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by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
Jordan Sigalet

A slightly different group of Boston Bruins was in attendance at today's informal workout and scrimmage in Wilmington:

Bobby Allen
Andrew Alberts
Zdeno Chara
Matt Hunwick
Matt Lashoff
Mark Mowers
Jordan Sigalet
Mark Stuart
Tim Thomas
Nate Thompson

Today's captain's practice started with some rink length shooting drills.

Then, everyone split into two teams and held a three-on-three scrimmage across the ice, with the goals near the dashers (instead of the end board) and play confined to the locker room side offensive zone.

Having seen this before, I know this is a pretty interesting way to hold a scrimmage. There is NO WAY for a player to hide if you get tired. Furthermore, it is a very taxing to the skater because these types of games tend to be all movement and that is especially so when there is no hitting -- like today. The goalies get an excellent workout, as well, because shots come fast and furious.

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.
Chara let his offensive skills shine and scored the first two goals of the contest. He looked to be having a pretty good time and may have actually growled in Albe's face, with completely fabricated malice, after the two of them went at each other a couple of times. They both came away grinning.

The best moment of today's session, however, was when one Bruin skater, who shall remain nameless, seemed to have tripped over the goal line as he began a rush and landed (safely) stomach down with ice shavings dusting his sweater.

Laughter, from various sources, ensued.

The three-on-three portion of the day lasted almost an hour and as you might expect, the goalies got stronger and the skaters goat slower during the hour. The crew then switched to various sprints to work off any excess energy they might have had previous to the scrimmage.
After a few on-ice moments, cooling down, working or talking on this or that, everyone straggled into the locker room where I was able to sit down with B's forward Mark Mowers.

Look for that interview with Mo in this space tomorrow.

In case you missed it…
Boston Herald Insider, Doug Flynn, saw Denis Reul's first QMJHL exhibition game last Saturday. Here are the highlights of his blog from

Playing in his first game in North America, Bruins draft pick Denis Reul accomplished the ultimate North American feat, recording a Gordie Howe hat trick with a goal, an assist and a fight in a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League preseason game in Lewiston… Reul, sporting No. 72 for the MAINEiacs, settled down as the game went on, and started taking advantage of the ice-time he received, which included regular shifts on the power play. That led to an assist on Carl Hayes’ power-play goal at 17:20 of the first, and he scored a power-play goal of his own with a point shot through a screen in front to briefly give Lewiston a 4-3 lead at 7:17 of the third…The visiting Titan rallied for two late goals for a 5-4 win, but Reul made one final statement with 6:49 to play. A jousting match with A-B forward Samuel Grenache led to an invitation to drop the gloves, and Reul had a chance to complete his Gordie Howe hat trick.

Denis is an outstanding person whom I got to know pretty well at Development Camp and here's hoping that the big defenseman continues to progress in Lewiston!

Thanks to Doug (who went to the game during his vacation) for the info on the B's draft pick.

And one more thing…
I just saw a television promo, which has Mr. Chara appearing on NESN's Red Sox pre-game show on Friday at 5:30 p.m. So don't forget to tune in to the baseball game a little bit early and hear what the Bruins captain has to say about the upcoming season.
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