B's prospect and 2013 National Champion Rob O'Gara is in his third year at Bruins development camp after being selected by the Black & Gold in the fifth round (151st overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
O'Gara has been kind enough to agree to keep a players blog to share his day-to-day experience during his time at Bruins Development Camp.
The defenseman joins camp after his first season at Yale, where he recorded seven assists in 37 games. The blueliner also had an assist and was on the ice for all four of the Bulldogs' goals in the NCAA National Championship Final against Quinnipiac University.
O’Gara Blog - Day 5: Fitness Test
Today was my second time going through the full fitness test and I was still a little nervous. Getting ready, there were two groups. I was in the second group, which I was disappointed about because I wanted to get it over with. But I stayed warm, then we ran three 300 yard shuttles in under a minute. I passed, so I was happy about that. It was a tough morning – you have to continue to drink fluids to make it through the next couple days.
I think the fitness test went really well for the whole team. Everyone was pushing each other pretty hard and getting behind each other. When the first group was going, group two was out there cheering them on and when group two was going, group one encouraged group two, even though they were gassed. It was good to see and guys were pushing to beat each other and that’s what you want in those kind of situations. A couple of the guys may have thrown up out there, but that happens during a fitness test like this one. It’s a tough test. It really just shows how hard they are pushing themselves.
The scrimmage during today’s skate went well. It’s the same thing especially when everyone is tired, you need that spark. You need people competing to keep the speed up and keep the competitive level high. I think that’s what we saw because, to be honest, everyone is gassed right now. Today was a tough day and to see the speed out there as high as it was and to see guys looking sharp, it’s a testament to the conditioning level and the compete level of these guys. It was a lot of fun out there.
The younger guys all look more confident now. Wiley Sherman is more confident with his hands and moving the puck. The older guys, Lindblad and Camara, they have taken a leadership role, Casto too – ill throw him in there. Those guys are cool, calm and collected out there. It shows because they have taken that leadership role and they are making plays.
--As told by Jenna Gilberti