Noontime’s All-Decade Boston Bruins Team (2010-19)

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Members of both the 2010-11 and 2011-12 Boston Bruins players pose in front of the team’s last Stanley Cup Banner. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

It’s time to kick-off a brand new week here at Noontime Sports (and NoontimeSports.com) – we are calling it the “All-Decade Week” where we will be producing content about various sports teams from the past ten years, beginning with our very own Boston Bruins squad from 2010 to 2019.

We’re excited for a fun week of content on the past decade of both Boston and New England sports – we hope you are as well – so again, enjoy our very first team of the week, which highlights some key members of the Black and Gold, including skaters from the 2011 Stanley Cup squad.


Noontime’s All-Decade Boston Bruins Team (Starting Line-Up)

Offense (Forward): Brad Marchand (2018-19): Marchand was a player to watch last season as he tallied a career-highs in assists (64) and points (100) while netting 36 goals (he was three markers shy of matching a career-best of 39 goals from 2017). He tallied additional career-bests last season in power-play goals (10), game-winning goals (nine), even strength assists (36) and four power-play assists. In the postseason, he recorded a career-high 23 points in 24 contests, including a pair of game-winning goals.

Offense (Center): Patrice Bergeron (2013-2014): A four-time Frank J. Selke Trophy Winner, Bergeron has been a key member for the Bruins, both this current season and since he arrived in Boston for his initial campaign with the Black and Gold in 2003. The tenured center claimed his third Selke award during the 2014-15 season after producing 62 points in 80 regular-season contests. He scored seven game-winning goals, which matched his mark from the 2016-17 season while tallying 243 shots on goal. He averaged close to 18 minutes of ice time and was considered for the Hart Memorial Trophy (placed fifth) and Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (placed 13th).

Offense (Center): David Krejci (2013-14): A nominee for both the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy and Frank J. Selke Trophy, Krejci concluded the 2013-14 season with 69 points on 19 goals and 50 assists. He netted 16 even-strength goals, which is just five less than his career-best of 21 from the 2011-12 season while also recording three power-play goals and six game-winning markers. Finally, he concluded the season with a career-high of 16 power-play assists.

Defense: Zdeno Chara (2011-12): One year after captaining the Bruins to its sixth Stanley Cup Championship, Chara turned in an impressive 2011-12 season which saw the defender record career-highs in assists (40) and points (52), as well as be considered for the Hart Memorial Trophy and James Norris Memorial Trophy for the top defensemen. Chara concluded the regular season with eight power-play goals, 10 power-play assists, and 224 shots on goal.

Defense: Torey Krug (2013-14): A nominee for the Calder Memorial Trophy (Rookie of the Year), Krug concluded his team’s 2013-14 campaign with 40 points on 26 assists and 14 goals to go along with 77 blocks, 50 hits, and 24 takeaways. He tallied eight even-strength goals and two game-winning tallies while tallying 183 shots on goal. In 12 postseason contests, Krug produced 10 points on eight assists and two goals while recording 13 blocks, eight hits, and four takeaways.

Goalie: Tim Thomas (2010-11): A winner of both the Conn Smythe Trophy and Vezina Trophy, Thomas backstopped the Bruins to their sixth Stanley Cup Championship in franchise history by yielding 1.98 goals per game in the postseason. He concluded the regular season with a career-best 2.00 goals allowed average and .938 save percentage. He won 35 games – he started 55 contests – and recorded 1,699 saves. He won 16 postseason contests and posted career-highs in shots against (849), saves (798), and save percentage (.940). He also registered four shutouts in the 2011 postseason.

The 68th Beanpot Tournament Begins Monday, February 3rd, 2020

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The 68th Beanpot is scheduled to commence Monday, Feb. 3rd, 2020. (PHOTO COURTESY: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beanpot_(ice_hockey))

By NoontimeSports.com 

Sure, it may be ‘Super Bowl Sunday,’ but today marks the day before one of the great Boston sports traditions: The Beanpot Tournament, which is scheduled to commence tomorrow, Monday, February 3rd at the TD Garden.

Northeastern University, which won the two-day, four-team tournament last season, will attempt to capture the 68th Beanpot Tournament beginning tomorrow when they skate against Harvard University at 5 p.m.

Also competing tomorrow is Boston College and Boston University – the two rivals will square-off at 8 p.m.

Both contests, as well as next Monday’s (Feb. 10th) consolation and championship games, can be seen on NESN. For fans outside the New England region, all four games can be seen on either the NHL Network (North America) or TSN2 (Canada).

