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Bruins Development Camp, Day 4

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
12:10 a.m.

The Sox won. Our Boys had a great time and I am home.

On top of all of that, tonight, both Zach Hamill and Tuukka Rask were featured on NESN's Red Sox pre-game show, and Don Sweeney was in the broadcast booth for the top half of the third inning.

And, oh ya, Zach also threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Not too shabby.

It was a great night.

See you in the morning.

Matt Hunwick had another great practice, his highlight being a feed to T.J. Trevelyan who scored a goal.

Chris Collins, Hamill and Sobotka all scored, as well.

Brad Marchand also had a terrific session.

Off to the Red Sox game, we'll report on the happenings after that!

Hey, speaking of community events, here's another one from Bruins HQ.

Boston Bruins Vice President of Business Operations, Dan Zimmer, was at Tadpole Playground on Boston Common today to read to a group of more than 100 children from local community centers around the Hub. Zimmer was on hand to read two books to the crowd as part of the ReadBoston Storymobile Program.

At the conclusion of the readings, Zimmer was able to distribute  a new, free book for every child in attendance courtesy of ReadBoston.

Nice job Dan! Go Bruins!

The back and forth action during the four-on-four game is almost too hard to follow -- it's very fast, folks. However, both goalies are doing quite well and Tuukka and Kevin have made some excellent saves.

Lunch (and naps) are over and the campers are looking to hit the  ice for the much anticipated four-on-four portion of the day. Matt Lashoff has sworn to "snipe four" and David Krejci said that if that were the case he would have to "score five."

We'll see.

Bruins media intern extraordinaire, Tom Halkin, put together a little story about yesterday afternoon's street hockey festivities:

On Wednesday afternoon, 13 of our Baby B’s packed into one of the camps’ big blue vans and shipped out to East Boston to visit Bay State Hockey’s “Breakout at the Beach” street hockey league.

After going through a summer camp-like role-call, we headed south from our week-long base in Wilmington and following a short drive we arrived at Porrazzo Skating Rink at Constitution Beach in Eastie.

Our Boys were more than ready to get out and start their clinic and before our crack community relations coordinator, Eryn Gallagher, could even finish going over the instructions, Phil Kessel was already at the stick rack to pick out the best curve.

The boys couldn’t even wait till they hit the (fake) ice at the scheduled 5:00 pm to get into the action, as Kessel, forward Levi Nelson, and goalie Tuuka Rask, began a couple impromptu passing drills in the lobby with early arriving guests.

Shortly thereafter all the players were on the court, shooting and playing around with the 70 or so youngsters who participated in the event.  The informal shoot-around was a good chance for parents and kids alike to get their hats, shirts, sticks, and pucks signed by the Bruins of the future.

With everything set-up and in-place, it was time to get serious - well semi-serious. The kids were broken up into groups, and a few players joined each group to lead drills and mix it up with the excited participants.

Rask and Nelson donned goalie pads and lead shooting drills on two of the nets, with the help of current BC star and Bruin hopeful, Brock Bradford. On the other net, big forwards Byron Bitz and Milan Lucic led another stick-handling and shooting drill with Lucic providing encouragement, while Bitz looked to tip home errant shots.

At center ice Andy Bodnarchuck, Bruins first round pick Zach Hamill, and Jordan Knackstedt worked a passing drill at through a series of cones.

At the other end of the rink, forwards David Krejci, Mikko Lehtonen, Vladimir Sobotka, Martins Karsums, and Kessel ran what looked to be the most serious of the stations. Kessel and Lehtonen stood on either side ready to tip shots home that were being fed into the slot.

Once every group of children had hit every station, a full out scrimmage began, with the new-B's splitting themselves up. At this point It was tough to tell who was having more fun, the players or the kids, and the players certainly were not taking their roles as teammates lightly.

Kessel definitely won the hustle award (of course, he didn’t have to participate in the grueling power skating put on the afternoon by Development Camp director Don Sweeney, Strength and Conditioning coach John Whitesides, and power skating instructor Paul Vincent). He announced at the outset that “I’m Here to win” and make sure his team was back-checking with authority, as he motored up and down the floor.

Krejci and Lucic, realizing their team was down two goals late in the contest, thanks (of course) to Kessel’s hard work, announced that they were going to “get one next shift.”

Unfortunately, they came up one goal shy for a 2-1 final score (which leads to the important side note that both young goaltenders for the kids were phenomenal making sprawling save after sprawling save at both ends).

However, the afternoon was not without incident and a little competitive edge either. 

Phil jumped in net for during the drills he took a slap-shot right to the noggin and then to the back of the leg.  Mikko Lehtonen also sacrificed his body for the sake of the game, as he took a digger trying to rush the puck in his sandals.

All in all though, everyone on hand - players, kids, staff, parents - looked to be enjoying the afternoon as the games wrapped up and a long autograph session began, with each little guy getting autographs from all 13 Development Players on hand.

With every kid covered in signatures we departed the arena to a sea of “thank yous” and headed back to the Garden for a much needed dinner.

The B's have moved on to line rushes with three forwards vs. two D and the goalie.

Only two goalies on the ice today, Regan and Rask.

Tuukka, in a scramble, made the save of the week (thus far) when he got up from his stomach, dropped his stick and threw his left pad to stop a puck heading for a yawning net.

Both goalies have been very strong this morning.

Scott Gordon's whistle is a chirpin' as he attempts to coax some more speed out of his prodigies this morning.

And as the cobwebs clear, the new-B's are running through passing drills to start the day.


I'm a little late writing as I was wrestling with a digital camera, but I've decided it has won and I am going back to the keyboard.

The squad got an early start from the hotel and has already started stretching in an effort to stay loose for the upcoming two session day. The first session will be on-ice drills and conditioning and then a four-on-four scrimmage in the afternoon.

Phil Kessel has headed back to Wisconsin after hanging out here for the last few days.

More in a bit after I finish my coffee...

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)

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