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Bish's Blog: July 8

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
Development Camp 2009

Day1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5

7:44 p.m.

Also, check out interviews with Joe Colborne (bostonbruinsTV is following him around this week) and Mark Goggin on bbtv's Day 2 highlight package.

7:19 p.m.
B's back on NESN...
I just caught Ryan Button on tonight’s Red Sox pregame show on NESN.

“It was good,” said Button of Day 2 at Development Camp 2009. “It was a fast-paced skate. We started in the morning, warmed up, did a few drills…then came back off, got a bite to eat in the locker room and then went back out for some power skating.

“It was just a really fun skate.”

Check out Ryan's interview at

3:03 p.m.
Don Sweeney in the skate sharpening room at Ristuccia Arena
After the new B's first on-ice day Don Sweeney said that his first goal for the 2009 Development Campers was to "knock the rust off."

And how.

Following a two hour session that saw the prospects run through a traditional practice as well as a power skating class there was no doubt that no more rust was showing anywhere in Ristuccia Arena.

"It was a really good day," summarized Sweeney.

The reasons were many, but what was clear was that the campers had tackled a very tough task with gusto.

"They were staring at two hours of ice time," explained Sweeney. "Some guys haven't been on the ice for awhile."

But beyond simply completing the task, Sweeney saw that the players were progressing along the desired track.

"Just getting comfort and familiarity with our coaching staff and what they expect out of each drill [is a goal]," he said. "Then breaking it down one more [time] with the power skating to dive into the technique side of things.

"[The players worked] on stuff, as I've said all along, that they might not be comfortable with."

Frankly, nobody looked comfortable during the power skating portion of the morning as nearly every drill had the players doing a flamingo-esque pose.

"It's something that everybody can improve upon," said Sweeney. "And skating is so paramount in the game today.

"To dial down -- a lot of people don't even know they have four edges to work with. Outside and inside on each.

"And I'll be the first to admit there's always one leg that's better than another," he said.

After that workout, you'd be hard pressed to find any Boston prospect whose legs feel good right now.

I asked foward Tyler Randell about the morning.

"You don't really practice that type of power skating everyday," he said. "So it was different.

"It was good to work at every aspect of your skating."

That was the PC answer.

Pressing for more, I asked Tyler if he had ever imagined hopping down a sheet of ice on one skate.

Randell smiled and said, "Probably not. But practicing for the NHL and just seeing what they have to do and how hard they have to work…is a great experience."

I'm not sure his feet will agree later today.

2:25 p.m.
Back at the Garden
Day 2 is over. Look for a full synopsis and some video soon...

11:42 a.m.
I have a huge amount of respect for these kids. They are really working their tails off in these power skating drills.

Right now we are seeing various stops and stars with sprints in between. Yeeesh.

11:25 a.m.
"Go get a drink...and come back," said the Power Skating Guru (name TBD John McLean).

Dejected, the skaters headed to the bench, looking jealously at the three goalies who are escaping much of this one-skated madness.

11:06 a.m.
The guys are back on the ice for power skating.

Currently, the team is skating - on one foot - by using their edges.

It does NOT look fun.

10:34 a.m.
They are cleaning the ice.

10:16 a.m.
Contact! There is some checking going on...

10:06 a.m.
Coaches on the ice...
Rob Murray, Bruce Cassidy, Bob Essensa, Victor Teleguine and Geoff Ward

Right now, the coaching staff is putting the prospects through 2-on-2's.

9:59 a.m.
The "Lines"
B's draft pick, Mark Goggin.
Sexton, Goggin, MacDermid (Orange)
Lawrence, Colborne, LoVecchio (Blue)
Arniel, Campbell, Randell (Yellow)
Hamill, Sauve, Caron (Gray)
Isherwood, Alexandrov, Lamb, Ludwig, Button, Kwiet, Goulet (Black)
Hutchinson, Courchaine, Dalton (Goal)
Riendeau, Cross, McElvie

9:18 a.m.
Rob Kwiet and Ryan Button are the first on the ice.

9:16 a.m.
In case you missed it...
Yesterday the B's signed Dany Sabourin and Drew Fata: Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed defenseman Drew Fata and goaltender Dany Sabourin to one-year contracts ...more.

8:56 a.m.
Weren't we just here?

It seems like yesterday that yours truly and the entire New England hockey media corps converged on Ristuccia Memorial Arena in Wilmington prior to Game 7 of the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

And yes, it still hurts.

But today is a much happier circumstance than that -- the new B's will take the ice for the first time in Development Camp '09.

Some fun facts about our newest Bruins (courtesy Heidi Holland in the B's Communications Department):
  • Four of the players at Dev Camp '09 hold NHL legacies. Jamie Arniel (uncle Scott), Tyler Ludwig (dad Craig), Lane MacDermid (dad Paul) and Max Sauve (dad Jean-Francois, uncle Bob).
  • You can add Ben Sexton to that list as his dad Randy is the Assistant GM of the Florida Panthers.
  • Two of the players, Ludwig and Zach McKelvie have twins that also play hockey -- Trevor Ludwig is in the Dallas system and Chris McKelvie played alongside Matt Dalton at Bemidji State.
  • The '09 new B's hail from four countries: Canada (16), the United States (7), France (1) and Russia (1).
  • Four Canadian provinces are represented: Ontario (8), Alberta (4), Quebec (2) and British Columbia (2).
  • Five states are represented as well: Illinois (2), Connecticut (1), Massachusetts (1), Wisconsin (1) and Minnesota (1).
  • The average prospect is 20.2 years old, 6'1 and 191.9 lbs.
Only 15-minutes or so until Our Boys hit the ice.
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