Local Olympic medalists to be honored Tuesday night before Bruins-Panthers

Posted by Staff March 4, 2014 01:30 PM


Alex Deibold, who hails from Manchester, Vt., won bronze in the snowboard cross at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. (Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images)

The TD Garden will be shining with gold, silver, and bronze before the Bruins take on the Florida Panthers Tuesday, and it won’t just be because of Patrice Bergeron, Loui Eriksson, and Tuukka Rask.

The Bruins will honor local Olympic medalists prior to the game, as athletes from across New England made their mark in history at the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

The list of honorees includes snowboardcross bronze medalist Alex Deibold, from Manchester, Vt.; team figure skating bronze medalists Marissa Castelli, from Cranston, R.I., and Simon Shnapir, from Sudbury; and bobsled double-bronze medalist Steve Langton, who is from Melrose.

Several members of the silver-medal-winning women's hockey team will be honored as well, including Kacey Bellamy, from Westfield; Alex Carpenter, from North Reading; Meghan Duggan, from Danvers; Michelle Picard, from Taunton; Molly Schaus, from Natick; and Kelli Stack, who played at Boston College.

One locally-trained Olympian who won’t be present is Boston University’s Marie-Philip Poulin. For those American fans who decided to block the memory out of their minds, Poulin scored the game-tying goal with 54 seconds to play in the third period, as well as the gold medal-winning overtime goal for Canada in their Sochi gold medal game against the United States.

However, no other international Olympians with local ties will be honored before the game, so it doesn’t appear there were any hard feelings when it came to the guest list for this event. They're honoring strictly Americans.

Watch: Toronto men accused of destroying Bruins mural at The Greatest Bar

Posted by Steve Silva, Staff September 24, 2013 11:00 AM
Some fans just can't let it go.

A group of men from Toronto, who were at The Greatest Bar in Boston for a bachelor party, tore down a piece of a mural commemorating the Bruins' memorable 5-4 comeback win over the Maple Leafs in the first round of the NHL playoffs on May 13 according to bar owner Billy Fairweather.

Fairweather said a group of men entered the bar after getting off a party bus Saturday night and as you can see in the video above, one of the men tore the 20-foot-long computer-generated mural on a wall next to the stairwell between the second and third floors of the bar.

Fairweather estimates the damage to be around $1,000 and wants to be reimbursed by those responsible.

Mobile readers can view the video here.

Mass. natives Guerin, Curley headline '13 US Hockey HOF class

Posted by Staff July 25, 2013 09:40 AM


The US Hockey Hall of Fame announced their Class of 2013 Thursday morning, headlined by Massachusetts’ natives Bill Guerin and Cindy Curley.

Guerin and Curley are joined in the class by Peter Karmanos, Jr., Ron Mason, and Doug Weight; all five will be inducted to the Hall, located in Eveleth, Minn., later this year, the details of which are to be announced later this summer.

“This is an extraordinary class that each have contributed in a remarkable fashion to the advancement of our sport,” said USA Hockey President Ron DeGregorio. “It's a truly remarkable collection of individuals, all so very deserving of earning the pinnacle of accomplishment in hockey in the U.S.”

Guerin, a native of Worcester and Wilbraham, played 18 years in the NHL from 1991-2010 with eight different teams, winning the Stanley Cup in 1995 with the New Jersey Devils, and again in 2009 with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The former Boston College star was a four time NHL All-Star, was named MVP of the 2001 All-Star Game, and scored 429 goals and 427 assists over 1,263 games in his NHL career.

Guerin’s playing career also included stops with the Edmonton Oilers, Boston Bruins, Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues, San Jose Sharks, and New York Islanders. He earned NHL Second Team All-Star recognition for the 2001-02 season when he scored 41 goals and 25 assists with the Bruins.

Internationally, Guerin played for the US in seven major tournaments, including the 1998, 2002, and 2006 Winter Olympics, helping the US to a silver medal in 2002. He also won a gold medal with the US at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey.

