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Joe Haggerty has covered the Boston Bruins and the NHL for the Woburn Daily Times Chronicle over the last six seasons and does actually remember the last time the Black and Gold were favored in a playoff series. Haggerty grew up in a hockey family, but the closest he came to playing ice hockey was enrolling in an ice skating class. Haggs is old enough to remember when TV guys like Mike Milbury, Rick Middleton and Andy Brickley skated for the B’s, but still young enough to think that Milan Lucic could be the next Big Hockey Thing in Boston.
 
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Joe Haggerty
03/05/2009 - 2:11am
The 2003-04 Calgary Flames were a rags-to-riches hockey story if ever there was one. The Flames captured the imagination of a hockey-crazed city when they dragged themselves from a last place divisional finish one season prior to a berth in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Joe Haggerty
03/02/2009 - 8:07am
With the NHL trade deadline set for Wednesday at 3 p.m., the action is pretty fast and furious right now, and all manner of rumors, fabrications, fiction, whispers, and good old fashioned hot stove hockey talk are taking place along the trade market known as the Internet. The Bruins Faithful have been tantalized with names like Chris Pronger and Tomas Kaberle over the last few weeks, while a familiar name in Keith Tkachuk has dropped off the radar amid the St. Louis Blues’ desire to take their young cluster of players into a postseason series.
Joe Haggerty
02/26/2009 - 4:07pm
Joe Haggerty
02/08/2009 - 7:50am
“The Rookie Wall.” The familiar moniker just sounds foreboding and full of peril when uttered in any professional sports setting — almost like a high hurdle or sports rite of passage every young player needs to topple before they’re truly established with their peers.
Joe Haggerty
02/05/2009 - 9:03am
Joe Haggerty
01/28/2009 - 10:03pm
The Bruins spent the first four months of the season making people believe in their blue-collar ways, and then promptly stepped up, over and around upon the inevitable arrival of adversity once injuries and illness hit in the middle of the hockey season.
Joe Haggerty
01/23/2009 - 5:48pm
 After getting such good feedback from the first Hagg Bag (probably the only time in the history of WEEI.com you’ll ever come across that sentence) and regaining the will to carry on despite the fact that Felger’s mailbag has now become a bi-weekly entity going forward, I bring you “Hagg Bag II: This Time He Means Business.”  
Joe Haggerty
01/18/2009 - 12:10pm
Normally a midseason report card is fraught with uncertainty, hand-wringing and a fair share of bad grades that will send fans and players alike screaming to the principal’s  office for reconsideration.
Joe Haggerty
01/14/2009 - 7:23am
Gutting and gritting their way through the final few months and playoffs of a first – or even a second – NHL season isn’t something a player can theorize or talk their way through.
Joe Haggerty
01/14/2009 - 7:20am
Let’s be clear about this: The first 45 games of the Bruins season weren’t a mirage. Despite a stunning third-period collapse against the San Jose Sharks, the Black and Gold are for real when it comes to Stanley Cup contention.
Joe Haggerty
01/11/2009 - 5:20am
Patrice Bergeron appeared strong, healthy, decisive, lucid and every bit the 23-year-old elite specimen in the young prime of his athletic life. It was good news all around when the young center took time on Friday morning to address the assembled media about the concussion he suffered on December 20 against the Carolina Hurricanes, and the road to recovery he’s been steadily traveling for the last three weeks.
Joe Haggerty
01/04/2009 - 5:32pm
I know I promised this would debut a few weeks ago, but between all of the winning streaks, the injury bug that’s hit the B’s, surviving the holidays and traffic around the Burlington Mall that had me finally understanding all the nuances of road rage and crying out my eyes out a recent Pucks with Haggs screening of “Marley and Me” – I have to admit I got a little sidetracked.
Joe Haggerty
12/31/2008 - 10:18am
The Boston Bruins have been the surprise success story of the winter -- both at the NHL level and locally along the pro sports scene here in Boston. Praises have been warbled and hymns have been penned about the Black and Gold's grittiness, their willingness to scrap for each other on the ice, the continued excellence that stars like Marc Savard and big Zdeno Chara have displayed on the frozen sheet and the sheer power-packed, punching passion flashed regularly by Hub folk hero Milan Lucic.
