Bruins Give Brad Marchand Eight Year Deal, Oilers Add Mascot & Mr Hockey Honored

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The Boston Bruins have announced on Monday that they signed forward Brad Marchand to and eight-year, 49 million-dollar contract extension.

Marchand, 28, is entering the final season of his current four-year deal. At the end of the 2016-2017 National Hockey League season, he would have been eligible to become an unrestricted free agent.

During the 2016-2017 season, he set career highs with 37 goals and 61 points in 77 games with the Bruins. Over seven years in the NHL, he has put up 153 goals and 136 assists.

Marchand said, “This is an exciting day for me and my family. I would like to thank the Jacobs family, Cam Neely, Don Sweeney, Claude Julien, the coaching staff, my teammates and our fans for their continued support and belief in me.”

He continued, “I have been a Bruin since the start of my pro career and there is no place that would rather play. I look forward to doing everything I can to help our team achieve success and bring the Stanley Cup back to Boston.”

He added, “Boston has become my second home. I absolutely love it there. I am very excited about what is ahead for our team.”

Marchand is currently representing Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey. He has put up three goals and two assists while playing on a line with Pittsburgh Penguins captain, Sidney Crosby and Bruins teammate Patrice Bergeron.

Canada will face off against Team Europe in the Best-of-Three finals, beginning Tuesday night, September 27, at 8:00 PM.

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The Edmonton Oilers have introduced a new addition to their organization. For the first time in team 44-year history in the NHL, they will have a mascot.

The mascot will be Hunter, the Canadian Lynx. It is named after original team owner, “Wild Bill” Hunter. Hunter will wear the number 72, for the team’s inaugural season in the NHL.

Edmonton students chose the mascot through a mascot vote. Hunter then visited a local school to show his appreciation to the students.

As told by the backstory on the Oilers website, he originated throughout the Edmonton River Valley.

He adds, “Like my lynx family and friends, I only come out at night to hunt, and one of those nights I came across a bunch of kids playing hockey on an outdoor rink. One look at the game and I was hooked. The speed, the skill, the fun! I began climbing up the banks of the River Valley every night during the winter, catching shinny games with everyone wearing their Edmonton Oilers jerseys, both old and new. It did not take me long to become a hard core Oilers fan.”

He also went on to discuss building his den beneath the Rogers Place. “Just as the finishing touches were being made to the building, I revealed myself to the Oilers. After their initial shock of a lynx living in a secret den below Rogers Place, they quickly realized how HUGE a fan I was, and how committed I was to the team.”

Hunter’s adventures can be followed on Instagram.

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“Mr. Hockey,” Gordie Howe was honored on Sunday, in his hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, with his ashes being interred, along with his wife Colleen’s, into the statue of him outside of the SaskTel Centre. More than 50 members of the Howe family attended the ceremony, on “Thank you, Mr. Hockey Day,” as local officials declared the statue and surrounding area a cemetery.

During the pre-game skate of their Western Hockey League game against the Swift Current, members of the Saskatoon Blades wore jerseys with Gordie Howe’s name and number 9 on them. Former New York Islander, Bryan Trottier, longtime commentator, Bob Cole and Howe’s son, Murray, were amongst the speakers at the ceremony.

Murray Howe said, “When you help someone fulfill their dreams like the town of Saskatoon did for Gordie Howe, you create legends. The Howe family is humbled by the love that we have seen [and] experienced and my mom and dad have experienced from Saskatoon all of these years.

Howe has played the most games in the history of the NHL with 1,767 and is second all-time in goals with 801. He grew up in Saskatoon before leaving to pursue his hockey career.