The following is a statement released by the Bruins regarding the schedule of events leading up to their season-opener Thursday night at TD Garden:

The Bruins are in for an interesting year as they look to defend their Stanley Cup title. Thursday will feature one last celebration of the team's historic 2010-11 season, but the Bruins will have their hands full after that.

Here are five questions facing the team as the season begins:



After a short summer and a training camp that has absolutely flown by, the roster is set and the Bruins are ready to defend their title.



The Bruins announced their roster for the open of the coming season on Wednesday. It is as follows:

Forwards: Patrice Bergeron, Gregory Campbell, Jordan Caron, Nathan Horton, Chris Kelly, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Daniel Paille, Rich Peverley, Benoit Pouliot, Tyler Seguin, Shawn Thornton.

Defensemen: Matt Bartkowski, Johnny Boychuk, Zdeno Chara, Joe Corvo, Andrew Ference, Adam McQuaid, Dennis Seidenberg.

Goaltenders: Tuukka Rask, Tim Thomas.

Bruins forward Brad Marchand joined the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday afternoon, one day after receiving his Stanley Cup championship ring. Marchand said the ring is too big to wear in public.

"I could barely fit it on my finger," he said. "I can't bend my finger when I have my ring on, it's so big. … If I was to wear it around all day my arm would get tired of carrying it. It will sit on a mantel."

According to a tweet from The Boston Globe's Fluto Shinzawa, the Bruins will not sign veteran forward Chris Clark, who had been in camp with the team on a tryout.

Clark, 35, had been skating as an extra forward on the fourth line with Shawn Thornton, Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille. He served as the team's alternate captain in their final preseason game Saturday. 

Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference made the first of his weekly appearances on the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning.

With the Bruins coming off their first Stanley Cup championship since 1972, Ference was asked if he's concerned that the B's have become the team all others are targeting.

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The Bruins received their Stanley Cup rings Tuesday night at the Boston Harbor hotel. The rings were made of 14 karat white gold, 35 custom cut Princess diamonds, 11 Princess cut diamonds, and 256 round diamonds. 

All members of last year's team, with the exception of Tomas Kaberle and Marc Savard, were on hand to pick up their rings. The group included former Bruins Mark Recchi, Michael Ryder and Shane Hnidy. 

Tyler Seguin wasn’t happy about his un-Seguin-like numbers of a year ago, and as the young forward enters his second season, he feels he’s had enough experience, invested enough time in the weight room and spent enough observation hours in the press box last season to turn in a sophomore campaig