Newsy notes as the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks prepare for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final Wednesday night at United Center [8 p.m., NBC]:
Same coach, same results: In a sport where coaches and captains are recycled like soda cans it’s refreshing to see Bruins coach Claude Julien and captain Zdeno Chara and Hawks coach Joel Quenneville and captain Jonathan Toews getting a second chance to lift the Stanley Cup with the same team.
Treating their fans: It’s worth noting that Quenneville and Toews raised the Cup in Philadelphia in 2010 and Julien and Chara raised the Cup in Vancouver in 2011. Boston fans have not seen the Stanley Cup awarded to the Bruins in Boston since 1970 when they concluded a sweep against the Blues at Boston Garden. The Hawks have not won a Cup in Chicago since 1938 when they swept the Maple Leafs.
Chicago turnover: Of the 21 Blackhawks who appeared in the 2010 Stanley Cup Final against the Flyers, only eight are still with the club: Dave Bolland, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Marian Hossa, Duncan Keith, Patrick Kane, Brent Seabrook, Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews. No longer in Chicago are Caps right wing Troy Brouwer, Nick Boynton,, Adam Burish, Dustin Byfuglien,Brian Campbell, Ben Eager, Jordan Hendry, Tomas Kopecky, Andrew Ladd, John Madden, Antti Niemi, Brent Sopel and Kris Versteeg.
Boston turnover: Seventeen of the 21 Bruins who suited up during the 2011 Stanley Cup Final against Vancouver are still with the club: Patrice Bergeron, Johnny Boychuk, Gregory Campbell, Zdeno Chara, Andrew Ference, Nathan Horton, Chris Kelly, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Adam McQuaid, Daniel Paille, Rich Peverley,Tuukka Rask [dressed but did not play], Tyler Seguin, Dennis Seidenberg andShawn Thornton. The four players no longer with the club are Tomas Kaberle, Mark Recchi, Michael Ryder and Tim Thomas.
Jagr factor: Jaromir Jagr, who captured back-to-back titles with Pittsburgh in his first two NHL seasons [1990-91 and 1991-92] will be making his first Stanley Cup Final appearance in 21 years and in the same city as his most recent Final game [Pittsburgh 6 at Chicago 5 in Game 4, June 1, 1992].
Windy City vs. Beantown: Only two pro championships have been contested between Chicago and Boston -- the Chicago Bears and New England Patriots met in Super Bowl XX in 1986 and the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox faced off in the 1918 World Series.
Drama kings: Both clubs survived a third-period deficit in an elimination game and had to win a Game 7 to reach the Stanley Cup Final. Boston did both in the same game [Game 7 vs. Toronto in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals], while Chicago did so in consecutive games [Games 6 and 7 vs. Detroit in the Western Conference Semifinals].
Average Height and Weight: Chicago: 6-foot-1, 203 pounds; Boston: 6-foot-1, 202 pounds.
Average Age: Chicago: 28.2; Boston: 29.1
Birthplaces: Chicago: Canada – 13, Sweden – 5, USA – 5, Slovakia – 2, Czech Republic – 2. Boston: Canada – 16, USA – 3, Czech Republic – 2, Sweden – 2, Finland – 1, Germany – 1, Kazakhstan – 1, Latvia – 1, Slovakia – 1.