Morning Free Association: Today’s the Day

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Today’s the day of the big reveal of the Winter Classic sweaters! Everyone is excited, right?

My question is this: who is the owner of that furry paw opening that walk-in freezer door? Is it Blades the Bruin, the longtime official mascot of the Boston Bruins? Or is it a bear of another persuasion?

Blades the Bruin

An aside: did you know there was a Wikipedia article on NHL Mascots? This is what it says about Blades:

Blades the Bruin serves as the team mascot for the Boston Bruins. Blades the Bruin is notable because he is the only known bear who does not hibernate. Blades first took an interest in hockey when watching Johnny Bucyk play pond hockey with groups of neighborhood children. One day, he sneaked in the back of Bucyk’s truck and was taken to the Boston Garden where Bucyk fed him pizza, hot dogs, popcorn, and pop from the concession stand. Blades was named by a young fan, Jillian Dempsey, in attendance at that evening’s game. Bucyk invited Blades to stay at the Garden and he agreed, assuming that the Bruins were bears like himself. Blades wears a XXXL jersey and size 13 skates.[8]

In January and February, Blades travels around the greater Boston area giving bear hugs to raise money for the Bruins Foundation.[9]

For a sizable amount of the team’s more recent TV and online ads, a different anthropomorphic, and more “lifelike” ursine character simply known as “The Bear”, but without a Bruins jersey/uniform, appears in official Bruins video advertising

It’s been quite a long time since we’ve seen Bear in anything that weren’t animated weirdness. For some reason, the Bruins advertising team has just abandoned him. For the record, there is precedent for Bear introducing the Winter Classic jersey. He did it in 2009 for the Bruins first one.

I hope it’s him, I really do. I miss Bear. He needs to be a greater part of our lives.


An injury update: looks like Kevan Miller and Urho Vaakanainen are back skating.

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Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

So my name says Ellen on my email so WHY DOES THIS WOMAN KEEP CALLING ME PEARL?!?

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Maybe she’s misreading your last name …?

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Because you’re such a gem!!!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Awww shucks!

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Send her a nice pearl for her trouble.
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Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

THEY’RE HERE!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

That is a nice jersey. And it’s Xmas soon!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Love the felted B. Definitely treating myself to an early Christmas present!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

If you want to make your eyes leak today You Tube has the full version of “The Away Game.”

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Had a dream last night that we all went to another game together. Couldn’t tell you how the game went because we were too busy celebrating Long Winded Mofo’s acceptance to Harvard Law School! Congrats Mofo! lol

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

I’m studying the law of averages! Thank you! Thank you very much!!

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

HA! Congrats, Stripes! You would probably be the worst lawyer ever!

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Hey hockey pals!

  • Taking my niece and nephews to the game tonight. Should be a good time.
  • Bjork needs to play on first line.
  • Pastrnak needs to play on second line.
  • This will only make the third line better since it’ll guarantee Nordstrom lands there.
  • I HAVE THE ANSWERS, FRIENDS. I GET THEM FROM A REPUTABLE SOURCE.
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    Quaider4ever
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    Quaider4ever

    The answer is out there in the netherworld…..and i think you’ve found it!!!!!

    Quaider4ever
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    Quaider4ever

    Hey Pals!
    MIA yesterday because I BOATED!!!!! That’s really all i want to do these days.
    Single game last night. Got to stretch the legs out a bit.
    Was it Kassian that hit Urho? Whoever it was should still be suspended. One game, no? Insufficient.
    Canucks tonight. Fuck ’em up, boys!!!
    Now, do i try to reschedule the doctor appointment that i already moved from yesterday to today so i could boat? Cause i want to boat again today!!!

    Quaider4ever
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    Quaider4ever

    And…. Where’s the news on Chuck?

    Quaider4ever
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    Quaider4ever

    And Bear…. WTF? Don’t they know we love Bear?

    The London Bear
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    The London Bear

    Was it Kassian that hit Urho?

    Borowiecki, I think. Yeah, a one game suspension then in his very next game he hit someone in the head. I presume he got a further suspension but haven’t heard anything about that.

    You can go to the doctor anytime – I’m guessing boating conditions are only right for a limited time?

    Quaider4ever
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    Quaider4ever

    Borowieki, Kassian… same guy. Fuck him up!!!!
    It’s true. River conditions are ephemeral. This year being the exception. More rain tomorrow!!! Still, i’m boating!!!!!

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    IntentionallyWidenberg

    I BOATED!!!!!

    Did you get the sticker?

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    IntentionallyWidenberg

    Or is it a bear of another persuasion?

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    The London Bear
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    I miss Bear. He needs to be a greater part of our lives

    Definitely time for a Bear and the Gang reboot!

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    Oh man, Bear and the Gang with Pasta would be comedy gold! Make this happen!

    And sounds like darts went well last night!

    The London Bear
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    The London Bear

    sounds like darts went well last night!

    haha, yes – we finally showed up! There’s been an air of the Bruins third line about us this season – maybe they can click into gear tonight too!