Move over Danny Ainge and the Celtics. It's Peter Chiarelli and the Bruins turn to draft young players. The NHL Draft is a two day event, held in Philadelpia this year. The 30 NHL teams will draft seven rounds. The Bruins will have the #25 pick.
Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron will find out tonight if he is the NHL Selke Award winner for the second time in the last three year. The award honors the top defensive forward in the league each year and Bergeron has been a finalist three years in a row, winning it in 2011-2012.
We find out tomorrow night if Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask or maybe former UMaine Black Bears Ben Bishop wins the Vezina Trophy for NHL best goalie. The third candidate is Colorado goalie Semyon Varlamov.
Boston Bruins tough guy Shawn Thornton will not be back with the B's next season. GM Peter Chiarelli met with the veteran winger to tell him they are not going to offer him a contract. Thornton is a free agent and has been a Bruin for seven seasons
The NHL play of the year voting is down to just two players - Gustav Nyquist (former UM Black Bear) and Thomas Tatar. Both are Detroit Red Wing players and both scored spectacular goals and the TSN.ca website (Canada's ESPN) is where you vote.
For the second consecutive year a former UMaine hockey player is part of the Calder Cup AHL Championship. Defenseman Will O'Neill leads the St. John's (Newfoundland) Ice Caps against the Texas Stars for the league championship in a best-of-7 series.
The New York Rangers face the Los Angeles Kings in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup Finals beginning on Wednesday night in California. Here's a preview of the series that will decide which team wins the NHL championship:
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