Joe Haggerty
12/22/2008 - 10:18am
Jon Lester and Phil Kessel certainly haven’t chatted casually about it or spent fleeting moments pondering it, but the two young 20-somethings thriving in the city of Boston have so very much in common. To take a cursory look at the massive pitching frame of Jon Lester and the lithe, slight hockey scorer’s body of Phil Kessel is to size up a pair of athletes that seemingly don’t have many similarities – either in actual physical size and stature or in athletic skill set.
Joe Haggerty
12/06/2008 - 10:18am
Marc Savard is the most underrated pro athlete currently plying his trade in the city of Boston. Point blank. There it is.
Joe Haggerty
11/25/2008 - 10:18am
Tim Thomas has tried to forget about the Dark Ages of the Boston Bruins, but sometimes it’s difficult to eradicate the memories – particularly since Thomas began locking down permanent NHL employment during those bittersweet days. It was two short years ago when the Black and Gold were smack dab in the pit of hockey despair. For whatever reason, the thought of that time prompts the goaltender to hearken back to the abbreviated Boston career of current Carolina Hurricanes enforcer Wade Brookbank.
Joe Haggerty
11/15/2008 - 10:18am
So the “news” is freshly out that the Jacobs family isn’t interested in recruiting free agent General Manager-to-be Brian Burke to join the Bruins’ fold this season. In other breaking developments, the B’s ownership has also issued firm denials of any interest in hiring Bozo the Clown, the Comic Book Guy, Chuck Woolery or Bull from “Night Court” to run Boston’s hockey operations.
Joe Haggerty
11/12/2008 - 10:18am
Blake Wheeler certainly didn’t traverse the conventional route to skating shifts on Causeway Street’s most famous frozen ice surface. The 22-year-old rookie might never have donned the Original Six Spoked B sweater if he didn’t Free Wheel himself out onto the hockey highway less traveled. Wheeler, a dyed-in-the-wool hockey purist from the Great Puck State of Minnesota, was a high Phoenix Coyotes draft pick back in 2004, but understandably didn’t envision himself playing the game of hockey in the dry heat backdrop of the Arizona desert.
Joe Haggerty
11/02/2008 - 10:18am
Did you hear the one about the 14,576 fans that showed up at the Garden to watch the Bruins play Saturday night? Yeah, they actually churned out one of the most exciting, visceral regular-season hockey games that the NHL will produce this year.
Joe Haggerty
10/24/2008 - 10:18am
Patrice Bergeron doesn’t even really like talking about it anymore, the hit that nearly ended his hockey career. It was a borderline act of puck cowardice masquerading as a hit by Randy Jones of the McFilthy and McNasty Philadelphia Flyers that went down on that fateful date of Oct. 27, 2007, and ended Bergeron’s fourth NHL season last year after only 10 games.
Joe Haggerty
10/20/2008 - 10:18am
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- It’s been an amazing, encouraging, inspiring year for Jon Lester, but the storybook hardball tale had to come to a close at some point. After throwing 249 innings (from spring training all the way through his final out recorded in the postseason) while vaulting into the top echelon of pitchers in the American League during an unanticipated breakout season, the 24-year-old southpaw has earned a chance to draw in some breath this offseason.
Joe Haggerty
10/19/2008 - 10:18am
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Red Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan has coached the art of hitting in professional baseball for seven seasons now, and he’s experienced the requisite highs and lows that come with the job description – particularly since taking over with the Red Sox. But for Magadan, nothing had fallen into the “high” category quite compares to what the hitting guru witnessed last night.
Joe Haggerty
10/12/2008 - 10:18am
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell is normally as placid and pleasant a fellow as you’ll come across in the game of pro baseball. It takes quite a bit to rattle the pitching guru’s cage, but given the situation and import of each postseason pitch, Farrell finally burned his last cool nerve after watching borderline pitches unglue veteran righty Mike Timlin in the bottom of the 11th inning of Saturday night’s 9-8 loss to the Rays at Tropicana Field.
Joe Haggerty
10/11/2008 - 10:18am
Had Kevin Youkilis not lived through last fall and cobbled together a career’s worth of postseason experience, things might have been a little different in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series Friday night -- and definitely not for the better.
Joe Haggerty
10/07/2008 - 10:18am
During Theo Epstein’s reign as Red Sox General Manager, the organization has won a pair of World Series titles and taken the baseball world by storm while evolving into a “scouting and player development machine." Those were the GM’s own words when he was handed the reigns to the ballclub prior to the 2003 season, and the local-boy-turned-baseball-exec promptly followed every dotted “I” and crossed “T” that had been previously mapped out.


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