With the NHL playoffs fast approaching, the Stanley Cup champions are preparing to hold off on visiting the hockey hall of fame.
Bruins forward and captain Ryan Spooner said on Friday that the team plans to play its final game in downtown Boston in early May.
The Bruins have also announced that the club will host an exhibition game at the Stanley Cauldron on Saturday, May 14 at 7 p.m.
“It’s definitely not going to be a big thing,” Spooner told the Boston Globe.
“It’s not like we’re going to throw anything out of the window and say, ‘This is what we’re doing.'”
Stoner added that he was aware of some criticism of the NHLs “Gold House” program, in which teams are given special treatment by the NHL and the owners of the home team receive a $100,000 prize for the best logo, team colors, and player of the year.
The program was created in the 1990s as a way to reward teams who are doing well during the lockout.
But some fans and players have questioned the concept, saying it unfairly benefits the owners and teams that play in the Gold House.
Stoneston said that while the Bruins would not have to pay a dime to have a team visit the Hockey Hall of Fame, the club is going to try to make sure the players receive a good night’s sleep before their game.
“We’ve been working a little bit on it and hopefully the fans will be excited to see us at the Goldhouse,” Spooned said.
“We’re excited to be back there.”
The Bruins have been a regular guest at the Hockey World Congress since 2008, and the franchise is also a member of the United States Olympic Hockey Team, which has visited the hall every summer since 2012.
The team’s previous trip to the Hockey Center was in 2008.
The team will play its first game at 5 p..m., which is the time when the Bruins are typically in the locker room.
Boston’s next game will be on Tuesday, May 20, against the Washington Capitals at TD Garden.