As the Bruins prepare to take on the Nashville Predators tomorrow night in Bridgestone Arena, B’s defensemen Andrew Ference
and Shane Hnidy have been working hard to return to the team from injury.
Hnidy is on long-term injured reserve and won’t be available to return to the roster until later this month, while Ference remains day-to-day.
Both Hnidy and Ference have been skating and worked out with the team today during their up-tempo practice.
“I feel good out there and it’s just a matter of strengthening more. But it’s at the point now where all drills are on and contact, full contact, battles,” Hnidy said of his progress.
“So, that’s where I want to be and now we’re healthy in the back end and hopefully I’ll get the go ahead from the docs and once that comes, we’ll go from there.
"Whatever’s needed of me I’ll do.”
Ference also felt good on the ice today.
“It was good,” he said.
“I mean we had a really hard skate yesterday, me and Hnides got into some quicker stuff down low, trying to chase the forwards around. It’s been a good progression.”
One of the hardest things to deal with an athlete is injuries, but both B’s defenseman have had the good fortune to work with the Bruins training staff, who the players say have been a key factor in their comebacks.
“I’ve spent time with those guys and different types of injuries that required a lot of different things,” Ference said of his work with the B's training and medical staff.
“Whether it’s the doctors them selves or I probably spend the most time with [Strength and Conditioning Coach John] Whitesides, who is one of my better friends on the team because of all the time we spend together.
“So they do a great job and they have the role of being the voice of reason sometimes when you’re anxious to get back to try doing too much too soon. It’s an important job, they definitely really on them to guide us in the right direction.”
Hnidy agreed, saying the trainers helped hold him back when he wanted to push past his limits.
“They’ve been excellent. You can’t say enough about the whole staff. The doctors, everyone, right through the trainers to the doctors to the coaches,” Hnidy said.
“We’ve brought me along the long, smart way. Sometimes the player is a little over eager which I can be, and they’ve been able to hold me back and say no, make sure we work on these things, give me a couple drills or exercises to make sure I can help reach that potential I need to be. “