Classic, for a number of reasons. NHL
  • Not exactly news, but important- player health will be a key to the Bruins success. Boston Sports Extra
  • Jamie Langenbrunner will be coaching the USA Hockey All-American Top Prospects game next month. WDIO
  • Play golf, fight ALS. The inaugural Pete Frates Tournament was sponsored by the Bruins, among others. You’d better believe there were ice bucket challenges! Salem News

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Tuukka Rask is in good company up in the single digits of the NHL’s goalie ranking. MassLive
  • Several Bruins (and former Bruins) made this 2018-19 Top 100 NHL players list (this is the bottom half, from number 100-51) Sportsnet
  • This ranking of the top forward lines in the NHL did manage to find space for Boston. Broad Street Hockey
  • Maybe it’s because quality of competition in assessing performance is less relevant than we think? Analytics adherants are discounting it now. Vancouver Sun
  • Shane Doan will serve as pallbearer for the late Sen. John McCain. TSN
  • The Stars and Stripes classic in honor of Jim Johannson was played before a sold out crowd. USA Hockey Team Blue won- yay Charlie McAvoy! (With video) BarDown
  • Dear parents, chances are that team rosters are actually sketched out long before your kid takes to the ice to strut his or her stuff at official tryouts. CBC Sports
  • NHL playing ice will be busier visually, as more ad space is sold on the surface. Sports Business Journal