In any sport —- but especially in the NHL—- players are traded, acquired, called-up and sent back down.
But what isn’t the same in every sport (or every team or every locker room) is the way players adjust to the changing stall-dwellers and accept new players into their locker room.
The Boston Bruins, who are a close-nit group of “brothers,” as defenseman Andrew Ference
recently called them, seem to be exceptionally welcoming to new faces as they arrive in Boston.
“Well I know from my experience, guys welcomed me with open arms, they made me feel really comfortable,” said Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid
After being recalled from Providence five times and playing in 19 NHL games last season, McQuaid began this season in Boston.
“You know when you come into a new group there can be a lot of nerves and a lot of different emotions and when guys accept you it makes things a lot easier,” he said.
Steven Kampfer, another Bruins rookie, was recalled from Providence on Dec. 8 and since then, he has collected 4-5-9 totals in his 32 career NHL games.
“Well I think all the guys are great guys here, you know when I came in they were very welcoming,” he said.
Kampfer has seen changing nameplates in the stalls on either side of him over the course of the season, but is happy to welcome newcomer Rich Peverley
to his right-side stall.
“With the new guys it’s been good,” Kampfer said. “You’re on a team now that you’re hoping to push for a Stanley Cup.
“So the team is very welcoming and we want to make sure we’re all going on the right foot.”
But it’s not just the young players that get welcomed in to the fold of veteran Bruins. Gregory Campbell
, who was traded to Boston this past June from the Florida Panthers along with Nathan Horton
, has seen first-hand the welcoming nature of the entire Bruins organization.
“Yeah, it’s inviting. You have a lot of character guys on this team, a lot of mature guys,” he said.
Campbell is looking to be one of the inviting characters to welcome the Bruins three newest players, who include, in addition to Peverley, Chris Kelly
and Tomas Kaberle
“I know the three we got are great representations and good character guys and good players, they’re going to help our team tremendously,” Campbell said.
“We’re all looking forward to having them help our team on the ice, but I think this organization is smart enough that they bring in guys that are good team guys off the ice too.
“That’s almost as important as what you do on the ice.”---Hannah Becker