Curley, a native of Hudson and star hockey player at Providence College, was instrumental in the early days of US Women’s hockey, playing in the inaugural IIHF Women’s World Championships in 1990, where she scored 11 goals and 12 assists in five games for the US. She also played on the 1992 and 1994 World Championships teams, as well as the 1995 IIHF Women’s Pacific Rim Championship.

Since retiring from her playing career, Curley served as an athletic director of the USA Hockey Board of Directors from 1995-2006; as a member of the organization's youth council from 1999-2006; on the legal council from 2005-07; on the girls/women's section from 2000-05; and on the safety and protective equipment committee from 2001-07.

Curley was also a member of the US Olympic Athlete Advisory Committee from 2005-2008. She was inducted into the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame in 2002, as well as inducted into the Providence College Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013.

Why watch the ESPYs? Here are the Boston connections

Posted by Matt Pepin, Staff July 17, 2013 12:52 PM

There's not a whole lot of rooting interests for Boston sports fans on the ESPY Awards tonight (9 p.m., ESPN), but the Boston finalists in two categories certainly have a strong case to win.

The Bruins' epic comeback win against the Maple Leafs in Game 7 of their NHL playoff series is one of three finalists for Best Game. The others are the Heat-Spurs Game 6 in the NBA Finals, and the Ravens-Broncos AFC divisional playoff game.

The Bruins rallied from a 4-1 deficit, tying the game in the final minute and a half, then winning in overtime en route to an appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Aly Raisman, the gold-medal winning Olympic gymnast from Needham, is a finalist for Best Female US Olympian along with fellow gymnast Gabby Douglas and swimmer Missy Franklin. The US women's gymnastics team is also up for the best team award.

One award previously announced was the Jimmy V Perseverance Award, which will go to Boston Marathon fixtures Dick and Rick Hoyt, a.k.a. Team Hoyt.

A few other awards have connections to Boston or New England:

Best Female Action Sports Athlete: Vermont's Kelly Clark (snowboarding) is a finalist along with skateboarder Leticia Bufoni, surfer Stephanie Gilmore, and motocross rider Laia Sanz.

Best Coach/Manager: UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma is a finalist alongside former Colts interim coach Bruce Arians, Duke lacrosse's John Danowski, Louisville coach and former Celtics coach Rick Pitino, and the Miami Heat's Erik Spoelstra.

Best Fighter: UFC's Jon Jones, the brother of Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones, is competing with boxing's Canelo Alvarez, Danny Garcia and Floyd Mayweather Jr., and MMA's Anderon Silva.

Best WNBA Player: The Connecticut Sun's Tina Charles is up against Tamika Catchings, Angel McCoughtry, Candace Parker, and Lindsay Whalen.

Online fan voting for the awards ends at 9 p.m., when the awards show begins.

Bruins accepting applications for 2013-14 Ice Girls

Posted by Staff July 16, 2013 02:02 PM


A fan posed with the Bruins Ice Girls prior to Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final series of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. (Bruce Bennett / Getty Images)

The Bruins announced that they are officially accepting applications for the team's 2013-14 Ice Girls squad.

On top of taking part in many different promotions and events in the Boston community, the Ice Girls work appearances for all Bruins’ home games for the 2013-14 season. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

Applications are available at and are due at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21. Auditions for the girls selected will take place the week of Aug. 26, with the exact schedule still to be determined.

The Bruins are looking for women with charisma, personality, energy, poise and a physically fit appearance for the part-time job.

White House tweets support for Blackhawks

Posted by Zuri Berry, Staff June 12, 2013 08:02 PM

Just hours after appearing in Boston to stump for Senate hopeful Ed Markey, President Barack Obama voiced his support for his hometown hockey team in the Stanley Cup Final via the White House's official Twitter account.

Leafs' Lupul's sullen tweet speaks volumes

Posted by Staff May 14, 2013 12:33 PM

Toronto Maple Leafs left winger Joffrey Lupul said a lot about last night's loss to the Bruins on Twitter this morning.

In less than 15 minutes, the message was retweeted just under 1,000 times and favorited over 2,900 times.

Milan Lucic shows off acting chops in bank commercial

Posted by Steve Silva, Staff November 8, 2012 04:53 PM

Move over Tom Brady and Robert Kraft, there's a new sports-icon-turned-actor in town.

