First ever Maple Street Press Bruins annual due out soon

As you get ready for the 2011-12 NHL season and the Bruins’ defense of their Stanley Cup championship, you might want to hit the newsstand for some preseason reading.

The best way to get all the information about the Bruins that you could possibly want is by picking up a copy of the Maple Street Press Bruins Annual 2011-12.

Unlike all the national preview magazines, this one is all about the Bruins. And let’s face it, that’s the only team that matters to you.

Best of all, this first-of-its-kind publication is edited by yours truly. It also features stories from some of the best people in the business who are closest to the team — no blowhards were used in the production of this 112-page publication.

While there is some reminiscing about the 2011 Cup title, this publication is mostly  filled with what to expect from the Bruins this coming season and beyond as they try to sustain their championship level. You can pre-order your copy at maplestreetpress.com.

Here’s a look at the complete table of contests for the annual:

The B’s Are Back: With the Cup back in Boston, fans young and old have tapped back into the city’s rich hockey heritage by Matt Kalman

Championship Caliber Profiles: Hopes are high for the Bruins to repeat as champions in 2011-12. Break down the roster to see who will lead the B’s run toward a second straight Cup by Gus Katsaros

Capital Gains: Suddenly, the Bruins are the envy of the NHL. Washington leads the pack of challengers who will try to beat Boston at their own game by Matt Kalman

Price Point: Patrice Bergeron’s value is undeniable. But, as most fans know, simple statistics don’t immediately back this up by Timo Seppa

Lucky Lucic: In only four NHL seasons, Milan Lucic has already begun building his legacy by Ryan Lambert

A Tale For All Time: From downtown Boston to the Slovakian forest, Zdeno Chara’s tale is invigorating by Rob Simpson

Fight Club: Who says you can’t fight in the new NHL? The Bruins’ physical formula, combined with their sufficient scoring, makes for great entertainment by Douglas Flynn

Sophomore Surge: The jury is still out on 2010 #2 overall pick Tyler Seguin. At just 20 in January, though, he has plenty of time by Ryan Dadoun and Gus Katsaros

Ready For His Encore: What makes Tim Thomas so effective, and just how deep is the state of Bruins goaltending? by Justin Goldman

Power Player: Cam Neely has parlayed his passion on the ice into an imperative role in the Bruins front office by Chad Finn

In The Clear: With a Stanley Cup under his belt, Claude Julien has effectively silenced his doubters by Matt Kalman

The Peter Plan: Analyze the carefully constructed and ever-evolving tactics of Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli by Mike Loftus

Letting Joe Go: The Joe Thornton trade in 2005 shocked the NHL. See how the move ultimately helped the Bruins reach the top by Mike Loftus

Cup-Board Is Full: The Bruins’ most exciting talent extends to locations other than Causeway Street. Here’s a list of the team’s top 10 prospects by Kirk Luedeke

Trickle Down: The Providence Bruins Look To Build Off The Parent Club’s Momentum in 2011-12 by Dan Hickling

Spirit of ’72: Forty years later, the 1971-72 Bruins still have a lasting impact on their city and fans by Mick Colageo

Numbers Game: It’s high time the Bruins made some additions to the TD Garden rafters by Kevin Vautour

Still Hailing Chief: Johnny Bucyk gets to celebrate his 55th season in Boston with a Stanley Cup by Mike Loftus

So Long, Recchin Ball: Mark Recchi finished out his Hall of Fame career in a blaze of Stanley Cup glory by Matt Kalman

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