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 Captain Chara A Testament To Longevity

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By Carrie Salls | Find me on Twitter @nittgrl73

With the recent announcement that Pittsburgh Penguin Matt Cullen has retired, 42-year-old Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara became the oldest active player in the National Hockey League. Chara will be 43 by the time his one-year contract is up following the 2019-2020 season, but Bruins fans know Chara is far from the typical middle-aged man. A lot has changed, in the world and in professional hockey, during his lifetime.

When Chara was born on March 18, 1977, the Berlin Wall was still standing. In fact, what we know as Germany today was still divided into two separate countries, East Germany and West Germany. His place of birth is listed as Trenčín, Czechoslovakia. Chara’s native country was not split into Slovakia, the country he now calls home, and the Czech Republic until just a few months before his 16th birthday.

His background alone has earned Chara, who is also the tallest player in the NHL at 6’9″, a place in the National Hockey League record books. According to Wikipedia, he was just the second European captain to win the Stanley Cup, achieving that honor when the Bruins won it all in 2011, and the first Cup champion to be born in and hone his hockey skills in a country within the Iron Curtain.

Off the ice, Zdeno Chara is well-educated and has a wide array of interests. He speaks seven languages, including his native Slovak, has earned a financial planning diploma, is licensed to sell real estate in Massachusetts and attended a course offered by Harvard Business School in 2018 entitled “The Business of Entertainment, Media, and Sports.”

Chara’s motivational and insightful Instagram posts have made him a social media favorite among fans. During the hockey season especially, Chara gives followers a glimpse into his family life and his training regiment and frequently tells stories of his experiences and lessons learned.

The captain’s intense training sessions and plant-based diet, similar to the one followed by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, are certainly two keys to his impressive longevity. Players of Chara’s size are becoming more and more rare as the NHL tide has turned toward smaller, faster, more-skilled players and away from the proverbial “goon” and power forward-types that were in ample supply earlier in his NHL career.

Of course, Chara recognizes that playing the game of hockey for as long as he has at the top professional level is not an easy feat. He acknowledged that fact with a rather tongue-in-cheek Instagram post soon after the news broke that he was now the oldest active player.

According to his player bio on bostonbruins.com, Chara was drafted by the New York Islanders with the 56th overall pick in the third round of the 1996 NHL Draft. He was later traded to the Ottawa Senators. He was signed as a free agent by the Bruins in 2006 and has served as the team’s captain ever since. Before breaking into the NHL, Chara played North American hockey with Prince George’s Western Hockey League team and with an Islanders American Hockey League affiliate in Kentucky.

Chara was awarded the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenseman in 2009. He has set plus/minus and hardest shot records along the way in his storied career and was named a first-team all star three times.

Even with all of the accolades, records and firsts Chara has racked up, he will likely always be best-remembered by Bruins teammates, coaches and fans for his leadership. This quality was on display throughout the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Fans will long remember Chara changing into his full uniform after missing the clinching game four of the Eastern Conference Finals with an injury to come out to participate in the handshake line and celebrate the Cup Finals berth with his teammates.

As special a show of leadership and sportsmanship that gesture was, it was outdone when Chara came to sit on the bench, reportedly against the advice of the team’s medical staff, after suffering a broken jaw during the fourth game of the Stanley Cup Finals. He later said he came out with no intention of playing, but as a show of support for his teammates. Incredibly, Chara did not miss a start in the series, wired jaw and all.

Chara is likely coming into one of, if not his final, season as a player in the National Hockey League. When he does hang up his skates for the final time, he will be closing the book on an amazing career that may well result in his number 33 being hoisted to the rafters.

When Will Bruins Marchand Learn?

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By: Max Mainville | Check me out on Twitter @tkdmaxbjj

When it comes to the Boston Bruins, you either love them or you hate them and it has been that way for all ninety-three years that the organization has existed. While more and more fans join the fan base on the daily, a large part of the hockey community still has a strong distaste for the hockey team based out of Massachusetts. Many fans of the Bruins would argue that they love the team because of the hate they receive from fellow hockey fans.

Of course, for the Montreal Canadien fans, the Toronto Maple Leaf fans, and even the Vancouver Canuck fans, hating Boston is just something that comes with cheering for their team. But for the other organizations in the National Hockey League, part of the reason for the hate of the Bruins is due to one specific player. Brad Marchand.

Over the past few years, Brad Marchand has brought controversy and dirty plays to the league and in many eyes, he should no longer be allowed to play the sport of hockey. While those claims are exaggerated, the belief for the punishment can be argued due to the repeated offenses by Marchand.

Below is the list of Marchand’s suspensions and fines as of June 12th, 2018.

