HAVERHILL, MA – It’s never easy for a surprise to be kept secret -- especially when that surprise is Boston Bruins forward, Daniel Paille.
At the last week of the 2014 Yokids Boston Bruins Summer Camp, presented by Stonyfield, more than 100 kids awaited a surprise guest at Haverhill Valley Forum in Haverhill, MA on Wednesday afternoon. However, numerous audible whispers revealed that Daniel Paille was in the building. By the time he was ready to make his entrance, campers were already shouting “Paille!” in anticipation.
As an effort to make their week even more enjoyable, Paille wanted to surprise the Boston Bruins summer campers with a fun-filled day visit.
“I think, that having the element of surprise brings the joy out of the kids and you know, a couple of them, they didn’t know, but they guessed that I would be here,” Paille said to BostonBruins.com after an on-ice session with the campers.
“So, I’ll take that as flattering too, that they knew I would come, or that they wanted me to come … I think that they all enjoyed the experience.”
In addition to the planned surprise, Paille also revealed one of his most meaningful life messages: to have fun. He emphasized this key element in the Q&A session preceding the on-ice practice.
In response to a question about his own childhood interests, he admitted to how often he’d voluntarily skate in circles out on the pond over and over again – and had fun doing it.
“You know when I was a kid, you know when I did it, I was just enjoying the time I had and never made it seem like work. But I definitely had a good time doing that hard work,” Paille confessed.
The Bruins' forward also showcased his philosophy about having fun when he stepped onto the ice with the campers. Instead of overwhelming the kids with pointers and suggestions, the Bruins forward instead focused more on encouraging them as they completed drills. He simply wanted them to enjoy their time on the ice.
“I don’t even think they were listening to tips, I think they were more just having a conversation with me,” Paille said. “So, you know, I could have said a couple of things, but it was more about just having them have a good time about it.”
Aside from having fun with the Bruins summer campers, Paille has also enjoyed his off-season, as he has had time to train and mentally prepare for the upcoming 2014-2015 season.
“Offseason’s been good. You know I’ve kept myself in shape and you know I feel very strong at this point, especially in the summer when you have a little bit more time to train,” Paille replied when asked about his summer.
“Getting myself mentally prepared for the season as well because you know, it’s going to be a different look than the past couple of years, but I think we’ll have a little more rest in between games which will help.”