Thursday, August 25, 2011

30 Fans in 30 Days: Kenisha & the Boston Bruins


As a lead-up to the new season, here at HockeyBroad we'll both be reviewing How Teams Spent Their Summer Vacation, and also profiling one fan from each team's fandom, covering 30 Teams In 30 Days. The teams will be profiled in order determined by their points standing last season, highest to lowest, with the exception of Chicago, which will be profiled last to coincide with the date of their Training Camp Festival.

Team 7 of 30: the Boston Bruins

HOW BOSTON SPENT THEIR SUMMER VACATION

Well, in case you've somehow missed it, the Bruins did something the summer they haven't done since 1972: brought home Lord Stanley's Cup to Beantown after an amazing and nail-biting 7-game series against the Vancouver Canucks. (And if you don't know that, I have to guess you live under a rock, because NHL plays the Bruins Win The Stanley Cup/buy your gear now!commercial roughly three thousand times a day.)

Unlike 2010's Stanley Cup champions (you remember them - the Chicago Blackhawks), the Bruins weren't faced with the same salary cap challenges. Not only were most of their players signed to contracts that last at least through the 2011-12 season, but the salary cap boosted enough for the Bruins to make smart choices in the off season, and the team is mostly intact. Little wonder, then, that Boston is currently considered the favorite in pre-season odds to win the Cup again next June.

Mark Recchi went out on top, having won his third Stanley Cup - and joining the tiny membership of just 10 players who've achieved that feat in the modern NHL with three different teams. Michael Ryder signed a nice deal with Dallas.
New to team - listed on current roster/team acquired from: Joe Corvo (CAR), Benoit Pouliot (MTL).
Players who appeared in games for the team during the 2010-11 season that have been traded or not yet re-signed/(team now signed with): Mark Recchi (retired), Michael Ryder (DAL), Tomas Kaberle (CAR), Shane Hnidy
Other than that, not a whole lot to be said about the team that has filled our hockey news this summer as they have toted the Cup around the world. The Bruins are this year's champions, and if they can avoid the Cup hangover and injuries that plagued the Blackhawks last season, then we can expect the Bruins to make another solid run into the playoffs next spring.



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For the Bruins, we talked with Kenisha, who does a Bruins fan Tumblr called BruinsOfBoston. She's been a Boston fan for five years.

Tell us about your fandom with the team.

I became a hockey fan when I started playing hockey. wanted to learn more about the game I was playing so I decided to turn on my TV. Best decision I've ever made. I'm a huge Bruins fan. I'd spend my last buck if that meant getting my hands on some more merchandise. I've met many players on the Bruins and I can say they are all nice gentleman, they really care about the fans.

Which player that your team signed/acquired this summer are you most excited to see take the ice this season?

Benoit Pouliot

Taking into consideration your team's performance last year/recently, and any player/personnel (coaches, GMs, ownership) changes made in the past few months, talk about your team in 2011-2012: How do you think they've improved (or made worse)?

Bruins just won the Cup, so no qualms here! I love Julien's way of coaching, defense first. That's how I play.

Whether or not you think your team will make the playoffs, where do you predict your team will place within their conference?

2nd in the Eastern Conference.

What was your favorite moment from last season?

Winning the Cup!



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