  • March 2011 – Suspended Two Games – Elbowing on R.J. Umberger
  • December 2011 – $2,500 fine – Slew-foot on Matt Niskanen
  • January 2012 – Suspended Five Games – Low-bridge hit on Sami Salo
  • January 2015 – Suspended Two Games – Slew-foot on Derick Brassard
  • December 2015 – Suspended Three Games – Clipping on Matt Borowiecki
  • February 2017 – Fined $10,000 – Dangerous trip on Niklas Kronwall
  • April 2017 – Suspended Two Games – Spearing on Jake Dotchin
  • January 2018 – Suspended Five Games – Elbowing on Marcus Johansson
  • March 2018 – Fined $2,000 – Diving
  • April 2018 – Fined $6,000 – Cross-checking Andrew MacDonald

There is no question that Brad Marchand has made some wrong decisions on the ice and the results of his actions have had some negative effects on the team and the overall image that people have on him. Early on in his career, Marchand had to play a dirty-type of hockey in order to earn him playing time.

Yet, Marchand still possesses the hockey skill to be a talented scorer in any day of the NHL. In the final three years in his Quebec Major Junior Hockey League career, Marchand was always above point-per-game – scoring 80 points, 44 points, and 29 points while the number of games that he played decreased as the years progressed.

Brad’s play did peak the interest of the Boston Bruins, who drafted him 71st overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, however, he wouldn’t quite get his opportunity in the big leagues until the 2010-2011 season. Well, that season just so happened to be the season where the Bruins would win the Stanley Cup.

Marchand would score twenty goals in his rookie season with the Bruins – and would continue to hit the milestone for every other season except for the 2012-13 season, due to the lockout.

However, in the past few seasons, Brad has found a new level of scoring in the National Hockey League. Marchand has hit 85 points on back-to-back seasons (2016-17, 2017-18) and has nearly hit the 40 goal mark in both of those campaigns. The play of Marchand has seemingly increased and the team’s dependency on that stellar play has also increased as the seasons go on.

Marchand is one of the best players offensively during both five-on-five situations as well as shorthanded situations. Out of all the current active players in the National Hockey League, Marchand ranks first in most shorthanded goals scored with twenty-three. In addition, Brad has been in the league for a significantly less amount of time, seven-less seasons than the second player on that list.

 
Rank Player Career Start SHG
1. Brad Marchand 2009-10 23
2. Rick Nash 2002-03 22
Antoine Vermette 2003-04 22
4. Tomas Plekanec 2003-04 20
5. Eric Staal 2003-04 19

 

As mentioned previously, Marchand has rapidly become one player on the Boston Bruins that is relied on the most. In the past 2017-2018 season, Brad Marchand broke the record for most overtime goals in Boston Bruins history, with 11.

Not only would the Nova Scotia native surpassed a Boston Bruins record, but he would tie an NHL record – most overtime goals in a single season, scoring five in the ’17/’18 season. That ties him with Steven Stamkos, Jonathan Toews, and Alex Galchenyuk.

Outside of the NHL, Marchand has had great success in international play as well. In both the 2007 and 2008 IIHF World Junior Championships, Brad left with gold medals. Marchand would also take home two gold medals in 2016 – one in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey in September, and another in the 2016 IIHF World Championships in May. Brad was arguably the top player for Canada during the World Cup of Hockey, scoring the game-winning goal in the final game against Team Europe and scoring the most goals in the entire tournament (5).

There is no doubt that Brad Marchand is an incredibly skilled player – especially offensively. He has no reason to play a dirty style that he used when he first made his appearance in the league. While he has voiced his apologies and his belief that he must be better, the results have not yet taken place.

Recently, Marchand has sparked more controversy due to the licking of opposing players’ faces during last year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs. Marchand was able to get off with only a warning from the NHL, but even prior to that step, the thought of licking the face of another player baffles every fan of hockey or any other sport for that matter.

Boston Bruins owner, Jeremy Jacobs, put that idea into perspective back in May.

“This is a player that, I can only think of 30 other teams that would love to have him, so there’s a margin that you give him. But, I think he’s used up this margin.”

You have to imagine that that margin is indeed shrinking for Marchand. The league has possibly let Marchand off the hook once too many times and with one more step over the line – there could be some big consequences for Brad coming. For the 2018-2019 season, Brad Marchand cannot be the dirty Marchand. No more low-end hits, no more spearing, no more slew-footing, no more elbows, and definitely no more licking.

Was It Necessary To Admit Jeremy Jacobs Into the Hockey Hall of Fame?

