Wilmington, MA -- Patrice Bergeron
was flying around the Ristuccia Arena ice this morning as if he had never left.
"It feels great," he said. "It's great to back in Boston, great to be back with the guys and great to meet all the new guys in today and it just feels good to be back on the ice."
Bergeron will not be around for very long however. He leaves for New York City in just a few hours and will be part of a now annual NHL PR tour of the Big Apple.
"I'll go with...one of the PR guys here and you know I guess I'll go around and do a lot of media in two days and that's about it," said Bergeron. "I have a photo shoot as well with Vanity Fair, and to be honest with you I'm not exactly sure [what else is going on], but I'm looking forward to going to an Eminem and Jay-Z concert tonight and I'm really looking forward to that."
Bergeron also reitterated his excitement about the coming campaign.
"Yeah I'm looking forward to it for sure," he said. "Obviously, the first couple practices are going to be nice to get that game shape back.
"Then going into the games it's going to be fun. I'm excited and I'm looking forward to it and I'll take it a day at a time."
Bergeron won't be at today's Bruins golf tourney, but he says that nobody should miss him there.
"I'm not much of a golfer to be honest, no one's missing anything to see me not driving today," he said. "But you know it's always for a good cause."
Bergeron isn't much of a golfer, but he did get some time off this summer to enjoy his own diversions.
"I'm doing great you know, feeling in good shape, feeling pretty good about myself," he said. "I feel like I did what I had to do in the summer to get into shape for camp and go with it."
Bergeron said he expects big things out of himself and his club in the coming months.
"I think we're going to have a great team," he said. "I'm excited knowing all the new guys and...of course the guys coming back.
"It's going to be a fun year and we'll take it I guess one day at a time and start with training camp and then go from there.
"I think we did some good things last year and had some not so good [moments] so hopefully we learn from that and carry that into this season."