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Denis Reul: (Not so) Gentle Giant

by Erica Richey / Boston Bruins
Denis Reul waits for his turn during a drill.

Wilmington, MA -- After spending a full season in the United States playing North America’s brand of hockey, it is clear that Boston’s German-born prospect Denis Reul is feeling much more comfortable than when he showed up for his first Development Camp last summer.

The B’s 2007 5th round draft pick played the 2007-08 season with the Lewiston MAINEiacs after being selected in the first round of the CHL import draft last summer. In 67 games, the big blueliner earned a 3-11-14 line with 99 penalty minutes – some of which came from going toe-to-toe with opponents in some on-ice boxing.

“It was a good experience,” said Reul of his first year in Maine. “I really like it there.

“It was very tough in the beginning, but after a while it got easier and I enjoyed myself.”

The towering 6-4 defenseman is downright imposing on the ice and, according to the Bruins Development Camp teammates who played against him in the QMJHL, Denis is definitely the kind of guy you want skating for you and not against you.

Outside the rink, however, Reul personifies the “gentle giant” type, and is surprisingly reserved.

“That’s just my personality,” he said after one of the Development Camp’s on-ice sessions.

But thanks to two Bruins Development Camps and a full year in the “Q,” Reul seems to be coming out of his shell a little bit more.

“I’m more comfortable, especially with the language,” he said. “I know a couple of the guys here now. They’re great and I have a lot of fun here.”

When talking about the upcoming season, Reul was anything but reserved.

“I want to be better in skating,” he said excitedly. “And maybe I’ll get to play some games for Providence.”

Reaul has reason to be excited. At the ripe age of 19, he’s well on his way to a bright future.

Echoing the statements of many who witnessed this year’s Development Camp, Bruins Director of Hockey Operations and Player Development, Don Sweeney, said, “We expected Denis to compete (because) that is his nature; once you meet the young man you learn that.”

The young German was reluctant to talk much about himself, although he did offer one piece of information.

His favorite hobby?

“Just hockey,” he said.

It sounds as if Denis Reul is already fitting in just fine around here.

Levi Nelson, Reul, Adam McQuaid, Andrew Bodnarchuk and Brad Marchand.
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