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Marco Sturm: A little R & R

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
All you have to do is to take quick look at his highlight film to see the pure joy that radiates from Marco Sturm's face after he scores a goal -- the Bruins left winger enjoys playing hockey.

However, right now the German-born winger is attacking the off-season with gusto, and has begun recuperating from a hard fought regular season, a frenetic quarterfinal against Montreal and a difficult World Championship.

"I've only been home to Europe for about two weeks now," said Sturm recently. "And I just got back from Italy where we spent ten days."

Travel, particularly to Italy, is a passion for the Sturm family.

"We go pretty much every year," said Marco. "First of all, we love it.

"And second, it's really close -- just about an hour's flight for us.

"It was a long year, including the World Championship, so we were glad to get away with the family. It was time to relax for a little bit," he said.

When asked about last season's playoffs Sturm indicated it was almost time to turn the page.

"I think last season is over now," said Sturm. "We had a lot of fun, especially at the end, when we played some really good hockey.

"But I am really excited and really looking forward to starting the new season…and starting to work out for the new season."

The forward has been buoyed by Boston's re-signing of Chuck Kobasew and Aaron Ward.

"When I was up for [free agency] I wanted to stay because I think it is a great town to play in -- a great city," said Sturm. "And I love the team.

"I am pretty excited that Chuckie and Wardo stayed too, and wanted to be part of this.

"And hopefully we are going to add a couple more guys," he said.

To a man, each member of the Bruins indicated that Boston's fans really helped fuel the B's playoff push. And clearly, the renewed excitement for the Black & Gold transcended even the game seven loss in Montreal.

"I was even more surprised after everything was done," said Sturm. "It seemed like everyone [stopped us] on the street and told us what a great playoffs we played.

"It was just amazing how many people came up to me and said what a good job we did.

"Hopefully that can continue," he said.

According to Sturm, last season's outstanding crop of rookies improve Boston's chances for continued success.

"I was kind of surprised," admitted Sturm. "Look at a guy like Lucic.

"People probably thought it would be better for him to go back and play juniors for one more year.

"Then, all of a sudden…he 'got the game' and you couldn't stop him and it was nice to see how Luch grew and how big a part of the team he was at the end," he said.

Sturm was also impressed with a couple of Czech forwards, too.

"There was Sobotka, Krejci -- Krech played unbelievable for us when he filled that spot for [Patrice Bergeron]."

Clearly, everyone on the team, veterans and youngsters alike, bought into a single system.

"That's why I think we were successful," said Sturm, "We played as a team -- everyone together.

"We don't have a big star [mentality] on our team.

"We know we have to work as a team and that worked pretty well," he said.

Looking ahead, Sturm points to Bergeron's return as yet another catalyst to the B's entry in the 2008-09 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"He's great," said Marco. "Since I've been here I've loved playing with him and [when he went down] it was a big change for me to not have him around on and off the ice.

"Bergy's probably the 'biggest' player on our team and I don't think anyone can wait until he is back, hopefully at 100%.

"For sure he's going to work his behind off over the summer and his return is just going to help us get better," he said.

No doubt Sturm's return to the Hub in early September will do the same.
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