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Rangers hire David Quinn away from BU as new head coach

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Rangers hire David Quinn away from BU as new head coach

In what is becoming a growing trend, a National Hockey League team has dipped into the collegiate ranks to find its next head coach. After a successful five-year stint as Jack Parker’s successor at Boston University, David Quinn has been named the 35th coach of the New York Rangers.

Quinn reportedly received a five-year contract to oversee a plan to reload the Blueshirts roster.

In that respect Quinn is perhaps the perfect choice for the Rangers -- a young, enthusiastic coach that excels in the teaching aspect of the game with young player. He posted a 105-67-21 record in his five seasons with the Terriers while developing young NHL talent like Jack Eichel, Charlie McAvoy and Clayton Keller. Quinn didn’t win a national title at Boston University but did finish as college hockey’s runner-up in his second season, losing to Providence College in the 2015 NCAA title game.

Leaving BU for New York had to be a difficult choice for the 51-year-old Cranston, R.I., native, given that the BU job probably could have been a lifetime gig (as it was for the legendary Parker before him). But there were certainly things about the Rangers job that Quinn couldn’t pass up, among them the prestige of coaching an Original Six team and also where familiar faces like Jeff Gorton and Chris Drury are part of the management team. Being able to compete head-to-head against his good friend Mike Sullivan, the coach of the Penguins, certainly didn’t hurt either.

Quinn expressed all of those mixed emotions in a statement released by BU when New York made his hiring official on Tuesday.

“I’m incredibly excited for this new challenge, but leaving a job like this is very hard to do,” he said. “BU is a special place that has given me so much, not only as a player and a student, but also as a coach. The lifelong friendships I’ve developed here over the years absolutely mean the world to me.

“I was so fortunate to work with the very best in athletic director Drew Marrochello and senior vice president Todd Klipp. BU hockey has always been bigger than the coach and they will bring in an outstanding one to continue the winning tradition here.”

Quinn is the latest in a new movement by NHL teams to pluck their coaches from the college ranks, which is producing so many quality players these days. The Flyers kicked it off in hiring Dave Hakstol away from the University of North Dakota a couple of years ago, and earlier this month the Dallas Stars hired Jim Montgomery away from the University of Denver after the Rangers initially showed interest.

It will be interesting to see where Boston University goes next. The Terriers have a wide swath of hockey-playing alumni to choose from, and people like Bruins assistant coaches Joe Sacco and Jay Pandolfo could also be candidates list if they wanted a college job.

Bruins vs. Blue Jackets live stream: Watch Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 1 online

Bruins vs. Blue Jackets live stream: Watch Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 1 online

The Boston Bruins survived a tough first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs with a thrilling Game 7 win, and they only had one day to prepare for a second-round Stanley Cup playoff matchup against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The B's will host the Blue Jackets in Game 1 at TD Garden on Thursday night. Not many people would've picked the Blue Jackets to be in this position, but they shocked everyone by sweeping the Presidents' Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round. Columbus last played seven days ago, so it'll be interesting to see if rust is a factor in the first period of Game 1. The Bruins, meanwhile, eliminated the Leafs less than 48 hours ago.

Boston lost Game 1 home in the previous round, and similar to Toronto, Columbus certainly is capable of stealing the series opener. The Blue Jackets' 25 road wins during the regular season were the second-most of any team.

Here's how and when to watch Bruins vs. Blue Jackets Game 1 online.

When: Thursday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC Sports Network
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Zdeno Chara calls for Tom Brady to attend Bruins game in Instagram exchange

Zdeno Chara calls for Tom Brady to attend Bruins game in Instagram exchange

Earlier this week, Tom Brady recruited Zdeno Chara to join him on the gridiron.

It appears the tables have turned.

Chara posted an Instagram hype video Thursday ahead of the Boston Bruins' second-round Stanley Cup Playoff series with the Columbus Blue Jackets that's awesome in its own right: The voice you hear in the background is UFC star Conor McGregor, who gave the B's this pep talk prior to their St. Patrick's Day game against the same Blue Jackets.

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NEW SERIES.SAME ENERGY. WE ARE MADE FOR THIS!

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Brady, who's been a huge Bruins supporter during their playoff run, quickly chimed in with a reply:

"Yes you are @zeechara33 @nhlbruins can't wait to watch #madeforthis"

Chara obviously appreciated the GOAT's interest, but the Bruins captain urged Brady to take things a step further. Here's his reply to the Patriots QB:

That's right: Chara wants Brady at TD Garden in person.

Brady's Super Bowl MVP teammate, Julian Edelman, waved the Bruins' honorary flag before Game 7 of the Toronto Maple Leafs series, and several Boston Celtics players and coaches also were in attendance.

With the stakes raised in the second round, we love that Chara wants Brady to show his face at TD Garden during the Bruins-Blue Jackets series, which begins Thursday night in Boston.

That said, don't get your hopes up; Brady hasn't attended another Boston sports game in quite some time, as he's been busy maintaining his 41-year-old physique and getting a full night's sleep.

Perhaps Chara's prompt will change TB12's mind?

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