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Breaking the Ice in the Heat

by Abigail Seaver / Boston Bruins
Boston, MA -- On Tuesday, new Bruins Nathan Horton and Tyler Seguin brushed up on their hockey skills - street hockey skills that is.

Horton and Seguin at Street Hockey. (Photo: Brian Babineau)
The new B's helped host a clinic for kids in the North End and the children gear, goals and a lot of advice.

"It’s so nice to be here and be part of everything," said Horton just before he took on some of his new fans. "Just to be out in the community and meet the fans and be in the city of Boston is very exciting."

Tyler shared in Horton's enthusiasm before he hit the makeshift rink that overlooked the Charlestown Navy Yard.

"This is a nice event to start off my experience here in Boston," said Seguin. "It's fun just to meet some of the fans and play a little hockey."

Running around in the heat gave both the guys a good workout. Seguin even said he was grateful to "break the ice" on the warm basketball court on Commercial Street.

"I haven’t played hockey in about 2 weeks, so this is getting me ready for next week’s development camp," he joked.

Boston's children gave the rookie and his fellow new-B a good workout with a game that lasted the better part of an hour. And, of course, both Horton and Seguin also took their unofficial first shots as Bruins against the youngsters.

But the day was far from over for the new Bostonians as they each still had to throw out a ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park

"I think [by the time] Fenway Park [comes] around it’s going to be a long day, but it should be lots of fun," answered Seguin when asked if he was tired.

It was a day filled with fun, but next week, at "Dev Camp," the work begins anew for Seguin.

Just before taking the "ice" for the clinic, Tyler was asked if he was ready for the day. But in retrospect, he could have been taking a much longer view.

“Yeah I’m excited,” he said with a smile. “Here we go.”
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