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Experience Shines on Day 1

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
WILMINGTON, Mass. -- The Boston Bruins fifth annual Development Camp hosts 24 promising athletes and while many of the players have arrived at camp for the first time, several others are making a repeat appearance in Wilmington.

Following the first on-ice session of Development Camp 2011, Bruins Assistant General Manager Don Sweeney spoke of his expectations that the older players would take the youngest skaters under their wing, and noted that the blend of ages and levels of experience is one of the defining factors of this weekend's activities.

“Yeah, I mean I don’t think that’s anything that’s force-fed," said Sweeney. "I think that’s something that’s a natural progression.”

This is Ryan Button’s third Development Camp after the defenseman spent the end of last season with the Providence Bruins (AHL) and the majority of the 2011-12 campaign with the Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL).

Button explained he is using the skills he gained in his previous visits to Wilmington to help the younger players.

“On the ice leading the stretches and what not, communicating on the ice,” Button said of his first order of business. "You can tell guys are a little bit shy, maybe a little bit tentative.

"So just if some of the older guys start doing that I think it will rub off on the younger guys.”

Development Camp rookie Brian Ferlin, taken by the Black & Gold in this past June's NHL Entry Draft, spoke about his hopes for his camp experience and highlighted his desire to make an impact in the organization

“Just try my best," said Ferlin. "Hopefully I can walk out of here after making a good impression."

The forward also alluded to the advice and guidance he has received from the older players so far, and said it’s made a huge difference in just his first day with the B's.

“Going out there they know some of the drills...and they know kind of how the whole thing is run, so they’re just helping out,” Ferlin said of the B's Development Camp veterans. “Whenever you have a question just ask one of the older guys.

"It’s kind of nice.”

Development Camp presents both a huge challenge and a great opportunity for both the new and returning players to show the B's exactly what they can bring to the the organization.

“We’ve had players make our hockey club coming out of the development camp, and going to the rookie camp and going to the training camp,” Sweeney said. “They get to know the staff and they just feel comfortable

"They’re part of this organization now."

---Erika Wentzell
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