The Boston Bruins have announced the end of an era, and the beginning of a new chapter for the Black and Gold. Bruins President (and hockey legend) Cam Neely announced an agreement that will lead to the Bruins having a practice arena within the confines of the city of Boston. The Bruins organization have signed a letter of intent for a long term-lease with Boston Landing. Boston Landing will be building a new NHL standard hockey rink in the Allston-Brighton neighborhood of Boston. The new rink will be accessible by MBTA lines, and is expected to be ready by fall 2016.
The proposed building will take over for the old Ristuccia Arena in nearby Wilmington. Ristuccia has been the Bruins practice arena since the 1987-88 NHL season. Unlike the old arena, the proposed building will include room for retail and restaurant space and room for a hotel. The organization is thrilled to take this next step forward.
“Since joining the Bruins in a front office capacity, a goal of mine has been to move the Bruins into a first-class practice facility and this agreement moves us closer to accomplishing that goal,” said Neely at the press release. “The vision that New Balance has for the Boston Landing project is exactly what we were looking for, and we are confident that through this partnership, we will build a facility that our entire organization will be proud of.”
“I am thrilled that we have found the Bruins a new practice home within the Boston city limits,” said Bruins Principal and Alternate Governor Charlie Jacobs. “Our goal is to set the industry standard in everything that we do, and we are confident that our new practice facility will do just that. As we enter the design phase of the project, we look forward to sharing details as they become available.”