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Brad Marchand, Frank Vatrano to meet in World Championships semis

05.19.16 at 9:36 pm ET
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Brad Marchand and Frank Vatrano will meet in the IIHF World Championship semifinals Saturday, with the Bruins left wings representing Canada and the United States, respectively.

Marchand has three goals and a pair of assists for five points through eight games for Team Canada, while Vatrano has a goal and five assists for six points. Vatrano also has 24 shots on goal in the tournament.

The other semifinal game will be played between Finland and the tournament’s host country of Russia. The USA-Canada game will be played at 8:15 p.m. local time.

Joonas Kemppainen signs 1-year deal in KHL

05.14.16 at 1:02 pm ET
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Joonas Kemppainen

Joonas Kemppainen

Center Joonas Kemppainen has signed a one-year deal to play for Sibiu Novosibirsk of the KHL, according to agent J.P. Barry. Kemppainen spent last season in the Bruins’ organization, marking the only season of the 28-year-old’s career spent in North America.

Kemppainen attempted to become an NHL regular after nine seasons in the Finnish Elite League. The Finland native, who came to the Bruins on a one-year deal with a reputation for being a stout defensive forward with faceoff prowess, proved no better than mediocre in each aspect of the game in the NHL and was limited to just five points (two goals, three assists) in 44 games. He also played 11 games for Providence of the AHL, scoring one goal and adding four helpers for five points.

It’s possible that Kemppainen will have company in leaving the Bruins organization for the KHL. Russian forward Alexander Khokhlachev, whom Boston drafted 40th overall in the 2011 draft, is unhappy with his usage within the organization. CBS Boston’s Matt Kalman reported earlier this month that Khokhlachev, who played in Russia during the 2012 lockout, intended to return to the KHL.

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Former Bruin Kevin Stevens charged in oxycodone case

05.13.16 at 12:28 pm ET
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Kevin Stevens, shown here skating in the Penguins' Winter Classic Alumni Game in 2011, was charged in federal court Thursday. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Kevin Stevens, shown here skating in the Penguins’ Winter Classic Alumni Game in 2011, was charged in federal court Thursday. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Kevin Stevens, a Massachusetts native who had a long NHL career that included a stint with the Bruins, was charged in federal court Thursday with conspiring to sell oxycodone.

According to a Boston Globe report citing court records, Stevens and Christopher Alonardo of Medford are charged with conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute oxycodone last fall. They are being held until Tuesday’s detention hearing.

Stevens’ attorney told the Globe that the 51-year-old remains plagued with “injuries, pain and other challenges,” and that he would contest the charges.

Stevens was raised in Pembroke. After starring at Boston College and playing on the 1988 U.S. Olympic hockey team in the Calgary Games, he embarked on a 15-year NHL career that resulted in 329 goals and 397 assists for 726 points. He played his first eight seasons with the Penguins, winning Stanley Cups in 1991 and ’92. In 1992 he had his most productive season, recording 54 goals and 69 assists for 111 points. His production started to dip after that, and he was traded to the Bruins after the 1994-95 season.

He spent half a season in Boston, recording 23 points in 41 games, before being shipped to the Kings. He was traded to the Rangers after the season. During his last of three seasons in New York (1999-200o), he was arrested after a game in St. Louis when he was caught in a motel with a prostitute and crack cocaine. He entered the NHL’s Substance Abuse Program in an attempt to get clean.

Following a 23-game stint with the Flyers in 2000-01, he was traded to the Penguins, where he played until the following season. He served as a Penguins scout from 2005-11, and has been coaching youth hockey in the Boston area since.

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Brad Marchand and Brendan Gallagher are friends, which makes sense because Brendan Gallagher likes everyone

05.11.16 at 3:26 pm ET
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Brad Marchand

As could be seen with his Andy Dalton admiration in the Road to the NHL Winter Classic show, it doesn’t take much for a professional athlete to impress Brendan Gallagher.

Yet the Canadiens forward’s latest friendship should raise some eyebrows, as it’s with Brad Marchand. The two have bonded while playing for Team Canada at the World Championships in Russia. Earlier this week, the two offered to jump one another for the sake of getting Connor McDavid on the cover of NHL ’17.

“It’s been the worst part about this trip,” Gallagher said in an interview with TSN. “He turned out to be a pretty good guy.”

While the two discussed how they’ve gotten along, they were also given the opportunity to share their grievances with the other player.

“When he does something, he always acts like he’s not sure what he did,” Gallagher said of Marchand. “He knows exactly what he did, but he puts his arms up and looks around like he’s the most innocent guy on the ice. He knows exactly what he did.”

Marchand said that Gallagher spears players and slashes them off the faceoffs, adding, “I’m not saying I don’t do that, too.”

Watch the full interview here.

Red Wings hire former Bruins assistant coach Doug Houda

05.10.16 at 1:29 pm ET
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There was some fear that if the Bruins fired their head coach, he might end up in the Atlantic Division coaching against them.

Instead, it was assistant coach Doug Houda who was canned, and guess what? Same outcome.

The Red Wings announced Tuesday that they had hired Houda as an assistant coach to replace the departed Tony Granato. Houda, a former NHL defenseman who was teammates with Zdeno Chara with the Islanders, joined the Bruins as an assistant coach in 2006 under Dave Lewis and stayed on from the hiring of Claude Julien until Houda’s dismissal last month.

The Bruins have not made a formal announcement on the futures of assistant coaches Doug Jarvis and Joe Sacco, neither of whom have contracts.

Bruins to play Canadiens in Quebec City exhibition game

05.10.16 at 12:46 pm ET
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The Bruins and Canadiens will play a preseason game in Quebec City on October 4, the Habs announced Tuesday.

The teams did not play each other in preseason action this season, though they did in the previous two years. The B’s went 2-3-0 against Montreal in regular-season play this season.

For those interested in making the trek, tickets go on sale Saturday at

Brad Marchand injured at World Championships

05.09.16 at 1:54 pm ET
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According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Brad Marchand aggravated an injury in Monday’s 8-0 win over Belarus at the World Championships in St. Petersburg.

Marchand missed only two games due to injury this season: Boston’s third and fourth games of the season after he suffered a concussion on Oct. 10. As such, he played through whatever injury he ended up reaggravating on Monday.

Marchand isn’t exactly out of commission, as he was able to take part in this publicity stunt to get Connor McDavid on the cover of the NHL ’17 video game:

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