Fans watched in awe as the young players performed skating drills that were nothing short of acrobatic. The Black & Gold swirled, jumped and edged across the ice during Saturday workout.
A highlight was a drill where the players skated with a puck under one of their skates. Who is the brain behind this skating style? Bruins power skating coach Besa Tsintsadaze, who has impressed players, coaches, and fans alike with his agility, speed and style.
“First of all his skating ability is bar-none probably the best I’ve ever seen,” prospect Marc Cantin said, before that the power skating displayed was different from any he’d ever seen.
B’s Assistant General Manager Don Sweeney agreed, adding that he likes Besa’s original style.
“It’s kind of a fresh approach,” Sweeney pointed out.
“We felt that we could tap into a resource there,” added the former B's defenseman. “He’s got some kind of neat things that take you outside your comfort zone, which is a good thing for us.”
The unconventional drills force the players to exert their full focus and strength. Third time development camper Ryan Button
believes that improved skating is the end result of the drills.
“Well the funny thing about it is, you probably wont use any of those skills in the game,” Button allowed, “but at the end of the day they really do make you more of an athlete -- which is going to help you skate better.”
The consensus from the players, regardless of which team they suit up for in season, is that their workouts with Coach Tsintsadaze are unlike anything they have ever seen before.
“I’m going to try to remember as many of them as I can,” Michigan Tech forward Brett Olson said, “because I think all of them are beneficial.”---Erika Wentzell