"In 2007 we launched our inaugural Development Camp and we felt that it was a success," said Boston Bruins Director of Hockey Operations and Player Development Don Sweeney. "Peter Chiarelli and the Bruins organization have made a commitment to build a Stanley Cup contender through the development of our young players and that philosophy and process will be shared throughout our entire organization. We brought in 28 players last year to give them a clear heads up as to what they could expect going forward in a professional training camp environment. We also took pride in laying a foundation for these kids to interact away from the ice and get to know potential future teammates."
The on-ice portion of the 2008 Development Camp will again be led by Providence Bruins Head Coach Scott Gordon and Providence Bruins Assistant Coach Rob Murray, while the off-ice portion will be led by Boston Bruins Strength and Conditioning Coach John Whitesides. Activities will also be planned away from the rink so the players can explore some of the many great things that the city of Boston has to offer. This year's camp is expected to have a similar number of players as last year and it will again include a blend of current players within the Bruins system and previous draft picks as well as those players selected at the 2008 NHL Draft.
Last year's Development Camp attendees included Matt Hunwick, David Krejci
, Matt Lashoff, Milan Lucic
, Tuukka Rask
, and Vladimir Sobotka all of who saw significant playing time with the Boston Bruins during the 2007-2008 season.