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Notes, Quotes and Thoughts from the Draft, Day 1

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins

Good Night! Six more rounds tomorrow.

12:51 a.m.
We've made it back to the hotel.

The release is up.

And I have audio for you.

 Peter Chiarelli Interview 

More later...

Almost there...Ottawa is picking at 29.

Peter Chiarelli is still walking the floor.

And Phoenix is last up.

Zach Hamill Interview 

Now, do you think that Angelo Esposito's disappointment at falling to 20 is mitigated, at all, by his going to the Pittsburgh Penguins to play alongside Mr. Crosby?


Another trade? Very interesting stuff...

Just got back from meeting the newest member of the organization and welcoming him to the Boston Bruins family.

I came away a big fan of Zach Hamill.

"The draft is the draft," said Hamill. "It's the first day and it's a one day thing.

"It's exciting.

"You work for it all year and then it comes. But the work starts tomorrow."

What do you mean Zach?

"If you are not in the gym, the other guys are..."

Welcome to the Black & Gold!

Cam Neely is the man on the podium for Boston as they select Zach Hamill.

Hamill is the guy!

Stay tuned I am going to try and track Mr. Hamill down.

There is a Bruins fan behind me, valiantly starting a "Let's Go Bruins" chant to the chagrin of the partisan crowd.

I for one am getting anxious. The Blue Jackets took a long time to make their pick and I thought that maybe they had made a trade. Instead they chose Jakub Voracek. The Bruins are next.

Standing ovation for Wayne Gretzky as he took the podium to introduce his pick for the Phoenix Coyotes. The pro-Columbus crowd had previously not been very kind to anyone not wearing the Blue Jackets colors. Wayne looked to be a little taken aback by the reception. Still no rumblings from the B's table and I keep looking at my cell phone anxiously.

More than one press corps member expects a trade in the very near future.

The Chicago Blackhawks have the first selection and they select Patrick Kane. From here on out, I will let you folks follow the other squads via the Versus coverage or the live audio/video stream available on our front page. I will chime in here with anything that directly concerns Our Boys.

And away we go. The crowd is very loud. "Let's go Jackets" is ringing out and there is an outstanding turnout for the event. The Blue Jackets are introducing their own new uniform designs as I speak...
John Bishop is the beat writer for He covers the Black & Gold hoping to offer a positive look at the team, not only from the stands and the press box, but also from inside the locker room. A graduate of Boston U. and Northeastern, 'Bish' grew up in Connecticut and moved to the Hub of Hockey in 1993. Since then he has made all four rinks at the Beanpot schools, as well as both Gardens, his icebound homes away from home. Prior to joining the TD Banknorth Garden staff in 2005, Bishop had written for several publications, with his primary focus being college hockey. He coauthored the book Bygone Boston in 2003 and hopes someday to pen a bio of Hobey Baker.

Still nothing doing -- besides the growing sea of blue, black and brownish suits gathering around the team tables. One person from the floor did come up to see the Boston media and said that it was incredibly busy, but nothing concrete has occurred as of yet.

5:54 p.m.

Hello True Believers!

I am posting from the far end of the floor of the draft. The teams are set up in front of the press with the late picking teams closer to the media and the early picking teams nearer to the podium.

No news from the B's contingent, beyond General Manager Peter Chiarelli's comments from a noon press gathering at the hotel.

"There's a lot of stuff percolating," said the GM. "I'm sure there will be some things happening today -- I'm trying to do something."

Chiarelli said that some of the things that he had in mind, however, were not necessarily needing to be done here at the draft, so stay tuned even after the draft ends tomorrow as the excitement could continue indefinitely.

The arena is beginning to fill up in the stands and the floor and from what I saw, there was a heck of a party going on outside, but I was staying near my compatriots in the hotel just in case anything moved forward before the official festivities.

Looking at the stands there are lots of different jerseys from all 30 NHL squads and it reminds me of the various NCAA Hockey Tournament games I have seen where everyone wears their team's sweater at the event.

Nationwide Arena is pretty nice and from the get go, the people here in Columbus have been outstanding.

By the way, I found a Tim Horton's here, downtown, and obviously a double double will be had tomorrow morning!
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