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Bruins Development Camp, Day 1

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
While seated in the back row of the bleacher seats, Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien, left, talks with general manager Peter Chiarelli during a hockey team development camp in Wilmington, Mass., Monday, July 9, 2007.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Thankfully, I am back in the Bish Cave after a long, but productive, day with the B's prospects.

They, and I, enjoyed a big healthy dinner at Joe's American Bar & Grill in downtown Boston followed by a talk about strength and conditioning, as well as nutrition.

Coach John Whitesides took care of the S&C, while nutrition consultant Tara A. Mardigan spoke about proper eating.

During the evening one Mr. Rask arrived from Finland to join the festivities in the morning.

My favorite part of the day, however, was getting to talk to new Bruins head coach Claude Julien after practice.

Below is a podcast of that conversation.

 Day 1 - Development Camp  

Practice is over for today and the team is working hard to get on the road and make a dinner reservation. However, I have plenty on my recorder for later, so keep it here.

Current B's Phil Kessel, Mark Mowers, Tim Thomas and Hannu Toivonen made an appearance at Ristuccia where they continue their summer workouts.

For the rookies, Drills shifted to a three-on-two format with a line vs. two D and a goalie.

Denis Reul made authoritative contact with at least one forward.

Meanwhile, the two goalies on the ice (no Tuukka Rask today, he is en route), Regan and Adam Courchaine, had the pleasure of facing three coaches without a defender in between.

The play has shifted to one-on-one drills with a forward vs. a defenseman in front of a goalie. "Contact" has started to make an appearance in the on-ice practice session.

Providence Bruins head coach Scott Gordon looks to be running the on-ice drills. Defensemen are in gold jerseys, forwards are in white and goalies are in black.

Boston Bruins first round draft pick Zach Hamill, center, skates sprints during a hockey team development camp in Wilmington, Mass.,Monday, July 9, 2007.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Zach Hamill has already shown some of the fine stick work attributed to him at the draft. He deked one of the Bruins young goalies and roofed it past the shoulder of the keeper.

With lunch finally consumed, the Bruins took to the ice. Forward Wacey Rabbit took the first shot on goalie Kevin Regan and the hockey portion of camp was under way.

Line rushes with three pucks and line rushes with one puck began the afternoon.

Lashoff, post run.

"I made it...don't feel too good right now."

Lash, who surely did better than he admits, led the after run retreat back into the welcome air conditioning of Ristuccia.

He and the rest of the B's must be tired because Lashoff and his teammates just briefly paused as they passed by today's lunch spread...and kept walking to the locker room.

Matt Lashoff on shuttle runs.
"A good time..."

Uh oh. Rumor has it that shuttle runs are starting.

John Bishop is the beat writer for He covers the Black & Gold hoping to offer a positive look at the team, not only from the stands and the press box, but also from inside the locker room. A graduate of Boston U. and Northeastern, 'Bish' grew up in Connecticut and moved to the Hub of Hockey in 1993. Since then he has made all four rinks at the Beanpot schools, as well as both Gardens, his icebound homes away from home. Prior to joining the TD Banknorth Garden staff in 2005, Bishop had written for several publications, with his primary focus being college hockey. He coauthored the book Bygone Boston in 2003 and hopes someday to pen a bio of Hobey Baker.
Sat down with Brad Marchand who gave his two cents on today's morning testing.

"(This morning) was everything that I thought it would be," said Marchand. "We were here last year and it was the same thing.

"But I guess we do have a new running system that they are going to install, but (because of the weather) we were not able to do it today.

"So I guess we are going to do it on Wednesday," he said.

Asked about what he thought of the Bruins camps, Marchand was very enthusiastic.

"It's fun," he said. "The guys are pretty easy going, but are still getting down to business.

"I like to joke a bit and get in there with the guys and make it comfortable."

"It's just a lot of fun being here," he said.

'Comfortable' is the right word, thus far, for this Development Camp. The campers seem to be moving into hockey gear quickly, but at a reasonable pace.

Marchand, who has attended other camps in the past, said this one has some major benefits.

"(For instance) Training camp for team Canada is lot different," said Marchand. "When we go (to that camp) we can't do any physical development or testing because we don't want to hurt anyone, because we are going right from camp into the tournament. 

"So we go right in and its all about skill and the hockey on the ice.

"Here it's all about off ice training here, as well."

So what was the curriculum this morning.

"We (tested) bench press, pull ups. We did high jump and reach. We (also stretched) and did our height and weight."

Lunch is coming, as is the first skate.

The players have moved on to weight testing.

Despite the overcast weather, Director of Player Development Don Sweeney and the rest of the Boston Bruins staff were displaying a sunny disposition this morning as the Boston Bruins Development Camp began in earnest.

After a good breakfast and a short bus ride from the hotel, players donned shorts and sneakers for initial testing (body fat %, weight) and took physicals as the newest members of the Black & Gold took to the Ristuccia Center.

Again, smiles were the norm as old friends made new friends and the Bruins organization took a step forward toward the 2007-08 season. Last night most of the players arrived via Logan Airport from hither and yon with some of the local players driving in this morning.

All of them looked eager to return to the ice...

I am stuck in a corner here in Wilmington, trying not to be noticed as I type away to bring you the latest, so keep it here all week as I will be updating frequently.

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