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Persistence Paid Off for Peverley

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins -- It wasn’t the usual timing for a trade. Squeaking in before the deadline, in the midst of a six-game road trip last season, the Bruins picked up Rich Peverley, who had to hop on a plane  and join his new teammates on the road. While the result of that trade is a Cup-winning history, the timing was challenging for the forward, who joined the Black & Gold’s roster well into the season.

So almost more than anyone else, Peverley cherished the bonding and team unity allowed by the Bruins Cup run.

“I really enjoyed the time with the guys. I kind of missed the bonding part at the start of the year,” Peverley explained.

“It’s such a great group of guys, and just enjoying our time together and really bonding and coming together more and more throughout the playoffs.”

For the most part, that “great group” will be donning the Spoked-B again this season, the same brotherhood taking the ice that last left it together, holding the Cup aloft.

Peverley’s looking forward to lacing up his skates with his teammates again, eager to return to play. What makes the Bruins so strong, he added, starts with the men in the dressing room.

“There was a lot of cohesion with the team last year and a lot of guys got together and kind of got along really well,” he said.

“I think the leaders on this team really bring everyone together and I think that’ll be no different coming next year.”

Peverley provides perhaps the most unique view of the role of the leaders on the Bruins. Entering the tight-knit dressing room so late in the season was a unique challenge, one the forward was unsure of at the beginning. But thanks to the welcoming environment, “Pevs” soon felt right at home amongst the B’s.

“When I first came, I was a little nervous. I didn’t know exactly where I was going to fit,” he said. “I think the time that I really started to feel comfortable was about two or three games left in the season and going into the first round of the playoffs.

“I really started to click with my linemates. Going into the playoffs, I was very confident, and I think [Bruins Head Coach] Claude [Julien] put me in a good role.

“I was all over the place, but I enjoyed it,” Peverley added. “I enjoy playing a lot, and I was put in some key situations, and that’s important to me.”

---Elizabeth Traynor
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