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Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs speaking at the NHL’s Board of Governors News Conference (Photo Credit: zimbio.com)

By Andrew Thompson                                                     Twitter: @godwentwhoops

A week ago, the 2017 Class of the Hockey Hall of Fame were announced. There was plenty of Black and Gold in this year’s class. Bruins fans were naturally excited about Marc Recchi being voted into the Hall of Fame. The 22-season veteran finished his career with the Black and Gold, earning his third Stanley Cup with Boston.

There was no doubt in anyone’s mind that Recchi had earned his place in the Hall. It’s a shame it took four years for him to get the call.

On the other side of the coin, fans were less enthused about Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs inclusion in the Hall of Fame. Jacobs was ensconced in the Hall under the ‘builders’ category. Jacobs has owned the team for over four decades and was part of the team that helped bring the Cup to Boston in 2011.

While the fans weren’t entirely thrilled, the home office of the NHL was excited about his inclusion in the 2017 HOF Class.

(For those of you who care, Hockey Hall of Fame’s definition honors those in the builder category who excel in “coaching, managerial or executive ability, or ability in another significant off-ice role, sportsmanship, character and contributions to his or her organization or organizations and to the game of hockey in general.”)

“While our league has changed and grown over the 42-plus years Jeremy has owned the Bruins, he always has focused on further growing our game and strengthening our league,” said NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Jacobs’ elevation to the Hall of Fame. “As chairman of our board of governors for the past decade, his priority has been to serve our fans and to make sure our league and its teams are strong.”

For his part, Jacobs was understandably pleased with his inclusion to the Hall of Fame.

“I am flattered to be included in with this great group of 2017 inductees, and I am humbled to be included with the legends of hockey that went before me,” said Jacobs on his induction. “Owning the Boston Bruins for 42 years has been one of the most rewarding honors of my life. I am indebted to our team’s leaders and players, but most of all, to our fans, for giving me a broad and deeply appreciative perspective of the game.”

Here are the Bruins accomplishments in the Jacobs Era:

The 2011 Stanley Cup

Two President’s Trophies

Four Conference Championships

Fifteen Division Championships

Thirty-Five Postseason Appearances

While these accomplishments are impressive, they are a more of a testament to club presidents and general managers. (The 2011 Cup was powered by the moves and trades of former GM Peter Chiarelli.) While Mr. Jacobs clearly had a say as owner, it was the day-to-day management of the people below him that led to many of the above accomplishments.

Jacobs has been the head of the NHL’s Board of Governors since 2007.  Jacobs was the driving force behind the 2013 lockout. Before that, he had a hand in the infamous NHL lockout which led to the canceled 2004-05 season (and the start of the salary cap era).

Some may say the CBA disagreements have kept certain teams in the league.  While it may have kept troubled teams afloat, it has been done at the expense of the fans. Just look at the TD Garden. Eight dollar beers and five dollar bottled waters (and the removal of the water fountains inside). Ticket prices which have increased steadily (which was particularly galling to see after the B’s recent failed attempts to get into the postseason).  At times, it seemed that Mr. Jacobs was more interested in running the league than running his own team.

Unfortunately, there is more infamy behind the Jacobs name.  He’s been the mastermind (with Bettman) behind ‘Hockey in the desert.’ A project which has led to the loss of over half a billion dollars in order to keep the Phoenix (now Arizona) Coyotes afloat. A project that now has expanded to include Las Vegas. While the initial projections look promising for Vegas, it’s still a big unknown if the Golden Knights will have long-term success.

This was more of a lifetime achievement award for Jacobs.  (With one Stanley Cup in over 40 years of trying, that achievement almost needs an asterisk next to it.)

Has Jacobs done some good for the league in general? Yes. Has Jacobs tenure been filled with controversy? Absolutely. Is he the least liked owner among the Boston-area owners of sports franchises? Undoubtedly.

It’s a shame that players like Recchi and Teemu Selanne will have to share the stage with Jacobs when they’re inducted this November.

 

 

 

 

Bruins Change Starts Tonight Against San Jose

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By Mark Allred    Follow me on Twitter @BlackAndGold277 

On Tuesday in a cowardly fashion, Boston Bruins management relieved Head Coach Claude Julien of his tenure as the franchise’s winningest coach in team history as the organization attempts to motivate the current roster that’s frankly underperformed to ownership’s expectations. As many hockey fans know, the B’s haven’t participated in the NHL’s Stanley Cup Playoffs for two straight seasons and with the underachieving efforts from this lineup, this season look to possibly be on the outside looking for a third year with 27 regular season games remaining in the 2016-17 campaign.

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Saying Goodbye

There’s no doubt Julien is a well-respected head coach around the NHL from hearing praise from fellow bench bosses such as Toronto Maple Leafs Mike Babcock and Washington Capitals Barry Trotz, but after ten season’s in Boston, it seemed the message to the players was becoming stale and uninspiring. After Claude’s dismissal earlier this week he left the organization with a 419-246-94 record and was only 13 games away from tying Art Ross for most games coached in team history. The legendary Ross coached the Bruins from 1925 to 1945 (17 Seasons) earning a franchise record od 772 games.

