It was a grueling five days for the new B's, who participated in three workouts a day and added team bonding and community events into a busy schedule. However, challenging the young players during camp is an important part of the B's annual summer skating sessions that helps the club's youngest players reach their greatest potential.
As such, Development Camp an integral step in the path to becoming a Boston Bruin and Head Coach Claude Julien provided insight on how this camp influences the players who eventually don the Black & Gold.
“I think for a lot of those guys, it’s almost like an initiation of how we do things around here, what’s expected of them,” Julien said. “That’s on-ice, off-ice, the conditioning part but also...teaching them about things in the community and being part of it.”
Although the roster included both first time and returning attendees, according to Bruins Assistant General Manager Don Sweeney the theme of hard work was consistent for everyone.
“I thought they really bought into trying to take advantage of all the things we’ve thrown at them: the challenges, the power skating, the scrimmages, even the tempo,” Sweeney said.
Goalie Michael Hutchinson
notably posted a shutout in both of the camp’s scrimmages and he has found that going through camp more than once increased his comfort level.
“Every year each development camp gets a little bit easier," noted the goalie. "You feel more confident around the management and a little bit more comfortable with the training staff."
That comfort level is important, as the ultimate goal of the week is to transition the amateur and junior players to a higher level of play in the professional ranks and return visits only make for an easier process when the players eventually reach Boston Bruins training camp.
General Manager Peter Chiarelli spoke to the overarching goal of the camp at its close.
“At the end of the day, it’s a development tool,” said B's General Manager Peter Chiarelli. "It indoctrinates the new players into the organization and that’s what we hope to accomplish.”---Erika Wentzell