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DeBrusk Blog Day 5: More Than Just Hockey

by Jake DeBrusk / Boston Bruins

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.

Blog Day 5: More Than Just Hockey

Improving your on-ice performance is the main focus of this camp but that isn’t the only skill that it takes to become a pro hockey player in the NHL.

On Tuesday we had a nutritionist come in and give all of us a lesson about how necessary diet is when competing at such a high level. We got quizzed at the end and I ended up winning a protein shaker bottle for getting a question right. Overall I just thought that I learned much more about what to eat before and after games. Recovery meals are some of the most important, and it was great to get some professional knowledge.

Growing up with my dad playing professional hockey, our house always ate very healthy, but there’s always things you can improve on. While you’re training you’ve got to get as much protein as possible and load up on good carbohydrates like fruit, not pasta or bread. The biggest thing for me is eating a bigger breakfast. Also, staying away from sugary drinks. The nutritionist gave an example of the amount of sugar in some fruit and iced tea drinks using a zip lock bag, and the amount of sugar filled up half the bag. It was a pretty shocking demonstration. You have to look at the labels. That’s one of things I’ll be taking from the summer and through the rest of my life. Always know what you are putting into your body. If you don’t know what you’re eating, then why would you eat it?

One of the off-ice activities we got to do last night was watching the U2 concert at the TD Garden. It was my first time stepping foot inside the arena -- it was very cool walking in and seeing all the banners. I think I got chills at least five or six times. Whenever the fans were losing it after a song, I was thinking, "wow this place gets loud... real loud". It made me think about being in the center of it all and those same fans cheering while we are on the ice.

Our community visit Legoland with the Boys and Girls Club of Charlestown was a nostalgic experience. You go in, you have a little partner and you get to build stuff like you did as a kid. One of the first things you see when you walk in is a whole replica of Boston made out of Lego’s. The TD Garden, Fenway Park and even Gillette Stadium were included. My partner was a little girl so we spent most of the time in the pink section singing karaoke, while everyone else was building and racing cars. My karaoke was definitely not good as U2 last night.

Overall, building relationships with our future teammates is incredibly important and this camp is huge for that. We have roommates and a lot of community events where we get split up into separate groups so you get to talk to different guys, which is great.

I’ve been having tons of fun and meeting new people this week. Plus, you get guys from college, juniors and Europe so you hear stories from all over the world.  Friday is a big day closing out camp with a scrimmage so I'm looking to finish strong!

--As told to Zach Guerette

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