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DJ Bean grew up in Section 127 of Fenway Park thanks to his grandfather's season ticket package and has immersed himself in the Boston sports scene ever since. In addition to co-founding multi-sport draft site DraftEmpire.com, DJ has written for the Boston Metro and 890 ESPN, among other outlets. He has been writing for WEEI.com since the summer of 2009 and continues to spread the Byron Leftwich gospel on Guest Street.

 
 
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DJ Bean
09/29/2011 - 11:08pm
The Bruins looked good through two periods Thursday, as they outshot the Senators, 30-10, in the game’s first 40 minutes and were leading, 1-0, thanks to a power play goal. In a time of evaluation, B’s coach Claude Julien didn’t seem too concerned that the scoreboard read 2-1 in Ottawa’s favor by the end of the night. 
DJ Bean
09/28/2011 - 5:00pm
When the defending Stanley Cup champions bring back nearly the exact same roster for the next season, training camp isn’t exactly full of position battles. 
DJ Bean
09/23/2011 - 11:25pm
As the Bruins played on the Garden ice for the first time since Game 6, the stakes may have been drastically different, but there was one similarity between the June 13 roster and that of Friday night: Nathan Horton was not on the ice. 
DJ Bean
09/21/2011 - 6:40pm
WILMINGTON – Last fall, Mark Recchi was talking about what he wanted to cultivate in Boston. 
DJ Bean
09/21/2011 - 3:06am
For someone who has to know they have no chance of making the team this year, Alexander Khokhlachev sure is doing everything he can to make a good impression. His latest positive stride came in Tuesday’s annual black and white scrimmage, as the Russian 18-year-old had a pair of goals in the black team’s 4-1 victory. 
DJ Bean
09/14/2011 - 9:31pm
It isn’t often that top-5 picks find themselves in their third organization at just 24 years of age, but Benoit Pouliot is making his latest leap to a new organization. Coming from the Canadiens, it’s a leap some (including Stanley Cup champion Michael Ryder) have taken before him, but an odd one at that. 
DJ Bean
09/14/2011 - 6:48pm
Bruins forward and known motormouth Brad Marchand is probably used to giving players headaches on the ice with his yapping. On Wednesday, both he and the Bruins avoided a pretty sizable headache. 
DJ Bean
09/09/2011 - 5:42pm
WILMINGTON -- The Bruins' prospects have already seen a good amount of the Ristuccia Arena ice as the team holds both July's development camp and September's rookie camp each year. The former is a minimal-pressure affair, as draft picks come to town to get familiar with the organization, with some power skating sprinkled in for good measure. For the latter, the stakes are a bit higher. As rookie camp opened on Friday, that much was clear.
DJ Bean
09/08/2011 - 3:57pm
WILMINGTON -- As Brad Marchand and the Bruins took the ice for their first veterans practice of 2011, he seemed to be the same No. 63 who earned a cult following as a rookie in the team's Stanley Cup-winning 2010-11 campaign. He was the same size displayed the same temperment -- giving Chris Kelly, a puzzlingly common target for the happy-go-lucky Marchand's antics, a hard time.
DJ Bean
08/25/2011 - 2:46am
Since winning the Stanley Cup, Bruins forward Nathan Horton has had the shortest offseason of his career by a large margin.
DJ Bean
08/08/2011 - 5:16pm
MIDDLETON – Last year, Bruins forward Shawn Thornton was joined by teammates Tuukka Rask and Milan Lucic at the Ferncroft country club in Middleton as he held the first annual “Putts and Punches for Parkinson’s” golf tournament.
DJ Bean
08/05/2011 - 12:48am
On June 15, in the same moment the Bruins won something great, they lost something great.
DJ Bean
07/29/2011 - 6:22pm
FOXBORO – The Patriots are entering uncharted territory in more ways than one. They, like everyone else, are getting used to a new set of rules in the post-lockout world.
DJ Bean
07/22/2011 - 8:15pm
If it weren’t for the Bruins having won the Stanley Cup just over a month ago, perhaps hockey fans around these parts would treat these weeks of the offseason differently than they are now. Instead of rushing out to get their picture taken with the Cup or pick up the team’s DVD, they might concern themselves with finding something to worry about, as any true Boston sports fan would. 
DJ Bean
07/19/2011 - 4:12am
The Bruins’ 2011 Stanley Cup Champions DVD was premiered Monday night at Loews on Tremont Street, with Brad Marchand, Shawn Thornton and Andrew Ference strutting down the red-ish carpet with the
DJ Bean
07/15/2011 - 8:52am
So much of the usual work had already been done for the Bruins began the offseason.
DJ Bean
07/11/2011 - 5:44pm
WILMINGTON  -- The Bruins 2011 development camp is in the books, and though the end result was a room full of sore skaters, the Bruins are happy with what they’ve been able to get out the five-day camp. They get a look at which players are in tip-top shape (quite a few) and which ones need work (Alexander Khokhlachev), while the players get to know one another.  
DJ Bean
07/10/2011 - 4:22pm
WILMINGTON – Every player entering his first development camp goes through the same thing. Much like the first day of kindergarten or college, there’s far less familiarity and far more new faces. For Bruins’ second-round pick Alexander Khokhlachev, he’s used to experiencing new things, as he, much like David Krejci years before him, left Europe to play junior hockey in Canada before eventually being drafted by the B’s. 
DJ Bean
07/06/2011 - 2:55am
When Tomas Kaberle remained unsigned as the fifth day of free agency began, it seemed the Bruins might be in store for some type of a bargain. They certainly ended up getting their bargain, but it wasn’t with Kaberle.
DJ Bean
07/05/2011 - 1:56am
What if Ari Gold represented Tomas Kaberle? If it were the fictional agent on Entourage, and not Rick Curran, who advised the free agent defenseman, he could simply recycle one of his lines on his client, and it would be pretty close to dead-on in accuracy: “It ain't eight months ago, man. Listen, you cooled off. The $5 million offers do not exist.”
DJ Bean
07/01/2011 - 2:11am
July 1 is a significant day for any team in the NHL. It can be the day that they change their franchise with a big signing, or the day they see a player walk out the door and find a new home on the market. For the Stanley Cup champs, it might not mean anything. 
DJ Bean
06/30/2011 - 12:52am
Many thought that the Max Pacioretty/Zdeno Chara/Sgt. Ian Lafreniere circus was a thing of the past, but it once again reared its ridiculous head this week when the Montreal Police Department revealed that it still intended to speak to the Bruins' captain about the whatever-you-want-to-call-it that happened back on March 8.
DJ Bean
06/28/2011 - 1:06am
When Kevin Bieksa took himself off the market Monday by re-upping with the Canucks for five years and $23 million, two things happened: First, anyone who had expected him to take some big hometown discount was surprisingly proven wrong. Second, any team with a big-name defenseman set to become unrestricted on Friday felt a little more pressure.  
DJ Bean
06/26/2011 - 2:24am
The Bruins had only stopped reeking of cigar smoke and spirits for a few days when the time came for their brass to begin an offseason that at face value seemed straightforward enough. With two key players set to become unrestricted free agents and one restricted, a lot would have to happen for the Stanley Cup victors’ NHL roster to be glaringly different when the championship banner is raised on Oct. 6 at TD Garden.
DJ Bean
06/23/2011 - 12:56am
There were plenty of things one could question during Wednesday night’s NHL Awards in Las Vegas, though nothing hockey-related could touch the bewilderment brought on by Criss Angel’s presence, any of Jay Mohr’s accents or Donny Osmond’s insistence that everyone know his life story.  


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