Bruins prospect Jake DeBrusk is attending his first professional development camp after being selected by the Black & Gold in the first round (14th overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
DeBrusk is excited to develop his game and share his experiences in a daily blog during his week at Bruins Development Camp.
The Edmonton, AB, CAN native is a left shot forward who played his previous two seasons in the WHL for the Swift Current Broncos. The 6'0'', 174-pound forward led his team this past season with 42 goals (good for sixth overall in the WHL), adding 39 assists for 81 points in 72 games.
DeBrusk’s father, Louie, played 401 NHL games with Edmonton, Tampa Bay, Phoenix and Chicago in a 12-year career from 1991-2003 - and, ironically, was coached by Claude Julien with the Hamilton Bulldogs in 2001-02.
DAY 2: Arrival Day in Boston
5:30 a.m. came quickly on Monday morning as I got up, gave my bags a last-second pack check and headed to the airport. I met Matt Benning, who was traveling with me, and we took off from Edmonton toward our layover in Toronto. Everything was going smoothly, so far.
However, when we got to Toronto, we realized that U.S. customs was jam-packed and we only had a one-hour layover. After an intense sprint from one side of the airport to the other and almost missing our flight, we boarded our plane to Boston and were finally able to chill. I’m incredibly happy to finally be in Massachusetts and have a chance to meet all of the guys, and to have spent the night relaxing before a tough week of work.
This is my first time ever coming to Massachusetts. I haven’t had a chance to explore and see any of the sites yet, but just from observing the people in the airport, I can tell that Boston is all about sports. I’ve heard that Boston is a pretty big sports city, but seeing all of the fans in their Red Sox hats and Patriots and Bruins gear was inspiring. It was a great first impression of the city.
Heading across the country to compete and prove myself in a new hockey organization is very exciting, but I didn’t leave home without getting some advice from my dad. He told me to have fun but work my absolute hardest. “This is your first time to make a good first impression on the ice," he said. “Just have fun, be yourself and work hard." That’s something I’m going to try to do this week, and it should be fun.
Ever since I was little, playing in the NHL has been my main goal. I’ve always believed in myself and I believe that if you work as hard as you can, good things will happen. As a youth hockey player, you’re always focused on the next game, the next practice, the next championship, so the first time I realized that the NHL could be a reality was the beginning of last year. My game was going great, and when NHL teams start to talk to you, it instantly wakes you up. You realize all the things that you’ve been doing up to this point and all the hard work you’ve put in was worth it.
It’s motivation that has really compelled me to work harder, improve myself and get to that next level because that is what I’ve been dreaming of.
--As told to Zach Guerette