BOSTON – It’s an exciting time to be a Bruin these days. The team has made several changes to the roster, the front office, and the coaching staff over the past few months. The Bruins organization is dedicated to bring a fresh, new culture of hockey to the city of Boston.
Bruins forward Wayne Primeau has paid attention to every move the team has made this summer. Primeau was acquired with Brad Stuart and Marco Sturm last November from the San Jose Sharks in a trade that sent Joe Thornton to San Jose. Primeau is excited to be a member of the Bruins and is ready to begin the 2006-07 season.
“It’s great to see they picked up some new guys,” said Primeau via cell phone from his summer cottage in Canada. “I’m glad the new players chose Boston over a couple other teams that were in the mix. We look great on paper, so hopefully everything will fall into place on the ice as well.”
At the end of 2005-06 season, Primeau finished prematurely due to a torn labrum muscle in his hip. He had surgery to repair the injured hip and has continued to train vigorously this summer to return to training camp at 100 percent. He understands training camp will be very competitive this September and wants to be at the top of his game.
“It’s something that takes six to eight months to fully recover, but you can start playing and training six to eight weeks after surgery,” said the solid 6’4”, 230-pounder. “It feels good right now and I’m ready to get the season started.”
Over the summer, Primeau does his training with his brother Keith. Keith is the current captain of the Philadelphia Flyers and is hoping to make a recovery from an injury as well. The two live next to each other with their families on a lake in Hanover, Ontario.
Having the older brother around is a huge help to Wayne. The two can push each other and Keith can provide insight on the two new coaches the Bruins have brought in. Wayne is not familiar with either of the two, but his brother Keith played with Marc Habsheid, the B’s new associate coach, and played for Dave Lewis, the B’s new Head Coach.
“Keith played with Marc in the minors and played for Dave during his time in Detroit,” said Wayne. “He had nothing but praise for both of them. He told me Lewis is a great player’s coach and an awesome guy. I can’t wait to meet him.”
As for the new signings, who will play a large role on the Bruins roster this season, Primeau knows Shean Donovan and Marc Savard
from playing in other cities, but not Zdeno Chara
“I played with Shean in Pittsburgh and he’s a great team guy and will do anything it takes to try and help the team win,” he said. “Savvy (Marc Savard
) is a character. He is very, very talented and offensively gifted. I didn’t get to play with Marc a whole lot in Juniors because when I was traded to his team (Oshawa Generals), he injured his ankle a few games later. I got to know him though and he is a great guy, and a very gifted player. I think the guys will really like him.
“As for (Zdeno) Chara, I don’t know him, but he’s a big guy and it’s great to have a player of his caliber on your team. He’s great defensively and provides a big presence on the ice and that’s important.”
Wayne has also been helping out with his brother’s company -- Fury Hockey Equipment. Together, Wayne and Keith have pushed the innovative equipment on professional hockey players and retail stores. The company is up and coming and the Primeau’s hope to make it mainstream in the very near future.
The two were scheduled to play in a charity golf tournament with Super Cure, a spinal cord research company, where Fury Hockey is the sponsor.
So, while the Bruins continue to build their team for the upcoming season, Primeau continues to gear up for training camp in September. He will keep pushing himself to be in the best shape of his life for the start of training camp -- just the way Coach Lewis wants him to be.