Tag Archives: Boston Bruins

NH Avalanche 2000 Player Profiles

 

1 – Spencer Burgess
Nickname: Spence
School/District: Concord High School
Grade: 9
Parents: Kerry Carter, Shane Burgess
Siblings: Lainie, Clay, and Kate
Favorite Food: Beef Jerky, Chicken
Favorite Movie: Miracle
Favorite Hockey Team: Boston Bruins
Favorite Player: Henrik Lundqvist
1 Spencer Burgess

1 Spencer Burgess

6 – Cody Sullivan
Nickname: Sully
School/District: Pinkerton Academy / Derry
Grade: 9
Parents: Dan and Karen Sullivan
Siblings: Taylor (sister)
Favorite Food: Pasta / Steak
Favorite Movie: Used to be Wizard of Oz (not sure now), but loves the Hunger Games books/movies
Favorite Hockey Team: Boston Bruins
Favorite Player: Alex Ovechkin
6 Cody Sullivan

6 Cody Sullivan

 

 

7 – Jonathon Last
Nickname: Jon
School/District: Gilbert H. Hood Middle School / Derry
Grade: 8
Parents: Jennifer and Ron
Siblings: Patrick (11) and Alexcia (7), plus some extras
Favorite Food: Buffalo Chicken, Pizza, and Ice Cream
Favorite Movie: Jurassic Park
Favorite Hockey Team: Boston Bruins
Favorite Player: Bobby Orr
7 Jon Last

7 Jon Last

 

 

8 – Cade Facey
Nickname: Face (sometimes)
School/District: Souhegan High School
Grade: 9
Parents: Karen and Sean
Siblings: Beau (12, 7th grade) and Emily (7, 2nd grade)
Favorite Food: Lobster
Favorite Movie: Anything rated R (hahahaha)
Favorite Hockey Team: Boston Bruins
Favorite Player: Patrice Bergeron, Alex Ovechkin
8 Cade Facey

8 Cade Facey

 

 

9 – Sebastian Beal
Nickname: C-Bass
School/District: Mountain View Middle School / Goffstown
Grade: 8
Parents: Amaris and Steve Beal Sr.
Siblings: Stephen (22), Ryan (21), Erin (18), Theodore (4) and Jacqueline (4)
Favorite Food: Steak
Favorite Movie: Grown Ups
Favorite Hockey Team: Boston Bruins
Favorite Player: Tuukka Rask
9 Sebastian Beal

9 Sebastian Beal

 

 

10 – Maxwell Lajeunesse
Nickname: Max
School/District: Goffstown High School
Grade: 9
Parents: Jim and Kathy
Siblings: Mark and Magnum (dog, their favorite son)
Favorite Food: anything that mooed, oinked, clucked, or gobbled previously
Favorite Movie: nothing really stands out
Favorite Hockey Team: Boston Bruins and Manchester Monarchs
Favorite Player: Brad Marchand
10 Max Lajeunesse

10 Max Lajeunesse

 

 

12 – Sydney Herrington
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12 Sydney Herrington

12 Sydney Herrington

 

 

15 – Clayton Sanders
Nickname: Clay
School/District: Rundlett Middle School / Concord
Grade: 8
Parents: Kelly and Michael
Siblings: Gavin
Favorite Food: Baby Back Ribs
Favorite Movie: Happy Gilmore
Favorite Hockey Team: Boston Bruins
Favorite Player: Alex Ovechkin
15 Clay Sanders

15 Clay Sanders

 

 

16 – Tyler Whiting
Nickname: Ty
School/District: Pinkerton Academy
Grade: 9
Parents: Kevin and Tara Whiting
Siblings: Lindsey (11) and Drew (7)
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Movie: Miracle
Favorite Hockey Team: Boston Bruins
Favorite Player: Patrice Bergeron
16 Tyler Whiting

16 Tyler Whiting

 

 

20 – Caiden Paradise
Nickname: None
School/District: Milford High School
Grade: 9
Parents: Michelle and Jeff Paradise
Siblings: Saige (sister)
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Movie: Miracle
Favorite Hockey Team: Boston Bruins
Favorite Player: Bobby Orr
20 Caiden Paradise

20 Caiden Paradise

 

 

22 – Christian Levesque
Nickname: Bubba
School/District: Pinkerton Academy / Derry
Grade: 9
Parents: Dan and Christine
Siblings: John (comes to most games) , Cameron , Caiti
Favorite Food: Steak
Favorite Movie: Goon
Favorite Hockey Team: Chicago Black Hawks
Favorite Player: Patrick Kane
22 Christian Levesque

22 Christian Levesque

 

 

31 – Gavin Cram
Nickname: Gav
School/District: Pinkerton Academy / Derry
Grade: 9
Parents: Jeff and Erin
Siblings: Dakota Jean (1)
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Movie: Jurassic Park
Favorite Hockey Team: LA Kings
Favorite Player: Jonathan Quick
31 Gavin Cram

31 Gavin Cram

 

 

80 – Michael Perry
Nickname: Mikey
School/District: South Meadow Middle School / ConVal
Grade: 8
Parents: Michael and Teresa Perry
Siblings: Madison Perry (sister)
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Movie: Happy Gilmore
Favorite Hockey Team: Washington Capitals
Favorite Player: Alex Ovechkin
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80 Michael Perry

 

 

88 – Nicholas Gagne
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88 Nicholas Gagne

88 Nicholas Gagne

Bruins Warrior

I have written on this subject before and it means a great deal to me personally, it is team. This blog I wrote (The Team) a while back probably doesn’t do it justice, but last night was another example of why team is so important, and when a group ‘gets it’, you can’t miss it.

