BOSTON – The Bruins kicked off their Labor Day weekend with another captain’s practice on Friday morning, as nine players took the ice and participated in some light skating and shooting drills.
Matt Beleskey, Patrice Bergeron, Matt Grzelcyk, David Krejci, Torey Krug, John-Michael Liles, Brad Marchand, Adam McQuaid, and Frank Vatrano were all on the ice for at least some portion of the session.
For Bergeron, the informal practices make for an exciting time.
“I think it’s nice to have a bunch of guys back in town,” said Bergeron. “Especially this summer – it was a long summer – so it’s always great to be back, back in the city, and getting things going.
“I think the last two years have been very disappointing to all of us. We definitely want to turn the tide. We are motivated to do that. It’s nice to say it, but you actually have to go on the ice and let your actions speak for themselves.
“I really like what I’m seeing from the guys and the way that they’re prepared and ready for this season.”
Bergeron also touched on a number of other topics following the session:
On what new Bruins forward David Backes will mean to the team and to the dressing room…
A lot. I think he’s going to bring a lot of experience on and off the ice. On the ice he’s been a great player for many years and has always proven himself, always producing. Off the ice, he is a great leader. Obviously he was the captain [in St. Louis], so he’s going to bring a lot of leadership here in Boston. It’s going to be great. I’m looking forward to being his teammate. He’s always hard to play against. It’s definitely going to be nice to have him on our side. He makes us a better team already.
On how excited he is to play for Canada at the upcoming World Cup…
Really excited, looking forward to it. It’s always a great honor to represent your country. It’s definitely something you hear a lot, but it’s true. It’s a lot of fun, it’s a great tournament, the competition is high, and you want to play and be a part of those moments. It’s definitely going to be a great thing to do before the start of the season. We’re going to feel great after that and be ready for the start of the Bruins season.
On if World Cup will be a benefit, despite having to miss part of Bruins training camp…
I think it’s going to be good, they are going to be high intensity games. You want that, you want to be a part of it. I just see it as a positive and go from there. I can’t wait. I’m looking forward to playing in that tournament. Once it’s over, we’re going to be able to turn the page and think about the Bruins. But for now, my focus is on that and making sure I’m ready for it.
On Brad Marchand being selected to Team Canada for the World Cup…
I’m really happy for him. It’s well-deserved. He’s proven himself over the last few years, but last year he took it to another level. He keeps getting better and I’m really happy to have him with me over there in Toronto.
On the new practice facility…
It’s great, it’s beautiful. It’s a great rink. I think everyone is energized by it and excited, looking forward to spending more time here. It’s been great so far.