Julien’s achievements in Beantown will never be forgotten as he orchestrated a lineup which brought a Stanley Cup back to Boston after a 39-year absence, a Presidents Trophy as the best team in the standings, and a Jack Adams award for best coach in the league. He’s under contract for the remainder of this season and all of next, so it’s going to be interesting to see if Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs will entertain offers as other teams foaming at the mouth to interview him. If allowed to talk to teams in need of his services, he won’t be on the market for long.

Julien is a defensive minded head coach that fit the Bruins system as an old school leader but times are changing in the NHL as other teams have transitioned into a more offensive style play, and as the league gets bigger, faster, and stronger the time was now for a change. With a wave of developmental talent coming through the minor leagues, a new voice might be needed, and a coach with more offensive responsibilities may be accepted from younger members that seemingly haven’t gotten a fair shot in the past under the veteran coach.

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Next: Intern Bruce Cassidy

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The 51-year-old Cassidy has been with the Bruins organization since he was hired to be the assistant coach of the Bruins top minor-pro Providence Bruins AHL team in the 2008-09 season. After Rob Murray was let go by the organization, Cassidy was promoted to be the bench boss in the 2011-12 season and as the voice of the B’s affiliate for the next five seasons helping the Baby B’s to a decent 207-128-45 record.

After the Bruins missed the playoffs last season for the second consecutive time, Bruins management made changes under Julien with the removal of Doug Houda and promoted Cassidy and former Bruins Jay Pandolfo in an effort to get to the younger players being filtered into the lineup, but also be an option in case the team fails once again to meet expectations. It’s been believed that with the Cassidy addition the fate of Julien was expected as rumors filter in that President Cam Neely was pushing for his dismissal for the last five seasons.

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This isn’t Cassidy’s first attempt at the head coaching experience as he was behind the bench for a season and a half (2002-03 to 2003-04) earning a record of 47-45-9-6 in his time with the Washington Capitals organization. Now is his time to audition for a permanent job with 27 regular season games remaining but is that enough of a sample size for Bruins management to properly evaluate his efforts with hopes of changing the identity that many seem to believe has been missing for the past few seasons?

With the firing of Julien, General Manager Don Sweeney may, in fact, be using Cassidy as a temporary fix as the B’s organization assesses the situation and starts the interviewing process in the mean time. As Black N’ Gold Hockey Blog staff writer Kyle Benson mentioned in an article earlier this week, there are some coaches available with NHL experience but is that the direction this franchise wants to go in. Could a plan be under the sleeves of Sweeney in an attempt to hire “his guy” with the ability to communicate to younger players? As mentioned above, the more youthful movement might be in place and with Cassidy in the mix the last six years with the organization he might not be in the plans.

If Not Cassidy, Who?

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As much as I hate the idea of bringing back former Bruins players either in a coaching or management role, I’d like this team to take a look at former Bruins forward and current AHL coach of the Utica Comets Travis Green. In four season’s as a minor league professional coach, Gree has a coaching record of 138-97-26-12 and while those numbers might not scream success to many Bruins fans ready for change, it’s his ability to communicate with developing players that are most interesting to me and might be to B’s manager Sweeney as well with his previous role as a long-time director of player development.

As a constant reader of hockey news and listener of many podcasts from around the hockey community, Greens name has been highly mentioned as a coach that should be under the radar for not only a potential future job in Boston but around the NHL as other teams look to make changes as well. Travis played 970 NHL games and posted 193-262-455 number in his 15-year career. He spent two seasons’ss with the Bruins from the 2003-04 to 2005-06 playing in 146 games contributing 21-17–38 numbers in his short time in Beantown.

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Green coached the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks to a Memorial Cup final in 2013 as he took over for suspended and former Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Johnston. That year Green took over the bench with 47 regular season games remaining and helped his team to a 37-8-0-2 record. In the 2014-15 season, he helped the Utica Comets AHL franchise to a Calder Cup Final appearance with a regular season record of 47-20-7-2 and a Western Conference title. Unfortunately, his efforts came to an end that year as the Manchester Monarchs won a franchise first Calder Cup and later pack up operations to be closer to their California apparent NHLclub the Los Angeles Kings.

Now I’m not saying this is the right fix for the future of this Bruins organization, but his efforts as a coach are opening many eyes in the hockey world and should be considered for at least an interview as the Bruins next head coach. No matter who ends up behind the bench, I hope Bruins management make the right decision as they move along from one that brought so much success in his tenure in Boston.