WILMINGTON – Danton Heinen knows a thing or two about success, but he is certainly not one to brag or take all of the credit.
During the 2015-16 season, the sophomore forward led the University of Denver in scoring with 20 goals and 28 assists for 48 points in 41 games played.
The Langley, B.C., native attributes his success to both his teammates and to his coaches.
“I think I had some good linemates there back in Denver and I got a lot of opportunity,” Heinen said at last week's Boston Bruins Development Camp. "Coach put me in some good spots to succeed, so I think a little bit of both of those.”
Heinen had an all-star year, earning American Sports Network Player of the Year, All-Tournament Honors at the NCAA West Regional, First Team All-NCHC Honors, NCHC Forward of the Year, a finalist for NCHC Player of the Year and more.
Heinen enjoyed this year's Development Camp and was happy to be back to see the Bruins staff and fellow prospects.
Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney was asked about the possibility of Heinen and fellow prospect Brandon Carlo battling for a spot on the Bruins roster this year, and responded by saying, “They’ll have ample opportunity come September, you know go through Rookie Camp and into main camp and see who emerges as being able to push. But we’re excited about where they are at this point in time.”
The forward signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Bruins on April 11, beginning with the 2016-17 season. He finished out last season playing two regular season and two playoff games with the Providence Bruins, accruing two assists during that time.
Heinen hopes to finish the summer strong so that he can put himself in the best possible situation for when the season starts in the fall.
“I’m just going to try and have a big summer, come in and do everything I can, do everything that they ask from me and show them as much as I can," said Heinen.
Looking forward to next season, he won’t forget all that he has learned at this year’s Development Camp.
“There’s so many great hockey minds here that have played a lot or coached a lot,” said Heinen. “So I’m trying to soak everything up and learn as much as possible and keep taking those things back and using those.”
The 2016 Boston Bruins Development Camp was presented by AT&T.