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Reich Back in Black & Gold

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
Wilmington, MA -- Once and future Boston Bruins forward Jeremy Reich was quick to answer the question, "What's the best thing about being back in the Bruins locker room?"


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"Seeing Sean Thornton’s mug again," was the toungue in cheek answer, perhaps owing to Shawn's proximity to the interview.

"No, it’s awesome," said Reich.  "Not much has changed in the locker room.

"There’s a lot of guys that I’ve seen before that I’ve played with before that are still here.

"It’s exciting."

With just over a week to go before the veteran Bruins hit the ice for real, Reich spoke about the reasons he chose to return to New England. 

"I talked it over with a few people -my agent and my family," he said. "This is one of the places that we love playing...here and in Providence

"We contacted Boston, and it’s fortunate that they wanted me back.

"We’re extremely happy."

Opposing players might not be so happy. Reich brings his "sandpaper" style of play to the rink and said he will not change his approach.

"I’m going to do the same things that I was doing when I was here," said Reich, who added that he would also "try to keep the locker room loose and upbeat and have lots of energy

"I’ll scrap if I need to, just do whatever."

Meanwhile, during this week's informal skates, Reich has his own agenda.

"Making sure all the equipment is broken in mostly - I got all brand new stuff today," said Reich of this week's agenda, with a big laugh.

"It's just being sharp and getting used to this level again," he added. "When I skate in the summer time, sometimes you have to mix [in] the junior guys and [in the NHL] it’s a little quicker.

"So, it’s nice to get four or five practices in before camp starts so you can get back at that tempo."

As far as the B's organization bouncing back from the playoff loss to Philadelphia, Reich said that even from afar he was "pulling for these guys."

"I thought they played well, but it was just one of those things that happens," said Reich. "But there’s a lot of character in the guys in this room. I guarantee [the Bruins will] bounce back this year."
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