Bruins winger Milan Lucic "stars" in an ad for the Northern Massachusetts Telephone Workers Community Credit Union. The video, which was posted online six months ago, shows a frustrated Lucic complaining about various bank fees before he makes the switch to NMTWCCU.

In the acting skills department, Lucic makes Robert Kraft look like Sir Laurence Olivier.

But maybe it's the script in the above video that needed help.

Regardless, with the NHL currently on hiatus with the ongoing lockout, Lucic should have ample time to work on his skills... both on and off the ice.

Pedro Martinez becomes a ‘Bostonian forever’ at ‘The Tradition’

Posted by Leonard Neslin June 28, 2012 11:12 AM
Many famous Boston sports people attended the 11th annual award ceremony ‘The Tradition’ at New England’s Sports Museum in TD Garden Wednesday, but none bigger than Pedro Martinez.

After Mayor Thomas M. Menino introduced Martinez, he said he considered himself a Bostonian, but that the Lifetime Achievement Award he received made him a “Bostonian for life.”

Other honorees included former Celtics great Robert Parish, Patriots’ two-time Super Bowl champion Rodney Harrison, Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, former Yale rower Chris Ernst, and former Revolution defender Alexi Lalas.

A poignant moment of the ceremony came when Harrison said, “The reason why I’m here is Junior Seau.” Harrison said that Seau inspired him to play the way he played all the time, including practice.

“The biggest compliment I got when I retired was when Bill Bellichick said I was the best practice player he’s ever had.”

Seau recently took his own life by shooting himself in the chest, raising awareness for concussions and health concerns in the NFL.

Harrison chose his wife, Erika, to present the Football Legacy Award to him to show people how important his wife was to his career.

“I’ve gone through multiple injuries, devastating injuries,” he said. Nobody really understands the impact it makes on the family. Who has to deal with it? The wife.”

Sportscaster and former Celtic Bill Walton introduced Parish, “The Chief,” who bowed to the crowd after accepting the Basketball Legacy Award. Walton repeatedly said, “Hail to the Chief,” and cracked jokes.

Parish, a four-time NBA champion and Hall of Famer, drew laughs from the crowd when comparing Michael Jordan and Larry Bird.

“Bird was slow, couldn’t jump,” he said, noting both had unparalleled determination.

Jacobs was introduced by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, who said Jacobs, “wants to win more than anything else for Boston.”

Jacobs was honored for last year’s Stanley Cup but also for his commitment to community service and philanthropic contributions.

In light of the 40th anniversary of Title IX’s enactment, Ernst, captain of 1976 Yale women’s crew and gold medalist at the 1986 world championships, was honored.

“There’s nobody I’m more impressed with in this room than [Ernst],” said sportswriter Jackie MacMullan, who presented the Special Achievement Award to Ernst along with Mary Mazzio, who created an award-winning film about Ernst called “A Hero for Daisy.”

The Revolution’s leading career goal scorer Taylor Twellman called Lalas “a pioneer for our sport.” Lalas was a member of the 1994 US World Cup team and helped spark interest in soccer in America.

Former Bruin Adam Oates hired as Washington Capitals coach

Posted by Steve Silva, Staff June 26, 2012 01:22 PM

The Washington Capitals have named former Bruins and Capitals center, and new Hockey Hall-of-Famer, Adam Oates as their new coach.

The 49-year-old Oates, who spent six seasons as a standout player in Boston, becomes the 16th coach in Capitals franchise history.

Former Capitals coach Dale Hunter resigned on May 14 after completing the 2011-12 season that Bruce Boudreau began before he was fired in late November.

"Adam was a highly intelligent player in the NHL for 19 seasons," Capitals general manager George McPhee said in a statement. "He has been an assistant coach in our conference for the past three seasons and is prepared to lead our club as head coach."

On the same day Oates was named the Caps coach, he joins Joe Sakic, Mats Sundin and Pavel Bure in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Oates, who will be formally introduced at a news conference Wednesday, has spent the last three seasons as an NHL assistant, first with the Tampa Bay Lightning before moving to the New Jersey Devils in 2010. He was part of the staff that helped lead the Devils to this year's Stanley Cup finals, which they lost to the Los Angeles Kings.

