Wilmington, MA –
Ottawa’s Nick Tremblay
took full advantage of his time at Development Camp 2010, especially during the intense off-ice exercises of "The Program," where the forward excelled in the workouts and proved to be both a vocal leader.
But Tremblay admitted The Program was harder than he expected.
“I had no idea it was that challenging, to tell the truth,” said the winger. “I was talking to the [trainer who worked with us] and he’s coming to Clarkson to work with our team.
Good for the Golden Knights, because Tremblay believes that the off-ice sessions helped the new B’s grow closer.
“It was really good,” said Tremblay, emphatically. “There was good chemistry after the players got to know each other well.
“And then going on the ice after was good.”
Headed into his junior season at Clarkson University in the fall, Tremblay knows there are still improvements to be made in his game.
“I know I have to put a more weight on and be more physical, so I hit the gym hard,” said the 5-foot-11, 190 pound forward. “I need to work on the little details.
“It’s what separates a college guy from a pro guy going to the next level.”
While at camp, Tremblay took in as much advice as possible from the B’s coaches and staffers, and also learned from watching veteran campers like 2008 first-round draft pick Joe Colborne.
Again, Tremblay emphasized learning the “details” and subtle nuances the camp has to offer.
“The little learning tools you get from [Boston Bruins strength coach John] Whitesides and [Assistant GM Don] Sweeney helped,” the forward said. “I'm trying to look at all the first-rounders here and trying to see what they do that got them there and looking at the details I can improve on for next season.”
During the B’s midsummer camp, Tremblay also got a chance to play with Ben Sexton
, who will attend Clarkson and also play for the Golden Knights in the fall.
“He’s a good kid. I think he’s going to have a really good season next year as a freshman,” Tremblay said of Sexton. “I'm looking forward to seeing how he does.
“He’s a good passer and he sees the game well.”
The duo even got an opportunity to play alongside each other during a five-on-five scrimmage and the two clicked right away, combining for several flashy plays.
“We’ve got pretty good chemistry. I think we could probably bring it into next season and play together,” said Tremblay.
Sexton shared Tremblay’s feelings, saying he too would like to play alongside Tremblay when he takes his game to Potsdam, New York.
“It was instant chemistry,” Sexton said. “I’m looking forward to having him as a teammate next year.
“Maybe we’ll be fortunate enough to next year play on the same line.”---Brian SmithSexton Made a Splash at Development Camp 2010Wilmington, MA –
While fans packed the stands in Ristuccia Memorial Arena to watch the Bruins hopefuls take to the ice for some preseason conditioning, there's no doubt they were also trying to beat the heat that swept through Boston during July.
Bruins prospect Ben Sexton
knows a thing or two about that escaping the hot summer months, as he is an avid wake-boarder during the summer months.
“My family owns a cottage right on a lake,” Sexton said after one on-ice session. “We like to spend as much time as we can as a family up at the cottage [during the summer].
“It’s not too far from my house so any time we can get away, it’s always something we’re looking to do.”
During his intense off-season training both on and off the ice, Sexton finds wakeboarding a relief from the stress of the game.
“Training hard through the week, it gets hard,” the two-year development camp veteran said.
“Wakeboarding and those kinds of physical activities are a good way to kind of calm down and relax from the week.”
While his escape is in the liquid water, Sexton is no slouch on the frozen sheet of ice either.
In 2009-2010, Sexton registered 13 goals and 29 assists for the Penticton Vees of the British Colombia Hockey League and has committed to play at Clarkson University in the fall of 2010.
While at Development Camp, Sexton got the opportunity to skate with Nick Tremblay
, who recently completed his sophomore year at Clarkson.
“I had met Nick [before]. I played against him one year in the CJHL and I actually drove down [to development camp] with him,” said Sexton. “I'm looking forward to having him as a teammate next year.
After completing his second Bruins development camp, Sexton is excited about his college career, but is also intent on trying to crack into the NHL with the Black & Gold.
“I'm going to go to Clarkson with the mindset to work my butt off every day and do everything I can to make it to the big leagues,” he said. “I’m going to do whatever it takes.”--- Brian Smith