Keeping Up with the Boston Bruins Worldwide: Dec. 4-11

By Emma Harger
In a big win for his Swiss team, Patrice Bergeron helped out on exactly half of the goals scored. Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports


Just like in November, many European leagues are taking a break of about 10 days or so for short international tournaments.

The second part of the Euro Hockey Tour, the Channel One Cup, will kick off in Moscow on Dec. 13 and run through Dec. 16. Though it has undergone many name changes since its creation, and was canceled in 1991 because the Soviet Union was dissolving, the Channel One Cup is another tune-up for the national teams of four countries. Finland, the Czech Republic, Russia and Sweden will participate.

In Switzerland, the two-day Arosa Challenge is on the docket. From Dec. 14 to 15, Belarus, Norway, Slovakia and host Switzerland will participate in the Swiss city of Arosa.

While those events happen, the Swiss NLA, the KHL, the Finnish SM-liiga and the Czech Tipsport Extraliga are all on a little vacation. (Those are just the leagues that feature members of the Boston Bruins, too.) At least two Bruins have already come home for a visit. Tyler Seguin, coming off a week where he had a goal in a 6-3 win for EHC Biel on Dec. 7, was spotted at the Providence Bruins game on Dec. 9. The next day, he had a little fun around town with his buddies:


(“Hey Santa, can you end the NHL lockout?”)



Zdeno Chara, who endured the whistles of upset Slovan Bratislava fans as HC Lev Praha lost 2-1 on Dec. 8 (Chara had Lev’s lone goal), was on his way back to North America too. A friend of mine told me that her friend spotted him in the airport in Frankfurt, Germany on a layover. He’s not hard to spot, of course.

Andrew Ference and David Krejci faced off against one another on Dec. 9. Ference and HC Mountfield got the 3-1 win, though neither Ference nor Krejci made any offensive contributions. Krejci had kind of a big week too, though, notching a hat trick as HC Pardubice put up a 5-0 win on Dec. 5.

Also on Dec. 5, Daniel Paille debuted with Finland’s Ilves Tampere, where Philadelphia‘s Max Talbot is his teammate–and is currently rocking the Geico caveman look, apparently. Paille had a goal in the 3-0 shutout win Ilves put up in his debut, then added an assist two days later.

Patrice Bergeron had a productive week for HC Lugano. Though the team took a huge 8-1 loss on Dec. 7, a Bergeron goal saved Lugano from a shutout. One day later, he dished out four separate assists to bring Lugano an 8-2 victory.

Then there’s the matter of the P-Bruins winning all three games in a weekend stand for the first time in a while.

Now if only this next round of negotiations bears fruit. They’re going full-on top-secret with this one–undisclosed non-New York City location, full media ban (though Darren Dreger is sure to get some sort of scoop because he’s the one who said that the meeting would be held with a media ban), supposedly no team owners allowed, inclusion of federal mediators…at this point, who knows what might happen?

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