Northeastern has never won three-straight tournaments but has captured back-to-back championships twice, including the past two seasons (2018 and 2019)

Boston University, which has won 30 titles since the two-day, four-team tournament commenced in 1952 at the Boston Arena (now Matthews Arena), has not celebrated a championship since beating Northeastern in 2015.

Boston College last won the Beanpot in 2016, while Harvard ended a lengthy drought in 2017 with a 6-3 victory over Boston University.

Boston College, Harvard, and Northeastern enter tomorrow’s tournament as ranked teams, while Boston University is receiving votes, according to the latest USCHO.com poll.

2020 Beanpot Schedule 

  • Monday, February 3rd, 2020: Harvard University vs. Northeastern University (5 p.m.)
  • Monday, February 3rd, 2020: Boston College vs. Boston University (8 p.m.)
  • Monday, February 10th, 2020: Consolation Game (BC-BU) vs. (Harvard-Northeastern) (4:30 p.m.)
  • Monday, February, 10th, 2020: Championship Game (BC-BU) vs. (Harvard-Northeastern) (7:30 p.m.)

2020 Beanpot Links

  • 6 Questions about the Beanpot Tournament (Boston.com)
  • Previewing the 2020 Beanpot Tournament (NCAA.com)
  • NESN will air live and exclusive coverage of the 68th Beanpot (NESN.com)
  • Can Harvard top Northeastern in the opening game of the 68th Beanpot? (Harvard Crimson)
  • Northeastern seeks its first-ever three-peat. (Sentinel & Enterprise)
  • McInnis brothers hope to lead Boston College to a Beanpot Championship (The Patriot Ledger)

Catching Up With Katie Zimmerman (Western New England Women’s Ice Hockey)

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Katie Zimmerman was named earlier this month the first coach of the Western New England women’s ice hockey program, which is scheduled to begin competition in 2020. (PHOTO COURTESY: Diana McNamara)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Katie Zimmerman seems very excited to coach the first Western New England women’s ice hockey team, which is scheduled to play its first contest during the 2020-21 school year.

“Being able to start my own program at the college level is very, very special,” said Zimmerman, who arrives in Springfield after assisting the Amherst College women’s ice hockey team since the 2014-15 season.

“I have categorized it as a life experience (because) it is going to be both exciting and challenging, but also a full-circle feeling to build a program and help grow the game at the next level.”

Zimmerman was named the program’s initial coach earlier this month when the institution announced they would be adding a women’s ice hockey program.

A forward for the Hamilton College women’s ice hockey team, Zimmerman led the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) in goals scored during her junior and senior seasons, while also earning a pair of all-league selections.

In addition to assisting coach Jeff Matthews at Amherst, Zimmerman has prior coaching experience with USA Hockey and SUNY Cortland.

Noontime Sports recently caught-up with Zimmerman to discuss her excitement for starting the women’s ice hockey program at Western New England.

On getting a startup program started: The very first thing to do is to make sure people know about the program. So, what I have done is introduce or reintroduce myself to former colleagues and coaches at both the youth and high-school level, as well as camp directors and advisors to educate them about this new program. I have let people know that this is an exciting opportunity, not just for myself, but for so many people that are going to be able to support it, including the first-ever student-athletes that will have a chance to write the first chapter of the program’s history. Besides spreading the news, it is also time to begin building relationships with prospective student-athletes, too.

I am really excited about this opportunity. I believe in this program, and I am looking for recruits who are just as excited as I am. 

On learning from prior startup women’s ice hockey programs: I do have contact with coaches that have started their own NCAA Division I and III programs, so it is very interesting to speak with them and learn how they got their programs started. There are so many interesting aspects of building an inaugural team.

On spreading the word of the new program to the entire country: The midwest and northeast are hockey hotbeds. Minnesota, Massachusetts, and Michigan are the three top states for girl’s hockey, so those are target areas, but I am casting a wide net for potential student-athletes that want to join our program. I have seen some impressive players come out of California, Colorado, and even Texas and Florida, so I am definitely spreading the news outside the northeast and making sure to focus on bringing in individuals that will set the tone for the program’s culture. I have been really lucky to chat with so many people that have provided me with ideas as to what I should do with recruiting, to the hockey x’s and o’s stuff as well, but it has been very helpful learning more about how my colleagues and coaching friends have started their respective programs.

On publicizing the news through social media: I recently launched a WNE women’s ice hockey Instagram account and plan to follow up with Twitter and Facebook soon. Social media is a primary mode of communication for so many people these days and I am excited to get some good content out there. 

