Jeremy Jacobs Transfers Ownership Of Bruins To His Children

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By: Patrick Donnelly | Follow me on Twitter @PatDonn12

Longtime owner of the Bruins Jeremy Jacobs has informed Kevin Paul Dupont(@GlobeKPD) of the Boston Globe that he is giving control of the organization to his children. Jacobs, who will turn 80 years old in January, informed the Globe that all six of his children Jerry Jr., Lou, Charlie, Lisann, Lynn, and Katie, will officially step in.

Charlie, the youngest of the six children, has been involved with the Bruins and Delaware North since 2000, and was named CEO of Delaware North’s Boston holdings (the Bruins, TD Garden, NESN, and the Boston Bruins Foundation) in 2015. He has served as the Bruins’ Alternate Governor to the National Hockey League’s Board of Governors since 2000.

Jacobs told the Globe that he had been planning this passing of the torch for a while before finally putting it into motion this year under the expectation that the team will continue to be owned and operated under the Jacobs name.

“I have given it to my kids,” Jacobs told Dupont. “They are paying me some of the proceeds that come out of this. It happened this year. This was done on the basis that the longevity is going to continue in the hands of the Jacobs children and the next generation will have it.”

Jacobs, chairman of Delaware North and owner of the Bruins for 44 years, purchased the team for a mere $10 million (by today’s standards) in 1975. Since, under his control, the Bruins brought the Stanley Cup back to Boston in 2011, and made six other trips to the Stanley Cup Final (1977, 1978, 1988, 1990, 2013, and 2019). The billionaire was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2017 under the builder category.


Bruins “Cook Up” Partnership with JWU

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By: Evan Michael | Follow me on Twitter @Evan007onTV

There can never be too many cooks in the kitchen when it comes to TD Garden, the Legends Club or any of Delaware North’s hospitality suites. Especially if they’re from Johnson & Wales University.

As a result, Cam Neely, Charlie Jacobs and members from the Boston Bruins front office announced a multi-year and multi-faceted partnership with JWU that will include experiential education opportunities for students and a tuition benefit for Delaware North’s global workforce. What exactly does that mean? Well, for starters (or more appropriately appetizers), it means fans attending all B’s home games in the near future will have many more mouth-watering opportunities to taste and treat themselves to locally concocted culinary delights. After all, JWU is one of the nation’s leading culinary arts education schools, and has produced some of the country’s most talented, top flight chefs this side of a kitchen counter (just head over to Food Network to gorge yourself on their illustrious alumni)!

It also means the B’s have found yet another way to embrace & support a valuable community institution, continuing the organization’s commitment to the city & region both now, and for the future. As the joint JWU & Bruins press release states, “experiential education is a cornerstone of the JWU education … as students will research and develop solutions to real–time industry issues identified by TD Garden, Boston Bruins and Delaware North leadership.” Talk about on the job training!

What else is on the menu? The release goes on to mention how the university “will develop an annual seminar program to be held at TD Garden on topics and issues relevant to its academic programming in the areas of food service, hospitality, and sports, entertainment and event management.” And for icing on the cake — to continue with the food-related grammatical phraseology of this post —  segments will also be filmed and aired on NESN’s “Behind the B” next year. As we know from previous B’s programming on the New England Sports Network, players, personnel, fans, even a big boisterous beloved B’s broadcasterreally like their hometown food:

And how’s this for a taste for victory, as the university’s website creatively mentions: a special “JWU item of the month” will be served in Legends and it will be open exclusively to B’s and C’s season ticket holders (reminder: since it is a private membership club located on the prestigious Level 3 of the TD Garden, make sure to do some schmoozing or call in a few connections in order to enjoy the JWU concoctions).

What can you possibly order up? “Following criteria specified by Legends, students in the College of Culinary Arts will develop four new menu items per season over the course of the partnership… [with] the Legends menu featuring a Johnson & Wales item that will change approximately every 20 games,” the release continues. Four new dishes to dish out per season? That’s my kinda game plan!

The team just needs to plan for no special pizza items making the new JWU menu or else Brad Marchand will leave everyone hungry! “Where the pizza at!? Where the pizza at!?” indeed (maybe they’ll call it the Number 63… No?).

Congrats to the B’s, the Wildcats and all forms of edible entertainment for this delectable deal that’s sure to give everyone their just desserts when the timing is right!

Bruins To Partner With Special Olympics

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By: Evan Michael | Follow me on Twitter @Evan007onTV

As part of the team’s “B-Inclusive” initiative both on and off the ice, the Boston Bruins Foundation announced a $1 million partnership with the MA Special Olympics for the upcoming season and beyond. According to the press release, the donation will be spread out over the next 3 years and will help “educate fans on the impressive work that Special Olympics Massachusetts is doing in the community, and most importantly, the incredible talent and determination demonstrated by the athletes.”