His most formidable task will be to develop a playing style that best suits a Capitals roster brimming with talent and that can also succeed in the playoffs. Led by Alex Ovechkin, Washington won four consecutive Southeast Division titles under offensive-minded coach Bruce Boudreau but couldn't advance beyond the second round of the postseason.

Boudreau was fired in November after an early-season slump and was replaced by the defense-first Hunter. Hunter eventually rallied the players enough to get them back in the playoffs but couldn't push them to the conference finals.

Oates played in the NHL from 1985-2004, appearing in 1,337 games while scoring 341 goals with 1,079 assists for Detroit, St. Louis, Boston, Washington, Philadelphia, Anaheim and Edmonton. Only Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr and Mario Lemieux have averaged more assists-per-game than Oates in the NHL history, and only Gretzky (662) had more assists than Oates (636) during the 1990s.

In 1997, the Bruins traded the disgruntled Oates along with goaltender Bill Ranford and forward Rick Tocchet to the Capitals in a blockbuster six-player deal. In exchange for three of their best players, the Bruins received goaltender Jim Carey, centers Jason Allison and Anson Carter, and a 1997 third-round draft choice. The deal was one of the biggest in National Hockey League history at the time.

Material from The Associated Press was used in this update.

Menino calls Rondo 'Hondo' and Garnett 'KJ' in latest Boston sports name gaffes

Posted by Steve Silva, Staff June 7, 2012 08:26 AM

Good job, good effort, Mayor Menuno... err Menino, but we're starting to wonder if you bungle Boston sports stars names on purpose.

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino was captured on camera Wednesday giving his take on the dramatic Celtics run through the NBA playoffs, and he referred to Kevin Garnett as "K.J." and Rajon Rondo as "Hondo" when praising the players' efforts.

“There’s a lot of heart on this team, let me just tell you,” Menino said. “K.J. is a great ... but Hondo's really the inspiration. I mean Hondo drives that team.”

Maybe the mayor thinks Celtics great John "Hondo" Havlicek is driving the action from his floor seats under the basket at the Garden or former Phoenix Suns guard Kevin Johnson, a.k.a. K.J., is doing a great job as the current mayor of Sacramento. Maybe not.

Update: The mayor's office tweeted the following Thursday morning:

This is not the first time the mayor has mixed up and botched the names of local sports stars. Some of Menino's past slip-ups include:

-- At the Fenway 100 celebration at Fenway Park in April, Menino reminisced: "2004 coming in here when Davy Roberts stole second base, Mueller [supposed to be pronounced Miller] hit the double, got him in, then Ortiz won the game. There's so many ... Jim Lomberg had that great year he had."

That would be Red Sox righty Jim Lonborg in 1967.

-- During the dedication of the Bobby Orr statue on Causeway Street in 2010: "Boston, we have an amazing set of remarkable athletes whose actions have become ionic (sic) in sports. Havlicek stole the ball, Fisk waving the ball fair, Flutie launching the Hail Mary pass, Varitek splitting the uprights.”

It was old friend Adam Vinatieri (not former Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek) who sealed the deal for the Patriots first Super Bowl victory when he nailed the game-winning 48-yard field goal in 2002 to beat the heavily-favored St. Louis Rams.

-- Speaking of football, last season the mayor referred to Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker as "Wekler" and called tight end Rob Gronkowski "Grabowski."

-- At a dedication ceremony at the Tobin Community Center in 2010, the mayor referred to NBA commissioner David Stern as "Donald Sterns."

-- Menino used the term "great ball players" to describe the Stanley Cup ice hockey champion Bruins last year.

-- The mayor also referred to the band Dropkick Murphys as the "Dropkick Murphy" and called the screen on the scoreboard at the Garden a 'Jumbletron' in lieu of the term JumboTron.

Click here to see a photo and video gallery of other famous sports flubs.