Warrior means, brave or experienced fighter or soldier. Last night, in the second period of the Bruins – Penguins game, Gregory Campbell may have come as close as you possibly can in defining the word warrior, as it relates to sport. The video link is right here. As it turns out, Campbell broke his leg and will miss the rest of Boston’s season. On the ice, he helped kill another penalty, he blocked a shot, broke his leg, stayed on the ice, still pursued shooting and passing lanes, and after 45+ seconds on the ice, with a broken leg, skated on one leg to the bench. This led to a standing ovation by the Bruins loud and faithful fans in the Garden. It led to a Bruins surge in momentum. It led to the Penguins burning their timeout. And it led to the chants of “Campbell! Campbell! from the packed house in Boston. Post-game interviews with Bruin players revealed that the team, among other reasons, wanted to win for Gregory Campbell, and many of them shared just how valuable they feel he is to the club.

Playing for something bigger than yourself. That’s why Campbell played through it and finished his shift, to kill the penalty. To be there for his team in a moment when Boston needed the four skater’s in front of Rask. He did it because his team needed him to, and he had their backs. Ultimately, this is how this Bruins club is built, and how they play, they have each other’s back, and then some. It’s a beautiful thing. It’s endearing. It’s team, and it’s bigger than any one of them.

That said, Sidney Crosby talked of how “…we deserved better…“. Maybe he’s right, but then what would Gregory Campbell deserve? The series is not over, and we have seen, here in the Boston area, that anything can truly happen. I like the B’s chances, especially because of the way the Bruins play as a team. Last night, and into this morning, the Bruins won one for their warrior.

 

Bruins Win! Bruins Win!

Maybe I was 12 years old, standing on a small sheet of ice, not much bigger than a couple of puddles strung together. I had boots on my feet because I didn’t own skates, but many days I skated like the wind. Nearby was a completely home-made hockey net. It wasn’t the right size, or even symmetrical. To me though, it was perfect, and the crease was the place where you entered the Hall of Fame. I had an old Sher-Wood hockey stick and a battered puck. If I didn’t have a puck, or had lost one, I used a frozen tennis ball. Continue reading

Raise the banner

The Boston Bruins raised their Stanley Cup Championship banner to the rafters last night. I enjoyed the ceremony. These things tend to get dragged out a bit, maybe too long, but I liked last night’s event. It was really nice for the home town crowd to see their team with the Cup on the Garden ice. It was great to have Mark Recchi there as well, such an integral part of last year’s championship team. A lot of people were calling for Recchi to be scratched from games towards the end of last season and into the playoffs. He ended up playing in all 25 games, scoring 5 goals, and getting 14 points. His career is now done with the next stop being the Hockey Hall of Fame. He brought a lot to the dressing room and on the ice in his 2+ years in Boston.

Before the banner was raised to the roof while the crowd roared, there was more ceremony. After hearing from the owner, president, and general manager, there were several legends of past Bruins Cup winners introduced. I know this title belongs to the 2010-11 Bruins, but they were certainly willing to share that spotlight with the players that came before them last night. This is what makes the hockey family so unique. Maybe I just don’t know about it or see it in the other sports, but there’s always a direct correlation between the present and the past in hockey. There are always former players around the present teams. The hockey fraternity is always open, welcoming somebody back. Perhaps it has to do with how these men all started at the same place, in a cold rink, or on a cold pond somewhere, learning to skate and play hockey, in the freezing cold, at some, far from prime time, hour of the day or night. It’s a commitment, more so than any other team sport, that starts from day one. By the time these guys are 12 years old they already feel like they are a part of something special. I don’t know, I just think there’s more sense of team with these guys, and it doesn’t seem to end when they’re done playing either.

Last years’ Bruins squad was certainly scrutinized throughout the season, and certainly when they lost the first two playoff games at home against Le Habs. The team had been under achievers in recent years, and nobody knew what to expect in the playoffs last season. Then came this team, that pulled together, played together, fought together, rallied around their fallen, and did the improbable. They won the whole thing. Who would have guessed that the drought was going to end last year? Not many. This was a team effort, a depiction of how team works, The Team that played the best team hockey, and they won. Without a player in the top 35 scorers in the league, they somehow found a way to score enough to win it all. Certainly Tim Thomas helped that cause as on many nights he only needed a goal or two in order to win.

The Bruins didn’t win their season opener last night. Though, they did do something that no other team can do, for another year anyway, they got to raise the banner.