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Katie Zimmerman competed for Hamilton College in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). (PHOTO COURTESY:


On falling in love with the sport of hockey: My love for hockey began in the driveway. I grew up on a street with many other young kids, and I would jump into street hockey games whenever I could. I loved ripping around the neighborhood on my roller blades that I had my seventh birthday party at an inline skating arena. I vividly remember going to the arena with my mom and seeing a roller hockey game being played, and I asked my mom if I could play. She signed me up on the spot. I was one of only two girls in the roller hockey league for three years before I transitioned to ice hockey at 10-years-old. I grew more and more serious about ice hockey as time went on, and my love for the sport only grew.

Some of my all-time best friends have been former teammates and many of my favorite moments revolve around hockey. And when I’m not coaching the sport, I’m a passionate follower of the National Hockey League (NHL) and a loyal Detroit Red Wings fan!

Some favorite memories of the game: I could write a book about my favorite memories. When I was a senior in high school I played for a team in Michigan called Victory Honda, and that year alone holds so many of my all-time favorite hockey memories. The best part of that year was that it felt like we were all best friends, both on and off the ice – I still keep in touch to this day) – which made every moment at the rink so much fun. I also had a blast playing in college, where every game-day felt like a holiday. 

Zimmerman’s all-time favorite hockey player: Pavel Datsyuk, who used to play for the Detroit Red Wings. His nickname was “The Magician” because he could do unimaginably creative things with the puck. I thought he was the most entertaining player to watch and a really strong two-way player, too. To this day, I’ve never seen another player that plays the game like he did. 


Stay connected with Noontime Sports’ hockey coverage on Twitter by following @NoontimeHockey!

Noontime’s Take: The Bruins Provided Us With Some Entertaining Hockey This Spring

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11 

By now last night’s Stanley Cup game seven setback to the St. Louis Blues has officially set in for all of us. And it is a tough pill to swallow.

Waking up this morning was not as easy as it was yesterday – we were all excited for a seventh game, as well as the post-game celebration that would extend deep into the night and early this morning.

But instead, myself, along with other devoted Boston Bruins fans, were treated to a sight we may have not expected, a Blues victory, which included players, coaches, and various personnel skating around the TD Garden late last night celebrating the franchise’s initial championship.

And while St. Louis is certainly not singing the blues today, Boston is mourning a loss for a team that struggled to convey to reporters what exactly this setback means to both them and their fanbase.

Hearing stories from the locker room of players weeping to those that struggled to string together enough sentences for reporters certainly made me sympathize for them, but also made me realize how lucky we were as a fanbase to cheer on a dedicated group of hockey players for the past two months.

The Bruins captivated our attention every day by scoring impressive wins over the Toronto Maple LeafsColumbus Blue Jackets, and Carolina Hurricanes. We also celebrated some exciting wins against the Blues, as well, including a 7-2 thrashing in the third game, which provided Boston with a 2-1 advantage.

But our hometown team’s five-goal route was quickly forgotten a few days later when St. Louis rallied to win both games four and five, which ignited an early celebration for numerous Blues fans this past weekend. And while St. Louis was eager to begin a long-awaited celebration on Sunday, they were instead forced to wait an additional 72 hours before popping champaign due to Boston’s game six victory.

St. Louis will celebrate this win every day this summer, as well as think about it when they reconvene for the start of the National Hockey League‘s (NHL) 2019-20 season.

The loss to the Blues will resonate with us all for days, weeks and months, but the good news is another season will be here before we know it.

In the meantime, we have the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots to help us cope with a disappointing finish, along with with Anthony Davis trade talk, too – hello, Boston Celtics fans. And of course, there is the World Cup, as well, but we will certainly miss our mid-week and weekend hockey games that meant something.

We will have games that mean something again soon, Boston Bruins fans. And when they do mean something, you, I and others will gather around the television eager to cheer on our beloved hockey team to victory.

No matter how you cope with this particular loss, just know one thing, it was a heck of a run and a fun season. And despite the outcome, I am eager for more hockey.


Stay connected with Matt Noonan on Instagram and Twitter today! 

Re-introducing Noontime Hockey On Twitter

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Noontime Sports is excited to relaunch (and welcome back) @NoontimeHockey to our social media family.

@NoontimeHockey, which fans can follow on Twitter, will be your new source for New England hockey coverage, ranging from the Boston Bruins to college, high school and prep. Additionally, we also hope to provide some junior hockey coverage, as well, so stay tuned.

Similar to our other sports-related accounts – basketball, football, and lacrosse – this will be your go-to for scores, in-game updates, and stories, as well as some videos, too.

Adding hockey coverage is something we have been pondering here in the Noontime Sports office as we know how much this sport means to our region. As many New Englanders know, hockey is woven into the six New England states, and we certainly look forward to telling stories from numerous rinks soon.

So, make sure to toss @NoontimeHockey a follow today and let us know why you love hockey!