I'm finally home, listening to my recorder for some tidbits, trying to keep my eyes open.
Tonight, around 5, the Bruins brought the prospects downtown for a Duck Tour (see below).
In case some of you don't know what that is exactly, DUCW are amphibious trucks of a WWII vintage used to traverse the winding roads of the Hub as well as the Charles River.
Yours truly and all 26 players (and throw in Phil Kessel for good measure) headed to Copley Square to hop the Duck Tour after today's second practice session.
Having been indoctrinated into Boston society via the tour and history lesson, Our Boys took to the Pru and dined at various establishments around the heart of the Hub.
Thankfully, however, the B's got the skaters back to their hotel just in time to hit the sack in preparation for another tough day tomorrow.
So, as I need a break, too, I'll update in the morning.
BTW: Chris Collins sends a big "HI" to mom and dad (Ann and Glen Collins) in Fairport, NY.3:43
Don Sweeney (post practice): "I think this gives (the prospects) a bird's eye view of what the next level is going to be and maybe a glimpse ahead. David Krejci
is at a point-a-game-in-the-American Hockey-League-level and then there's Matt Lashoff (too)...and there is another level to come."
|While resting his University of New Hampshire Wildcats mask on the top of his head, goalie Kevin Regan takes a break during a hockey team development camp in Wilmington, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) |
The scrimmage was followed by some conditioning drills for the skaters and some extra shots for the goalies.
Following lunch the team was split into white and gold teams for a four-by-four scrimmage.David Krejci
had at least three goals and never seemed to tire.
Other notables included Bradford, Hunwick and Denis Reul who all kept their wind throughout the hour-plus session.
Kevin Regan had a couple of terrific saves and acquitted himself quite well.
Cam Neely and Harry Sinden were on hand and joined the B's brass and coaching staff.
Big lunch for the guys...pasta, veggies, steak.
All of the players look very hungry following their decidedly up-tempo first session.
By the way: I was impressed with Matt Hunwick's play over the last couple of days. He seems to employ a consistent attitude and high energy approach to playing hockey.
And as the hitting increased, so did his effort.
In fact, Mr. Hamill was one of the recipients of a nice hit from Mr. Hunwick.
Boy that food smells good. Come to think of it, I am hungry, too. So, more later.
|John Bishop is the beat writer for BostonBruins.com. 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. |
The team is stretching right now and the first session is almost over.
The boys will cool down for a bit before hitting the ice, after lunch, at 2:00.
The more you see of him, the more you have to like Zach Hamill
's game. You can see where the Drury and Sakic comparisons have come from.
Brock Bradford just had the move of the day. He skated into traffic, split the D and put it by the goalie. Beautiful.
Coach Gordon is running another fast paced practice with lots of rink length rushes and lots of shots on goal.
Tuukka looks very comfortable in goal, especially since he is wearing Black & Gold pads. No Bruins mask as of yet.9:19
The boys just finished their group stretch and are preparing to hit the ice.9:01
Gas in Wilmo is $2.79. Not bat at all...
Some of the Bruins staffers and I are in the prospects' hotel early waiting for the youngsters to finish their breakfasts so we can head over to the rink.
The alarm came too early for this writer, but I am pretty sure a second cup of coffee will take care of the brain cloud which is enveloping my dome.
I am going to be updating throughout the day.
Biggest news thus far: Tuukka Rask
should be on the ice today.
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