Tim Thomas visits FreedomWorks

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff April 18, 2012 12:09 PM
When Tim Thomas is asked about his decision in January not to attend the White House along with his Bruins teammates in celebration of their Stanley Cup victory, he puts a stop to questions as quickly and effectively as he does most slap shots.

But the goalie's refusal to discuss the matter or elaborate further on posts of a political bent on his Facebook page hasn't stopped him from meeting up with like-minded people while the Bruins have some down time in Washington.

Tuesday, during a day off in Boston's first-round playoff series with the Capitals, Thomas visited FreedomWorks, described by Yahoo! Sports's Puck Daddy blog as "a political group founded by former U.S. House Majority Leader Dick Armey that advocates for lower taxes, less government and more freedom, a.k.a. things found on Tim Thomas's Facebook page."

According to the Puck Daddy blog, FreedomWorks vice president Dean Clancy tweeted that Thomas, who posed holding a Ron Paul bumper sticker, explained to the staff why he "declined to visit the Obama White House.''

Presumably, the question wasn't posed by a Bruins beat reporter.

Not much Boston sports history on Feb. 29

Posted by Leonard Neslin February 29, 2012 08:15 AM


Well, not a whole lot of Boston sports history has been made on the leap day over the years. The highlight may be the birth of former Bruin Lyndon Byers, who was born on Feb. 29 48 years ago.

Here's a brief flashback.

The leap day doesn't coincide with the regular seasons for football or baseball, but hockey and basketball are just past their midpoints.

Here are Boston's Feb. 29 franchise records:

  • Bruins: 4-4-1

  • Celtics: 7-1

The Bruins are off tonight while the Celtics host the Bucks.

"Big Ed" Morris

The story of the Red Sox pitcher is pretty unusual. Maine's Lewiston Daily Sun reported March 2, 1932, that Morris was stabbed twice in the chest, barely missing his heart, at a farewell fish fry in his honor in Brewton, Ala. Morris died the day after the report at a local hospital.

Morris was 42-45 from 1928 to 1931 with a 4.12 ERA. He finished 15th in the MVP voting in 1928 (19-15, 3.53).

Lyndon Byers

Byers, a right wing from Nipawin, Saskatchewan, was drafted by the Bruins in 1982 and played with them for nine seasons. He played one season with the Sharks before joining the Hill-Man Morning Show on WAAF as a co-host.

In his nine-year Bruins career, Byers registered 24 goals and 42 assists in 261 games.

NBC wings it with Bruins promo

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff November 6, 2011 03:25 PM

Just for the sport of it, here's a first look at a commercial promoting the Bruins-Red Wings matchup on NBC Nov. 25, also known as the day after Thanksgiving.

Seems to us the commercial, which will debut during "Sunday Night Football'' tonight, demands a lot from our willing suspension of disbelief:

As far as we know, no Bruins fan has ever married a Red Wings fan.

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NBC wings it with Bruins promo

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff November 6, 2011 03:25 PM

Just for the sport of it, here's a first look at a commercial promoting the Bruins-Red Wings matchup on NBC Nov. 25, also known as the day after Thanksgiving.

Seems to us the commercial, which will debut during "Sunday Night Football'' tonight, demands a lot from our willing suspension of disbelief:

As far as we know, no Bruins fan has ever married a Red Wings fan.

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Bruins make good on promise, share Stanley Cup love

Posted by Zuri Berry, Staff June 30, 2011 12:21 PM


Adam Towner, left, and Brendan Palumbo pose with the Stanley Cup at a Shrewsbury fire station.(Courtesy of the Boston Bruins)

On Wednesday the Bruins' official Twitter account tweeted that if fans wanted to see the Stanley Cup, now would be the time to make their requests. Specificity preferred.

The Bruins made good on that promise last night, showing up at a Shrewsbury fire station with the Cup in tow.

Adam Towner (@AdamTowner), who follows the Bruins on Twitter, put in the request at home. Without getting any confirmation if the Cup would ever show up, Towner said he was on his way to dinner with his girlfriend when he got a call from his fellow firefighters.

"They said you gotta get down here," Towner said. "I didn't believe them but they said I had to get down there ... So we canceled (dinner) and hit a U-turn. She's a big B's fan too so it was good for her."

