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Chat with Brad Boyes

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

This chat was originally held on ESPN.com on Friday, October 20 at 2:30 p.m.

Yabas-Sault Ste. Marie, ON: I love the Bruins...wondering if you can understand the accent that Bostonians have, and are you starting to get it?

Brad Boyes: Yeah, you get used to it the more you're down here. Some places are a lot thicker than others. They're pretty funny to listen to at times.

bob ,boston,MA: what do you think the bruins need to work more on more than anything??

Brad Boyes: I think right now, just working on getting more chemistry with everyone and working together as a team. Not having one guy to do it all himself, working with everyone. We're getting better at it.

Craig (Norwich, CT): As a Bruins fan, I was wondering what it meant to win your home oppener last night.

Brad Boyes: It was huge. I think coming off a long road trip to come back home and get that excitement of the fans and get them a win. It was a big positive for the team and the fans. You want to show everyone that you're working hard and getting better.

Kelly: Manchester, NH: Is there anything special about your jersey number 26?

Brad Boyes: Not really. I've had couple of numbers that were either picked or retired.

Scott (Boston, MA): Has it been hard to get into a rhythm this year with the lines changing? And who have you clicked with the best so far?

Brad Boyes: I think that at times it's been good and at times it's been tough. I think everyone's trying to feel each other out, but we're getting better. We still have a ways to go.

Alexa: Hey Brad! Great Goal last night! All of your fans in Providence love and miss you so much!Good Luck!

Brad Boyes: Thanks.

Brian (Portland, ME): Hi Brad - It was great to see you guys playing back at home last night. How did it feel putting the puck in the net so fast to get your team the lead early?

Brad Boyes: It was great. The fans were definitely loud and excited. For me, I think the first shift, you just want to get the puck in the zone and get the excitement going. To score was a huge bonus. To score the first shift, that doesn't always happen.

Kathleen Pittsburgh,Pa(but really from Mass): What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?

Brad Boyes: I like to take the time to relax. I started getting into cooking a little bit. It really depends. If I have friends down, we'll hang out, if not, maybe I'll hang out with some of the guys on the team or take some time for myself.

Adam from Auburn, MA: How do you manage to play so hard, yet stay so healthy?!

Brad Boyes: I don't know. I guess I just get lucky. I try not to put myself in dangerous positions that could cause injury. The main thing is to keep your head up.

Anna Marie Podnecky (Woodstock, VT): How do you feel about all of the changes that have occured this year? (admins, coaches, players)

Brad Boyes: It was definitely exciting, everyday there was news coming out. There were some tough moves, it was hard to see Coach go, but when you're not going well, you make some moves. So far everything's been great. We're building from the offseason moves.

Matt (Rochester, NY): Do you like or dislike the new rules? Go B's!

Brad Boyes: I like them. I think overall, it's been a better product on the ice and for the game. For the most part, I enjoy them. They add to the excitement of the game. The shootout is something that I'm not too excited about, but maybe that's because we don't do too well in them.

Kathy Methuen MA: Do you have a girlfriend? (sry I had to ask)

Brad Boyes: I'm not married, but I do have a girlfriend.

Rick: How do you like playing with Chara? Is he as good as the hype?

Brad Boyes: I really enjoy playing with him. I'd rather play with him than against him. He's better than I thought he was. I'm more impressed with him by seeing the little things he does.

Gordon (Vancouver, BC): After 6 games, what is your evaluation of Phil Kessel? Why hasn't he scored yet?

Brad Boyes: I think he's definitely learning. He's a young kid. You can tell he has great skills and great hands. He's going to be a great player. I think every day he's getting better.

Brad's Boyes (Billerica, MA): Who'd you look up to as a player when you were growing up?

Brad Boyes: I grew up in Toronto, so I followed a few of the Maple Leafs at the time. Gretzky was always an idol of mine.

Mike (Cleveland, OH): I remember seeing you with the Erie Otters. Any favorite memories from your time in Northern PA?

Brad Boyes: Yeah, I had a lot of memories. For me, Erie was one of the best times I had. Winning a championship there in Erie was one of the best times in hockey so far.

John (VA): Who's the toughest goalie to go against?

Brad Boyes: A lot. Broduer is a pretty good goalie. He's intimidating. Roberto Luongo is another one. He's big.

Brad's Boyes (Billerica, MA): Do you like the new BRAD'S BOYES sign we have this year at the games?

Brad Boyes: Yeah, this year and last year, every game, I see it.

Joel D Seekonk Massachusetts: I was at the game last night, what did you think of the crowd?

Brad Boyes: I thought it was awesome. I thought it was one of the best crowds I've seen in Boston in my time here. They helped us out with the energy. It was awesome. All the players were jacked up. It was awesome to see.

Gill (NewHaven,CT): Are you comfortable on the wing or are you looking forward to moving to center? There's 3 centers on that first line!?

Brad Boyes: I played center my whole life and I enjoyed it. Lately, in the past year, being on the wing, I've felt comfortable there. Center is probably my preferred position, but I'm happy to play the wing.

Chris, Boston, Ma: As a kid, did you think you were going to make it to the NHL?

Brad Boyes: No, I never thought about it, never planned on it. As a kid, you always want to, but it wasn't until the second year of junior hockey that I thought I had the chance to play in the NHL.

Rob, Quincy MA: Any special pre-game or pre-practice rituals? Is Savard the team goof?

Brad Boyes: Pregame, I like to get something to eat, take a nap. When I wake up, I listen to some music before I take off. There are a few things in the dressing room that I like to do, get my sticks ready, the way I warm up. I don't like to be too superstitious, but I guess it's more routine.

Brody (Montreal, QC): Where's your favorite place to play (besides Boston)?

Brad Boyes: I like playing in Toronto, it's my hometown and a great city to play in. I enjoy playing in Ottawa. There's so many great cities around. I enjoy playing in places where I can play in front of my friends and family.

J. Anderson (Billerica, MA): Do you read all your fan mail?

Brad Boyes: Yes I do.

Brad Boyes: Thanks everyone for sending some in.

Craig: (Boston, Massachusettes): Do you think last nights exciting play and obvious chemistry have solidified the line assignments?

Brad Boyes: It might have. When your successful, you don't want to change things up. I don't see a reason to change it right now. I just hope the success keeps on coming and we build on it.

Brad Boyes: Thank you for taking time to send in some questions. I hope I answered them well enough for everyone. The Bruins are only going to get better. It helps the team knowing the fans are so supportive and behind us.
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