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Corvo Confident With New Club

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- It’s a basic aspect of every hockey player’s pregame tasks. From town leagues to the National Hockey League, all skaters put on a jersey before exiting the dressing room.

Corvo. (Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)
But as the newest Bruin pointed out Tuesday, there’s a little extra magic in an "Original Six" jersey.

“When you put that jersey on, it’s probably going to feel different if you haven’t done it before, so I’m super excited about that,” defenseman Joe Corvo said. “Being an Original Six, it’s just going to make it that much more special.”

Boston acquired the blueliner yesterday, adding Corvo to the roster when they traded Carolina for a fourth round pick in the  2012 NHL Entry Draft. The defenseman brings a wealth of veteran experience to the B’s, having previously played for the Hurricanes, Washington, Ottawa and Los Angeles.

The puck-moving defenseman played in all 82 games of Carolina’s season last year, scoring 11 goals and 29 assists while averaging 24:46 minutes per game, second on the team. Corvo was also fourth on his team in shots, posting 191 as he utilized his heavy slapshot effectively. It was the product of a right-sided defenseman, but Corvo says he could easily make the switch to the left side of the ice when he joins Boston, adding that he played on the left his last few seasons with the Kings.

“I think it’s the experience. I’m a lot more comfortable in a lot more situations,” he said. “I’ve played a lot of penalty kill and I’ve pretty much done it all out there now.

“You kind of find your niche and you find out what it takes for you to be successful and you just do those things over and over. And I think that’s where I’m at right now.”

Corvo could also lace up his skates as a quarterback of the Bruins power play -- last season, he scored five goals and logged 18 assists when his team had the man-advantage. His speed, coupled with his abilities in retrieving pucks and completing skilled passes, look to make the blueliner a formidable aspect of Boston’s power play.

Corvo adds one more attribute to his success on the ice- hard work.

“I put the maximum effort forward. My body feels great,” he said. “I think everybody’s different. I just try not to look ahead that far and listen to my body and it’s just not ready to quit right now.

“I feel really good.”

---Elizabeth Traynor
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