Here are a couple more pics from last night thanks to the Bruins.



We can't wait to see where else the Cup may end up. If you see the Cup, let us know here.

Bruins go to Foxwoods, drink from a $100,000 bottle of champagne

Posted by Gary Dzen, Staff June 19, 2011 06:19 PM


Courtesy of Brian Spinelli

Bruins Tim Thomas, Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, and Shawn Thornton took a trip down to the casino following Saturday's rolling rally in Boston. The players brought the Stanley Cup with them to a party at the Foxwood's club "Shrine", where they proceeded to pour some of a $100,000 bottle of champagne into to bowl of the trophy, as Thornton (left) and Chara did above.

A press release describes the action:

"[Shrine] Owners Ed Kane, Joe Kane and Randy Greenstein hand delivered a 30 liter bottle of Ace of Spades “Midas” champagne, costing more than $100,000. The bottle, which is one of six in existence, was double the size of the 15 liter Ace of Spades brut that Mavericks owner Mark Cuban purchased for his team after their NBA Championship victory just one week ago. The bottle, which was signed by every Bruins team member in attendance, will be on display at High Rollers and will be raffled off at a later date to benefit the Bruins foundation."

So there you have it. Bruins players were back in Boston in plenty of time to be honored by the Red Sox at Fenway Park Sunday afternoon.

Celebratory Bruins ad runs tad too soon

Posted by Leonard Neslin May 27, 2011 07:38 AM
JCPenney believes. Don't you?

The department store chain prepared an advertisement to pitch commemorative gear if the Bruins win the Eastern Conference championship. While it's common practice to prepare ads such as these, they're usually withheld until the moment of truth.

Not at the Lowell Sun, which printed the ad yesterday and had it available on its web site earlier today before removing it. The Providence Journal also had the ad on its web site today.

Of course, the Bruins lost Game 6 and forced a decisive Game 7 tonight.

Is it a jinx? We'll let you decide.

Phil Esposito doesn't give a damn about Boston

Posted by Zuri Berry, Staff May 17, 2011 01:20 PM

Phil Esposito: Boston legend, but not a fan:

In an interview with Fox 13 Tampa last week, NHL hall of famer Phil Esposito -- a member of the Bruins' 1972 and 1970 Stanley Cup championship teams whose jersey hangs from the rafters at TD Garden -- said he "could give one damn about Boston."

"I don't care about Boston," Esposito told the local Fox affiliate. "Tampa Bay is my home. The Lightning are like my child. I gave birth to it. It took everything I had physically and probably mentally."

Esposito helped found the Lightning in 1992, serving at first as the team's president and general manager. He's now the team's radio color commentator. He played nine seasons with the Bruins in his 19-year NHL career.

"I hope we smoke 'em to tell you the truth," Esposito said.

He added: "I gotta tell 'em the truth. I'm a Tampa Bay Lightning guy."

New deal for Felger and Massarotti

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff April 6, 2011 11:25 AM

Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti have built a strong following and strong ratings in their 18 months as 98.5 The Sports Hub's afternoon drive tandem.

Today, they have one more acknowledgment of their success, agreeing to a three-year contract extension to remain with The Sports Hub.

“In the last 18 months, Mike and Tony have built a very compelling show that speaks to an enormously devoted and passionate listener-following,” said Mark Hannon, CBS Radio's senior vice president and market manager. “We are thrilled they will be part of 98.5 The Sports Hub for years to come.”

Said Felger: "This job is a blast. I don't know what I'd do without it. I think this station has been good for Boston. We needed another voice, another perspective. I consider myself lucky to be included among the group that helps provide it."

Not long after its debut in August 2009, the Sports Hub emerged as a legitimate competitor to WEEI (850), which long had a sports-radio monopoly in the market.

Felger and Massarotti have been at the forefront of the Sports Hub's ascent, challenging WEEI's long-established and recently revamped "The Big Show" in the 2-6 p.m. window and frequently winning the battle between the stations in the Arbitron ratings in the crucial men 25-54 demo.

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