Wilmington, MA --
Friday, both on and off the ice at Wilmington's Ristuccia Arena, new B's winger Nathan Horton
held nothing back.
On the rink, veteran blueliners Zdeno Chara
and Dennis Seidenberg
joined Horton and fellow forward Brad Marchand
in an intense game of two-on-two.
Chara, who has been working overtime during this preseason, encouraged his younger teammates to give it all they had.
“Score one more goal and you can be done," roared Chara near the end of the lengthy scrimmage. "Get up! You’re not tired!”
A few minutes later, Horton dented the net behind rookie goalie Mike Hutchinson, threw his hands in the air in celebration, and headed to the locker room.
Off the ice, an emotional Horton talked about his week at practice and said how helpful the team vets have been during the informal sessions and how happy he is to be here in New England.
“I haven’t had a change for a long time, and I think it’s a lot easier when you come into a great bunch of guys," he said. "I feel so comfortable.
"They make you feel great," said Horton of Chara and the rest of the B's who have been working out in Wilmington. "I couldn’t say enough about everyone.
"It’s a special organization, and I’m just thrilled to be here.”
Horton also said his family, new to Boston after spending seven years in Florida with the Panthers, are enjoying the energy of such a sports-crazed city.
“It’s a sports city...[and] it’s great to see," said Horton, emphatically. "It’s a great community to be in
"Words can’t describe how happy I am to be here.”
Words may not be able to describe Horton's feelings, but his face certainly does. Nathan, who grinned for much of the day, is clearly looking forward to being a part of the B’s this season and doing what he can to help them in their quest for the ultimate prize.
“I’d like to be a small piece of the puzzle to get our guys to win the Stanley Cup," he said. "I worked really hard this summer.
"I’m prepared to come in and give it my best.” ---Taylor Walker