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.
The 6'4'', 205-pound defenseman hails from Smithtown, NY.
O'Gara Blog - Entry 6: Wrapping Up
This year was a lot of fun. I guess having the run test later in the week was tough, it kind of loomed over our heads a little bit. I’m really close with a bunch of the guys now and in years past, I never really had that experience. Torey Krug was my roommate last year, we would say goodnight, go to our rooms and that would be it. This year, we’re hanging out, going to Coldstone and doing stuff like that. It’s been a lot of fun, all the ice sessions have been great. To say I learned a lot from the coaches would be an understatement -- I’ve been learning a lot from John Whitesides off the ice. It’s really just being able to use camp as a tool to learn instead of being nervous all the time. It helps a ton.
My favorite part of this week was bowling, I had team Minnesota on my side: Gothberg, Docken, and Casto. What we lacked in bowling skill we made up for in heart, so we had a good time there. But all the ice sessions were a lot of fun too. I’ve done a little bit of the stuff we did on the ice this week, but certain drills were pretty unique. For instance, the sticks on the ice drill, different puck drills, flipping tires over with your stick to retrieve the puck -- those were all new. It was tough, but it was fun and something you can bring back home and keep working on throughout the year.
I’m going to miss the camaraderie at camp, we became really close as a group. It was a smaller group this year and I got to know guys really well. We had a good time off the ice, which is something I haven’t really experienced at camp yet. This year was great.
I can’t wait to come back next year; it’s always a week I look forward to. Especially with the season ending two months ago, you really begin miss it. There are a couple weeks of recovering where you think to yourself "I never want to see the ice again," but then you’re itching for it. Then Development Camp comes around and you have a week like this, it’s so much fun and you can’t ask for much more than this group of guys.
To be prepared for Development Camp next year, I’m going to get bigger and faster and stronger and become more effective offensively. I think that’s a focus I want to make this summer going in to next year. Other than that, really, off the ice aspects is most important because it will translate on the ice. Like getting my feet quicker and getting stronger, I think those strides will help me the most on the ice.
During that time, I’m going to be skating with Alexey Nikoforo down in Long Island and hitting the weight room as hard as I can. I’m very excited to get back to Yale; I miss those guys a lot and it’s going to be another fun year. Our goal is always to win the whole thing so we’ll see if we can do it again. My plan right now is to play at Yale for four years and I’m going to try to win another Championship, that’s the biggest thing. After that, we will see what happens.
--As told by Jenna Gilberti