WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Boston Bruins sixth round (165th overall) pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, goaltender Zane Gothberg, arrived at Ristuccia Arena early this week eager to get between the pipes and show that he belongs with the 2011 Stanley Cup champs.
“Each year there’s obviously high expectations just for development camp and stuff. This year is a little different, a little bit more exciting,” Gothberg said after the first on-ice practice of camp.
“Just to be around the guys and to be around the coaching staff and see what they expect out of us is pretty different.”
Gothberg was the netminder for Thief River High School in Minnesota. In the 2009-10 season, he had a record of 18-8-1, a goals-against average of 1.81 and a .925 save percentage.
“It’s always great to, not only be on the ice but to be with a group of guys like this that are high caliber and can really shoot the puck because back where I’m from there’s not too many guys that can shoot the puck like these guys,” he said.
As his hometown is Grand Forks, North Dakota, he has decided to commit to the University of North Dakota for the fall of 2012.
Gothberg is one of three goalies on the Bruins Development Camp roster and he understands that while the guys he shares the ice with are his teammates and are here to build camaraderie, he also knows that everyone is fighting for a job.
He embraces the competition and knows that it’ll bring the best out of everyone.
“Everyone’s trying to make a guy turn his head but it’s good. It’s really good to have that kind of dog-eat-dog world,” Gothberg said.
The goaltender is going to use this camp to show off his talents but he also has goals to better himself as a player.
“I’m just working my way up the latter. Today was a little rough, like seeing the puck and tracking these guys’ shots.”
He’s confident in his game and is anxious to get back on the ice to get better every day.
“[This is] exciting, really exciting. Just the off-ice stuff this morning, a little jittery but that’s normal, getting into a system like this. Getting into a camp like this you get a little shakes and stuff but it was good overall. Ice session was really good too. We had a good camp where the tempo was good.”