“This marks the largest donation by the Boston Bruins Foundation to date.” —

The announcement was timed to coincide with the team’s annual charity golf fundraiser, which I featured in a recent Black N’ Gold Blog post about how the Bruins franchise has made a lasting impact on the city, community, and region as a whole, especially the foundation. At that early September tournament, Special Olympics athletes with be honored through a ceremonial tee shot with a member of the B’s (my guess is Patrice Bergeron). Speaking of golf, you can show your drive for the team by hitting the on-the-links link in the tweet below from our blog Editor-In-Chief @BlackAndGold277:

“The [Boston Bruins] Foundation’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for children in numerous capacities.” —

The team and foundation’s press release also mentions that many MA Special Olympics athletes will be on hand for the B’s home opener at TD Garden against the Senators. “The athletes in attendance will partake in an array of experiences such as bench assistants, **high-five lines, and ice resurfacer rides. The Bruins will continue to highlight Special Olympics athletes in game throughout the season,” it mentions. So as I like to say in my “Mark Your Bruins Calendar” articles (Parts I, II & III are “highlighted” here), highlight Monday, October 8th, 2018 on the schedule!

**The Bruins “high-five line” became a national and international story of heart, humor & humanity in 2014 when little Liam Fitzgerald representing the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC) brought a smile to everyone in attendance, especially the players & bench staff, when he fist bumped the boys in Black N’ Gold as they came off the ice to head down the B’s locker room tunnel.

After that unforgettable experience (which was shared thousands upon thousands of time across social media, major TV networks and news affiliates, and countless sporting/trade publications) Liam became known as the @fistbumpkid. The rest is Bruins history!

Speaking of which, he went out of his way to show support on Twitter for the Boston Bruins and their foundation after hearing the historic news about the Special Olympics partnership.

There’s no better way to “B-Inclusive” than that!

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Boston Bruins: Building For The Future


By Andrew Thompson              Follow Me On Twitter @godwentwhoops 

The Boston Bruins found themselves leaving the postseason earlier than they wanted to. Even with that disappointment, the young players coming up through the system gave fans and the front office reason to hope for the future.

The Boston Bruins exceeded expectations when they found themselves back in the playoffs this season.  A lot of the media (and a fair number of fans) had written off a team that was based around an untested group of young players and a 40-year old captain.

Bruins owner Charlie Jacobs started off the season by saying the B’s would make the postseason. While Jacobs hasn’t exactly endeared himself to the fans over the years, he knew the team would get it together by April. While it took a coaching change (and a little luck) to do it, the B’s found a way back to the playoffs.

The Bruins certainly struggled at times. Injuries seemed to hamper the play of players like David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron in the first half of the season. The Bruins blueline also had to struggle with people in and out of the lineup. This forced the Bruins to call up ten different players to play their first NHL games for Boston.

“I think, now, with some of the players that have stepped in this year, I think they’re giving some hope not just to us, but to the fan base, of where we are headed and what the future looks like because of it.” – Boston Bruins President Cam Neely

Things only got worse in the postseason.  Torey Krug and Brandon Carlo (first and third respectively for points by a defenceman) missed the entire playoffs. Adam McQuaid was injured in the postseason. By game four of the playoffs the Bruins were at tenth spot in their defensive depth chart, and the B’s head no choice but to bring up Charlie McAvoy and Sean Kuraly to fill holes in the B’s defensive lines.

Sure, the first round loss was disappointing. A few missed and/or blown calls (and a few really bad penalties) seemed to make the difference in the B’s early departure from the postseason. Still, the Bruins had a lot of players (11) in their first-ever NHL postseason. They held a healthier Ottawa team to one-goal games throughout the series, and that speaks well for the future of Bruins hockey.

“We had 11 players – think about that, 11 – play in their first postseason game,” said Bruins Alternate Governor Charlie Jacobs on the Bruins current youth movement. “To me, that’s an incredible number, almost half the roster. That’s valuable experience, for them to experience the atmosphere of playoff hockey, the tightness of it, the ferocity.

“The whole experience is a learning one and I think in the long run – while we’re not happy to be out in the first round, we’re going to be a much better team for it.”

The learning curve for the NHL is extremely steep. The young players could have easily faltered during the postseason.  Charlie McAvoy didn’t. Sean Kuraly didn’t. Noel Acciari certainly didn’t.

The Bruins will come back (barring another ugly string of injuries)in 2017-18 and make the postseason.  That prediction is certainly based on having players like Bergeron, Krejci, and Brad Marchand with the team. But a part of that claim is based on the strength of the Bruins developing players.

The youth movement is finally here, and it looks good for the future of the Black and Gold.

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