Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy has made no secret about his summer gig coaching baseball when he’s enjoying some down time away from his bench boss duties at the NHL level. Cassidy is an assistant coach on one of the summer baseball teams in Winchester for his baseball-playing son Cole, who the B’s head coach is often practicing with in his time away from the rink during the spring and summer months.
So it was kind of fun when Cassidy showed up in an NHL Network this week giving an update on Cole’s summer team, and how he’s doing as a first base coach this season.
“They’ve been a great team all year,” said Cassidy during an appearance on “NHL Tonight” to talk about being named to the Olympic coaching staff for Team Canada. “[My son Cole] is toeing the rubber tonight, he gets the start. If we win, we advance to the final four this weekend, and we’re hosting here in Winchester. So it’s a big game for him, a lot of pressure but he’s up to the task. He’ll be fine. I think he’s done well all year.”
“I actually coach first base,” Cassidy added. “I send them all the time. I’m 36-for-36 on stolen bases this year.”
Not too shabby at all for Cassidy. Let’s hope that kind of perfect record rubs off on coach’s challenges for the Black and Gold this season.
Now on to the BHN Puck Links:
*The Boston Bruins have some familiar faces filling spots in the organization as Adam McQuaid was hired in the player development department, and Chris Kelly was moved to an assistant coach role on the B’s bench. (Boston Hockey Now)
*Five areas of improvement for the offseason for a Detroit Red Wings team hellbent on improvement this season. (Detroit Hockey Now)
*Troubled San Jose Sharks winger Evander Kane untradeable? Sheng Peng says not so fast after canvassing some sources around the league. (San Jose Hockey Now)
*The Pittsburgh Penguins are projected to be the seventh richest NHL franchise by the year 2025, so they have that going for them…which is nice. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
*Old friend Jaromir Jagr continues to grind it out for Kladno in the Czech League as he approaches 50 years old, and vows to keep playing for that team for his father. (NHL)
*Cool piece from Justin Bourne about what it’s like to play in a summer practice with NHL players, and the code of conduct within those offseason shinny games. (Sportsnet)
*The Toronto Maple Leafs quickly hired and then fired goaltending instructor Dusty Imoo after reviewing his social media account. (Toronto Sun)
*For something completely different: Awesome to see FOH (Friend of Haggs) Chris Snow and his family get the first pitch at Fenway Park treatment for his 40th birthday. What a beautiful memory for all of them.
Melrose native and Calgary Flames AGM, Chris Snow, is joined by his two kids on his 40th birthday to throw out the first pitch at tonight’s Red Sox game@ChrisSnowCGY | @RedSox | #EndALS pic.twitter.com/daxg873t1Y
— NESN (@NESN) August 12, 2021