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Campers Were Ready to Play

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Teams Black and White were separated at the start of the Day Four in Wilmington. Sunday’s first hour session functioned as a practice, as the groups warmed up and established on-ice chemistry before heading into the first scrimmage of camp.


One line in particular succeeded in the task. Taking the ice for the Black Team were forwards Justin Florek, Ryan Spooner and Brian Ferlin. From the puck drop to the final whistle, the line repeatedly impressed onlookers with its creativity and teamwork, combining for four goals.

“The Ferlin line created an awful lot today,” Bruins Assistant GM and referee for the day Don Sweeney agreed.

Although Sweeney stressed that the development camp’s primary focus is to improve skills through drilling, he acknowledged the campers’ desire to play.

“You come to these camps and all the kids are probably chomping at the bit to scrimmage a little bit.”

This was true for Brian Ferlin. As one of the younger campers, Ferlin was snagged 121st overall by the B’s in this year’s Entry Draft. After three days of drills, the right-winger was ready to play.

“The practices were fun and get your feet going, but its way more fun to get out there and compete,” remarked Ferlin, who spent the morning skating with camp veteran Ryan Spooner.

“Spooner is one of the best players out here. I had heard about him a little growing up so I was definitely looking forward to playing with him. He’s a great player.”

Spooner, too, remarked on his line’s successful morning.

“Everyone’s pretty good out here,” he said. “My line had some pretty good chemistry right away.”

“I think everyone was looking forward to the scrimmage. In the scrimmages that’s where you can be creative.”

Nineteen-year-old Ferlin appreciated the group assignments for the day, but revealed that he was anxious to finally break out of drilling and into game situations.

“I’m playing with two very good guys so it helps a lot. All eyes are on you when you have the puck so you don’t want to screw up but its still fun,” Ferlin said. “It’s the same hockey you’ve been playing for your whole life.

“You’ve just got to go out there and have some fun.”

---Rosemary Moran
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