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Back In the Swing of Things

B's gather for annual Boston Bruins Foundation Golf Tournament

by Michael Tolvo @NHLBruins /

BOLTON, Mass. - One day after raising funds at Fenway Park for those impacted by Hurricane Irma, members of the Bruins organization were back together for another good cause - this time at the Boston Bruins Foundation Golf Tournament.  

The 14th annual event took place Monday at The International, with Bruins players, coaches, and alumni gathering ahead of the start of training camp later this week.

"We are excited, looking forward to having more and more guys coming in," Patrice Bergeron said prior to the shotgun start. "Today is always usually the unofficial start of training camp, so [we're] all happy to be here. Excited to get things going."

While the Bruins veterans were teeing it up, many of the organization's prospects were busy concluding play in the Prospects Challenge in Buffalo. The young squad was dominant in a 9-3 win over the New Jersey Devils prospects Monday afternoon and won two of the three games they played during the tournament.

"We know some of the rookies are in Buffalo, so all of us here are excited to join force and be ready for Day 1," Bergeron said. "It's always interesting to have young blood and young talent coming up and help right away … I think its exciting as far as an organization standpoint, and for us as players, you just want to bring the best mix of guys to be successful on the ice."

Video: Bruins getting into the swing of things

While the prospects thrived in Buffalo, the excitement for the upcoming season was palpable.

"The feeling of seeing everybody back, and everybody being excited," said Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, "it makes you realize the summer is over and we are back to business."

Bergeron and Chara were joined at the tournament by most of the Bruins training camp roster, including Noel Acciari, Kenny Agostino, David Backes, Matt Beleskey, Anton Blidh, Chris Breen, Brandon Carlo, Colby Cave, Tommy Cross, Austin Czarnik, David Krejci, Torey Krug, Anton Khudobin, Brad Marchand, Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller, Riley Nash, Chris Porter, Tim Schaller, Ryan Spooner, Malcolm Subban, Jordan Szwarz, Paul Postma, Frank Vatrano, and Tuukka Rask.

Notable Boston Bruins alumni included Bob Beers, Ray Bourque, Andy Brickley, Rick Middleton, Barry Pederson, and Bob Sweeney.

"This is one of our bigger events that we have throughout the year," said Sweeney, also the Executive Director of the Boston Bruins Foundation. "It's basically the kick off for the start of the season, training camp is right around the corner. It's the last chance for the guys to get out before they're back to business earlier this week."

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