Weekly 3 Stars: November 30-December 6, 2015
As always here on Weekly 3 Stars, we try to highlight accomplishments both on and off the ice. This week is no different as we feature a player with a ‘nose’ for the net, a startup league getting more traction and a current Montreal Canadien and former Boston Bruin putting their differences aside for charity.
*** Brad Marchand
Whether he is scoring goals or getting under an opponents skin, Brad Marchand is providing the Bruins with consistency. Entering Monday’s game with the Predators, the 2006 third round pick has tallied eight goals in his previous nine games. His team-leading 13 goals are good for a tie for seventh in the NHL with Max Pacioretty and Adam Henrique.
Marchand is playing with an edge no doubt, but, for the most part, he is walking on the right side of the line. From Brandon Prust to Alain Vigneault and, to a lesser degree, Johnny Gaudreau, he is frustrating the opposition. Whether that stays consistent is anyone’s guess, but the ‘little ball of hate’ is arguably playing his best hockey of his career, while also providing leadership for a transitioning Bruins team.
** NWHL’s first three months
With the support of NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, NWHL Commissioner Dani Rylan and her staff have put a plan in motion in their first season.
The four-team women’s professional hockey league has begun in grand fashion. The NWHL’s star-studded roster includes Olympians Meghan Duggan, Hilary Knight, Gigi Marvin and Brianne McLaughlin (to name a few). The name recognition has helped Rylan and company secure TV deals with NESN and ESPN 3, and just yesterday, the league announced that it landed Dunkin Donuts as its first major sponsor (a press conference is scheduled for 3 p.m. today at TD Garden).
If that’s not enough, the Boston Pride are scheduled to host the Montreal Les Canadiennes of the CWHL during the Winter Classic festivities at Gillette Stadium as reported by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Freidman.
As impressive as the first few months have been for the NWHL, history has only just begun. The best is yet to come.
* P.K. Subban and Ray Bourque set Bruins-Habs rivalry aside for charity
Bruins fans love to idolize Ray Bourque as one of the best defensemen in NHL history. They love to boo P.K. Subban every time he touches the puck with some questioning his on-ice antics.
Off the ice, these two are as classy as they come.
Announced last week, both Bourque and Subban announced they are teaming for charity and giving fans a chance to win the “Ultimate Winter Classic experience.” The grand prize includes a trip for four to Gillette Stadium to see this year’s Winter Classic and a chance to meet Bourque and Subban in person. All money purchased from the raffle tickets will go to Celebrities for Charity.
With that, we’ll leave you with the Bourque-Subban commercial.