BostonBruins.com - The Boston Bruins drafted forward Colton Hargrove in 2012 as their 7th round draft pick. The 21-year -old comes to Boston from Rockwall, Texas and just finished up his rookie year at Western Michigan State University. During the week of July 10-July 15, 2013 the Bruins held their seventh annual Development Camp and Hargrove attended as a second year veteran.
He worked hard on the ice, but also during the events and activities that the Bruins held for the prospects off the ice.
On the third day of Development Camp, a handful of prospects made their way to Billerica, MA to participate in a field day with the Boys and Girls club. It was very evident that Colton became a favorite for the kids. He played musical chairs and threw water balloons out on the sun drenched fields. He talked to the kids like they had been friends forever. He embraced his role as a role model for these children and he enjoyed it.
“To come over here and have field day with these young kids to make them all laugh and smile and play around with them and run these games was pretty special.” Colton said of the day outside.
For such a talented player to have these thoughts about a day of giving back is what is special. During the week of Development Camp, Hargrove did everything that was asked of him to the fullest if not more. It was clear that he was there to play hockey, but also just as clear that he was there to have a great time.
On the last day of Camp, the players headed over to Thompson Island for a day of team bonding. There were a variety of obstacle courses, one of which being a 62 foot alpine tower that the prospects had to climb. Some shied away from the idea of climbing this tower, some embraced it and shot up it. Casey Bailey volunteered to climb up blindfolded with none other than Colton Hargrove (and four year veteran Zane Gothberg) volunteering to man the robe that kept Bailey in the air.
Hargrove is a true team player in every aspect of the phrase. This year, Hargrove became a leader both on and off the ice. His roommate, Alex Cord, who attended Development Camp for the first time this year, felt comfortable enough to approach Colton for advice.
“He told me what to expect and what the itinerary was like,” Cord said of Hargrove.
Among other things, Colton had an important piece of advice for rookies.
“The hockey is still the same,” Hargrove stated. “You still have to work hard and improve every day.”
It was clear that Hargrove follows his own advice.