17 Boston Bruins Attend NHLPA Meetings

A general view of NHLPA meetings this week. Out of more than 280 players, 17 are from the Bruins. Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE

More than 280 members of the NHL Players Association have been in New York City this week for executive board and negotiation committee meetings during the last week before the expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement.

Of those more than 280, 17 play for the Boston Bruins.

The Bruins who have made their way to NYC for NHLPA meetings are:

  1. Patrice Bergeron
  2. Johnny Boychuk
  3. Gregory Campbell
  4. Jordan Caron
  5. Zdeno Chara
  6. Andrew Ference
  7. Nathan Horton
  8. Chris Kelly
  9. David Krejci
  10. Milan Lucic
  11. Adam McQuaid
  12. Daniel Paille
  13. Rich Peverley
  14. Tuukka Rask
  15. Tyler Seguin
  16. Dennis Seidenberg
  17. Shawn Thornton

So, the team’s entire leadership corps–Bergeron, Chara, Ference and Kelly–plus the team’s new starting goalie, the entirety of the fan favorite Merlot Line of Campbell, Paille and Thornton all made the trip to show support for their sport and fellow players.

Brad Marchand is not on the list because he may still be on vacation. Last week, when he was re-signed for four years, he could not join the conference call because he was moose hunting with his dad in Newfoundland.

Aside from Marchand’s absence, basically the entire core of the Bruins went to the NHLPA meetings. Most of the other players listed on the Bruins roster page are rookies, potential AHL players, potential junior players, et cetera.

That’s one of the best representations among a single team in the NHL, just barely edged out by 18 New York Rangers, though of course the trip is a bit easier for them. Coming in third are the Detroit Red Wings with 15. The Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings had 13 and most other teams sent at least four players. The Vancouver Canucks sent the fewest players, two.

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