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Bruins Development Camp, Day 6

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
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.

It was an excellent ending to an outstanding week as the Development Camp prospects left it all out on the ice this afternoon in Wilmington. 

Some more info on the game, as well as reaction to the week's events will be posted over the next couple of days.

As far as this evening -- there will be a breakup dinner locally and all the guys can finally let their eyes be bigger than their stomachs. Nobody will be testing them tomorrow.

However, flights to Saskatoon and Riga probably require some discretion in terms of choice of cuisine.

Beyond dinner (which is rumored to be a Bar-B-Q) this is the beginning of the end for this chapter of Our Boys.

Again, don't forget that I will be posting wrap-up stories (and hopefully photos) in the very near future and as the season gets closer news posting in The Bear Essentials will surely be more frequent.

1:01 p.m.
With their equipment drying in the parking lot, the not so new-B's are patiently awaiting their final four-on-four game of the week, before heading to an end of camp Bar-B-Q.

There is no doubt that the favorite part of the Development Camp were these games, so I am wondering if we will see an uptick in tempo as Our Boyes don't have to leave anything in the tank for their trips home tomorrow.

Hannu Toivonen was just in -- again -- and looked really ready to return to action. He looked very healthy and strong and reported that today's on-ice session with goalie coach Bob Essensa went very well.

11:42 a.m.
Connectivity problems fixed, the last day of the Bruin Development Camp moves forward.

On the ice this morning, the campers were introduced to the "upside down stick" drill, used to teach proper positioning.

Off the ice, prospect Tommy Cross has found the movie Youngblood and many of the campers are watching to see how it ends..

That was a joke, by the way...

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