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5 Things You Didn’t Know About The 2012-2013 Boston Bruins

May 1, 2013 6:01 AM

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Martin St. Louis shakes hands with Zdeno Chara after the Bruins beat the Lightning in Game 7 of the 2011 Eastern Conference finals. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Martin St. Louis shakes hands with Zdeno Chara after the Bruins beat the Lightning in Game 7 of the 2011 Eastern Conference finals. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Boston Bruins are in the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season. Judging by prices on the secondary market, this is the hottest ticket in town. Everyone seems to be jumping on the Bruins bandwagon since their 2010-2011 Stanley Cup win. But there’s a lot that’s still not known about the team. Here are five things you didn’t know about the current Bruins roster.

Jaromir Jagr  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Jaromir Jagr (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)


1. Meteorologist Jaromir Jagr

In 1992 (the same year Tyler Seguin was born), the NHL suspended Jaromir Jagr for 10 games for intentionally running into a referee. During the suspension, Jagr, who was playing for the Penguins, spent some of his time off reading the morning weather reports for a Pittsburgh radio station. He was still new to the U.S. and had a thick accent. But that didn’t stop him from having fun on air.

Dougie Hamilton (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Dougie Hamilton (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

2. Doug E. Hamilton

For fans who grew up in Jagr’s generation, one of Bruins rookie defenseman Dougie Hamilton’s unofficial nicknames is Doug E. Fresh – after the ‘80s & ‘90s hip hop legend. We’re guessing that Dougie was named after his dad, Doug. But it seems like a strange coincidence that Dougie’s parents actually met at a Doug E. Fresh concert. Hamilton’s parents both took part in the 1984 Summer Olympics as part of Team Canada.

Anton Khudobin #35 of the Boston Bruins makes a save during an NHL game against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place on April 5, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

Anton Khudobin #35 of the Boston Bruins makes a save during an NHL game against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place on April 5, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

3. Anton Khu(d’oh!)bin

In 2006, current Bruins back-up goaltender Anton Khudobin made 80 saves in a single OHL playoff game. “That’s the best goaltending performance I think I’ve ever seen,” his team’s associate coach Chad Mercier reportedly said at the time. The game went through two 20-minute overtime periods, and with 19 seconds left in the third overtime, a power play goal found its way behind the then-19-year-old Khudobin. That’s right. Despite an 80-save performance, Khudobin took the loss in that game. The other goaltender in that competition stopped 36 shots.

Zdeno Chara hoists the Stanley Cup (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Zdeno Chara hoists the Stanley Cup (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

4. Tour de Zdeno Chara

Zdeno Chara is a force to be reckoned with. He has won the NHL All-Star Game hardest shot competition the last five times it has been held. His 108.8 mph slap shot is the NHL’s fastest ever recorded. At a height of 6’9”, he also stands as the tallest man ever to play in the NHL. That requires a car with a lot of head room – or a bike. If you see a very tall man cycling near the Garden, it very well could be Chara. He actually rides his bike to work from his condo in the North End. He also rolls to the grocery store and runs other simple errands on two wheels.

 (Photo by Justin Opiechowski)

(Photo by Justin Opiechowski)

5. Local Champion Jay Pandolfo

Jay Pandolfo is the only active Bruins player to ever have won a championship in Boston (given that Chris Bourque is no longer on the roster). Of course, the Bruins won in ’11 while on the road in Vancouver. Pandolfo, who attended Burlington High School and Boston University was on two Hockey East title teams in 1994 and 1995. His teams also took home three Beanpot titles during his tenure at BU.

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